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Challenge Coins Help Celebrate Retirement from the Military or Public Service Field

Written on June 3, 2010 at 7:01 pm, by

A long career with law enforcement, the fire department or the military is something many men and women strive to achieve.  Those individuals approaching retirement age have a lot to celebrate.  After years of service, they finally will have the resources needed to spend quality time with their families, travel to exotic locations, and pursue the hobbies that have interested them in the past.  Custom challenge coins designed for retirement parties make great gifts for attendees and also serve as a fond reminder of the roles service men and women play in our communities.

Retirement challenge coins are unique. They have the retiree’s name on the coin and also have the different ranks that they achieved while in the military or working in a public service role.  Military challenge coins for retirement parties usually consist of the name of the man or woman being honored, their branch emblems (Army, Navy, Air Force, or Marines), and the starting and ending date of their years of active service.  The challenge coins often include the location of their last assignment as well.

Challenge coins have a long history.  For decades, they have been awarded to the brave men and women in the armed services.  They are also used to promote camaraderie, goodwill among units, and encourage people to be their own personal best. Because of this, they are great way to cap off a retirement celebration.  Containing details about their personal and professional experiences, these items reflect the individuality and accomplishments of the retiree.

Marc Pamatian knows a thing or two about coins. As Manager of All About Coins, he works directly with businesses and organizations to design custom challenge coins that exceed his customer’s expectations.

Custom Medallions Give Students, Athletes, and Workers Reasons to Celebrate Accomplishments

Written on June 1, 2010 at 1:47 pm, by

Awards ceremonies are an important part of our academic, athletic, and professional careers.  A combination of skill, determination, and the willingness to evolve and change helps us to accomplish our lifelong dreams of obtaining an education, excelling at sports, and making our mark in the business world.  Custom medallions are a great way to cap off an awards banquet because of their prestige look and appeal.  You can transform any atmosphere into an Olympic like setting by distributing personalized medals to your students, team members, and employees.

A boost of confidence may be all that it takes to make an individual shine.   Academic medals and sports medallions range in style.  They can be created using three tiers of plating options—gold, silver, and copper.  This makes it easier to award the right custom medallion to the right individual.

Gold, of course, is the highest achievement.  Everyone wants to go for the gold!  Silver is a close second.  Copper follows up in third place.  No matter what color the custom medallion is, it will be perceived to be a valuable piece of memorabilia by the recipient who is honored with it.

Medallion ribbons come in a variety of colors and patterns.  They can reflect a school’s colors or theme like patriotism (red, white, and blue).  Built to last, they are made from strong materials and can be worn around the neck like a real Olympian.  These neck ribbons also make the medallions easier to display.  They can be hung from a special rack on the wall for everyone to see.

Academic medals, sports medallions, and years of recognitions awards can transform an atmosphere immediately.  They can be used to challenge and reward individuals for their performance and encourage a healthy level of competition in a school, on the playing field or throughout a workplace.  Due to their ability to be personalized, custom medallions can reflect the spirit and interests of the receiver.  That increases their face value and makes them something worth hanging onto.

Amanda Knight knows a thing or two about custom medallions. As Manager of All About Coins, she works directly with businesses and organizations to design custom medallions that exceed her customer’s expectations.

Custom Challenge Coins to Honor Fearless Firefighters

Written on May 31, 2010 at 5:14 pm, by

Recently, we have had an influx of challenge coin orders from firehouses located throughout the United States.  Our customers contacted us because they wanted to create a design to award to distinguished individuals in their department.  They wanted an item that not only represented the spirit of firefighting itself but also that of the men and women who served within the confines of a particular district.  They chose challenge coins because of their measurable look and appeal.  We were able to help them customize the challenge coins to their liking instantly.

The challenge coins were then used in a variety of ways.  Some firehouses used them as years of service and recognition awards.  Others chose to order them to pay tribute to fallen firefighters.  No matter what the use, customized challenge coins are highly regarded because of their incredible look and feel.  Due to their size and the type of materials being used, these items are usually thick and weighty. They are a tactile award because they can be handled over and over again without being damaged.

Fire personnel become emotionally attached to the coin because it reminds them of their past accomplishments and the relationships that they built back at the firehouse.  Firefighters often forge friendships that last them a lifetime.  The men and women that they work with at the fire station play an integral part of a firefighter’s professional experience.

