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High 5 for Friday! May 10, 2013

by Falon
10. May 2013 08:30

It's Friday! The sun is shining here in Michigan and the temperatures are rising. It's been a great week here; I hope you've experienced a wonderful week this week, too! As I look back on the week and look ahead to the weekend, these are my top 5 HIGHlights:

1. This week was Teacher Appreciation Week. I had so much fun selecting and giving my kids' teachers a little something to let them know how much I appreciate their dedication, patience, and wisdom. I chose gifts from our Thanks for Making the Difference theme(and of course I included a personal handwritten note). The green tote was a perfect spring way to package the gift, too! So cute!

2. We're ramping up baseball season at my house which means quick dinners, lots of laundry, and many nights spent at the ball fields. It's so fun to watch those little guys out there – especially when one's bent over backwards picking weeds in the outfield during an exciting double play. Across the nation many moms and dads volunteer their time to coach these little fellas (and girlies, too!) Perhaps a mid-season
thank you would be appropriate – or an all-team gift at the end of the season… I better get planning!

3. This weekend is Mother's Weekend (notice I did not say DAY). Don't forget to pamper your moms with the rest and relaxation they deserve. Moms are awesome. They do a lot. Say thank you.

4. We're celebrating Tulip Time here in West Michigan. I am not proud to say that I've lived here all my life and I have never been to the Tulip Time festivities. The city is covered with vibrant blooming tulips, Dutch dancers perform nightly, and there's carnival food. Need I say more? This year I will go. I promise.

5. And last, but not least, we're also celebrating National Nurses Week this week!
Nurses rock. They give, and give, and give, and give. They help, and comfort, and care for us in times of uncertainty, fear, and discomfort. These people are some of the ultimate givers in life. Have you thanked a nurse lately? If not, there's still time. Do it now.


As a team member since 2005, Falon has worn just about every hat the 'ville has to offer. She's seen both sides of working life — as an employee and as a manager — so if it sounds like she knows what she's talking about, we're pretty sure that's why. When she's not juggling between the IDville and Baudville brands, she's been known to whip up a mean diorama - just like that!

Wishes Granted: Three New Themes You’ve Been Waiting For!

by Allison
22. January 2013 09:57

Knowing that our customers love to see new designs and are always looking for fresh ways to give recognition, we’re continually developing new themes.

To welcome the New Year, we looked at the three top requests on our customers’ wish lists and responded with these:  

The Best Made Even Better.
Essential Piece® has always been one of Baudville’s #1 themes. How, then, do we improve on what seems to be perfection? How about a fresh new look? At its heart, it’s still the reliable standby with it’s signature message, but on the outside it’s cool, polished, and, I think, pretty hip! Check this out:

Photo of Essential Piece Blue

My favorite new product in this theme is this porcelain water bottle:

Photo of Essential Piece Blue Porcelain Water Bottle

It’s sophisticated, functional, and by far the most interesting way to hydrate I’ve seen in a while!

Caution: Awesomeness Ahead.
One industry that needs a little more attention from the ‘ville is manufacturing. And one topic that’s on the minds of everyone in that industry is workplace safety. We created the Serious About Safety theme to help managers encourage and reward their employees when they adhere to safe practices. The theme features useful products, like earplugs and drinkware, as well as fun products, like Hard Hat Mints and Shout Outs™.

Photo of Serious About Safety Theme

I love the reflective stickers probably the most because, knowing that there aren’t many desktops and cubicle walls on the production floor, they’re a great way to still show off achievements!

Photo of Serious About Safety Reflective Stickers

Have You Met Your Dream Team?
If you haven’t yet, you might want to give our new Teamwork Makes the Dream Work theme a try! We created this theme to appeal to a wide audience: newbies to long-timers, starched shirts to blue collars, guys to gals. Every member of your team will love the energizing design and the inspiring message.


Photo of Teamwork Makes the Dream Work Theme

Plus, this theme includes our all-new Event Kit:

Photo of Teamwork Makes the Dream Work Event Kit

It features everything you need to hold a bang-up meeting, kick off a new company initiative, or host a cohesive, professional-looking event.


Allison is a self-proclaimed Copywriting Diva and has the certificate to prove it! She’s been writing for Baudville for four years and has worked in a variety of business settings for more than 19 years. Before becoming a professional writer 12 years ago, Allison worked as a department manager where she used Baudville products to motivate her team. She’s what we call a true believer!

Your Logo + Your Fave Baudville Products = A 'Custom Gifts' Match Made in Heaven

by Falon
3. January 2013 08:28
I cannot begin to tell you how excited I am to announce that this New Year is bringing all-new Baudville products your way – hundreds of them! And the best part? We've focused much of our product innovation in two areas: front-line manager kits and custom gifts (think mugs, frames, gifts, portfolios, T-SHIRTS...all with YOUR COMPANY LOGO!).

We've made it easier than ever to add your company or event logo to many of your favorite products featuring our already powerful themed designs to create one-of-a-kind custom gifts. I know what you're thinking... "I bet I have to order 100 of them to get them with my logo." Nope. So what's the minimum, you ask? 5. That’s right: F-I-V-E. Low minimums, free logo placement, and the always-popular quick Baudville turnaround time.

Custom Gifts

Custom gifts and awards are just the tip of the new-product iceberg! You know those awesome Baudville Team Shirts you were admiring on blog posts gone-by? Well, after many, many requests for our loyal customer base, we've made them available to you! And not just the Smart Sayings custom t-shirts, but also an entire line of Baudville Theme custom t-shirts and Special Event custom t-shirts.

