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How to Choose the Perfect T-Shirt for Christmas Presents

How to Choose the Perfect T-Shirt for Christmas Presents

Finding the perfect t-shirt isn't always easy. Especially when you're buying one for somebody else. But, with a little insight and extra effort, you can find t-shirts for everyone on your Christmas list.

If you're starting your holiday shopping early or even if you plan to wait until the last minute, we have the guide for you. Keep reading to learn how to find the perfect t-shirts for your favorite people.

 

T-Shirt History

T-shirts first debuted in the fashion world over a century ago. In fact, the modern-day t-shirt is simply the namesake of centuries-old garments that were made from wool or silk and worn as underwear. They were originally designed to absorb body wetness to preserve the outer garments (mostly men) wore.

Nowadays, the common t-shirt serves as a staple wardrobe item that can be worn every day and everywhere. Although, some people like to reserve this garment for the beach or the gym only. 

How to Select the Perfect T-Shirt as a Gift 

So, with this history in mind, how do you find the perfect t-shirt as a gift for someone? Especially if they already have hundreds of t-shirts in their closet or none at all.

It all boils down to a few characteristics that make a t-shirt what it is, wearable for any occasion.

Sleeves

A t-shirt is called a t-shirt because it looks like a 'T' when worn on the body. In this regard, the sleeves should only come down to the mid-upper arm. Otherwise, the proportions will be offset and it's not really a 'T'-shirt anymore.

Length

T-shirts should rest at or just above a person's hips. Longer t-shirts serve as nightgowns and shorter t-shirts will ride up the back and belly.

Shoulder Seams

The seams of the t-shirt at the arms should rest right at the edge of the shoulder. Seams that hang over the shoulder can cause a loose fit that hangs on the body instead of fitting tightly and comfortably.

Collar Style

T-shirts are available in two different neckline styles.

V-necks are considered a bit less formal and take away from any sort of boxy feel to the garment. 

Crewnecks or round collar shirts are a more classic option, however, are less well suited for someone with broad shoulders.

Shape

The shape of a t-shirt is perhaps the most important aspect to consider when purchasing one for someone else. It depends on the body type to find the perfect fit. Try to avoid boxy shapes and look for a shirt that hugs the body.

Size

Aside from the shape, of course, you must select the right size. A shirt that is too loose will, again, serve better as a nightgown. Too tight is just not right.

Material

Cotton is the most popular option for the common t-shirt because it's cool, soft, resistant to static, and made from natural materials. If you really want to impress with your gift, cotton is the way to go.

Design

The pattern, logo, and color of a t-shirt are what sets it apart from the rest of the shirts in a person's closet.

Graphic t-shirts are popular among younger crowds because they are the perfect way to display favorite genres of music, TV shows, superheroes, and more. If your loved one loves a particular band, for example, you can't go wrong with a logo inspired t-shirt.

Sarcastic t-shirts and sarcastic funny t-shirts make a great gift for everyone. You can find them for teenagers, adults, and even babies!

When People Wear T-Shirts

Keeping in mind that t-shirts began as undergarments, it's not uncommon for them to still be viewed this way by some. Men, especially, commonly wear t-shirts under their dress shirts to help capture perspiration and protect the dress shirt. Others, men, and women included, consider their t-shirt collection to be part of their rugged facade.

People wear t-shirts for various reasons but it may also depend on a few various factors.

Age

While t-shirts are not just for kids, they're not necessarily for middle-aged men or women that live busy lives. Unless your giftee loves wearing t-shirts on the weekends to get away from their more formal/professional wardrobe, think twice about gifting this item.

Body Build

While it may seem fitting for a larger person to wear a t-shirt, it's not always the most appealing garment depending on the fit. Thin people, likewise, may get lost in a t-shirt and it could take away from their physique. 

When selecting a t-shirt for your loved one, consider their body type and size to determine the style, material, and design of the t-shirt.

Activity

T-shirts in the modern era are not just to be worn as an undergarment, but they do still come in handy for this purpose. For this reason, t-shirts are perfect athletes, labor workers, and just mulling around the house, cleaning, cooking, etc. Consider what your giftee will wear during their general activities to determine if the right t-shirt will be the right gift.

Dress Code

If your brother works from home, he may live in his t-shirts. However, if he works in an office, he will never get the chance to wear his new t-shirt, even on casual Friday. Keep this in mind no matter who you're buying a t-shirt for so you can be sure they'll have the chance to show it off.

Making an Impression

If your favorite someone is always trying to make an impression with what they wear, then a t-shirt might not be the best gift. Although, you can find t-shirts that make a good impression with the right logo or phrase, such as a shirt that displays their church logo or a Bible verse. 

The Perfect T-Shirt Can Make Someone's Day

Finding a perfect t-shirt for your favorite person is a little more involved than just picking out the first one you see. Put some thought into it and find the one that doesn't just fit right but also displays their personality with style.

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