The Latest Trends in Custom Awards

The world of awards and recognition is constantly evolving, with new trends emerging that blend aesthetics and functionality to create meaningful awards for recipients. This blog explores the latest trends in how achievements are celebrated across various sectors, highlighting how modern awards can be both beautiful and impactful.

The Power of Recognition

Recognition is a powerful tool for every type of organization, whether it be sports teams, corporations, or non-profits. A significant 81% of employees reported feeling motivated to work harder when their boss showed appreciation for their work, underscoring the critical role of recognition in enhancing employee effort and productivity.

Unique Alternatives to Traditional Awards

One of the significant trends Nothers has seen is the shift towards unique alternatives to traditional awards. Our customers now seek awards that recipients can use and showcase in their daily lives. Examples include custom lapel pins with corporate branding, elegant and modern awards that can be displayed as art in offices, or custom drinkware that team members can use daily as reminders of their recognition. These alternatives not only honour the recipient but also serve as functional items that recipients can use and display proudly.

Blending Timeless Elements with Trending Design

Balancing classic and contemporary design is another key trend in award creation. Awards that blend timeless elements with modern aesthetics appeal to a broad range of recipients. By combining traditional materials like wood and metal with sleek, modern designs, unique awards and trophies can be created that are both elegant and contemporary.

Technological Enhancements

Technological advancements are also playing a significant role in the evolution of awards. Digital elements such as LED lights, interactive features, and advanced engraving techniques allow for a higher level of personalization. We work with our clients to create personalized trophies and awards that are truly one-of-a-kind, reflecting their vision down to the finest detail.

Detailed Industry Customization

Another trend that Nothers has observed is organizations looking to customize their recognition pieces to directly reflect the industry. For example, our team works with the Ontario Asphalt Pavement Council to incorporate real asphalt into their annual awards. This unique customization adds to the prestige and detail of the award and has been well-received by recipients.  Learn more about our project with the Ontario Asphalt Pavement Council here.

Branding and Customization

Awards are also being used as powerful branding tools. By integrating company logos, colour schemes, and brand elements into award designs, organizations can enhance their brand identity. Custom awards and recognition plaques that feature these branding elements serve as a constant reminder of the organization's values and achievements.

Sustainable Practices

Sustainability is an increasingly important consideration in award design. There is a growing trend towards using sustainable materials and production processes. Awards made from recycled or eco-friendly materials not only recognize achievements but also reflect a commitment to environmental responsibility. This trend aligns with the broader movement towards sustainability in all areas of business and personal life.


The latest trends in awards and recognition reflect a shift towards more personalized, functional, and sustainable designs. Whether through unique alternatives to traditional awards, blending timeless and contemporary elements, incorporating technological enhancements, or focusing on branding and sustainability, modern awards are more impactful than ever.

Explore how Nothers the Award Store can help you incorporate these trends into your recognition programs, ensuring your awards are as innovative as they are impactful. Contact Nothers today to learn more about creating custom awards that celebrate achievements in the most meaningful way.