Want to sell more merch this winter?
Make sure you match the right items for the season.
In this article, I’ll be presenting to you 16 different merch ideas you can choose to include in your music release.
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#1. UGLY CHRISTMAS SWEATSHIRT
If we’re talking about band merch ideas for the holidays, sweatshirts would be one of the first ones on anyone’s mind.
The cornier and uglier they are, the more they’ll sell.
You can draw inspiration from the Christmas sweater of Nsync. We can see the members stealing Santa’s sleigh while saying “Santa, bye bye bye” which features the band’s single Bye Bye Bye.
#2. UGLY CHRISTMAS SWEATERS
Next is sweaters. I know, they look like sweatshirts but they’re a different kind.
Unlike sweatshirts that have material just like shirts, sweaters are knitted and are more expensive.
If you’re going with this, it would be best to order limited quantities at first.
This way you can price them a bit higher and you won’t be worrying about excess sweaters. Good thing you can order one sweatshirt at a time with us.
Hoodies surely belong to this list.
Though they are worn during the hotter days, it still is a winter wear and would sell like hot cakes during the holidays.
Create a cool design for it and sell it.
Maybe go for garlands with hanging Christmas balls wrapping around the hoodie’s sleeve.
Special Christmas sweatpants would surely attract attention both for the wearer and the one who offers them.
You don’t have to choose a very eye-catching design, though.
You can have a more simple one where maybe, Christmas lights are running down one side of the pants or maybe a “Happy Holidays” printed on the pocket sides.
#5. WINTER SCARVES
Scarves are more compact and cheaper. They would really sell if you chose a good design.
You can have a mono colored scarf with your band’s name printed in the center just like this Metallica scarf.
#6. CHRISTMAS STOCKINGS
You can also have Christmas stockings as your band merch.
A house would never be complete without at least one Christmas stocking hanging inside it.
You can have a cartoonized version of your band printed on the socks together with your name, just like the sample we have.
You can’t go wrong with mugs.
It would be best to have them on your holiday merch line. Make a more christmassy design which is very appropriate for the holidays.
You can even have a write down “Merry Christmas from (name of your band)”.
#8. CHRISTMAS BEANIES
It’s the winter season so beanies would be a good protection from the cold weather.
Choose a design that would make people add them to their holiday OOTDs.
Make it both blend, but still stand out just like The Rolling Stones’ beanie which has red and white colors (Christmas colors) with their name on it and their logo too.
#9. CHRISTMAS SOCKS
If we have Christmas stockings on this list, we also have Christmas socks of course!
This time, they wouldn’t be hanged but worn by human feet. Anyway, you can copy how they did the design for the socks above.
Have a Christmas pattern then insert you or your band’s name somewhere around the middle.
#10. THERMOS MUGS
Unlike mugs, thermos mugs or cups would be more portable.
They would be great for people who’re always on the go and most people are like that.
All that’s really left for you to do is choose a good design for it.
Another protection from the cold weather would be gloves.
I guarantee you that people would be buying them because they won’t ever be able to live with the cold without thick clothes.
You can have a simple design just like the sample or maybe have a more detailed one.
#12. HOLIDAY GREETING CARDS
Holiday greeting cards, especially those with some special effects like a pop art or music that plays would surely be a good addition to your holiday merch line.
Just print your band photo on it and if you can, make your music play as they open the card.
#13. CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS
Since it’s Christmas, why not have Christmas tree ornaments as merch, too?
Your fans would be very happy to have you or something from you hanging on their Christmas tree, and it’s not so expensive to make.
The samples above are not official merch from Taylor Swift. Too cute, aren’t they?
#14. SCENTED CANDLES
Scented candles are not exclusive for the holidays but many scented candles are used during these times so better add them to your list of possible holiday merch.
You can have logo printed or etched on the candle.
#15. SNOW GLOBES
Another great holiday merch idea is a snow globe.
It would be better if you choose a design that’s more Christmassy though, unlike the one Foo Fighters released in 2017.
You can have a miniature you standing amidst a made up Christmas village or something.
And the last on this list is the koozie.
Cold drinks would surely be served during the celebration of the holidays. Koozies would be there to protect the hand from more cold that comes from the bottle or can.
Also, they’ll look cute being wrapped in a Christmas-themed koozie.
And… that ends our semi-long list of holiday band merch ideas!
I hope this has helped you come up with ideas for your holiday merch line.
Just remember to make sure that the designs are good, the printing is high quality (ahem—we’re here for you. contact us), and you will be good to go.
James Hill is a veteran of the music industry. He first worked at Warner Reprise Records then later joined Interscope/ Geffen Records where he managed producers and songwriters and got his first platinum record for Keyshia Cole’s The Way It Is. He is now helping indie artists with branding and manufacturing through his company Unified Manufacturing, a CD/DVD, custom vinyl records and merch company in LA.