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T.G.I.F. Volunteer Recognition Idea #4

 Have fabulous volunteers? Struggling to find fun, yet affordable ways to reward them for their service to your organization? Find inspiration in our weekly T.G.I.F. idea. Each Friday, we will highlight creative ideas for a Theme, Gift, Invitation, and Food plan that make for a perfect volunteer recognition event. Let A Creative Touch inspire your creativity with promotional product ideas that show appreciation to your volunteers!

act-soup-mugT.=Theme: Volunteers are Mmm, Mmm Good!

G.=Gifts: A 16 oz.soup mug and spoon set that can be customized with your organization’s logo; it’s a gift that will warm their tummies and their hearts, reminding them that you think they are soup-er!

I.=Invites/D√©cor: Create a “soup can” invitation–use a safety can opener to open a soup can, then rinse it out and let it dry.¬† Insert your invitation and glue the lid back on.¬†¬†Your volunteers will¬†have to open the can to get all of the details!¬† You can also use empty soup cans as vases for groupings of small floral table arrangements.¬†¬† Incorporate Andy Warhol-inspired drawings of soup cans or use the warhol app to transform volunteer photos into pop art!

F.=Food/Refreshments: A soup themed gift calls for a warm and cozy soup bar.¬† Choose a selection of soups–tomato, mushroom, and broccoli cheddar are a few good choices–and arrange them so your volunteers can sample soup and soup fixings like croutons, bacon bits,¬†tortilla strips, sour cream and cheese. Add salad, bread, or sandwiches for a nifty deluxe buffet.

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On the Watch for
Father Time

act-round-clockLike Santa, Father Time is an old man with a long white beard who makes an appearance in December.¬† One of his duties is to oversee the ending of the old year on December 31st, and the crowning of the New Year.¬† Folklorists believe that Father Time may have evolved from an ancient Greek god called Kronos (also spelled Cronos or Chronos). Indeed, “chronos” is the Greek word for ‚Äútime.‚Ä̬†

This holiday season, highlight the value of time and togetherness by promoting your organization or rewarding your volunteers with a timepiece of their own.

Clocks and watches are a timely promotional product for the New Year, too. In fact, the winter holiday season is often symbolized by “Father Time,” the allegorical figure who passes time to “Baby New Year” on January 1st.¬† Since the New Year will be here before we know it, here are some great clocks and watches from¬†A Creative Touch:

Choose a sleek contemporary clock for a promotional product that can be customized with your organization’s name or logo. We have hundreds of options for clocks, but I love this modern design (pictured above): a round glass desk clock with an elegant clock face in the center.¬†¬† Do you see how the glass surround reflects light? ¬†The small silver base can be customized with your logo.

act-palermo-clockLooking for something more traditional to represent your organization? Why not a wood clock? We have dozens of formal clocks with the classic styling you love. Our Palermo clock, which is a perfect clock for awards and other special promotions, features an arched design in brass and burl wood.

act-wright-flyer-clock¬†A more playful option might be our Wright Flyer clock. This unique clock is a silver metal clock in the shape of a classic biplane. Let your logo soar across its wings! I call it the “Wright” clock for any organization, but if your company has an aviation connection, this is perfect for you.

act-silicone-awareness-watchLooking for something with a lower price point for a large promotion? We have hundreds of options for you, ranging from formal timekeepers to our line of awareness watches for outdoor events.¬†¬† For example, these silicone awareness watches are perfect for that annual marathon or 5K race that you sponsor. Choose from a variety of band styles, from slim bracelet models to chunkier versions, perfect for your company’s logo. With the popularity of awareness bracelets, these awareness watches are the perfect giveaway for fundraisers, expos, and other events.

T.G.I.F. Volunteer Recognition Idea #3

Have fabulous volunteers? Struggling to find fun, yet affordable ways to reward them for their service to your organization? Find inspiration in our weekly T.G.I.F. idea. Each Friday, we will highlight creative ideas for a Theme, Gift, Invitation, and Food plan that make for a perfect volunteer recognition event. Let A Creative Touch inspire your creativity with promotional product ideas that show appreciation to your volunteers!

act-wine-glassT.= Theme: A Toast to a Super Volunteer!

G.= Gifts: Toast your volunteers with our custom printed wine glasses. Both practical and pretty, wine glasses allow your volunteers to enjoy their favorite red or chilled white wine while remembering the warm feelings from that first toast in their honor. If you want add an extra special touch, you could also consider bottles of private label wine to accompany the wine glass(es).

I.= Invites/D√©cor: Rich wine shades, like merlot and burgundy, compliment this theme. For greater contrast with the wines you’ll be serving, select pale neutrals and white linens to highlight the colors of your wines. Going for a wine tasting vibe? To emphasize a relaxing atmosphere, select warm lighting or candlelight, in addition to soft music. Make name card holders or buffet labels using wine corks, or even wine carafes and crates for larger displays.

F.= Food/Refreshments: Cheeses and small plates pair naturally with wine. Create tasting “stations” to pair wines with certain foods. Take the difficulty out of choosing wines with a “horizontal tasting,” which focuses on one type of wine, like pinot noir or chardonnay, from multiple vineyards. Alternately, choose various wines from one winemaking region for a “vertical tasting.”

