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    • 5 Tips for Choosing The Perfect Corporate Award

      This week is the kick-off of Corporate Awards season!  All of Trophies2Go's past Corporate Awards Customers received this email yesterday.  Read below to narrow your search for the perfect award for any occasion!

      Seattle Business Seattle Business Awards always does an amazing job of recognizing outstanding businesses!

      1. Start With Your Budget.

      Determine how much you want to spend per award. We have beautiful awards in every price range, so even if your budget is small, we’ll create something special for you. Read Budgeting for a Recognition Program for more ideas.

      2. Fit the Accomplishment.

      Present a premium crystal award to someone who has gone above and beyond, not for menial tasks. Conversely, if a dedicated employee is celebrating a milestone goal, big anniversary or retirement, a $10 gift card doesn’t cut it. Make sure to match the award stature to the achievement.

      3. What's the Message?

      Choose an award that can fit all of your text and logo. An engraved plaque has space for a long message and logo, whereas a 4 inch crystal cube doesn’t. Know what you want to engrave before ordering your award to ensure enough room for your message.

      4. Form Follows Function.

      Consider how the award will be displayed. Will the award stand on a desk, be hung on a wall, be displayed on a lobby shelf, or be featured in a home?

      For example, if a sales award will be hung in the lobby, then an engraved plaque may be a good choice. If the award will be displayed in a home, something more functional and pretty, such as an engraved clock or personalized vase, is appropriate.

      5. Personalize the Award.

      If your organization is more conservative, stick with a traditional award. But if you’re in a creative business, choose something a little more artistic or funky! For an individual award, consider the recipient’s personality and get an award to match it. Be creative and think out of the box, not only with your award, but also your engraved message!

      Need help?  Feel free to give us a call at 877-926-4700 and we can help you choose the perfect award for any occasion!

      Cheers!

      Jessica

    • Host an Ugly Sweater Party!

      Looking to add some fun and hype to your next holiday celebration?  Host an Ugly Sweater Party!

      An example of an ugly sweater to wear to your holiday party. What a babe LOL!!!

      What is an Ugly Sweater Party, you ask?  Well you know that hideous reindeer sweater that Colin Firth's character wore in Bridget Jones Diary?  Yep, that's the perfect example of an Ugly Christmas Sweater, as seen in the movie clip here.

      Every year at our Trophies2Go Holiday Party, we wear ugly sweaters, and there are always some doozies.  And by doozie, I mean absolutely awful and extremely hilarious.

      Encourage your guests to wear the worst sweater they can find.  Where can you find an ugly sweater?  Here are some suggestions:

      Thrift Store.  Pop some tags at your neighborhood Value Village and then after washing in HOT, spruce up your one-of-a-kind find with lights and bows.

      Amazon.  Check out Amazon's lovely (?) collection of Ugly Sweaters.  These are a little more on the edgy side, PG-13 parties only!  I think my favorite is the Sasquatch in a Bikini.

      Target. Cute, cheap and trendy, Target has a fun collection of darling holiday sweaters.  Not as much ugly as cutsie, in my humble opinion.

      Pinterest. It's my go-to place for clever ideas, including how to make your own Ugly Christmas Sweaters! I found this link to 20 Christmas Sweaters that are not just ugly but wrong (and R-rated).  Might not be appropriate for the office party, but will definitely generate some laughs with non-offended friends and family!

      Relative's Closet.  Got a hoarder in the family? Rummage the back of their closet for a vintage find!!!

      Awards for your Ugly Sweater Party

      Ugly Sweater Trophy Our Ugly Sweater Trophy even includes an ornament you can add to the Christmas Tree!

      Fun Tip:  Well you CAN knit a sweater for an existing trophy on your shelf, or you can have us do the work for you!  Check out our Ugly Sweater Awards!

      Ugly Sweater Holiday Trophy - Handmade by our graphic designer Lori N, these darling trophies feature an Ugly Sweater Ornament, either in Green Gingerbread or Red Ornaments.  The base features the name of the party, organization and date all in full color to match the trophy!  Our Best Seller on Amazon!

      Ugly Sweater Holiday Metal - in Gold, Silver and Bronze for your 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place finishers.

      Full Color Christmas Plaque in a range of sizes and colors, completely customizable to your event!  You can even add a logo for FREE!

      Learn more about the Brief History of the Ugly Christmas Sweater by Time Magazine here.

      Awards bring hype to any competition, even a silly one such as an Ugly Sweater Party!  And all of our Christmas Awards and Gifts include FREE personalization!

      Wishing you a wonderful holiday season, full of laughter and fun, celebrating with those you love!  Happy Holidays!

      Cheers, Jessica

      Editor's Note: This post was originally published November 2016,  It has been updated for content.

    • Thanksgiving Turkey Bowl

      Turkey Bowl!

      Now that Halloween is all wrapped up, it's time to look forward to the next big holiday, THANKSGIVING!  And when thinking about Thanksgiving, you can't help but think about FOOTBALL! They go together and you can’t have one without the other IMO!

      If football is a Thanksgiving tradition in your family, you can enjoy it two ways:  Watching or Playing.

      Watching:  Gather with family and friends, feeling grateful for all of your blessings, then eat until your pants won’t button.   Then after the feast, pass out on the couch watching the epic NFL football battles on TV.  Let the tryptophan do it’s magic!

