Archive for June, 2011

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

Travel is a great equalizer.  It allows people from all walks of life to see the world by whatever mode of transportation he or she prefers.  For example, decades of backpackers have covered miles of territory by foot.  This has allowed them to enjoy a more personal travel experience.  Rather than have a set agenda, they can take their time in the cities that interest them and move quickly through the ones that don’t.

Show Off Your Country’s Heritage with Friendship Lapel Pins

Friendship lapel pins are a great gift to hand out when you travel.  Often featuring two countries’ flags that cross at the bottom, they are symbolic because they show off your heritage.  Traditionally speaking, the host country is on the left and the guest country is on the right.  These items are sometimes called dual or crossed flags because of their appearance.

Lapel Pins Break Language Barriers

Cultural differences are put aside when these pins are presented.  That’s because they are a symbolic exchange of respect.  It doesn’t matter if the traveler is fluent in the country’s native language.  Friendship lapel pins speak for themselves.  One look at them and a person sees what they are meant to represent.

If the host country is having an international meeting, handing these pins to guest countries is a kind and thoughtful gesture.  This is one way to win people over.  They’ll remember you as a generous individual from the United States.  They’ll be more likely to have a broader picture of your country, its policies, and traditions.

Turning Lapel Pins Into Charms

We will be happy to create a charm for a necklace, bracelet or key ring by adding a loop at the top and removing the post on the back of the pin.  This allows your friendship pins to be worn in different ways.  Before you take off for your destination, make sure that you have plenty of friendship lapel pins on hand.  You don’t want to miss the opportunity to meet new people in the country you’re visiting.  Don’t forget, we can place them in an acrylic box that will be sure to impress at presentation time.  Just mention that you’re interested in presentation cases when you call us to discuss your order.

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

One of the largest natural food retailers in the nation, Earth Fare, cannot stress how important it is to eat healthy.  That’s why they make fresh, organic and local produce, meat, poultry, and seafood departments delicious and affordable.  With 21 stores in six states, the supermarket chain has many employees that deserve recognition for their years of service, dedication, and commitment.

We created custom lapel pins for the customer that featured the company’s logo along with the number of years the individual worked for Earth Fare.  This type of recognition award lapel pin is a hit with employees because the logo helps remind them of their employer and the time that they spent at the workplace.

Employee Recognition Award Lapel Pins Are a Verifiable Hit

Tangible rewards like these help boost morale, increase productivity, and make employees feel like a valuable part of the team.  This benefits employers because there is less absenteeism and far fewer accidents because employees are focused and aware of the tasks they are completing.

Lapel pins can be worn on clothing or name tags as a way to show pride.  Supermarkets and other businesses can also create custom lanyards to put the pins on.  Visible and attractive, custom pins make great gifts for companies of all sizes.

Mixed Plating Gives Pins Multiple Looks Without the Cost

Mixed plating options help to differentiate amongst employees.  Each milestone pin can be plated in a different color.  This adds excitement to the awards ceremony because employees know they have something to strive for.  The longer they are with the company, the more lapel pins they will acquire.

Custom lapel pins are a great way to honor and recognize exceptional employees.  Lightweight, durable, and attractive, they stand out among other types of workplace incentives because they actually appeal to everyone.  The best part of all is that they are created with your ideas in mind.  This allows you to take an image or a photograph along with the text of your choice and create something personal and memorable out of it.

Visit to get some inspiration.  You can take a look at our gallery and the different types of pins that we have to offer.  Once you have an idea in mind, give us a call at 1-800-252-0904 or email  We’ll be happy to accommodate your request and provide you with a free quote.

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

Kids from all over the world dream of going to space, visiting new planets, and riding on spaceships.  Space Camp is the closest thing to taking an intergalactic trip into the atmosphere.  In fact, since 1982, the U.S. Space & Rocket Center museum’s education program has provided educational experiences for children from fourth grade to high school age.

For the lucky kids that get the opportunity to go to space camp, they are given ample opportunity to learn more about math, science, and technology.  It also puts them into contact with other campers, who like them, have an interest in outer space.  More than 500,000 students and adults have attended Space Camp since it was founded.

Trading Pins Becoming Part of Camp Culture

The memories that they make during the duration of camp will last them a lifetime.  That’s why it’s ideal for each camper to have his or her own set of custom lapel pins to trade while they are participating in the program.  Like sporting events, pin trading has become an important part of camp culture.

Breaking the Ice is Easy When Everyone Has Pins to Trade

When all the children arrive at camp the first day, they have the opportunity to trade pins with other children.  This is a great way for the campers to break the ice and start to know the other participants that they will be spending the next week with. These small pieces of memorabilia are made in a way that they tie into space camp themes.  They also feature identifying information about the camper like their name and a symbol of something that represents them and their unique personality.

