My Personal Favorite New Dog Show Awards

Each catalog we strive to find new solutions for your awards. We just published our Dog Show Award Catalog (in March) with over 90 NEW products.

I wanted to tell you today about my personal favorite new dog show awards in the catalog.

My first favorite is our new vintage dog plaques. We actually have two versions: The “Best Dog” Vintage Award Plaque and the “Dog Life” Vintage Award Plaque.  Both plaques feature dog themed quotes, attractive backgrounds and are customizable with one of our AKC breed stock designs (200+ new full color designs). These make great awards and gifts for your volunteers!

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My second favorite product is the new Windsor Rosette. It offers something a little different from what is currently in our line of dog show rosettes. The Windsor Rosette features a ¾ rosette top made of hand sewn petals and three 12” streamers. Just like our other rosettes, you can still choose a button, gold rim, or satin center rosette center with your logo or a stock design, any ribbon color or combination of ribbon colors including exclusive multicolor side streamers and 10 lines of custom print. The Windsor Rosette can also be customized with up to 24” streamers to accommodate if you are looking for a larger rosette.

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My third favorite product is actually not a product but a new option for our dog show trophies. We had our art department create a custom printed column that can go on any trophy with columns. It features a paw print design on a light green background and your choice of any AKC Dog Breed stock design. This is great for those shows exhibiting less common breeds not usually available in trophy tops. It allows you to customize the trophy specifically for your breed with a more generic trophy top.

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So I’ve listed my personal favorites here but we have so many more new great products in this catalog. Go on-line, find your and let us know. We would love to get your feedback. Happy browsing!

Resin Trophies at Great Prices

Every once in a while we discontinue a line of trophies, whether it is because our supplier discontinued the line or our supplier raised the prices too much to pass on to you our customers. Unfortunately this time it is our resin trophies that are being discontinued. We know you loved them and we did too but we have to say good-bye.

Now before that happens we are offering you the chance to buy these trophies at significant savings – up to 40% off some styles.

We have resin trophies in 3 styles: the Signature Resin Trophy Line, the Star Resin Trophy Line, and the Athletic Resin Trophy Line.

The Signature Resin Trophy Line

This trophy line features a resin figurine sitting atop a plastic marble finished base with FREE text engraving. It is available in 13 different sports: Baseball, Basketball, Golf, Gymnastics, Hockey Lacrosse, Skating Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Track, Volleyball and Wrestling. We also offer male and female versions in most sports. Original Price: $10.50 Sale Price: $6.75

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The Star Resin Trophy Line

This trophy line features a gold and silver finished sculpted resin trophy with FREE text engraving. It is available with an “Achievement” theme and 7 different sports: Baseball, Basketball, Football, Hockey, Soccer, Softball and Volleyball. Original Price: $9.50 Sale Price: $6.00

Soccer Star Resin Trophy Volleyball Star Resin Trophy Basketball Star Resin Trophy Achievement Star Resin Trophy

The Athletic Resin Trophy Line

This trophy line features a smaller silver finished sculpted resin trophy that is hand painted with FREE text engraving.  This was a popular choice so we only have three sports left: Baseball, Volleyball and Soccer. Original Price: $7.85 Sale Price: $4.00

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3W Rosettes ON SALE!

Our  3W Rosette sale starts today and goes on until Monday March 18th.

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This is a fantastic deal. It offers saving on three of our popular rosettes: the Empire Rosette, the Ideal Rosette and the Beauty Rosette.

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What is so special about this sale?

  • This sale offers customized rosettes at up to 24% off regular prices
  • Each rosette is available in a variety of satin ribbon colors with a white center streamer and a white gold rim center.
  • Each rosette can be customized with your design or logo (there is a die charge if we haven’t printed your design or logo before) or a stock design at no extra charge in the center of the white gold rim center.
  • Each rosette can be customized with 10 lines of print (14 characters each). The place will not be printed on these Sale rosettes. We ask that you signify your place by the color. (This is what allows us to give you these great prices)

Dog Tags aren’t just for dogs anymore!

