Gift Giving Guide

University & College Color Guide

Posted on Nov 02, 2011. 0 comments

Here's a guide to school colors, sorted by state, to help you find the right color combo when personalizing an item. 

Let us know if your school isn't listed and we'll add it!

Alabama:

  • Alabama State University: black & gold
  • University of Alabama: crimson red & white
  • Auburn University: burnt orange & navy blue
  • University of South Alabama: red, white & blue

Alaska

  • University of Alaska: green & yellow (gold)

Arizona:

  • Arizona State University: maroon & gold
  • University of Arizona: cardinal red & navy blue

Arkansas:

  • Arkansas Tech University (ATU): green & gold
    • Mascot (men): The Wonderboy
    • Mascot (women): Golden Suns
  • University of Arkansas: red & white
  • University of Arkansas at Fort Smith: blue & white
    • Mascot: The Lions
  • University of Arkansas at Monticello: green & white
  • University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff: black & gold
    • University of Central Arkansas: purple & white
    • Arkansas State University: scarlet red & black

    California:

    • Fresno State University: cardinal red & blue
    • San Diego State University: scarlet & black
    • San Francisco State University: purple & gold
    • San Jose State University: gold & white
    • Santa Clara University: red & white
    • Stanford University: cardinal red & white
    • University of California: blue & gold
    • University of Southern California: cardinal & gold

    Colorado:

    • Colorado College: gold & black
    • Colorado School of Mines: blue & silver
    • Colorado State University (Fort Collins): green & gold
    • Colorado State University (Pueblo): red & blue
    • Denver University: crimson & gold
    • University of Colorado: silver & gold
    • Air Force Academy (Air Force): royal blue & silver

    Connecticut:

    • University of Connecticut: navy blue & white
    • University of Hartford: scarlet red & white
    • Yale University: blue & white

    Delaware:

    • University of Delaware: blue, yellow, & white

    Florida:

    • Florida Atlantic University: blue, red & silver
    • Florida International University: blue & gold
    • Florida State University: garnet & gold
    • Florida Agriculture & Mechanical University: orange & green
    • University of North Florida: blue & gray
    • University of Tampa: red & gold
    • University of Miami: orange & green
    • University of Florida: orange & blue - Shop Florida Gator gear.
    • University of South Florida: green & gold
    • University of Central Florida: black & gold

    Georgia:

    • University of Georgia: red & black
    • Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech): white & gold (navy accent)
      • Mascot: Yellow Jackets
    • Kennesaw State University: black, gold & maroon
    • Valdosta State University: red & black

    Hawaii

    • University of Hawaii: green & white

    Idaho

    • Boise State University: blue & orange

    • University of Idaho: silver & gold

    • Idaho State University: black & orange

    • Brigham Young University-Idaho: blue & gray

    • Northwest Nazarene University: red & black

    Illinois:

    • Knox College: purple & gold
      • City: Galesburg
    • Northern Illinois University: red & black
    • Northwestern University: purple & white
      • city: Evanston
    • Southern Illinois University: maroon & white
    • University of Illinois: orange & blue

    Indiana:

    • Indiana State University: royal blue & white
    • Indiana University: crimson & cream
    • Purdue University: gold & black
    • University of Notre Dame: gold & navy blue
    • University of Indianapolis: crimson & grey

    Iowa:

    • Drake University: blue & white
    • Iowa University: gold & black
    • Iowa State University: cardinal & gold
    • University of Iowa: black & old gold
      • City: Iowa City
      • Mascot: Herky the Hawk
    • University of Northern Iowa: purple & gold

    Kansas:

    • Kansas State University: royal purple & white accent
    • University of Kansas: blue & crimson
    • Wichita State University: black & gold

    Kentucky:

    • Louisville University: red & black
    • University of Kentucky: blue & white

    Louisiana:

    • Grambling State University: black & gold
    • Louisiana College: orange & navy blue
    • Louisiana-Grambling State University: black, gold & red
    • Louisiana State University: purple & gold - Shop LSU Tiger gear.
    • Louisiana Tech University: blue & red
    • Southern University: blue & gold
    • Tulane University: olive & blue
    • University of Louisiana at Lafayette: vermillion (red) & white
      • Mascot: Ragin' Cajuns

    Maine:

    • Bates: Maroon & gold
    • Bowdoin: black & white
    • Colby: blue & white
    • University of Maine: blue, sky blue & white
    • University of Southern Maine: blue & yellow

    Maryland:

    • Johns Hopkins University
      • Athletic - black & blue
      • Academic - black & gold
    • University of Maryland: black, gold, red & white
    • Naval Academy (Navy): navy blue & gold