Lapel Pins Plus Makes Exciting Space Camp Trading Pins

Lapel Pins Plus recently designed a pin for a girl who will be going to space camp later this summer.  The pin was actually designed as a cloisonné pin which has a smooth, jewelry-like finish.  This added to the visual appeal of the pin and increased its tradeability.  Any camper seeing the pin would want to add it to his or her collection.

Custom trading pins can be made in any shape, size or color.  They are designed in a way that reflect the camper’s unique personality.  They are also visually appealing which makes them easy to trade.  Other campers will love to see the following add-ons on the trading pins that they collect:

  • Glitter
  • Blinking Lights
  • Cut Outs
  • Dangling Charms
  • Spinning and Sliding Pieces
  • Bobble Heads

If you or your child plan on attending Space Camp this year, why not take a minute to place your trading pin order with us?  We create a full color digital proof for you free of charge.  This way you can see what your pins will look like prior to them going into production.  We even let you make as many revisions to your design as you see fit.  We want to make sure that you are 100% satisfied with your trading pin order.

Monday, June 27th, 2011

The National Urban League is a historic civil rights organization that was founded in 1910.  It’s mission is to increase economic empowerment so that it can elevate the standard of living in historically underserved urban communities.  With its headquarters in New York City, the National Urban League spearheads the efforts of its local affiliates through the development of programs, public policy research, and advocacy.

Today, there are more than 100 local affiliates in 36 states and the District of Columbia that impact and improve the lives of more than 2 million people nationwide with the services that they provide.  Their five point approach is extended to the following areas:

  • Education and Youth Empowerment
  • Economic Empowerment
  • Health and Quality of Life Empowerment
  • Civic Engagement and Leadership Empowerment
  • Civil Rights and Racial Justice Empowerment

The Tacoma Urban League’s Special Request

The Tacoma Urban League contacted us with a request for two separate lapel pins.  One was for their members and the other would be handed out to people in their community.  We were able to combine the two pins to reach a higher quantity price discount which really pleased the customer.  This is an example of one of the many ways that we go the extra mile to ensure that you are happy with the products that you ordered from us.

We used the national brand logo for Urban League and then added text that the Tacoma branch wanted featured on their custom lapel pins.  One pin has our antique finish over a die struck gold pin and the other pin was silver with black color fills.  Both pins are highly attractive and visually appealing.

Free Digital Proofing Process Provides Many Options

Our free digital proofing process really helped this customer see about 10 variations of their pins so that they could pick the best one for their needs. Had we not had our proofing process, physical samples would have had to been made which would have been very expensive for the customer and would have taken much more time to get to the end result.

Custom lapel pins are great in many capacities.  As demonstrated in our blog, you can take one logo, switch up the text, and combine both quantities together to take advantage of the highest price discount available.  This allows you to get the most bang for your buck.

Your Lapel Pins Plus sales representative can explain this more in detail over email or by phone.  You can also visit to put in your request for a no obligation, free quote.

Friday, June 24th, 2011

Since World War I, challenge coins have been a big part of military culture.  These tokens of appreciation relate to camaraderie, brotherhood, and pride which are the same core beliefs held by rugby teams from around the world.  Both groups enjoy  designing and collecting challenge coins.  This passionate pastime is one that will continue to be popular for decades.

Rugby Is Not a Sport For the Faint-Hearted

Some people view rugby matches as intense battles pitting one team up against another.  Players see the sport quite differently.  They enjoy the competitive nature of the game and this belief shows through in their athleticism.  Rugby players put on a good show whether they win or lose.

Coat of Arms Links Rugby Teams With Military Units

Here is an interesting piece of trivia.  Many rugby teams have a coat of arms dating back to its origins which are key design elements of their custom challenge coins.  Military branches and units also have coat of arms that identify their particular unit or squadron.  This shared connection is one of the most exciting things about challenge coins.  Just by appearance alone, they are highly regarded because of their ability to honor worthy individuals.

Selling Rugby Coins At Tournaments

Rugby coins are popular at tournaments where participants can purchase the official “tournament” coin so that they can have a visual reminder of that weekend’s matches.  Unlike lapel pins, challenge coins have a larger area to work with not to mention two sides which allows bigger designs and more content to be placed on these memorable keepsakes.

Why wait until next year to put your rugby team and it’s players in the spotlight?  Order your custom challenge coins today and have them in hand before your first big tournament.  When you order from Challenge Coins Plus, you’re ordering from the best.  In addition to a free digital proof, we also offer free shipping.  Call 1-800-252-0904, email or visit


Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

Sailing clubs can be found all across the United States.  Not only are they great places to make new friends, they also provide an outlet for men and women to share their knowledge and love for adventure.  Friends who have a common love for sailing join these clubs as a way to branch out.  The end result is a positive experience that lasts them for years and years.