Dog tags have been showing up everywhere these days. Yes, they are a great way to identify you beloved Fido but now they are so much more. Dog tags can be used to show support for a cause, given out as event souvenirs or memorabilia, given out as participant awards and affordable alternatives to custom award medals or just given out for fun. Recipients love to hang them from book bags, in their school or gym lockers, on their key chains, from their mirrors and just about anywhere they can show them off.

With all of the possibilities in mind our talented art department has been hard at work over the past year or so creating designs for dog tags that everyone is sure to love not matter what your need.

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Each design is available three ways:

  1. A full color stock design of your choice on the front of the dog tag
  2. A full color stock design on the front of the dog tag and an engraved gold finished plate attached to the back of the dog tag
  3. A full color stock design on the front of the dog tag and custom printed text on the back

The engraved or printed text can be whatever message or information you want to give out but is limited to 4 lines of 15 characters including spaces to provide the best look and size of letters.

Don’t see the design you want on our dog tag stock design page  (100 + designs)? Design your own! Simply work with a customer service representative and send us your artwork, whether it is a logo, a student’s designs or a club/team mascot and we will apply it to the dog tag. The sky is the limit.

Click here to see all the designs, options and pricing>> Dog Tags

My Personal Favorite New Equestrian Awards

Each catalog we strive to find new solutions for your awards. We just published our Equestrian catalog (in January) with over 35 new products.

I wanted to tell you today about my personal favorite new equestrian awards in the new catalog.

My first favorite is our new vintage equestrian plaque. We actually have three versions. Two, the “Treasure” and the “Character” are sold as is with no customization but offer inspirational messages with beautiful imagery. The third version is the custom version of the vintage plaque. This version allows you to put any type of artwork, photograph, logo, design, text, event information or names on the plaque while still keeping the vintage look.

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My second favorite product is the new Windsor Rosette. It offers something a little different from what is currently in our extensive line of equestrian rosettes. The Windsor Rosette features a ¾ rosette top made of hand sewn petals and three 12” streamers. Just like our other rosettes, you can still choose a button, gold rim, or satin center rosette center with your logo or a stock design, any ribbon color or combination of ribbon colors including exclusive multicolor side streamers and 10 lines of custom print. The Windsor Rosette can also be customized with up to 24” streamers to accommodate if you are looking for a larger rosette.

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My third favorite product (which by the way I am definitely suggesting to be given as employee appreciation gifts at Hodges) is the Rosewood Pen & Pencil Set. This set can be engraved with you logo or event information on the case. I know it is the age of tablets and smart phones but who doesn’t need a good pen & pencil set.

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So I’ve listed my personal favorites here but we have so many more new great products in this catalog. Go on-line, find your and let us know. We would love to get your feedback. Happy browsing!

Student Recognition and Award Programs Reinforce Achievement

Today’s students are involved in a wide variety of activities in and out of the classroom. They participate in Spelling Bees, athletics, reading contests, clubs, and Science Fairs to name just a few. There are also many classroom opportunities to celebrate success and accomplishment every day.  A simple, budget friendly recognition program can provide the tools needed to encourage achievement and motivate students to perform at their highest level – while still having fun.

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Rewarding students for positive contributions and achievements builds self-esteem and confidence. With feelings of confidence come positive behavioral choices immediately apparent to teachers, school administrators, and parents alike. Sometimes a well-timed “excellent!” or “good job!” is all that is needed.  

