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10 print on demand shop ideas that can grow big in 2024


Dream of your own store? No upfront costs, no warehouse hassle? Enter Print-on-Demand (POD)! Your designs on real products, only when someone buys.

But standing out is key. You need a unique audience with specific interests. Think families who love personalized gifts, eco-conscious shoppers, or gamers wanting to show off their passion.

So, are you ready to unleash your creativity and tap into the exciting world of POD? In this article, we’ll discover 10 fresh POD shop ideas that can help you build a thriving business in 2024. 

  1. Sustainable and eco-friendly products

The world is going green, and sustainability is a major trend. People are actively seeking out products made with the environment in mind. This is a fantastic opportunity for your POD shop to offer eco-friendly items that cater to this growing demand.

So.. Go green & be seen! Here's how you can do it:

  • Focus on organic materials. Offer t-shirts, sweatshirts, and other apparel made from certified organic cotton. Not only is it soft and comfortable to wear, but it also uses less water and fewer chemicals in production.
  • Go green with recycled materials! Tote bags, t-shirts, and sweatshirts can be made from reused items like plastic bottles or post-consumer waste. This helps cut down on landfill waste and gives a fresh start to old materials.
  • Expand your eco-friendly offerings. Consider other sustainable options like bamboo clothing, hemp accessories, or water-based inks for printing.
  • Partner with eco-conscious suppliers. Find suppliers who prioritize sustainability in their practices. Look for certifications like GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) and Oeko-Tex Standard 100. Both ensure responsible production and safe materials.
  • Highlight your commitment to sustainability. Don't be shy about showcasing your eco-friendly efforts! Highlight your use of sustainable materials, partnerships with responsible suppliers, and any other initiatives you have in place. This transparency will resonate with customers who share your values.
  1. Personalized products for families

Imagine this: a family vacation, everyone sporting matching shirts designed by YOU! Or a proud grandma receiving a mug personalized with her grandchild's name and a funny saying. 

This is the power of personalized products for families. And in 2024, it's a booming business opportunity! 

Why? Families crave connection. They want to celebrate their unique bond. And personalized products offer a sentimental touch that goes beyond just a t-shirt. It becomes a treasured memory, a conversation starter, and a way to express their love for each other. 

Plus, people are going crazy for personalization! From phone cases to water bottles, everyone wants things that reflect their individuality. Families are no exception. So, don't miss out! 

  1. Hobby-specific apparel and accessories 

Ever heard of a ‘’first-time plant parent’’ or a ‘’board game fanatic’’? These are just a few examples of the passionate communities that exist around various hobbies. People are crazy about their interests, and they love showing them off! 

This is where hobby-specific apparel and accessories come in. In 2024, it's a goldmine waiting to be tapped!


  • Gardeners rocking t-shirts that say ‘’I'm not talking to you, I'm talking to my plants!’’ 
  • Photographers carrying stylish camera bags with witty quotes like ‘’Coffee, camera, capture’’ or ‘’Aperture up, worries down.’’ 
  • Board game enthusiasts sporting tote bags that proudly say ‘’I'm not anti-social, I'm just strategically planning my next move.’’

These are just a few examples of the endless possibilities! By catering to specific hobbies, you're tapping into a loyal and engaged audience. 

Here's the beauty of this niche: it's scalable and versatile. You can start with a few popular hobbies. Think gardening, photography, or music, and gradually expand your collection based on customer demand. 

  1. Pop culture and gaming merchandise

The demand for officially licensed or fan-inspired merchandise is stronger than ever, and POD makes it easier than ever to tap into this lucrative market.

Imagine offering t-shirts featuring iconic characters from popular movies, TV shows, or video games. Think Avengers hoodies, Star Wars phone cases, or Minecraft tote bags. 

Fans love showing off their passion. Luckily, your POD shop can be their go-to source! 

Bonus tip: Partner with smaller, niche pop culture creators to offer unique and exclusive designs that stand out from the crowd. 

It's essential to note that when venturing into pop culture and gaming merchandise, it's crucial to respect copyright and intellectual property rights. Ensure that any designs or images used are officially licensed or fall within the realm of fair use. 

  1. Local pride and community designs 

Picture friends on a weekend trip, all wearing T-shirts with their hometown skyline. It's not just fashion—it's a badge of honor, a conversation starter, and a celebration of their shared identity!

This is the power of local pride designs! In 2024, here’s how you can level up your POD shop with local love:

  • Become a local hero. Feature iconic landmarks that residents instantly recognize (think Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco).
  • Speak the local language. Include popular local sayings or inside jokes that resonate with the community.
  • Partner with local businesses and organizations. Collaborate with restaurants, coffee shops, or even sports teams to create co-branded designs.
  • Get creative with local events. Design limited-edition merchandise for community festivals, farmers markets, or charity events.
  • Think beyond t-shirts. Offer a diverse range of products like bags, stickers, posters, or even kid’s apparel items featuring local themes. 