Collectors of challenge coins know the importance of displaying these objects.  Sharing these items with others is half the fun of receiving a challenge coin.  Velvet bags, acrylic cases, and display units are some of the ways that firefighters keep their memorabilia safe.

All About Coins offers fire departments their choice of features as well as options when it comes to personalizing challenge coins.  Different types of finishes and edges compliment custom artwork.  Dual plating and 3D molding helps give designs depth and distinction.  We can help you determine which features to include in your order today.  Just give us a call at 1-800-667-5931 toll-free to discuss your fire department challenge coin ideas with us.

Matthew Duncan knows a thing or two about coins. As Manager of All About Coins, he works directly with businesses and organizations to design fire department challenge coins that exceed his customer’s expectations.

Military Challenge Coins for OCS and WOCS Graduates

Written on May 27, 2010 at 6:27 pm, by

The United States Army has seven core values that it incorporates into its culture—loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity, and personal courage.  These principles are the building blocks that shape successful military careers.  Warrant Officer Candidate School (WOCS) graduates have what it takes to make it in the US Army. Chosen from an elite group of active men and women, these individuals encompass all aspects of excellence and are the embodiment of the values the US Army represents.  Custom challenge coins pay tribute to WOCS graduates and make great gifts for their Commencement ceremonies.

Officer Candidate School (OCS) brings together members of all branches of the military (Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines) for twelve weeks of intensive training.  Graduates of the school undergo rigorous tests which are designed to train, assess, evaluate, and develop military leaders.  Only the strong survive and those who make it to Graduation Day have something to be truly proud of.  Custom challenge coins serve as fond reminders of the triumph of the human spirit.

Challenge coins like the one we created for the May 7th graduating class are personalized in a number of ways.  In addition to containing the OCS motto of “Honor, Courage, Commitment,” the personalized coins included the names and ranks of the individuals they were designed to honor.  It is details like these that give the coins meaning to recipients.  The men and women who attended OCS can remember the personal commitment they made to themselves, their families, and to the millions of Americans depending on their military service.

Challenge coins come in a variety of sizes, diameters, shapes, and styles.  They tend to reflect the personality of each OCS or WOCS graduating class.  Customized coins often contain emblems characteristic to the branch of the military that they represent.  For example, the coin shown above has US Army, Navy, and Marine Corps symbols.  Each evokes a sense of pride in graduates.

Unlike other forms of memorabilia, challenge coins are long lasting and practical.  Because of their smaller size, they do not take up a lot of space and can be housed or displayed easily and affordably.  Their rugged exterior and weightiness gives off impresses people who regard the items a higher perceived value.  Reward your graduates for all their hard work by calling us today at 1-800-667-5931.  We can have your challenge coin order to you in 14 days or less!

Marc Pamatian knows a thing or two about coins. As Manager of All About Coins, he works directly with businesses and organizations to design custom challenge coins that exceed his customer’s expectations.

Custom Lapel Pins Aid with Hurricane Preparedness

Written on May 26, 2010 at 8:51 pm, by

Hurricane Awareness Week is May 23rd through the 29th and the first day of Hurricane Season is June 1st. Custom lapel pins help teachers, rescuers, and businesses deliver messages concerning safety measures and emergency preparedness.  The pins can be used in classrooms and corporate settings as an educational and promotional tool.

Here are some of the ways that All About Pins have seen them used:

  • In place of pushpins for Hurricane tracking maps.  Schools and classrooms can customize their designs with an image of their mascot or teacher and highlight key areas of the pins with glitter or blinking lights.
  • As a way to identify emergency personnel.  Police officers, firefighters, and medical rescuers wear their pins in a highly visible location as a way of assisting the public in times of peril.
  • To warn people of the potential danger of Hurricanes.  Hail, storm surges, flooding, and tornadoes require different levels of preparation.  Businesses and organizations can include the pins with literature at preparedness events.

Hurricanes can wreak havoc on a person’s home or business.  Taking the precautionary measures recommended by experts can help people walk away from a big storm unscathed.  Custom lapel pins serve as reminders to individuals in states and countries that are affected by this type of weather phenomena.  Despite the products’ small size, its effectiveness is undisputed.