The Universal Sailing Club contacted us with a request for custom lapel pins.  The group was “formed in 2001 by black sailors from the Baltimore-Annapolis-Washington region to better explore Chesapeake Bay sailing.”  The pin that we created for them is in the shape of a flag and contains an image of a sailboat on the water with a setting sun.

Lapel Pins Help Honor New Members of a Club

Lapel pins are handed out to each new member of this club.  This helps establish a sense of goodwill and camaraderie among members of a group.  Men and women are touched by the generosity of the sailing club that they joined and are more likely to tell their friends about their experience because of their small gift.  They also can wear their pins wherever they go.  This helps get the word out in a community that a sailing club does exist.

Trading With Other Clubs At Regattas

When these clubs go to regattas and compete against other sailing clubs, they bring extra pins with them to trade with other teams.  Lapel pins help break the ice and allow for an easy conversation piece which leads to what the design means or how many members are in their club.

Custom Size, Shapes, Styles, Colors, and Backings Give Clubs Options

One of the biggest advantages of creating lapel pins from scratch is that you get to infuse your personality into the design.  That means you have say over how your sailing club lapel pins look, feel, and are used.  For example, you may not know that you change the style of backing that is offered on your custom lapel pins.  Although it may not seem like a big deal at the time, choosing to go with a magnetic pin versus a standard pin with a post can make all the difference.  Members of your sailing club will not have to be concerned with poking holes in their clothing.

Call a Lapel Pins Plus sales professional today to learn more about the ordering process.  In addition to a no obligation, free quote, we offer free shipping on our custom lapel pins.  1-800-252-0904 is the number to reach us at.  Call today and have your pins in hand in no time.

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

Chris-Craft is the oldest power boat company in America.  So, when they contacted us with their request for custom lanyards, we were pleased to be able to work with them.  Using their design ideas, we were able to create a classic navy blue, woven lanyard that coincides with their classic, All-American company.  The text that we used to identify the company was their signature script font in white.  This adds to the design without making it too busy.

Hosting a V.I.P. Event For Prospective Customers

Being able to host special events for prospective customers allows companies like Chris-Craft to shine.  Having custom lanyards made for giveaway purposes allows businesses of all sizes to promote themselves through the use of brand recognition.  That’s why it’s important for companies to think extensively about what they want featured on the items that we make for them.  This can be a logo or image along with text featuring identifying information like a phone number, email address or URL.

Using Lanyards to Differentiate Between Guests, Staff, and Vendors

Custom lanyards can be created in different colors as a way to differentiate between guests, staff, and vendors.  This is a smart way to get the most value from your purchase because you don’t have to change the design to achieve a different effect.  By simply selecting three different colors and then handing them out to the appropriate parties, you eliminate confusion as to which person belongs to which group of people.

PVC Badge Holders Help Companies Learn Customer Names

Optional PVC badge holders help companies learn customer, staff, and vendor names.  This is a great way to foster goodwill and also increase your level of professionalism as a business owner.  Since these items attach to the lanyard easily, they can be used at a later date to carry workplace IDs and drivers licenses.  This adds to the longevity of the lanyards by making them relevant and useful after the V.I.P. event.

Our lanyards come in a variety of styles.  They are highly effective, easy to customize, and full of style and appeal.  To order yours, visit  You can also email or call 1-800-519-9319 today.

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

We love being part of anniversary celebrations.  Companies, organizations, and clubs contact us on a regular basis with their requests for custom products featuring 10 year, 20 year, 50 year, and 100 year commemorations.  So was the case, with the customer we are featuring in our blog today.

What Is the Rileigh & Raylee Angel Ride Foundation?

The Rileigh & Raylee Angel Ride Foundation assists hundreds of children and their families with special medical needs. Over 10,000 will attend the two-day event filled with music, auctions, drawings, food, beer and wine tents.  This gives participants plenty of opportunities to have a good time and help out a good cause as well.

In honor of its 10th year anniversary, the Angel Ride at Oak Hollow Farm organizers decided to order custom lapel pins and patches to sell to participants.  The proceeds raised from the fundraiser will go directly to benefit the foundation.  Thousands of cyclists from throughout the USA will gather for a “Ride To Give the Children Hope” at the farm which offers more than 300 acres in beautiful Fairhope, Alabama.

Patches and Pins Complement One Another

Patches and pins go great together especially for bikers.  Bike vests and jackets are the perfect type of clothing to wear the prized pieces of memorabilia on.  We used the same design for both the pin and the patch to keep with the 10th anniversary theme that the client wanted to achieve.

Rich colors make up the bulk of the design.  By looking at the picture, you see that each item was an exact duplicate of one another.  Red, white, blue, black, and yellow add a level of appeal to the patches and pins by making them attractive and relevant.  Text stating, “Celebrating 10 Years and 2001 to 2011” can be seen on the patch and pin’s top and bottom.  The phrase “Angel Ride” is fitted into a shooting star that is strategically placed in front of a flame shaped American Flag.

