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Celebrating Accomplishments with Awards

As 2016 draws to a close, many of you may be in the midst of planning a holiday party or end of year party. Traditionally, this is a time of year when many businesses, organizations, schools, and nonprofits take a moment to celebrate their milestones—and that includes recognizing exceptional contributions or achievements. One way to do so is with by giving your staff, business partners, colleagues, or honorees a thoughtful holiday gift. Another way to honor hard work and loyalty is through special awards, plaques, or certificates.

If you’re giving awards out to your top dealers or franchisees, who’ve made great successes in advancing your business, or if you’re recognizing the accomplishments made at your nonprofit, school, or other organization, we’re here to help you choose an appropriate way to celebrate. If you need a way to recognize members at an end of year industry event for your trade association, professional organization, clubs, school or organization, we can help you find an award that stands out.

Here are a few special mementos you may find fitting for any of these occasions:

#1. Paperweights
Both strikingly gorgeous and useful, crystal paperweights are a great reminder to your employees, business partners, colleagues, or honorees of how much they are valued. With your logo appearing alongside words of recognition and achievement, this attractive gift will be a stately presence on any desk, bringing smiles year-round.
#2. Plaques


If you want to recognize someone’s accomplishments, a plaque is a good choice. There are many decoration and branding options available, allowing your organization to craft a meaningful message in honor of the occasion. It will likely find a place of honor on that person’s office or cubicle wall, reminding them each day of how much they are appreciated.
#3. Crystal Awards


These glittering awards aren’t just for awards shows you see on TV. They are also perfect for a major occasion such as a holiday party or a gala in which you are honoring and celebrating the accomplishments of your team. A crystal award is an enduring symbol of the esteem in which you hold your awardee, and it will be cherished for years to come.
#4. Trophy Cups


As sports fans know well (especially hockey fans with their Stanley Cup), a trophy cup represents the pinnacle of achievement and success. If there is someone you know who has truly excelled in their role, surpassing all expectations or perhaps having contributed a lifetime’s worth of career accomplishments, this is an elegant and memorable way to honor them.

There are, of course, many other varieties and versions of the awards you see here—this is just a curated list to get you started. If you’re thinking about what gifts to get your employees, colleagues, clients, or honorees in a more general sense, check out our tips on corporate holiday gift-giving. We also have some pointers on how to plan a holiday or year-end party that everyone will enjoy.

Wondering if there are other kinds of awards that might be a good choice for a holiday party or other occasion you have in mind? Don’t hesitate to reach out to us for advice. If you could benefit from some creative and collaborative brainstorming, we’d be happy to share some recommendations. Connect with us on Twitter and Facebook or call us at 877-881-6845 and we’ll be glad to advise you on custom branded promotional products that can represent your brand with style and grace.

5 Gift-Giving Tips for the Holiday Season

The holidays are almost here! Although we haven’t seen many decorations go up yet here in New York, that will likely change right after Halloween. If you’re thinking of giving corporate gifts over the holidays or if you’re beginning to plan a holiday party, you might be at a loss for what type of gift to select. Never fear! We’re here to help. Here are 5 gift-giving tips for the holiday season that will help make sure your present is met with a warm smile of appreciation.

5 holiday season gift-giving tips:

  1. Get them something they’ll like. Gifts are most appreciated when they speak to someone’s unique interests. Does your client or employee has a favorite sport, a special hobby, or a pastime that they particularly enjoy? Then select a gift to match, like a Moleskine journal for a budding writer, a cheese plate for a foodie, or a power bank for a gadget-loving techie whose batter is always running low.
  2. Take care with the presentation. Although the gift itself is the star of the show, presentation also matters. Make sure to have your gift festively or stylishly wrapped so that it will make a positive impression, and don’t forget to add a personalized, handwritten note to show you’ve taken special care in selecting the present.
  3. Take cost into consideration. No one wants to receive a cheap-looking gift, but it can also be awkward to receive an excessively expensive present. Aim instead for a thoughtful, quality gift that is not ostentatious but in good taste. If you have a corporate gift-giving policy, it may spell out precisely what you are allowed to spend on holiday gifts.
  4. Be careful about regifting. Although regifting is becoming more commonplace, many people still prefer to receive an original gift that was selected just for them. You want to convey genuine feeling and sincerity, so make sure that the gift is still something they will like. It’s also wise to avoid regifting a present if the original giver is either likely to be there or could somehow find out. For more etiquette tips, check out our post on etiquette for corporate holiday gift giving.
  5. Be the life of the party. If you’re giving a gift to a group of people in an office, make sure there’s enough of it for everyone to enjoy. Generosity is always appreciated at this time of year, so you may want to opt for a nice gift basket, chocolate truffles, or a cookie tin that is loaded with tasty goodies.

Are you wondering how you can surprise and delight someone with the right gift this holiday season? We’d be happy to recommend some fitting choices that will thoughtfully express your gratitude and appreciation. Check out our holiday board on Pinterest, reach out to us on Twitter and Facebook, or call us at 877-881-6845. We’ll be glad to advise on ways you can make a positive impression through well selected gifts.

Planning the Perfect Holiday or Year-End Party

Believe it or not, the holidays are right around the corner. Here in the U.S., it’s common to have a holiday party or a year-end party for your employees, colleagues or clients. In Japan, it’s typical to have an end-of-year party and then a New Year party as well. Whatever the occasion, now is an excellent time to begin the preparations for your seasonal event. Here are a few tips to ensure that everyone who attends your gathering will have a wonderful time.

  • Plan ahead. It’s always good to establish a set budget as far in advance as possible and then generate ideas that will fit comfortably within it. That makes it much easier to manage both costs and expectations. Generally, the further in advance you plan, the better cost savings you will be able to achieve. With enough lead-time, you may also locate the perfect event space or a wonderful musical group for the party.
  • Give people the heads up. Schedules are already beginning to fill up as the end of the year approaches, so let people know as soon as you have a date and time for the party. Everyone will appreciate the fact that you showed consideration for their busy holiday schedules and that you gave them an opportunity to be a part of the special evening.
  • Tailor your party to your company’s culture. Is your office culture laid back, casual, or a bit more formal? Take that into account when planning activities or even selecting decorations and refreshment for the special occasion. It’s also a good idea to consider the company’s current circumstances. Is the company undergoing some challenges or change? Then it might be wise to plan the event with that in mind. Did your company have an exceptional year? Then of course it’s a great opportunity for everyone to celebrate.
  • Make sure the event is fun. This can be subjective and vary from organization to organization, of course, but in general your party should feature an atmosphere and programming that your attendees will like. Consider holding the party somewhere outside the office, for a welcome change of scenery, so everyone can relax and focus on having a good time. Any activities that provide people with a chance to come together and celebrate their collective successes will likely go over especially well.
  • Attract people’s interest with exclusive VIP gifts. Want to ensure a strong attendance at your holiday or year-end party? Pique their interest with special gifts. You could offer exclusive giveaways such as gift baskets with candy or food, electronics accessories like custom bluetooth speakers, or a chic Godiva Tumbler Set to the first 25 people who show up, for example. You might even want to plan cool, special giveaways that are related to your industry in some way.
  • Recognize people who have contributed to the company’s success over the past year. Take a moment to publicly thank those who have made an impact so that they know their efforts and talents have been appreciated. This is an occasion when you want to give back to all of the employees, customers and business partners who made your year a success. If you share your gratitude with them, they’ll be sure to remember it for a long time to come.

Are you planning a special holiday or year-end event for which custom branded products featuring exceptional design can make a difference? These are just a few ideas, but we can also offer tailored guidance and expertise to fit your specific needs. Reach out to us on social media—we’re on Twitter and Facebook—or call us at 877-881-6845 and we’ll be happy to discuss how you can achieve your branding goals this year and beyond.