  1. Educational and informational designs

The hunger for knowledge never fades. People of all ages are constantly seeking new ways to learn and expand their horizons. But…Can you imagine how many people out there are tired of textbooks that put them to sleep? Or online courses that feel like a chore? Here's a secret you can teach them: learning can be fun! 

This is right where your POD shop comes in. You can turn historical facts into eye-catching tote bags that become conversation starters. Or offer science-themed t-shirts for kids. These will surely turn their playtime into a mini learning adventure (and parents will be more than happy)! 

Here’s more ideas on how you can tap into this niche:

  • Target diverse audiences. Develop products for various demographics. From science-themed t-shirts for kids to language learning tote bags for travelers.
  • Collaborate with experts. Partner with educators, subject matter experts, or even online learning platforms to ensure accuracy and credibility.
  • Make it visually appealing. Combine informative designs with eye-catching graphics, fun facts, or even interactive elements like QR codes linking to additional information.
  1. Tech Accessories

Gone are the days of generic phone cases and laptop sleeves. Today's tech-savvy consumers crave personalization and self-expression, even on their gadgets. 

If you want to embrace the power of personalization, go beyond phone cases. Explore laptop sleeves, tablet covers, device skins, mouse pads, and even stickers that enthusiasts can affix to their phone, laptop, or tablet covers (

Additionally, think about offering various personalization options. Allow customers to add initials, names, and monograms, or even upload their own photos and designs. 

Here are a few examples:

  • For the gamers. Offer phone cases with custom in-game avatars or skins, or tote bags featuring popular game characters.
  • For pet lovers. Design personalized phone cases or stickers featuring their furry friend's portrait.
  • For the minimalist. Create sleek and stylish tech accessories with subtle personalized touches like engraved initials or geometric patterns. 

But it's not just about the products you use—it's about the idea. People still love classics like t-shirts, fabric bags, hoodies, and even posters and framed canvases. With these, you can transform tech jokes, expressions, and cool visuals into their own mobile fashion statements. 

Remember: High-quality materials, vibrant printing, and user-friendly customization options are key to success in this niche. 

9. Printable planners & journals

The market for planners and journals is flourishing, driven by individuals seeking self-improvement and organization. Want to tap into this trend? Here are a few suggestions: 

  • Design a variety of planner templates. Cater to different needs with daily, weekly, or monthly planners, budget trackers, habit trackers, and goal-setting worksheets.
  • Offer customizable options. Allow users to choose layouts, color schemes, fonts, and even add personal quotes or inspirational messages.
  • Create themed printables. Design printables for specific goals like fitness trackers, travel journals, or gratitude journals.

Be sure to invest in high-quality downloadable PDFs and provide clear instructions for printing and assembly.

Additionally, you can infuse the realm of planning printables with tangible Print On Demand (POD) products. 

For instance, imagine printing an annual calendar on a large poster. This will surely turn the organization into a visual centerpiece! This way, users can track their entire year at a glance and merge practicality with artistic flair. 

You can also very easily transform your downloadable journal templates into a physical POD product. Or bring planner stickers to life as physical ones! Users select their preferred motivational or decorative stickers, and you print and ship a set ready to adorn their planners, laptops, or any surface.  

10. On-Demand pet products

Let's not forget our furry companions! Pet parents are increasingly treating their animals as members of the family, wanting to express their love through personalized accessories. 

You can pamper their pets and their pet owners with personalized flair. Think: 

  • Personalization. Allow pet parents to add their pet's name, photo, or even funny quotes to the apparel.
  • Different breeds and sizes. Ensure your product range caters to various dog and cat breeds to reach a wider audience.
  • Custom art. Transform your customer’s pet photo into a work of art! Offer custom paintings printed on canvas or posters. This will allow pet owners to showcase their furry friends in a personalized and artistic way. With PrintSeekers, go the extra mile—provide the option to create framed canvas or posters.
  • Custom wallpapers with pets. Offer your customers to turn their ordinary spaces into pet-friendly havens! Let them upload their pet images to create custom wallpapers. This is such a unique idea! Those with special pet zones or separate rooms can now beautifully decorate these spaces.
  • Custom apparel for pet owners. Every pet owner will adore the idea of proudly wearing their beloved pet's image. Create custom t-shirts, hoodies, and sweatshirts adorned with personalized designs. Whether it's a clever quote, a playful illustration, or a lifelike portrait, it will become an expression of the special connection between pets and their owners.  

Start your unique POD business in 2024

Forget the ordinary! These are just a few ideas to spark your creativity and show you how to stand out in the POD world. Remember—it’s all about finding your unique niche, adding a personal touch, and wowing your customers. 

So, ditch the ‘’been there, done that’’ approach and turn your unique ideas into reality. Whether it's a customized wallpaper, unique sticker bundle, or framed art like posters and canvas, your passion and these unconventional concepts can pave the way for a thriving POD business.

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