Awards and Recognition for Employees, Students, and More

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Custom awards and recognition

Use awards and other recognition items to reward and thank your employees! They’ve worked hard to meet your business goals, and they deserve to have their work recognized and appreciated! Using postcards, trophies, and other products, you can show your workers that their hard work doesn’t go unnoticed.

Not only does it improve how your employees feel about you, but it can also motivate them to work harder and to keep working for you. Businesses shouldn’t feel like it’s a bunch of outsiders working together to deal with clients. Everyone in your business or company should feel like they’re working as a team, and you want everyone to be loyal to that team for a long time.

So, what’s the best way to thank your employees? You can send them custom corporate gifts! Who doesn’t love free stuff? After all, the best things in life are free. Your employees will definitely appreciate a practical gift that they can use often! Corporate gifts are also great because they help to increase exposure for your own brand by including a logo, catchphrase, or other unique elements about your business that makes it unique.

Awards and Recognition Gifts

However, you may want to thank them in a different way. Or, you might just want to go a step further than just giving them gifts. People want to feel empowered where they work. You can empower your employees with certain tasks and responsibilities, but you can also empower them using awards and recognition to make them feel noticed for their work!

These awards include anywhere from trophies to gifts or both. You can hand them out at events, conferences, or even in your office. Awards give employees something to work toward, and creates a physical representation of their work effort, sacrifices, and success.

A great way to show your thanks to your employees’ hard work is to hold an end of the year celebration. Have lots of food, drinks, and entertainment for your team so they can play as hard as they worked! You can also spice up the design of the event with a pop-up display or a step and repeat backdrop so that your employees can feel like they’re at a high-class event. It’s also a great photo spot for people to take nice pictures and post on social media!

At the event, you can hand out awards, such as trophies, medals, certificates, gift cards, and other prizes! They don’t have to traditional awards, as long as it’s something that you know that your employees will love. You don’t want to reward their efforts with something that they feel isn’t worth working for!

Picking Out Custom Awards for Employees

Don’t know what kind of awards and recognition items will amaze your workers? No worries, every business is different and deserve custom awards that are suited specifically for that company. Here are a few different kinds of awards that are sure to make anyone feel accomplished!

Diamond Shaped Trophies

Trophies are a beautiful recognition item that people will want to present for a long time. It’s not just an award, it’s an honor. Diamond-shaped trophies are a unique kind of trophy and are absolutely stunning. Design the trophy with your company’s name, logo, and your employees’ names so that it can be imprinted perfectly onto the trophy. This will make the award much more personal, and much more meaningful. 

Diamon-shaped trophies are really special – meaning that it might not be the best kind of award to give to everyone at your company. Use these trophies for your hardest-working employees or the ones that contributed the most to the development of your business.

Globe Shaped Trophies

It might not be a Golden Globe, but it’s definitely a breathtaking trophy nonetheless. These trophies are great for bigger companies to give out to their employees, and can also include the company’s name and logo. Because of the smaller size of this kind of trophy, you can give these out to all of your employees!

Quotes to Put on Trophies

It’s very common for trophies to include quotes that relate to a celebration of victory. Here are some quotes to put onto your trophies to inspire your workers and congratulate them on their success!

“Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.”

Vincent Van Gogh

This quote is great because it acknowledges all the little things that your employees did to earn the award. Success is a process, and you want to encourage all your employees to take the necessary steps to do a great job!

“Only those who attempt the absurd can achieve the impossible.” 

Albert Einstein

Use this quote on trophies to give to your more creative employees, to the people who used unique strategies that paid off in the end. Reward them for thinking out of the box and motivate others to follow in their footsteps to develop more plans to improve your business!

“What the mind can conceive and believe, and the heart desire, you can achieve.”

Norman Vincent Pale

If you want to increase employee morale, you can use this quote to inspire everyone that if they can do everything that they can believe they can do!

As a note, be sure to properly measure how much space to fit the quote inside the trophy. If there’s a decent amount of space for a short quote, you can include them. Try to avoid longer quotes as they probably wouldn’t fit into the trophy without cramping up the area for text.


A certificate is a lightweight way to show off your accomplishments and achievements! They’re also very professional and a great alternative to trophies. Use certificates with your logo in it to make them as customized as possible. You can also frame them in a sophisticated way when giving them away to boost their effect on your employees! You can also give them to students as awards and recognition gifts, such as for a graduation.


Medals are another fantastic award and recognition item to give out. You can get medals made of different materials, such as copper, nickel, silver, gold, or other materials to give out awards in different levels!At Printleaf, we work with national and local companies and organizations to provide them with the best materials for their business. Are you looking to hold an award ceremony or give out awards to your employees? Come visit us at our Midtown location. For more information about our products and services, please visit our website or call us at (212) 328-1174.

Last modified: December 24, 2019

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