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How to Choose the Perfect Custom Trophies

Trophy Deep-Dive

When it comes to recognizing achievements and commemorating special occasions, custom trophies serve as timeless symbols of success and accomplishment. However, with SO MANY options to choose from finding the perfect trophy can be tricky.

Luckily, we’re here to help! In this blog, we’ll take a deep dive into the world of trophies and provide insights to help you discover the ideal trophy that aligns with your preferences and requirements.

Factors to Consider When Looking for Your Perfect Trophy

Price Points for Every Budget

Let’s start practically. When you need to purchase an award, you need one that fits cozy in your budget! By looking at price first, you can narrow down your search in a way that isn’t too constricting. You’ll be able to see all the trophies you can afford while also keeping your options open. Don’t worry if you have a smaller budget. There are a ton of custom trophy options for every price point!

  • Budget-Friendly Options: If you’re looking for affordable options without compromising quality, look no further than an acrylic or value glass award. Stunning, heavy, and crystal-clear, these materials are all about value. But don’t let that fool you…these awards are showstoppers that anyone would be happy to receive. Another way to stay in budget is by downsizing. These mini custom awards might be small, but they sure do pack a punch.
  • Mid-Range Selections: For those seeking a balance between price and quality, these mid-range trophies are designed to offer excellent value. They provide superior craftsmanship and customization options at a moderate price point. A mix of acrylic, glass, and crystal can all be found in this range, so the possibilities are endless!
  • Premium and High-End Trophies: At the top of the trophy-price food chain are premium trophies that embody exceptional craftsmanship, intricate details, and luxurious finishes. These custom awards are designed for those seeking the utmost prestige and are ideal for executive-level occasions or exceptional accomplishments. While many of these trophies are crafted out of quality crystal, other materials include metals, mixed media, and stone. At Baudville, these trophies are delivered in a sleek display box perfect for executive presentations.

Material Matters

When it comes to trophies, material is king. It sets the tone and should fit the part. For instance, a plastic trophy is fine for a gag-gift or casual event but wouldn’t be appropriate for an executive award or retirement. Let’s explore some popular options:

  • Crystal Trophies: Known for their elegance and brilliance, crystal trophies exude sophistication and timeless beauty. They are often reserved for executive-level occasions or prestigious events where a touch of class is desired. Crystal awards are perfect for end-of-year awards!
  • Acrylic Trophies: Offering a modern and sleek look, acrylic trophies are a popular choice for both casual and executive occasions. Their crystal-clear transparency allows for customization options such as engraving, making them versatile and adaptable to various recognition needs. Acrylic trophies combine style and affordability, making them an excellent choice for mid-range budgets.
  • Glass Trophies: If you’re seeking a balance between elegance and affordability, glass trophies are an excellent option. They exhibit a timeless appeal, often featuring artistic designs (like art glass trophies) and sleek lines. Glass trophies add a touch of sophistication to any occasion and are suitable for both casual and executive settings.
  • Other Materials: If you’re looking for something ultra unique, a custom trophy made of stone, metal, or mixed media is the way to go. While these custom awards are less common, they each have their unique characteristics and charm. Explore the available options to find a trophy material that truly resonates with your vision and occasion.

Custom Trophy Styles

Personalized trophies come in a wide variety of styles, each with its own aesthetic appeal and symbolism. Here are some common custom trophy styles to consider:

  • Classic: Traditional trophies often feature a metal figure on a wooden or marble base. They convey a sense of timeless elegance and are well-suited for formal occasions.
  • Modern: Modern trophies tend to have sleek, minimalist designs with clean lines and contemporary materials like glass, acrylic, or metal. They are perfect for recognizing innovation and forward-thinking.
  • Crystal: Crystal trophies are known for their exquisite transparency and light-reflecting properties. They convey a sense of sophistication and are often used for top-tier custom awards.
  • Custom-Shaped: To make a custom trophy truly unique, you can opt for custom-shaped designs that represent your company’s logo, products, or values. These custom awards add a personal touch to your awards ceremony.

Select a style that aligns with your company’s culture and the image you want to project. The style should resonate with the recipients and leave a lasting impression.

Customization Options

Personalization is key when it comes to custom trophies. Consider the following customization options:

  • Engraving: Engraving allows you to add names, dates, and messages to the custom trophy. It adds a personal touch and makes the award more memorable.
  • Color: Consider incorporating your company’s colors into the personalized trophy design. Custom colors can create a cohesive look and reinforce your brand identity.
  • Logo and Branding: Include your company’s logo or branding elements on the trophy to reinforce your corporate identity.
  • Trophy Size: Choose an appropriate size that reflects the significance of the award. Smaller trophies work well for individual achievements, while larger ones are suitable for major milestones.

Occasion-Oriented Choices

Different occasions call for different personalized trophy styles! Here are two categories to consider:

  • Casual Occasions: When recognizing achievements in a more relaxed setting, casual trophies offer a perfect match. These trophies are versatile, approachable, and often incorporate fun and colorful designs. Casual trophies are ideal for daily recognition, school events, or social gatherings where a lighthearted atmosphere is desired.
  • Executive Occasions: For formal events or occasions where a sense of sophistication and professionalism is key, executive trophies make a powerful statement. These trophies feature elegant designs, sleek lines, and refined finishes, making them a fitting choice for corporate milestones, industry accolades, or distinguished achievements.
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Order Lead Time

Custom trophies take time to design, produce, and deliver. It’s crucial to plan ahead and order your trophies well in advance of your awards ceremony. Rushing the process may lead to errors or limited design choices, so be sure to factor in sufficient lead time.


Choosing the right trophy involves considering materials, price points, and the occasion at hand. With so many options available, the possibilities are endless! Happy awarding!

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We’ve had the privilege of working with some amazing organizations to develop a branded, special experience for their team. We appreciate their trust in finding the perfect fit, and we’re so excited to highlight how they turned out!

Whether you’re just dipping your toe into the custom experience, or you’re an old hand at it, we know that together we can pair up to make an amazing impact for you and your organization!

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