Archive for June, 2010

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

familyreunion3Reunions are a time where several generations of a family can get together and remember the past as well as plan their futures.  Promotional products like custom lapel pins, embroidered patches, and imprinted lanyards are created for these events and serve as cherished keepsakes for those in attendance.  Although reunions are often short lived, memories that are made at them will last a lifetime.

Ways to Use Custom Lapel Pins, Embroidered Patches, and Lanyards

Some of the ways promotional products can be used at your next reunion are:

  • Unique and purposeful, custom lanyards are a favorite at special events.  With the right type of attachments, they can be used to carry IDs, cell phones, and keys.  There are a number of styles to choose from and designs can be imprinted or embroidered into the fabric depending on the family’s preference.
  • Embroidered patches are long lasting.  They can be sewn onto clothing and bags which help make a visual statement.  They also can be created in a variety of sizes, shapes, and styles depending on your design ideas.
  • Custom lapel pins are versatile.  They can be used in a variety of ways and come in several different styles.  Like embroidered patches, you can choose different sizes and shapes.  Add-ons like dangling charms, blinking lights, and movable pieces can add style and flair to your family reunion lapel pin design.

Incorporating Promotional Products Into Your Family Reunion

Family reunions often involve food and games.  You can easily incorporate promotional products into your theme in the following ways:

  • Create place cards with each family member’s name on it.  Stick a custom lapel pin through the card and tell everyone they are welcome to take home their gifts after the meal is served.
  • Give certain members of the family a specific task to complete.  For example, appoint a team of Cooks, a Clean-Up Crew, and Errand Runners.  Give each person a lanyard with a  badge holder identifying their role.  Groups will be easier to distinguish when wearing their appropriate title.
  • Award custom lapel pins or embroidered patches to the winners of games and tasks.  You can include information about the event, your family’s name, and the achievement that is being rewarded on the product.

Custom lapel pins, embroidered patches, and lanyards are incredibly useful at family reunions.  Not only can they help identify your kin, they also serve as a piece of memorabilia which helps you remember the time that you spent together.

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010
Hockey Trading Pins

Hockey Trading Pins

Hockey teams from around the world are looking for ways to make themselves identifiable in the eyes of the public. One of the most effective methods of doing this is through the use of custom hockey trading pins featuring their team’s name, mascot, and hometown. Not only are these items very popular, they give young players the opportunity to meet with other teams and spectators from around the world.

With trading pins in such high demand, we recommend placing your order with us, Lapel Pins Plus, just as soon as you can. Not only does that give us enough time to assess your team’s needs, it also ensures that your custom trading pins arrive in time for your first game or tournament.

The Steps to Take in Ordering Your Own Hockey Trading Pins

The first step in creating trading pins for your team starts with you. Your unique ideas help our team of talented designers create eye-catching graphics featuring your logo, mascot or photograph. You can discuss these with us by phone toll-free or by emailing us. We can then suggest the size and shape of trading pin to best fit your design.

Most hockey trading pins are made out of solid metal, then filled with enamel paint, baked at a high temperature and then plated in gold, silver, copper or even in black metal. People worldwide are drawn to this style of trading pin because of its durability and lustrous appeal. Young hockey players enjoy bringing these items with them to games and tournaments because of their high perceived value. Creating custom trading pins makes for an exciting trading experience at every event.

Does your team like trading pins that have danglers, blinkies, spinners, or sliders? If they do, you can add these elements to your order as a way of increasing your pins’ tradability. The hockey pins with the most appeal are the ones that have some special element about them. This can come in the form of one of the above options and can also be achieved by having a unique design.

Once you have determined the style, size, shape, and colors of your trading pins, the next thing you must consider is the number of pins needed to fill your order. This will be based on the number of players, family members, and coaching staff that you have. You will also have to consider the number of games or tournaments that you will be playing and trading custom hockey pins at. Each player should have a considerable amount of trading pins to take with them to each event. You may even think about ordering custom lanyards to place these items on.

Once you approve your design, we place your order and pick up the cost of shipping. We do this because your satisfaction is of the utmost importance to us. Our goal is to make your entire trading pin experience one that is easy and enjoyable.

There is no reason why you should wait to place your custom trading pin order. With our no obligation, free quote, you can inquire about our services without incurring any costs. Give us a call at 1-800-252-0904 or email today.

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010


Custom lanyards provide an effective way to display and transport your custom trading pins to and from games and tournaments.  Lightweight and durable, they can hold a player’s entire collection of memorabilia and can be worn during pin trading events.

