Posted on 31 May 2013

Corporate awards – custom versus premade


Whether it is for an annual awards night or just to recognise an individual’s hard work, trophies and plaques are a great way to show your appreciation of the hard work of your employees. When looking at what kind of award you want, it is important to consider its purpose, your budget and who the award is for. One choice you need to make is whether you want to create a custom award or buy off the shelf.

Custom awards

The beauty of a custom award is that it is like no other. You can choose to create as little or as much as you want, from the material used and shape it is cut into, to the design on the award and what is written on it. Although it may cost a little more and take some time to make, a custom trophy or plaque is ideal for one off awards or special occasions, delivering a unique and out-of-the-box product that the awardee will be proud to display.

Premade awards

Although it may not be as unique as a custom award, a premade trophy or plaque is still a feasible option that can offer quality and convenience. Unlike a custom award, off the shelf products can be ready in a matter of days, only requiring engraving of a name or award title to suit. It is quick and convenient and can be a lot more affordable. This is a great option if you are looking for an award that will be the same year in, year out, want something made quickly or are looking for an affordable way to show your employees you appreciate their efforts.


ME Trophies is an Australian trophies, plaques and awards supplier offering a wide range of custom and premade awards for any occasion. They can help you find a unique piece suitable for your needs and budget, whether it be a custom award or off the shelf. Visit them online or call 1800 812 691 to find out more.

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