Using Custom Lapel Pins to Celebrate June Holidays and Observances

Written on May 25, 2010 at 2:57 pm, by

June is filled with reasons to celebrate.  Along with nationally recognized holidays like Father’s Day and Flag Day, there are plenty of opportunities throughout the month to use custom lapel pins.  All About Pins has come up with this handy guide to help businesses and organizations promote themselves in new and creative ways.

A few of our suggestions include:

June 1st is Stand For Children Day. Awareness ribbon lapel pins can be created to speak out against Child Abuse, educate the public about the effects of Autism on a family or raise funds for after school programs and recreational facilities.

June 4th, 1896 is the day that the first Ford was made. Automobile enthusiasts can show pride by ordering custom lapel pins for their car club.  These items can then be used to promote events and encourage new members to join the organization.

June 5th is World Environment Day. Companies, sports groups, and youth organizations can take a stand against environmental destruction by creating and wearing custom lapel pins.  Messages about reducing, reusing, and recycling can be incorporated into a pin’s custom design.

June 12th, 1839 is the day that the baseball was invented. Sports teams can get ready for the season by ordering baseball trading pins that feature their choice of colors, logo or mascot, and team name.  They can also include information about their hometown and player’s names on the pins.

June 14th is Flag Day. Businesses can show their pride by handing out American Flag pins in honor of the event.  These pins can be traditional or contemporary.  They can be created in a variety of sizes, shapes, and finishes depending on what the customer prefers.

June 20th is Father’s Day. Restaurants that feature a special brunch menu for fathers can use lapel pins to accent napkin rings or place cards.  Sports venues and concert halls can hand out pins as a small token of appreciation for attending an event.

June 23rd is National Pink Day. Breast Cancer Awareness Month is in October but there is no reason why it can be incorporated into today’s theme.  In addition to custom awareness ribbon lapel pins, businesses and organizations can create pink poodles for a Parisian theme, pink flowers for a Garden Club, and pink booties for Birth Announcement pins.

June 29th is Camera Day. Photography clubs can honor their members with custom camera lapel pins.  These items can help identify members, award them for their commitment to the club, and be sold to others as a way of raising money for new equipment or a special event.

Like every other month, there is a lot to be excited about in June.  Custom lapel pins can help businesses and organizations achieve their goals easily and affordably.

Amanda Knight knows a thing or two about Lapel Pins. As Manager of All About Pins, she works directly with businesses and organizations to design custom lapel pins that exceed her customer’s expectations.

Ordering Father’s Day Lapel Pins For June 20th, 2010

Written on May 24, 2010 at 5:07 pm, by

Custom lapel pins help honor fathers for their good deeds, boundless amounts of unconditional love, and physical strength.  With Father’s Day fast approaching, the time to discuss your unique design ideas with an All About Pins sales professional is today.  In addition to creating custom lapel pins with style and appeal, we offer fast and free shipping with all of our orders.

June 20th is Father’s Day.  With roughly three weeks left before the big day, you might be thinking, “How can my business brighten a father’s life?”  One of the ways that you can do just that is by designing and ordering a personalized pin to hand out to your customers and employees.  A token of appreciation goes a long way to lift a person’s spirits and show them that you care.

Father’s around the country attend special brunches, sports games, and community events held in their honor.  Businesses, restaurants, and organizations can hand out custom lapel pins to these men as a way of thanking them for their patronage and commending them for the role that they play to their children.  This simple act helps win over new customers and assure existing customers that they have made the right decision spending their money with you.

Call or email us today.  Our toll-free telephone number is 1-866-604-9462 and our email address is  We provide free quotes and a variety of sizes, colors, shapes, styles, and finishes to fit your needs.  When it comes to Father’s Day Lapel Pins, give your customers the best. All About Pins will work with you to create custom pins that honor fathers and the roles that they play in society.

Matthew Duncan knows a thing or two about lapel pins. As Manager of All About Pins, he works directly with businesses and organizations to design custom lapel pins that exceed his customer’s expectations.

Custom Lapel Pins Rank High With Motorcycle Clubs and Riders

Written on May 20, 2010 at 8:57 pm, by

Motorcycle lovers know the importance of owning a quality bike.  In addition to having something reliable to ride on, motorcycles provide their owners with a collectible item rich with personal history.  Motorcycle clubs create custom lapel pins to reward members who have achieved specific goals.  This system of ranking adds honor to being a member of an organization and helps to generate public interest in the club’s events.

