Elves are on vacation!!

Like any business, there are “seasons” and for us, June is our season. The school year is coming to an end and anxious kids and staff are preparing for summer. Sports teams are closing out their springs seasons just as the hot weather begins to creep in. And as things begin to wrap up, achievements, goals and accomplishments are recognized. Schools award the top scholars and achievers throughout the school year. Sports teams award their players for a great year and their wins. And we are busy at work, making each accomplishment, achievement and win special and important. We’ve assembled and personalized dance, baseball, soccer, tennis trophies. We’ve engraved plaques for personal bests in Education, Boy Scouts, Volunteer orgs and more. Each one, representing a major milestone in an individual’s life. We are proud of that and are happy to do be able to be a part of it.

But with every busy season comes a well deserved break. So, our exhausted elves will be off next week
July 3-July 9
for that well deserved break.

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Email and phone will always be checked as well as our Facebook page. So leave us a message or give us a call, and we will be happy to help while we are closed.

To call and leave a message: 860-741-2345  voicemail will be checked periodically

To email:  Becky@awards-more.com  or Richard@awards-more.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/awardsnmore

Thanks for a great season!!

Highschool Memories

 

 

Enfield is my hometown and although I broke away for a couple years to South Florida, I returned to the place I had spent my childhood. I also returned to the business I had grown up in.
Flash forward, almost 20 years out of high school, now grown with children of my own and something happened recently that made me reflect. A great high school friend came in to purchase trophies for his son’s soccer team. WOW! Talk about flashback. How cool was it, that this person whom I shared amazing high school memories with, is now a Dad and has kids of his own. And he’s shopping in our store and supporting his local community and a longtime friend. I guess my point is that while it feels good to shop local, it feels really great to WORK local too.

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Serve up some memorable gifts for Dad

It’s that time of year, Father’s Day is just around the corner. I know in our house, getting Out of the house is the plan. So this year we go camping! A whole family adventure, including our boxer. And once again, I will be scrambling around last minute for an overpriced card that shouts “You Da Man!” or plays “For he’s a jolly good fellow” when you open it. Why do we force ourselves to participate in this cringe worthy tradition!  Now don’t get me wrong, there are some super cute cards out there today. Companies are getting creative with mixed media, using wood or even stone materials to impress the recipient. But these cards are EIGHT bucks a piece!

Stop wasting time, money and brain power on these cards and come see us at Awards & More. We can work with you to pick out, design and engrave the Perfect Father’s Day gift. A thoughtful, intentional gift that is easy, fast and affordable. Skip the card, and put the sentiment right on the gift. Choose from a large variety of personalized decor or go more practical with a gift that can be used everyday. Here are just a few ideas to get the gears turning.

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Personalized MAN CAVE sign for Dad’s getaway

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A frame featuring multi generations.

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A travel mug for early morning coffee or afternoon energy.

Ship rope knot on old wooden texture background

 A money clip complete with his name.

Stop in to see us Monday – Friday at Awards & More, 492 Enfield Street Enfield, CT 06082

visit us on the web at www.awards-more.com  

or send me an email for ideas, pricing and designs at Becky@awards-more.com

Faux Stone and Acrylic Plaque

Traditionally, you may see a plaque presented with a brass plate that sits on top of a wooden board. While still a top seller, we are starting to see new materials being used. One of our customer favorites is our Faux Stone and Acrylic plaque. The faux stone is gray and looks like a real slab of chiseled stone. An acrylic floating plaque sits on top and makes a stunning contrast to the stone. Engraved logos and text engrave on the acrylic to a beautiful white finish which creates a unique alternative to traditional brass engraved plates. This plaque would make an impressive presentation to honor a Home Contractor or to thank a building supply company for their sponsorship, just to name a few.

Available in two sizes, 8″ x 10″ and 9″ x 12″. Shown here with an additional, full color logo plate. Available by request. FAP Email me today for more information or to place your order for our Faux Stone and Acrylic Plaque.                        Becky@awards-more.com

Fantasy Football Champion 2016-2017 Season

Dave, Lumberjacks Manager, receives his award from the league commissioner and Awards & More owner

Dave, Lumberjacks Manager, receives his award from the league commissioner and Awards & More owner

We end another season of Awards & More Fantasy Football with a new Champion. Please give it up for Dave “Lumberjacks” Forrest who led his team to victory through a jaw clenching season.  With QB Drew Brees in his corner, the Lumberjacks chopped their way to the top and to smell the sweet aroma of victory.  Congratulations Dave!! And for his efforts, Awards & More will add Dave and the Lumberjacks to our perpetual Fantasy Football trophy, Dave receives his very own to proudly display at home. And like any good champion, a belt fit only for a Lumberjack.  See Dave posing in our A&M championship belt.

Another successful year!

Another successful year!

Thanks to everyone who participated in this year’s league.  We hope to do it again next year and hope to see you on the field.  Happy Fantasy!!!

Bring on the Fantasy!!!

We are just over a week a way from the start of the 2016 NFL season. So of course that means we are just over a week away from the start of the 2016 Fantasy Football season. Ahhh, something about football season makes me excited. The chill in the air, the lazy couch Sundays, the gatherings with friends over wings and beer. So much to look forward to. And this year, like that past 2, we are finalizing our teams in the “Awards & More Fantasy Football League” I had a newborn and a 1.5 year old last year so I wasn’t able to dig my heels in like the previous year, which only has lit a fire in me. “Victorious Secret” is out for blood! Keep posted here with our weekly updates and league standings.