Polyester, Woven, Tube, and Nylon lanyards offer quality and value to a lapel pin order.  You can increase your team’s visibility by ordering custom lanyards to compliment your custom trading pins.  You can also choose the type of attachment that you feel will be the most beneficial.

We offer the following free attachments:

  • Lobster Claw
  • J Hook
  • Bulldog Clip
  • Key Ring
  • Cell Phone Loop

For an additional fee, you can choose a:

  • Carabiner Hook
  • Oval Hook
  • Thumb Hook
  • No Swivel Hook
  • Plastic Swivel Hook

There are a number of ways to personalize your lanyards.  Some of the information that you could include on them is:

  • Your Hometown
  • The Name of Your Team
  • Your Logo or Mascot

Custom lanyards can be sold to the public at concession stands at tournaments and big name events like Cooperstown and the Little League World Series.  They can be considered a fundraiser item designed to help purchase medals and trophies, uniforms or new sports equipment.  They also serve as a collectible and can be worn after events to carry keys or school identification cards.  Young athletes love the attention that they receive when wearing a custom lanyard of their very own.

Pin trading is a highlight of baseball and softball season.  People from all around the world gather to watch their favorite teams compete on the field.  Coaches, parents, siblings, and fans also join in the ritual and swap pins with one another.  They carry their collections in pin trading cases or wear them around their necks on a lanyard for easy access.

Creating your custom lanyards is easy.  Contact us by phone or email to discuss the different styles and colors available to you.  At that time, we can also talk about the type of lapel pins that will best satisfy your needs.  Most sports teams prefer Soft Enamel for their trading pins because of their stylish appearance and durability.  We can provide you with suggestions based on your design ideas.

Call us toll-free at 1-800-519-9391 or email for a free, no obligation quote.

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010
Graduation Pin

Graduation Pin

Graduation is an important milestone shared by people of all ages and occupations.  Custom lapel pins help celebrate this event by providing students with a keepsake rich with personal meaning and achievement.  In addition to being handed out with diplomas and degrees, lapel pins are also used in the following ways:

  • To show school pride.
  • To honor a lost classmate or teacher.
  • To signify membership in a club or sports team.
  • To come together as a class.
  • To provide distinction to different colleges on the same campus (teachers wear apples, architects wear rulers, technology teachers wear computers).

Due to their personal nature, custom lapel pins are seldom the same.  By simply switching up chosen color combinations, standard designs take on a completely different appearance.  The same can be said about a variety of sizes and shapes.  Schools and universities can create standout lapel pins for their graduates by keeping that information in mind.

Certain designs call for a specific type of lapel pin.  Many schools and universities lean towards Die Struck pins because of their traditional look and timeless appeal.  Gemstones can be added to the pins as a way of acknowledging esteemed students and faculty or members of the National Honor Society.

Graduation lapel pins are very common.  They can even be worn on a cap or a gown and can be pinned on during a Ceremony.  Nursing schools, military academies, community colleges, and universities create Cloisonné, Soft Enamel, and Die Struck pins for their graduates as a way of commending them for their achievements and providing them with a piece of memorabilia to look back at years after they have walked across the stage.

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010
Lighthouse Lapel Pins

Lighthouse Lapel Pins

The perfect summer vacation often involves being outdoors.  From sprawling hills to lush greenery, people are drawn to state parks because of their natural beauty and inexpensive entrance fees.  Where else can you spend the day fishing, hiking, and cooking out under a star-filled sky?

State park gift shops sell a variety of souvenirs but perhaps the most alluring are the lighthouse shaped lapel pins that are found at the top of jewelry spinners and counter displays.  These whimsical pieces of memorabilia catch the eyes of collectors because of their incredible charm and appeal.

Many businesses incorporate lighthouses into their lapel pin designs.  In fact, they are a symbol used by the National Association of Postal Supervisors for conferences and nationwide events.  After consulting with the NAPS, we created blinking light lapel pins for their 2010 National Convention in Orlando, Florida.  Drawing upon their design ideas, we were able to come up with impressive artwork that accurately depicted the Association, its ideals, and the event being attended.  The soft enamel lapel pins included information and symbols unique to the Association as well as marked an important date in its personal history.

Lighthouse Lapel Pins Examples

Lapel pins range in size, shape, color, and style.  We have included some examples of lighthouse pins to demonstrate their versatility:

One is Die Struck with a gemstone.  Die Struck lapel pins are incredibly popular with groups and organization because they are timeless.  Crafted in a variety of finishes—Gold, Silver, Brass, and Copper, these lapel pins signify accomplishment and tradition.