    Massachusetts:

    • Boston College: maroon & gold
    • Boston University: scarlet red & white
    • College of the Holy Cross: purple & white
    • Harvard University: crimson, black & white
    • University of Massachusetts at Amherst: maroon & white
    • Worcester Polytechnic Institute: crimson & grey

    Michigan:

    • Central Michigan University: maroon & gold
    • Eastern Michigan University: green & white
    • Ferris State University: crimson & gold
    • Grand Valley State University: light blue, white & black
    • Michigan State University: green & white
    • University of Michigan: azure (F-H: navy) blue & maize
    • Western Michigan University: brown & gold

    Minnesota:

    • Bemidji State University: green & white
    • Minnesota State University: purple & gold
    • Saint Cloud State University: cardinal & black
    • University of Minnesota: maroon & gold
      • University of Minnesota (Duluth): maroon & gold

    Mississippi:

    • University of Mississippi: navy blue & cardinal red
    • Mississippi State University: maroon & white
    • Southern Mississippi: black & gold

    Missouri:

    • University of Missouri : black & gold
    • Washington University: green & red
      • City: St. Louis

    Montana:

    • University of Montana: maroon & silver

    Nebraska:

    • Creighton University: "Blue Jay" blue & white
    • University of Nebraska: scarlet & cream

    Nevada:

    • University of Nevada: silver & blue
    • University of Nevada-Las Vegas: scarlet & gray

    New Mexico:

    • University of New Mexico: cherry & silver
    • New Mexico State University: crimson & white

    New Hampshire:

    • Dartmouth College: green & white

    New Jersey:

    • New Jersey Institute of Technology: scarlet red & white
    • Princeton University: orange & black
    • Rutgers University: scarlet & white

    New York:

    • Art Institute of New York City: red, white & blue
    • Adelphi University: brown & gold
    • Columbia University: Columbia blue & white
    • Cornell University: Carnelian red & white
    • Ithaca College: blue & gold
    • New York University: violet & white
    • St. Bonaventure University: brown & white
      • City: Allegheny
    • St. Lawrence University: scarlet & brown
    • Syracuse University: orange & navy blue
    • University at Albany: purple & gold
    • Vassar College: burgundy & grey
    • Wells College: maroon & white
    • West Point (Army): black, gold & grey

    North Carolina:

    • Appalachian State University: black & gold
    • Campbell University: orange & black
    • East Carolina University: purple & gold
    • North Carolina State University: red & white
    • University of North Carolina: carolina blue & white
    • University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC): green & white (gold accent)
    • Duke University: royal blue & white
    • Wake Forest University: black & gold
    • UNC Wilmington: teal, navy & gold

    North Dakota

    • North Dakota State University: green & yellow
      • City: Fargo
    • University of North Dakota: green & white
      • Team Name: The Fighting Sioux

    Ohio:

    • Miami of Ohio: red & white
    • Ohio State University: scarlet & grey
    • Ohio University: green & white
    • Bowling Green State University: orange & brown
    • University of Toledo: navy blue & gold

    Oklahoma:

    • Oklahoma State University: orange & black
      • City: Stillwater
    • Tulsa: gold, blue & red
    • University of Oklahoma: crimson & cream

    Oregon:

    • University of Oregon: green & yellow
    • Oregon State University: orange, black & white

    Pennsylvania:

    • Montgomery County Community College: blue & black.
      • City: Pottstown
      • Name: Griffins
    • Penn State University: navy blue & white
    • Slippery Rock University: green & white
    • Temple University: cherry & white
    • University of Pennsylvania: blue & red
    • University of Pittsburgh: old gold & blue

    Rhode Island:

    • Brown University: brown, cardinal & white
    • Providence College: black & white
    • Rhode Island College: maroon & gold
    • University of Rhode Island (URI): royal ("Keaney") blue & white

    South Carolina:

    • College of Charleston: red & white
    • Clemson University: orange & purple - Shop Clemson University gear.
    • Furman University: purple & white
    • South Carolina State University: garnet & blue
    • University of South Carolina: garnet & black
    • Wofford College: Old Gold & black

    South Dakota

    • South Dakota State University (SDSU): blue & yellow
      • Mascot: The Jack Rabbits
    • University of South Dakota: vermillion & white

    Tennessee:

    • Middle Tennessee State University: royal blue & white
    • University of Memphis: blue & gray
      • Mascot: Tigers
      • City: Memphis
    • University of Tennessee: orange & white
    • Vanderbilt Univesity: gold & black

    Texas:

    • Baylor University: green & gold
      • City: Waco
    • Hardin Simmons University: purple & gold
      • City: Abilene
    • Houston State University: orange & white
    • North Texas University: green & white
    • Rice University: dark blue & grey
    • Southern Methodist University: Harvard crimson, Yale blue
    • Stephen F. Austin University: purple, red & white
    • Texas A&M University: maroon & white
      • Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi: true blue & true green
        • The Island University
    • Texas Christian: purple & white
    • Texas-El Paso: blue & orange
    • Texas State University: maroon & gold
    • Texas Tech University: scarlet & black
    • University of Houston: red & white
      • Mascot: Cougars (COOGS)
    • University of Texas: burnt orange & white

    Utah:

    • Brigham Young University: navy blue, gold & white
    • University of Utah: crimson & white
    • Utah State University: navy blue & white

    Virginia:

    • Bridgewater College: maroon & gold
    • College of William & Mary: green & gold
    • James Madison University: purple & gold
    • Liberty University: navy, red & white
      • city: Lynchburg
      • name: Flames
    • Longwood University: royal blue & white
    • Radford University: red & black
    • Randolph-Macon College: black, gold & white
    • Shenandoah University: red & blue
      • City: Winchester
    • University of Richmond: red & blue
    • University of Virginia: orange & navy blue
    • University of Virginia at Wise: red, gray & white
      • Marching Highland Cavaliers
    • Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU): gold & black
    • Virginia Military Institute (VMI): red, white & yellow
    • Virginia Tech University: maroon & burnt orange

    Washington:

    • University of Washington: purple & gold
    • Washington State University: crimson & gray

    West Virginia:

    • West Virginia University: old gold & blue

    Wisconsin:

    • University of Winsconsin: cardinal & white

    Wyoming:

    • Wyoming University: brown & Wyoming prairie gold

    U.S. Service Academies

    • Merchant Marine Academy (Kings Point"): blue & gray
    • Military Academy (West Point): black, gray, & gold
    • Naval Academy (Annapolis): navy blue & gold
    • Coast Guard Academy: white, orange, & blue
    • Air Force Academy (U.S.A.F.A): royal blue & silver
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    University Color Palettes For Customizable Accessories

    Posted on Nov 02, 2011. 0 comments

     Trying to choose just the right color combo can be pretty difficult when you're faced with so many options! The personalized office accessories such as the memo boards, laptop sleeves and mousepads come in all sorts of patterns and colors. A great gift idea would be to choose the person's school colors and put their name, initials or short university name (such as "USC" or "Clemson") on the item. 

    My best suggestion for picking a winning combination is to determine your palette first. Then choose the pattern you like best.

    Here are a couple palette options to get you started! If the "chat box" is online and you need some ideas - ask away! Together we can come up with something that's perfect.


    Golden & Grass for Baylor University Bears


    Carrot & Lagoon for Auburn University

    Example:  

     

     

    Carrot & Orchid for Clemson University Tigers


    Garnet & Golden for University of Southern California Trojans

     

    Garnet & Black for Texas Tech, University of Alabama, etc.

     

    Lagoon & Grey for Penn State

    Example:  


    Golden & Violet for LSU

    Louisiana State University examples:



    Check out all the color options to help you mix and match pattern and accent colors when you're personalizing.



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    Shopping For Dad Is Never Easy!

    Posted on Oct 26, 2011. 0 comments

    Every year I try to think of something to get my dad for his birthday and again for Christmas. And every year I barely get him a card. Talk about feeling like a crappy kid! 

    Most years when I ask what he wants he says, "Write me a short story." Sounds like a fabulous idea, right? What could be easier (or cheaper) than sitting down and penning a short piece of prose, much like this article I'm writing. A lot could be easier. Such as just NOT doing it. I think I've written him a total of 3 things over the last ten years. 

    I always want to avoid getting him something cliche, like golf balls or a tie. Sure, you can't have too many ties or golf accessories - but what about thoughtfulness, what about seeing that look of delight when he opens his gift and realizes it's something that's actually COOL instead of ... the adult equivalent of getting socks and underwear as a kid. 


    Sure, you could buy him the latest gadget (every year!) or a magazine subscription (way to care about the environment) - OR you could get him something for his office. What?! Shameless FANS plug? But of course. This is the FANS blog. 

    Now stop dragging your feet and go check out all the awesome desk pads and chair mats we have here. You'll find almost any school (especially the SEC) and all the MLB teams. There are even some cute decorative ones if you'd like to get your mom one (or a matching set). 


    Order quickly though, it takes about 7-10 days to fill the order with the manufacturer and a couple more to ship to your door. The deadline for Christmas orders is December 15th!

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