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    • Personalized Father's Day Gifts

      Are you searching for an epic gift for a special dad?  Forget the boring tie and personalize something special from Trophies2Go!  All of our engraved trophies, awards and gifts include expert etching in the price.  Below are some of our most popular gifts for dads.

      10290 The perfect gift for a Dad who loves to grill!

      Barbecue Gifts:  Does your dad like to grill?  Get him his own personalized BBQ tool set,  with a special message engraved on the box and the tools.  We also have fun aprons, engraved cutting boards, and awesome BBQ trophies for your favorite griller.

      License Plate Frame:  Tell the world how awesome your dad is with a Personalized License Plate Frame! We offer two choices that can be customized especially for your dad.

      Framed Artwork:  A sweet, meaningful gift is a framed hand print or piece of artwork created especially for Dad. Add a small plate to the bottom of the frame with an engraved message.  It will give the artwork the 'wow' factor that makes it look like it belongs in an art gallery!  Check out all of the framing options at my favorite frame store, Aaron Brothers.

      Golf Gifts: Many dads are golfers and want to brag about a hole in one or an epic golf round.  Cherish the memory with a special golf gift!  We offer many hole-in-one trophies.  Or store a dozen of dad's favorite Titleist golf balls in a keepsake box with a special photo.

      Worlds Best Dad Trophy Let your dad know he's #1 with a 'World's Greatest DAD" trophy!

      World's Best DAD Trophy:  If your dad is #1, let him know with his own trophy.  We have a large selection of cup trophies in all price ranges that any dad would love to display at his office or in his man-cave!

      Check out our Father's Day Gifts Pinterest page for other ideas for cute and fun gifts for Dad.

      Happy Father's Day to all the terrific dads out there!  A special shout out to the three dads here at Trophies2Go - Mike, Paul, and Tom.  Wishing you a wonderful day!

      Cheers! Jessica

      *Editor's note: This post was originally published on June 9, 2015.  It was updated for content.

    • Trophies2Go is Moving!

      We are excited to announce that we are now serving our customers 100% online!  We have decided to close our retail awards showroom in Issaquah; we want to cut our costs and pass those savings onto you!

      Our retail awards showroom in Issaquah will close on June 30th, 2017.

      WHAT DOES THIS MEAN TO OUR LOCAL CUSTOMERS?

      Email Trophies2Go Continue to order via email, online or phone just as before!

      We want to keep YOU as our customer!  Hopefully we can make this transition as easy as possible for you.

      HOW CAN I PLACE MY ORDER?

      Email your order to neworder@trophies2go.com

      Place your order online at Trophies2Go.com

      Call us at 1-877-926-4700.

      BUT I PICKED UP IN THE PAST, HOW WILL I GET MY AWARDS?

      We will continue to offer FREE pickup at our Renton Production Facility.

      We offer quick 1-Day shipping, FREE for orders over $50.

      For larger leagues or corporate events, we can deliver.

      NOTE: you can continue to pick up at our Issaquah location through the spring sports season and the end of the 2016-2017 school year.

      OUR STORY

      Bonnie and Jeff Bonnie and Jeff circa 1994!

      Since 1987, Issaquah Trophy & Awards served the awards needs of the greater Issaquah community. Read our story here.

      In 2000, we launched our internet brand Trophies2Go.com, which has been delivering meaningful recognition across the USA.

      Even though we no longer offer a showroom, you can still expect the same quick production times, exceptional quality and outstanding service!

      Browse our Trophies2Go website and let us help you recognize someone special in your life now! Our goal is to make you look good, with a cherished award that stands the test of time! Don't waste your time, order online!!!

      Thank you for your continued patronage through this transition!

      Cheers!  Jessica

    • Graduation Awards

      Graduation Jeff and I at Perri's graduation.

      Graduation, whether from college, high school, middle school, elementary school or even kindergarten, represents a milestone in a young person's life. An accomplishment has been reached, a chapter in childhood has ended, with a new beginning on the horizon.  Family and friends celebrate the graduate and honor their achievements, many times showering them with cards, gifts, parties and other celebrations.

      Graduations also mark the end of a school year and can signify a change in leadership.  Teachers and other administrators leave for a variety of reasons, including moving to a new location or profession, choosing to at stay home with family, or retiring.

      How do you celebrate graduation? Today's blog will give you some ideas of meaningful awards for graduates and others at the end of the school year.

      Full Color Learning Excellence Resin Trophies Lamp of Learning Trophies make great graduation awards for young students.