The other is Soft Enamel that is void of any wording or identifying information.  This type of lighthouse lapel pin is commonly found for sale in gift shops around the world.  Attaching these products to cardstock increases their perceived value and makes it easier to present them to collectors that are looking for the perfect memento to add to their collection.

Why Choose Lighthouse Lapel Pins?

There are a number of reasons why lighthouse lapel pins appeal to collectors.  Here are a few to consider:

  • Lighthouse lapel pins are small and unlike other types of keepsakes, take up very little room.
  • Lighthouse lapel pins are portable and are easy to secure to a bag or piece of clothing.
  • Lighthouse lapel pins are the type of keepsake with high value.  You can purchase several and know that they will last for years.
  • Lighthouse lapel pins help mark important events even more than photographs and souvenir t-shirts.

A perfect ending to a trip includes a visit to a gift shop.  When considering what type of items to sell, think about the interest in lighthouse lapel pins.  Not only will your customers thank you for carrying something with high sentimental value, they will buy extras to bring back to all of their family members and friends.

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010
Multi-Piece Lapel Pins

Multi-Piece Lapel Pins

When it comes to unique gift items, custom lapel pins are a real crowd pleaser.  Due to the fact that they can be personalized, many businesses, groups, and organizations elect to use them for upcoming events, games and tournaments, awards ceremonies, and customer giveaways.

Multiple piece lapel pins are creative and provide a physical challenge for collectors.  A person has to acquire several smaller pins in order to form the main lapel pin.  Two baseball teams, the Alcatraz Boyz and the California Crushers, decided to give their custom trading pins an edge.  They chose to create dual lapel pin sets that could be put together to form a larger image.  Their unique designs enabled them to get twice as many trading pins from their orders and their players had a lot of fun swapping with other teams throughout the season.  They were able to get two pins for every set they traded.

Custom lapel pins have many uses and styles can vary from customer to customer.  Businesses or organizations looking to maximize their impact while maintaining value can opt to order multiple piece lapel pins featuring their logo or mascot as a way of creating a special keepsake for their recipients.  Part of the fun is seeing the “big picture” by collecting each lapel pin and putting them together.

When it comes to promoting, educating, and rewarding, there is nothing more effective than custom lapel pins.  Multiple pieces add higher perceived value to these objects and make them appear to be worth more to collectors.  You can add appeal to your custom lapel pins order by taking into account all the options made available to you.  Visit Lapel Pins Plus for a free quote today.

Friday, June 18th, 2010

How to Get the Most Out of Your Custom Lapel Pin Order If you are looking for ways to get more bang for your buck, custom lapel pins are the right option for you.  In addition to featuring your company or organization’s artwork, these versatile promotional items can be used for a variety of different purposes and occasions.  

A few of the most common ways custom lapel pins are used include:

  • To advertise a new product or service
  • To announce an upcoming event
  • To reward a job well done
  • To encourage teamwork
  • To trade with others 
  • To mark an event or occasion

How to Make Your Lapel Pins Unique

Personalization is the key to making a long lasting connection with your customers and employees.  You can easily alter the appearance of your design by choosing different plating options or add different color fills to the same mold for an entirely new look.  One of our customers was able to stretch his budget by having his lapel pin design plated in two different colors—silver and gold at no additional cost.  We often do this for customers who are trying to achieve different rankings with their lapel pin orders.  Gold, silver, and bronze pins can be used to recognize First, Second, and Third Place at sporting events and academic competitions.

We also helped a customer create four unique lapel pins using one design and a multitude of colors.  This allowed him to award different groups of people lapel pins for their achievements without adding expense to his order.  He ordered over 200 pins from us and was very pleased by the extra steps that we took to ensure that his order was 100% satisfactory. platings

You can also request a variety of sizes and shapes to compliment your design.  Certain graphics call for larger or smaller lapel pins.  Different occasions may dictate a certain style of pin.  Die Struck is often used for Employee Recognition events and Years of Service Awards whereas Soft Enamel is complimentary for custom Trading Pins.  Add-ons like glitter, blinking lights, sliding and spinning pieces, and Bobble Heads can compliment many designs.

Different styles of backings can also change the appearance of your custom lapel pins.  You can choose a Safety Pin Clasp, a Locking Jewelry Clutch, a Magnetic Backing or a Cufflink Attachment in place of the standard Butterfly Clutch or Rubber Clutch.  These items enhance the appearance of your designs and also give you added security when attaching these items to articles of clothing, bags or hats.

Custom lapel pins are a great value.  Due to their unique design and various uses, they remain a favorite in both personal and professional settings.