What’s On My Holiday Wish List?

act-woolen-mittensWhat do you dream of this holiday season? In The Sound of Music, Julie Andrews sings about a few of her favorite things: “raindrops on roses, whiskers on kittens,” “brown paper packages tied up with strings”, “bright copper kettles”¬†and even “warm-woolen mittens.” You’ve probably already heard the song on your local holiday radio¬†station this year: since the movie came out in 1965, “My Favorite Things” has become a classic holiday song, recorded by everyone from Andy Williams to The Carpenters.

While Andrews’ character, Maria, likes simple natural things, other famous Christmas wish lists are considerably more glamorous and luxurious. Think of Oprah’s “Favorite Things” lists or the gorgeous Neiman Marcus fantasy catalogs that are much-awaited parts of every holiday season at my house. I confess that my own holiday favorites are considerably less plain and nun-like than sweet Julie Andrews!

My holiday wish list sounds more like Eartha Kitt’s “Santa Baby.”¬†¬† That’s why I look forward to the Oprah and Neiman Marcus holiday lists every year-it’s amazing to see all the interesting and creative gifts that it is possible to buy your loved ones and yourself.¬†¬† From a souped up sleigh (a 2013 McLaren 12C Spider priced at $354,000) to a walk-on role in a Broadway muscial ($30,000) to his and her watches by Van Cleef & Arpels¬†($1,090,000–the hefty price tag includes a trip to Paris and Geneva, but still!) it’s fun to dream big.¬† My fantasy Christmas gift?¬† A set of heirloom family silver.

Meanwhile, if you’re looking to give fantastic¬†gifts with more modest price tags¬† to your employees, volunteers, or clients, ¬†A Creative Touch is here to help.¬† We’ll find quality, creative promotional products that are guaranteed to become some of their favorite things!

Rudolph the Red-Billed
Reinduck?

We’ve all heard the story of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, who helped Santa save Christmas one year. But you may have missed the story of that other Rudolph from the North Pole, Rudolph the Reinduck!

Our Rudolph is a jolly little fellow–with a shiny red beak–who helps Santa with duck-friendly presents that are a little too damp for Santa and his reindeer. It’s Rudolph the Red-Billed Reinduck’s job assist the elves with waterskis, rain boots, and any other holiday matters that require a little splash!

Here in coastal Wilmington, NC, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reinduck also assists with our annual Holiday Flotilla, helping decorate boats with millions of glittery twinkle lights and displays. So, if your organization or company wants to make its own splash this holiday season, choose some of our Rudolphs to give away your next holiday event:

act-rubber-duck-rudolphHere are some of ¬†Rudolph’s pals¬†all decked out in their¬†favorite winter scarves! Christmas rubber ducky promotional products¬†are a fabulous choice for your next fundraiser, especially if you want to host a holiday-themed rubber duck race. It’s a great way to make that next event fun for the whole family.

¬†If you haven’t been to a rubber ducky regatta, they are the highlight of many events! Rudolph tells me that many duck races, derbies, and regattas benefit local charities this season, so you could request a donation from your event’s attendees who would like Rudolph or one of his many ducky cousins to race on theiract-jingle-duck behalf, for your organization. You could¬†even organize a duck derby with multiple local organizations to add to the festivities. Rudolph will be happy to volunteer!

We also have rubber duck Rudolphs accessorized with holiday bells and Santa hats! All Rudolph rubber ducks can be customized with your organization’s logo.¬† Call us here at A Creative Touch and we will be happy to assist you with your next holiday fundraiser or event.

T.G.I.F. Volunteer Recognition Idea #2

Have fabulous volunteers? Struggling to find fun, yet affordable ways to reward them for their service to your organization? Find inspiration in our weekly T.G.I.F. idea.  Each Friday, we will highlight creative ideas for a Theme, Gift, Invitation, and Food plan that make for a perfect volunteer recognition event.  Let A Creative Touch inspire your creativity with promotional product ideas that show appreciation to your volunteers!

act-custom-mmsT.= Theme: The Sweet Rewards of Volunteering!

G.=Gifts: Customized M&M’s are always a crowd pleaser! These 1-ounce custom bags come with a full color imprint and up to 3 candy colors.¬† You can have your custom logo or message on the candies.¬† Attach a note that says “Thanks for being a Magnificent & Marvelous Volunteer!”

I.= Invites/D√©cor: Choose sweet shades for this party.¬† Pick bright invitation colors for a Wonka-fantasy feeling. Make fabulous round invitations that look like lollipops out of scrapbook paper and lollipop sticks. Select a color scheme for decorations that coordinates with your food items: chocolate and vanilla, if you’re serving ice cream, or shades to match your candy items. Colorful balloons, paper lanterns, and even playful pi√Īatas can add a Candyland atmosphere.

F.=Food/Refreshments: Indulge your volunteers’ sugar-sweet cravings with a candy buffet complete with candy, cupcakes, or ice cream.¬† Arrange these fun treats in batches of several types, like bowls of M&Ms, trays of cupcakes, or dishes of GummyBears.¬†A ¬†colorful “dessert bar”¬†will delight the inner child in all your volunteers. Serve punch to highlight the sweet theme.

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