Some groups use motorcycle lapel pins to display pride for their heritage or nationality and to draw interest to the type of bike that they ride.  By incorporating their logo or slogan into the lapel pins design during the proofing process, they are able to have a personalized keepsake reflective of their club’s values and mission.   Custom lapel pins can also be created for motorcycle poker runs and other fundraising events.  These promotional products announce specific dates and help solicit donations from the public for the charitable organizations they sponsor.  Different types of backings can be ordered so that pins can be worn on t-shirts and leather jackets.   This helps clubs cater to all types of riders.

All About Pins has created pins of all sizes, shapes, and colors for motorcycle clubs around the country.  We are able to take a design idea and transform it into a one-of-a-kind custom lapel pin with distinction.  Motorcyclists love our custom pins.  That’s why they keep ordering them year after year.  In addition to our free design services, we also offer a full color digital proof, and free shipping services.  This helps motorcycle clubs stretch their budgets and achieve their goals.

Marc Pamatian knows a thing or two about lapel pins. As Manager of All About Pins, he works directly with businesses and organizations to design custom lapel pins that exceed his customer’s expectations.

Why Choose Offset Printed Lapel Pins?

Written on May 18, 2010 at 7:36 pm, by

Offset Printed Lapel Pins can enhance the appearance of a design by creating a duplicate image of a logo or photograph.  Tiny details and color gradients often make it difficult for some companies to replicate custom images.  By using the offset printing process, All About Pins creates quality pins for customers who use them in a number of ways.

One of the most popular reasons that a customer would choose Offset Printed Lapel Pins is to pay tribute to loved one.  With Memorial Day fast approaching, many men and women order pins that feature a picture of their family member or friend.

Although it is a popular trend to create memorabilia that honors lives lost, Offset Printed Lapel Pins are also used to pay tribute to exceptional men and women.  We were able to create a pin for Fire Chief Robin Colerain and place her photo in the middle of the design.

We also produce these types of pins for fundraisers.  The Top Hatters Frog Jumps Poker Run 2010 was one of the many designs that we were able to recreate using our customer’s photograph.

Offset Printed Lapel Pins give customers more control over the design process.  This ensures that they are 100% satisfied with the service that they receive when ordering from us.

Amanda Knight knows a thing or two about Offset Printed Lapel Pins. As Manager of All About Pins, she works directly with businesses and organizations to design pins that exceed her customer’s expectations.

10 Ways to Use Customized Keychains Effectively

Written on May 17, 2010 at 6:28 pm, by

Customized keychains are versatile.  They can be used by numerous groups and organizations as a way to get the word out about a new product or service or to announce an upcoming event, wedding, or holiday.  Keychain promos help generate funds, raise awareness, and educate.

The top ten most popular uses for personalized keychains include:

  • School Alumni, Graduations, and Fundraisers
  • Sports Teams
  • Car Clubs
  • Advertising for New Businesses
  • Car, Boat, and Recreational Vehicle Dealerships
  • Aviation Clubs
  • Churches
  • Wedding Favors
  • Awareness—ie. Breast Cancer, Autism, etc.
  • Employee Years of Service Awards

The options available to personalize keychains are unlimited.  In addition to being able to choose from soft enamel, cloisonné, and die struck, customers can also create 3D designs and have their pick of gold, silver, copper, black metal or black nickel.  For those individuals who want twice as much room to advertise, double sided keychain options exist.

Contacting All About Pins for a complimentary quote will help put your design ideas into perspective.  Our trained sales professionals will be able to send a customized digital proof to you quickly and explain what the difference between cloisonné and soft enamel keychains.  In addition to being there for you to answer any questions that you might have, All About Pins also offers complimentary artwork and shipping as well as up to seven colors free.

Information that is commonly used in a keychain design includes:

  • A Logo or Motto
  • Name of the Business or Organization Featured
  • Web Address or Telephone Number
  • A Description of the Product, Service, or Event Advertised
  • Number of Years of Service an Employee Has Put Into a Company

Personalized keychain are functional and affordable.  They have a variety of uses and can be created to deliver a message in a fast and reliable way.  Call us today at 1-866-604-9462 to place your keychain order.

Matthew Duncan knows a thing or two about lapel pins. As Manager of All About Pins, he works directly with businesses and organizations to design custom lapel pins that exceed his customer’s expectations.