Custom T-Shirts Team Shirts

Here are the details:
- All shirts are pre-designed covering nearly every event, occasion, or office personality
- Simply add your logo, event name, or both
- Our online custom t-shirt builder makes it simple! Not fond of ordering online? No big deal. Give our friendly service staff a call and they'd be happy to walk you through the process!
- Our exclusive in-house designer support team provides expert assistance for outstanding results every time
- The hard part is already done! Browse through our new custom t-shirts, and watch your next event come to life!

So what are you waiting for? Go add your logo to our best-selling products now and send the perfect message of appreciation from your organization today!

And one more thing; if you haven’t seen it already, our new catalog should be arriving in your mailbox soon! In it you'll find all of our new manager kits, trophies, custom gifts, custom t-shirts, new themes and more!


As a team member since 2005, Falon has worn just about every hat the ‘ville has to offer. She’s seen both sides of working life — as an employee and as a manager — so if it sounds like she knows what she’s talking about, we’re pretty sure that’s why. When she’s not juggling between the IDville and Baudville brands, she’s been known to whip up a mean diorama - just like that!

Top 10 Recognition Themes for National Volunteer Appreciation Week

by Cori
21. March 2011 08:30

Whether it’s working on home construction for Habitat for Humanity or helping kids read at a local elementary school, volunteers make the difference. Be sure to recognize the contributions and accomplishments of your volunteers this year during National Volunteer Appreciation Week April 10-16.

Our customers have found the use of recognition themes to effectively express appreciation for their volunteers. Some customers host volunteer appreciation events like luncheons and award ceremonies, and others may have more informal gatherings in someone’s home. Regardless of the location or type of recognition, using a recognition theme can make the appreciation more memorable.

Baudville has more than 100 recognition themes in its repertoire, but our customers have clearly made the following 10 their favorite volunteer appreciation themes. Which one will you use for National Volunteer Appreciation Week ?

1. Essential Piece. A classic recognition theme, this theme's sentiment, "can't imagine us without you," will help you to convey the value of each volunteer. 

Essential Piece Recognition Theme

2. Making a Difference. One of the most popular themes for National Volunteer Appreciation Week,  the inspirational story that accompanies this theme is perfect for recognizing the impact of volunteers.

3. A Helping Hand. We just released **new products** in this favorite theme!

4. Making the Difference. Focus on the impact of your volunteers. Share stories of exceptional volunteer work when you have the entire group together.

5. Thanks For All You Do! Keep your message simple during National Volunteer Appreciation Week and just say thanks!

6. You Are Truly Appreciated. The objective of National Volunteer Appreciation Week is expressing appreciation to your volunteers. This theme keeps your message simple and effective!

You Are Truly Appreciated Recognition Theme

7. You Make a World of Difference! I once attended a volunteer appreciation reception with this theme. The volunteers were given globe stress toys, and the tables were decorated in green blue. It was a lot of fun and - obviously - very memorable!

8. Together We Can Make a Difference. Recognize teams of volunteers during National Volunteer Appreciation Week, too. 

9. Imagine Believe Achieve. Inspire your volunteers with this motivational recognition theme. 

10. Volunteers Make the Difference. Volunteers are proud to be volunteers, so recognize their special role in your organization with this Character Pin!

Volunteers Make the Difference Character Pin


Cori is Baudville's in-house Recognitionista (she's officially a Certified Recognition Professional, too)  and a member of the Millennial generation. Get her employee recognition tips and special discounts by liking Baudville on Facebook

Employee Appreciation Day Theme Ideas

by Cori
21. February 2011 08:03

Employee Appreciation Day is coming up Friday, March 4. In our experience, using an Employee Appreciation Day theme is a surefire way to put on a fun and memorable day for your employees. The last few Employee Appreciation Days at Baudville have had drastically different themes.

In 2008, we gave every employee small gift boxes of cashews. Our theme was “we’re nuts about you!”

In 2009, we enacted our own Employee Stimulus Package. The package included breakfast and a casual day for every employee!

In 2010, we hosted our very own Winter Olympic games. You can see all the pictures and videos on our Facebook page.

For an Employee Appreciation Day theme to be effective, it should express appreciation and coordinate with any events, activities or gifts you have planned. Here a few ideas for 2011:

Employee Appreciation Day Theme Ideas

Tropical Escape – Break out of the winter blues with a tropical Employee Appreciation Day theme. The Baudville Making a Difference Starfish theme can help tie everything together. Place an image of a starfish on all your emails and newsletters about Employee Appreciation Day. Host a luau and serve fresh fruit, smoothies, and pulled pork sandwiches. Have a limbo contest and vote on the craziest Hawaiian shirt!

Shop Making a Difference

Hollywood or Bust – Employee Appreciation Day is on the heels of the Oscars this year, so continue the glamour at your organization. Roll out the red carpet for employees and express your appreciation with a gift from our new Star Performer theme. Serve popcorn and give each employee their own personalized star tile.

Shop Star Performer

Community Involvement – If your organization is active in the community, Together We Can Make a Difference is the Employee Appreciation Day theme for you. Center all your activities on community involvement. You can host a blood drive or collect can goods for a food pantry. If you can get out of the office, spend the day volunteering for a local charity. At the end of the day, give each employee a Character Pin to recognize their contributions both in and out of the office.

Shop Together We Can Make a Difference

Customized Olympic Games – Our Olympic games were such a hit with employees, some even called it the best Employee Appreciation Day ever! You can use this Employee Appreciation Day theme, too, with the help of our World’s Greatest Team theme. Create your own competitions and ward every employee with a button for their participation. Some of our games included ID card toss, rubber band shooting, and office chair luge.

Shop World's Greatest Team


Cori is Baudville's in-house Recognitionista (she's officially a Certified Recognition Professional, too)  and a member of the Millennial generation. Get her employee recognition tips and special discounts by liking Baudville on Facebook.

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