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With any good Fantasy Football league, you MUST have a trophy. Now we have seen all kinds, from toilet seats to bull balls so there is nothing that will surprise us. Start thinking now, from a champion’s perspective. What do YOU want to win? Do you want to see your name on a golden cup? Or maybe you want your picture on a plaque? How about a top notch, quality Championship Belt?? Not like the others you have seen on the internet. These are stunning in person and take the title of Champion to a whole other level.Championshop Belt

Stop in to see one in our store or email me for pictures and pricing. Becky@awards-more.com

Whatever you do, plan today for a great season tomorrow. Happy Fantasizing!

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Make the Dorm feel like Home

Do you have a student starting college this September? Have you begun working down the dorm room checklist? I remember the summer before my first semester at college. Back then I think it was Pace, not Costco that had us buying cheetos by the bulk. Picking out sheets, towels, laundry detergent. Everything I needed to thrive on my own, as an adult.
One thing you may not have thought of but that can make a huge difference is dorm room decor. Just a few small items, cleverly placed, can make any room feel like home. Our lath boxes are the perfect size for just this thing. Most measure about 6″x8″ and can be displayed on a shelf, table or nightstand. Or, hang a few up in a group on the wall. Either way, they can be just what your student needs when that home sick feeling creeps in. Pick one with an inspirational note or one that makes you laugh. You can’t go wrong with any of our choices. Add a coaster for those many cups of coffee and magnet for the mini fridge and you have the perfect “Off to School” gift for the scholar in your life. See these additional items below that would be great in any home or dorm room. To order or for more details, email me at Becky@awards-more.com

How it’s made – Pallet Art

TodaPallet art 2y we look into our very popular Pallet Art.  Rustic design is very on trend right now. Creating items from scrap wood, mason jars and burlap are the popular DIY gracing the Pinterest pages. But what about those of us who are not so DIY savy? Well, we gotta buy it. But how cute and affordable are the Pallet Art pieces from our collection.  Each is crafted right here in the US and more specifically, Ohio. The lumber used is domestically grown.  The slats are aligned, glued and nailed together to create authentic, primitive canvas. Rustic designs are then applied to the raw surface of the material, producing truly unique pieces of art.  Because of this process no two pieces are ever identical. I love each design that is offered and don’t have enough wall space to house them if I could Pallet art. Amongst the pieces you can find inspirational quotes, loving sentiments and funny sayings. There is definitely something for everyone whether you are a Lake/Cabin type or enjoy toes in the sand. Browse our collection today and check back often as new pieces are added weekly.  Click here to see what’s available online.

Reasons to Plan a Family Reunion This Summer

Family ReunionIf you’re like most people these days, you have relatives who live far away from you. In the old days, families might all live in the same city, or even on the same block, such that adults and kids, uncles, aunts, cousins, and more would gather together for both major and minor occasions for parties and such.

These days, we’re lucky if we know our neighbors, let alone even see all of our family members once a year. That said, having a family reunion is a great way to bring together people from near and far for a time of eating, playing games, talking, relaxing and bonding.

As an example, some families choose to have a reunion over the course of one weekend every two years. The reunion is held in the hometown of one family member one time, followed by another place the next time, so that it’s done on a rotating basis and hosting duties are spread out over time. So, in 2016 it could be in Massachusetts, 2018 in New York, 2020 in Virginia and 2022 in California. This method works well. Reunions can be held at a person’s home or at a park or resort.

No matter how and when you plan a family reunion, one thing that adds to the fun of festivities is having family competitions complete with ribbons, custom awards and/or medals from Awards & More. Who is the fastest runner in a race you have down the driveway? Who is the best dancer? Who is the best cook? Awards & More offers a variety of ribbons, custom awards and/or medals to highlight family members during your reunion! These tokens of appreciation will then end up on the shelves of various family members’ homes serving as nice mementos of time spent together at the wonderful family reunion.

Gift Ideas for the Graduate in Your Life

Graduates It’s that time of the year, again, when numerous schools hold graduation ceremonies in gymnasiums and auditoriums across the country.

With the school year coming to a close, what can you get the graduate in your life to show them you appreciate all the hard work they’ve done over the years to finally get to this point?

Awards & More offers numerous resin figures and awards that make nice gifts for graduates. Perhaps the most popular graphic on various scholastic achievement awards is the “lamp of knowledge,” which graces the Gold Star Knowledge Award, for example. The word “knowledge” is written across a gold tone banner at the top, while gold stars against a black background follow the same arc. At 7 inches tall, there’s room to personalize this award with your graduate’s name on it!

Indeed, Awards & More is known for customizable gifts for grads such that you can have their name emblazoned on the specific gift you give them.

One of the more fun grad gifts are the unique male and female graduate bobbleheads. They’re silver with gold trim and sit on an antique gold base. If your grad is a playful person with a good sense of humor, a bobblehead figure makes a good graduation gift.

You can see the various “scholastic awards” available here: http://www.awards-more.com/awards/scholastic-awards/vs6sP6qFhd20r1/

Finally, consider the Signature Series Knowledge Shield Award. This one’s particularly impressive looking, complete with the iconic lamp of knowledge sitting on a pedestal along with books that are raised in such a manner that the award has a 3D look to it. If you want, choose a 2 inch Mylar to highlight a specific achievement of your graduate or leave the space to show a grad cap and rolled diploma. There’s space at the bottom for a person’s name, and with its gold and pewter look, this unique graduation gift item stands out from the other gifts your grad will receive.