Collectible Memorabilia Has Personal Meaning and Sentimental Value

Creating special 10th anniversary edition lapel pins and patches makes collecting them even more special.  People purchasing these collector’s items feel good knowing that their hard earned money is helping out a cause like the The Rileigh & Raylee Angel Ride Foundation.  In fact, they are more likely to return to future events once they’ve experienced how smoothly everything ran the first time.

Special events require that you pull out all stops.  With that in mind, why not purchase two custom items from Lapel Pins Plus?  Pins and patches are perfect for anniversary celebrations. Visit today to learn more about how to order your own custom lapel pins and patches.

Monday, June 20th, 2011

Lapel Pins Plus has been making a lot of reunion lapel pins lately.  That’s because each year, organizers recognize the need for this type of item at their special events. Committees contact us with their design ideas.  This usually includes their  school mascot along with the year of the event.

Ten Year Reunion Pins Are Very Popular

Ten year reunions seem to be the most popular but we just did one for a thirty year reunion.  This goes to show that sentimental items like lapel pin make great souvenirs.  Former students can wear their pins long after the event is over.  In fact, this is a great way to encourage conversations wherever you go.  If you wear your lapel pin out in public, people are sure to ask about where you got it, what high school you attended, and what year you graduated.

Handing Out Lapel Pins at Registration is a Great Way to Start the Night

As former students enter the reunion venue, they must register.  This is how reunion committee members keep track of who is expected at the event.  Custom lapel pins can be handed out at this time and worn throughout the event.  This is a great way to show school pride and also let others know that attendees have already checked in.

Incorporating School Colors to Really Help the Memories Come Back to Life

Small details like the school’s colors can be added to the lapel pin’s design as a way of adding sentimental value to the gifts.  Reunion attendees can look at the pins and be reminded of the friends they had, the teachers that educated them, and the events they participated in.  Whether it was playing Varsity Basketball or participating in their school’s debate team, something memorable most likely happened during the three or four years before graduation.  Lapel pins help evoke these memories.

Multiple Plating Options Add Appeal to Lapel Pin Designs

One reunion committee asked if we could plate half the pins in gold and the other half in silver.  The reason behind this was that the spouses would wear one color of lapel pin and the graduates of the school would wear the other plating, this way everyone new who was who.  Custom lapel pins are perfect for identification purposes.

Attaching Lapel Pins to Name Cards is a Nice Touch At Reunion Dinners

Another nice touch would be to attach the lapel pin to each person’s name card at the dinner tables.  In addition to adding to the decor, it also ensures that everyone is recognized with their own pin.  These items can also be attached to cloth napkins if name cards are unavailable.

High school reunion lapel pins are unique and full of personality.  They help former students remember their past and give them something to look forward to in the future.  In addition to containing information about the school, they often contain pertinent information about the event itself.  If you’re looking for a way to honor your fellow classmates and want to give them a gift that makes a great impression, consider lapel pins and all that they bring to a function.

Friday, June 17th, 2011

Car enthusiasts are all across the nation as well as the globe.  These diehards often belong to automobile clubs.  These clubs are made up of members that own or prefer a particular make or model of car.  For years, we have been helping clubs like these create custom lapel pins for membership purposes as well as special events.

Landmarks and Name of Cities Make Lapel Pins Stand Out

Pin designs usually have the club’s name and a landmark of the city or state that they are from.  From the skyline of the image that you see here in the blog, New Jersey is where this car club calls home.  Details like these add indisputable appeal to the pins and make them personal as well as memorable.  You can tell by looking at the pin that the Brick City 300 Auto Club is made up Chrysler and Dodge enthusiasts.

Customizing Colors to Match the Design

The colors that they chose for the pin are classic.  Burgundy, gold, and black match the Dodge logo featured on the lapel pin.  This adds long lasting appeal to the pins which grabs the attention of everyone that sees them.  This is one of the ways our customers can make their lapel pins memorable.  They can choose a unique shape the way that the Brick City 300 Auto Club did and they can select colors based on their pin’s design.

Graffiti Style Writing on This Pin Sets It Apart From Others

One of the most noticeable features about the pin that we created is the graffiti style text at the bottom of the pin reading “Auto Club”.  It has an urban type of feel to it which reflects the personality of the club that ordered it.  Different fonts can help achieve this effect.  This is one example why custom lapel pins are a perfect way to advertise car clubs and their members.

Visit today to see examples of other pins we have created.  Your options are limitless.  From the size, shape, style, and colors that you select for your custom lapel pins right down to the artwork that you choose to include in the design, these items are direct reflections of you, your interests, and your purpose.  Email or call 1-800-252-0904 to start the ordering process.

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