Opportunities for Recognition
Take every opportunity to celebrate and reward successes – the small ones and the big ones.  Think about using simple recognition awards every day when you are asking your students questions about homework, helping out other students, or participating in class.   Here are some recognition opportunities to consider:

  • Academic excellence – Celebrate specific milestone accomplishments in Reading, Writing, Science, and Math. Students who show extraordinary scholastic achievement deserve recognition along with students who are working hard to improve their grades.
  • Classroom participation – Maintaining a high level of classroom participation can often be a struggle. Simple classroom participation ribbons are a great way to get students excited about participating in class.  If they are participating they are learning!
  • Spelling Bee – The Spelling Bee is a traditional competitive event where there can be many winners.  Consider participant awards for all of those students that participated in the event.  Adding your school identification to any award makes the award important and special.
  • Citizenship – Recognize students with all around good behavior, manners, and respect for others. A most worthy award!
  • Attendance – Good attendance should be rewarded at end of year award ceremonies but also consider using attendance awards more frequently during the school year.  Try a monthly attendance award.
  • Student of the Month – Create your own Student of the Month Award to reward students exceeding your expectations.
  • Leadership – Reward the students that provide leadership for classroom projects and activities.
  • End of the year award ceremonies – All students have unique abilities and interests and it is important that their individual qualities are recognized at end of the year award ceremonies. From an award for “Being on Time All the Time” to “Always Completes their Homework” to the “Mad Scientist” award (most creative with their Science experiments), these rising stars all need a pat on the back.

What Types of Recognitions and Awards Should You Give?
There are many factors to be considered when choosing the right recognition program for your school or classroom, including: What milestones or behaviors do I want to reward?  Do I want my recognition awards customized with school logo and personalized messages? How do I get the most value on a limited budget?

The following is a list of recognition award solutions to help you make the right choice for your program.

  • Ribbons and Ribbon rolls – Kids love ribbonsRibbon rolls are one of the most cost-effective choices teachers and school administrators can make to reward students. A teacher or principal can easily store hundreds of customized ribbons on a single ribbon roll and just cut them off the roll to award students as needed. Ribbons and ribbon rolls are make great on-the-spot awards – economical and easy to use when you want to reward a student immediately in class.  Customized ribbon rolls can be printed with your school logo and your own personal achievement message.
  • Buttons and pinsButtons and pins are another economical way to appreciate students for a job well done. They are also a preferred choice for building school spirit.  Why not hand all students a button customized with the school mascot to display their pride at major athletic events, musical performances, or even to welcome them back to school. Any school sponsored activity can be acknowledged with personalized buttons, giving students who wear them a feeling of belonging and pride.
  • Medals Medals are an exceptional way to recognize a student who has achieved a great milestone or goal. They are typically given at award ceremonies where a student is called upon to take center stage before his peers and be recognized for academic or athletic excellence.
  • Dog tagsDog tags are the hottest trend! Kids love wearing customized dog tags on chains and using them as key chains.  Customized dog tags provide a unique way to recognize students and give them a sense of pride and honor when participating in school activities and athletics. They are a great choice for recognizing individual or team accomplishments.
  • Plaques and trophiesPlaques and trophies are the traditional recognition awards preferred for End of the Year Awards ceremonies. These are awards students will cherish for a lifetime and frequently are displayed on a student’s bedroom shelf or hang on their wall as a constant reminder of their achievements.

Recognition and award programs can have a major impact on academic performance and are easy to implement, especially in K through 4th grade classrooms.  All students have a need to be recognized for jobs well done. Confidence soars, grades improve, school pride escalates, and students are primed for continued success throughout their educational careers.  After all, who couldn’t use a little recognition for a job well done every now and then?

NEW Silver Presentation Trays for Fall

We are constantly looking for NEW solutions to the same questions we’ve been asking for over 89 years now – What kind of new awards can we offer our customers?

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New Wave Tray

As the world is changing and we are too. We continue to bring you the classic awards like  Ideal Rosettes, Point Top Ribbons, and LX Medals but year after year we bring in new ideas to keep our products up to date and fresh. This year we are adding 5 New Silver Presentation trays.

These silver trays are an economical solution to special awards that you want customized. Text engraving is free and for only $5 more a tray you can get your custom logo engraved as well. Check them out >> NEW SILVER AWARDS