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.


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


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 [email protected]

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 [email protected]

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.

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.

A Customized Gift Hits Closer to the Heart

Customized GiftsAwards & More offers a variety of customizable gifts. Why give someone a customized gift? Well, think of it this way: if you received mail addressed to “occupant” versus mail with your name on it, which one would go in the trash and which one would you most likely open and read and care about? The same goes for gifts. Customized gifts are so specific to a person that they can’t help but ooh-and-aah over them. “You made this just for me?” they’ll say. “It’s perfect!”


If you can find a gift to give another person that matches their personality and/or interests, such as stemware for wine drinkers or phone cases for those who can’t live without their phone, then you’re going to please them. Furthermore, if you customize the gift with a picture or graphic that’s relevant to them, they’ll appreciate it even more. The best thing you can do, however, is to put their name on the gift, because their name represents them. It’s something they use to show the world who they are. Awards & More is often asked to put a person’s name on a customized gift.


What’s in a name? Though we don’t choose our names, they become our badges. Our names convey to others information about our class, education level and ethnic origin. They can also have something to do with the professions we choose to pursue. For instance, have you ever met a cardiologist with the last name Hart? Or a dentist with the first name Dennis? In ancient times, the Romans had an expression “nomen est omen,” which translates into “name is destiny.”


Giving a customized gift from Awards & More, complete with a person’s name on it, ensures that the person won’t soon give it away or sell it in a garage sale. Why? It has their name on it. People tend to keep and cherish things they receive with their name on it. Ask around and you’ll find this to be true of friends and family members.


Awards & More has many customizable gifts to choose from at this link: http://www.awards-more.com/gifts/giftware/vs6sP6qw5d20r1/