Friday, June 18th, 2010

coin2Custom shaped challenge coins are growing in popularity.  Although round challenge coins tend to be the norm, many of our customers choose other shapes as a way to express themselves, the business or organization that they represent, and the events that they are trying to promote.  A square, rectangular, or triangular shape can enhance the challenge coin’s overall appearance and give it the attention that it deserves at Trade Shows, Conferences, and Awards Ceremonies.

The sky is virtually the limit when it comes to the personalization of challenge coins.  You can add extra style and appeal to your design easily by choosing an array of colors, glitter, 3D molding or rope edging.  You can also include the names of the people in your department, unit, squadron or platoon and identifying objects like a mascot, logo or emblem to either side of your custom shaped challenge coins.

 Having a quote or mission statement stamped onto the surface of these memorable items can help introduce your business or organization to the public and create a name for yourself with customers and employees.  Custom challenge coins have been used to honor individuals since World War I.  Their durability and versatility make them a popular gift with every type of occupation.  Whether it is for a Sergeant in the Army or a local country club’s oldest members, we will be here to help you every step of the way with the design, manufacturing, and delivery of your custom shaped challenge coin.

We have created nearly every shape of challenge coin imaginable for corporations, sports teams, and every branch of the military.  After hearing about your design ideas, we will be happy to suggest the size, shape, and style of challenge coin that will best represent your group or organization’s purpose and history.  Upon sending you a complimentary proof and receiving your final approval, we place your order and begin the manufacturing process of the custom shaped challenge coins.

A creative challenge coin can help boost morale while simultaneously developing your brand or advertising your event.  Find out how Challenge Coins Plus can help by calling 1-800-252-0904 toll-free or emailing for a free quote.

Friday, June 18th, 2010

hotels2The Hospitality and Tourism Industry knows the importance of making a good first impression.  That is why they go out of their way to accommodate their guests.  From the Front Desk staff at a hotel to the Concierge, custom lapel pins help create an atmosphere of professionalism by easily identifying workers.  Worn on nametags, these items speak volumes to those who encounter them.

In addition to being worn as a standard uniform item, hotels also use custom lapel pins to reward employees for achieving specific goals.  Incentives are used as a way to promote workplace safety, perfect attendance, and customer satisfaction.  Hotel workers are often nominated by supervisors and awarded the pins at meetings or banquets where they are considered the Guest of Honor.

We have created custom lapel pins for a number of hotels and day spas.  Intercontinental Hotels and Veneto Hotels and Spa each contacted us with their lapel pin ideas.  After hearing their requests, we were able to create custom artwork using their chosen design elements and send them a full-color proof to look over free of charge.  Once the lapel pin designs were approved, we finalized their orders and, as with all of our orders, we included free shipping. This helped us ensure each customer’s satisfaction with the ordering process.

Hotels around the country can benefit from ordering custom lapel pins from Lapel Pins Plus.  In addition to our years of experience working with individuals in the Hospitality and Tourism Industry, we have our team of talented designers ready to customize your lapel pin today.  Call us today at 1-800-252-0904 or email for details.

Friday, June 18th, 2010

rest2The restaurant industry has seen its fair share of success over the years. From new concepts and ways to measure customer satisfaction, restauranteurs know that marketing is often the key to business growth. In addition to making use of virtual outlets, many restaurant owners still believe in the power of promotional products. Custom lapel pins are a clever tool that can be used in campaigns announcing new menu items, Grand Openings, and other special events. They can be included with Press Kits and handed out to various media outlets to maximize their effectiveness.

From Hosts and Hostesses to Servers and Bartenders, custom lapel pins are a great way to identify members of a restaurant’s staff and reward them for their efforts. I don’t understand the following sentence? A remarkably popular eatery makes use of each employee’s strengths and talents. One way that they can encourage their staff to exceed expectations is by awarding them with custom lapel pins quarterly for meeting goals, taking into account safety, or achieving perfect attendance.

We recently designed custom lapel pins for Flemings Steakhouse and Jack’s Restaurant. Although each customer was very different, the end result was the same. They were pleased with the finished product and we had the satisfaction of knowing that we created quality items with visual appeal.

Custom lapel pins make a powerful statement. They are easy to affix to clothing and nametags which makes them convenient to use in fast paced settings like restaurants. Customizable and affordable, they can include details about an establishment, its employees, and location. Many restaurants include a logo or mascot as a way of branding their name and marketing to the public.

Creating restaurant lapel pins is something we do well. A visit to Lapel Pins Plus can help restauranteurs determine the style, shape, size, and number of pins to order for their staff.

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