      Kindergarten: Many schools will "graduate" kindergarteners to attend full-day elementary school. Some schools give small academic trophies to kindergarteners for graduating.  My older daughter attended a private kindergarten and the kids dressed in caps and gowns and had a small procession; it was quite adorable!  One school we have worked with for many years gives this Lamp of Learning trophy to their kindergarten grads.

      Elementary & Middle School: We don't see many awards or engraved gifts for elementary or middle school students who are graduating to the next school up.  Families may give their students a balloon or a card for being promoted to elementary or middle school, but gifts are usually inexpensive and low-key. However, the end of school does result in many middle school achievements being recognized, especially for sports teams and competitive activities or clubs.

      High School:  High school graduation is a big deal. Students are now officially adults with many life changes ahead. Graduates may choose to move out on their own, heading to college, military service, or employment,   The most common graduation gift is money; but other gifts include personal items, such as jewelry, framed artwork, or a traditional engraved pen.  Flowers are often given at the graduation ceremony.

      Ballpoint Pen with Laser Pointer and USB Flash Drive This engraved pen makes a traditional graduation gift.

      Schools often award excellence at graduation.  Some awards include Student of the Year in different academic subjects, Valedictorians, Perfect Attendance, and Scholarship awards, to name a few. Most often academic school plaques or scholastic medals are given for these types of accomplishments.

      College:  Graduation from university represents a milestone of school completion. Graduates now enter the "real world" and it's time to get a job!  Again, as a graduation gift, cash is king and most grads need money after being poor students for years on end. Other meaningful gifts include jewelry, watches, and other personal items.

      Retirement:  Graduation ceremonies or End-of-Year school assemblies are the perfect opportunity to acknowledge and thank retiring teachers and other staff.  We create many beautiful awards for these events. The most popular retirement gifts include engraved clocks, plaques and etched vases. Get more ideas at my past blog on Retirement Awards.

      No matter the age, all graduates deserve kudos for the achievement. Enjoy the celebration and congrats Class of 2017!

      Cheers, Jessica

      *Editor's note: This post was originally published on June 5, 2015.  It was updated for content.

    • Top 10 Baseball Slogans

      Getting baseball awards for your team?  Get some inspiration of what to engrave on your awards from the slogans below!

      Top 10 Baseball Slogans

      Hunter with Trophy Hunter with his baseball trophy! Make your trophy engraving extra special with a fun baseball tagline!

      1. It's what you do before the season that makes a champion.

      2. Look up, get up, but never give up.

      3.  Refuse to lose.

      4. When you play ball, leave it all.

      5. Every game is game seven.

      6. All it takes is all you got.

      7. The perfect pitch!

      8. Don't let the fear of striking out, hold you back.

      9. Hit, run, score!

      10. Teamwork makes the dream work.

      Hope this gives you some ideas hit your trophies out of the park this season!

      Cheers! Jessica

    • All About Society of Government Meeting Professionals

      Last week I spoke at the May meeting of the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Society of Government Meeting Professionals (SGMP).  The topic was "Recognizing Excellence", where I spoke on ways organizations and workplaces can take their recognition to the next level!  It was wonderful to meet government professionals and suppliers at this event and help them with creating meaningful recognition for their employees.

      SGMP May Presentation Jan Thor, Trustee of the Board for SGMP and Jessica at the May meeting.

      About Society of Government Meeting Professionals:

      SGMP is the only meeting planning and management organization that addresses the specific needs of the Government meeting professional.  The Pacific Northwest Chapter of SGMP provides a common forum for meeting planners and suppliers as a means of facilitating improvements in the quality and cost effectiveness of government meetings.  They do this through benefits SGMP offers - Education, Networking, and Resources.

      By getting connected to SGMP, planners and suppliers have the opportunity to receive and take advantage of all the benefits the organization offers, including:

      1. 1. State of the art meeting planning educational programs presented by experts in the field.
      2. 2. Networking opportunities with their industry partners giving them the opportunity to build strong working relationships and
      3. 3. A host of resources that SGMP provides both its meeting planner and supplier members to do their jobs better.

      SGMP MissionEducation is the main purpose of their organization, and their educational theme for the year is "Planning for Excellence".  Through educational programming they provide their members with all the tools necessary to create "Excellent" meetings and conferences for their agencies, departments, and companies.

      To read more about SGMP, see their national website or local Pacific Northwest Chapter .  This is a great organization for our customers who work for Government Agencies and plan events; I would highly encourage you to check them out!

      Thank you to SGMP for the opportunity to share my passion around awards!  If you would like to me to speak for your organization, feel free to contact me at jessica@trophies2go.com.

      Cheers!

      Jessica

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