The Missing Moon Rock…and 7 Other Bizarre Lucite Stories

March 23, 2015 by David Parry

We tend to think of Lucite in terms of its virtues--- as that versatile, durable, malleable material we see in customized deal toys, awards, and recognition pieces; but it has another life, a secret, often edgy life unknown to all but a few… 1....

Zippers, Shrapnel, Manure…The Weird Things We’ve Had to Embed in Lucite—and the Weirder Science behind Them

March 16, 2015 by David Parry

Zippers, shrapnel, moose manure, regurgitated coins, cookies, umbilical cords, teeth—these are just a few of the things that have found their way into our Lucite embedments over the years. “Commemorating Success Globally”. That’s our...

Looking for Tech Deal Toy Ideas? Here’s a Great Place to Start

March 4, 2015 by David Parry

Our site now has three separate places for you to find a wider array of tech deal toy ideas–and more quickly and easily. You’re no doubt aware of the converging trends currently heating up the tech sector—and therefore increasing the...

Project “Barracuda”? Project “Buzz”? Browse Some Great Code Name-Inspired Deal Toys

February 23, 2015 by David Parry

Code names offer a rich, and too often neglected, source of deal toy ideas. “A good deal code name”, former Merrill Lynch M&A banker Scott Rostan explained to The Wall Street Journal last year, “can make you a rock star”. “At...

Deal Toys Deconstructed: See What a New Documentary Reveals

February 9, 2015 by David Parry

A new documentary offers an outsider’s perspective on not only the nature of deal toys, but also their unique production process Ben Thorp Brown can hardly be accused of selecting well-worn, mainstream subjects. In a career that has already...

Cross-Border Deal Toys: Going Beyond Familiar Territory

January 20, 2015 by David Parry

Cross-border deal toys don’t have to be limited to the same, familiar design themes The global economy. You may have heard about it… And if you're just coming off a deal involving multiple cultures, currencies, languages, time...

Real Estate Deal Toys: Why They’re a Lot More Than “Closing Gifts”

January 9, 2015 by David Parry

Savvy commercial real estate firms are recognizing what investment banks have long known: the branding and marketing potential of “deal toys” “Lining a windowsill in Anthony Orso’s office at Cantor Commercial Real Estate are dozens of...

7 Employee Recognition Awards That Should Make You Cringe: A Halloween Chamber Of Horrors

October 28, 2014 by David Parry

What could be more frightening than handing out the same tired, interchangeable, off-the-shelf, clichéd employee recognition awards? Maybe receiving one. Looking for creative employee recognition awards? Good luck. Because let’s face it:...

Deal Toy Ideas for Spin-Off “Mania”

October 9, 2014 by David Parry

Spin-off transactions make for interesting deal toy possibilities---as well as some pitfalls. “Hewlett-Packard, eBay, Barnes & Noble---the rash of spinoff announcements this year has been dizzying”. The CNBC report quoted here goes on to...