      Playing:  Actually move your body with a walk or activity.  Participate in a local Turkey Trot, such as the one in my community of Issaquah, WA.  Or gather your family, friends, neighbors or co-workers to host a Turkey Bowl!  Play a competitive game of tackle or touch football on Thanksgiving Day or over the long Thanksgiving weekend to counteract that delicious gluttonous Thanksgiving meal.

      Turkey Bowl Plans

      So how do you put together a Turkey Bowl game?  Here are some ideas to think about when planning.

      Party:  Most people keep their Turkey Bowl competition low-key, as the whole Thanksgiving/Black Friday/Holiday kick off is party enough for that weekend each year.  But if you decide to create a party a great website to get ideas for invitations, decorations, and themes is Party411.

      Food:  Play BEFORE eating Thanksgiving dinner – the exercise will work up an appetite, earlier in the day means light and warmer temperatures, and your stomach won’t be totally stuffed, making your players sleepy blobs!  However DO be sure to bring plenty of water to keep your “athletes” well hydrated.

      Location: Local schools, a nearby large field, or a neighborhood park all make great locations for your football game.  Make sure to know the boundaries of the “field” so there aren’t arguments later about what’s in bounds and what’s out.

      The Ultimate Turkey Bowl competition, white meat vs. dark meat!

      Annual Turkey Bowl Trophy:  Your turkey bowl trophy can really be anything unique to your family, just add an engraved plate to customize it.  Some great options include:

      -    Turkey trophies – both a traditional turkey and a goofy turkey

      -    Turkey bowl plaques that can be printed in full color

      -    Our exclusive Turkey Bowl Championship Trophy.  One past customer had turkeys printed on the plate of their football trophy, it was super cute!

      If part of your Thanksgiving tradition already includes a turkey bowl, tell us about it in the comment!  Or if you want to start a turkey bowl, give it a try!  And don’t forget the turkey trophy!  Happy Thanksgiving, we have so much to be grateful for!

      Cheers, Jessica

      Editor's Note: This post was originally published November 2017,  It has been updated for content.

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    • West Coast Awards in Kent has closed!

      West Coast Awards, a local competitor, recently closed it's doors to the public.  Located in nearby Kent, WA, the owners retired and sold their building.  Since we are on friendly terms with Brett the Manager, many of their former customers have been referred to Trophies2Go.  And we couldn't be happier!

      Just like West Coast Awards, Trophies2Go offers outstanding service.  We take great care of our customers, just read our reviews!  We have also been in business for a LONG time, since 1987.  We are a local trophy and awards company that serves our community!

      All of our awards are assembled and engraved in our warehouse located in Renton, WA, just outside of Seattle.

      However, we also have a number of differences:

      Website:  We are an ecommerce company with an awesome website.  Our customers are able email, call, or walk into our Renton, WA location, but they can place their order anytime, from anywhere, with our easy-to-use, state of the art website, Trophies2Go.com.

      FREE Engraving: West Coast Awards charged per character for engraving; we do not.  Engraving is always included for free on all of our awards.

      FAST service: If we have a item in stock, our trophies and awards can be made as quickly as one day.  We don't charge rush fees, we do our best to make your deadline!

      FREE shipping on orders over $50! Orders packed and ready to ship!

      Shipping: We can ship orders anywhere in the US, including your home or office.  Or pick up in Renton!

      Showroom:  We do NOT have a showroom, all of our products are online.  However our friendly and knowledgeable customer service team of Janice, Mika and Mike are happy to help you pick out the perfect personalized award for your special occasion, all within your budget.

      Questions?  Please contact at [email protected], we would love the opportunity to earn your business!

      Cheers,

      Jessica

    • Halloween Prizes for Games

      Hosting a Halloween Contest or Game?  Find ideas for the best Halloween Prizes for Adults and Kids here!  In all price ranges, you can find a treat everyone will love, no trick!

      Best Costume Medal Personalize these Best Costume Medals for the winners of your costume contest!

      Costume Contest: For "Best Costume", our Halloween trophies make the perfect prize! Popular choices include the Hand Painted Witch Halloween Trophy Or Mummy Trophy. For multiple categories and winners, personalized Halloween Best Costume Medals can be designed specifically for your event!

      Zombie Run: If your community is hosting a Zombie Walk, Zombie Run, or Flash Mob "Thriller" Dance event, our Painted Zombie Trophy will impress the ghouls at your un-dead event!  Hand painted, homemade clothes, and spilling brains, your zombie apocalypse will never be the same!

      Pumpkin Carving Contest:  For the best Jack-O-Lantern in the pumpkin patch, award our most popular (and darling) Pumpkin Halloween Trophy!  These trophies are best sellers and will impress all of your carvers!  For runners up, consider our Pumpkin Medals, engraved with the contest name and place.

      pumpkin_scarecrow_trophy Our new Pumpkin Scarecrow Halloween Trophy makes a fun harvest party prize!

      Fall Carnival Prizes: For inexpensive prizes for your church or school carnival, consider halloween themed pencils, erasers, or stickers!  These make great trick-or-treat goodies, dentist-approved!  For something a little more special, our hand-painted Jack-O-Lantern Scarecrow Trophy will delight everyone at your fall event!

      Halloween Decorating Contest:  A Halloween Plaque for the best decorated office will bring props from your team!  Personalize it with your office name, year and logo!

      At Trophies2Go, we have the most unique Halloween Prizes you won't find anywhere else!  All personalization is included for FREE, we want to make your Halloween Party the event of the year with awesome Halloween Prizes and Halloween Awards for your spookiest winners!

      Have a happy and safe Halloween!

      Cheers,

      Jessica

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