Custom lapel pins are one of the most widely used promotional products across every market and industry. They are literally everywhere.
We believe this so much that we have assembled a list of 78 ways lapel pins are used – from A to Z. This only scratches the surface, it’s up to you to see how they can influence your business, cause, club or association and add it to the list.
Awareness Ribbon pins – think breast cancer awareness.
Ask Me pins – how do I get a free pizza?
Anniversary pins – 5, 10, 15, 25-year anniversary recognition.
Book Club pins – I met the man of my dreams last night in chapter 5.
Balloon pins – Nothing more beautiful than a colorful, hot air balloon pin
Beauty Pageant pins – promote Miss Rodeo 2020!
Conference Trading pins – give a pin at your next conference and never be forgotten.
Club pins – 4H, Lions Club, FBLA, Robotics Club
Curling Club pins – who would have thought they are a big with curling teams.
Donor Gift pins – say thank you for that $1000 donation, small things say big thanks.
Destination pins – where do you want to remember you have been?
Destination Imagination Trading pins – design, trade, win. It’s a big deal.
Election Campaign pins – who are you supporting in the next election?
Emoji pins – make a statement, express your emotion, wear it on a backpack.
Elementary School pins – show school spirit, every kid wants one of their school name and mascot
Fallen Officer pins – in memory of a fallen officer, his picture, end of war date.
Fundraiser pins – sell a pin make a buck, fund your club.
Flag pins – patriotism at its best. Every patriot wears one.
Gold Anniversary pins – a classy and distinct way of being recognized.
Graduation pins – Class of 2020.
Gay Pride pins – show your pride for who you are.
Holiday pins – Christmas, Halloween, Veterans day.
Historical pins – 150-year anniversary of our great city.
Hotel pins – we keep things clean, a 10 every time.
I Heart pins – who hasn’t wanted a I heart NY pin
Incentive pins – pass this course, recognized for accomplishment.
Ice Dancing Trading pins – girly, sparkly, unique and tradeable.
Junior High School pins – some people want to remember junior high.
Journey pins – the music group or a trip you made.
Justice pins – scales of justice make a nice pin for many purposes.
Kick Starter Gift pins – a great gift for those that help fund your venture.
Krewe pins – New Orleans at its best, every Krewe king and queen have their own.
Karate pins – not just a black belt, but a pin too
Letter pins – what letter pin did you receive in high school?
Little League Baseball Trading pins – we like to call it trade big, win big – regardless if you won the game
LA Dodger pins – some people have made a living out selling trendy Dodger pins.
Marriage pins – have you ever received a wedding token from the bride and groom?
Multi-level Marketing pins – every MLM gives out pins for advancing in the company.
Medical Marijuana pins – green heart pins have seen a surge in recent years.
Number pins – what is your favorite number. Mine is number 5, it is displayed on my car dash.
NASA pins – did you know every expedition to the space station has its own custom pin design?
Not for Profit pins – our best customers are not for profits, low budgets but big thank you.
Odyssey of the Mind Trading pins – annual competition, complete with pin trading amongst teams.
Outstanding Service pins – recognize those excellent customer service people.
Order pins – ok this isn’t a category, but you can’t write a post without asking for an order of pins.
Olympics pins – trademarked and protected, you can’t make your own, but you can certainly buy one.
Promotional Giveaway pins – at a tradeshow, give a pin to remember.
Pop Culture pins – these are big these days, typically called enamel pins. Make a statement.
Puzzle pins – have you ever put 4 pins together to make a big pin.
Quotation pins – even something as simple as quotation mark can be turned into a pin.
Quilting Club pins – turn your favorite quilt into a pin.
Question pins – ask me about…..
Religious pins – cross pin, bible pin, trek pin or anything religious emblem.
Restaurant pins – promote your restaurant with a pin, it lasts forever.
Reunion pins – families like unity, family crests, give a pin for a family reunion.
Swag Bag Gift pins – golf tournaments, tradeshows, special events – give a grab bag with a pin.
SkillsUSA pins – clubs and organizations always produce pins for their events.
Smiley Face pins – are you thinking Walmart, smiling is always good.
Trade Show pins – every trade show has pins, they are great giveaway things.
Team pins – baseball, football, basketball, soccer, ice dancing, karate every team needs a pin.
Temple pins – temples are meaningful, many people like pins of their temple.
USA pins – like flag pins, USA pins promote your patriotism and connection to your country
United pins – if you want a word that connects you, get a united pin.
University pins – absolutely a must to have a pin of your university, your identity for life.
Volunteer pins – volunteers give so much, and get so little, a small volunteer pin goes a long way.
Veterans pins – have you ever heard of Honor Flight Pins. They recognize veterans.
Veterinary pins – even if it is just an animal pin.
Wholesale pins – this is a group that sells lots of pins to their customers.
Winter pins – what about a snowflake.
Wedding Shower pins – might be a unique thing to give out.
X-Men pins – movies, characters all possible to be made into pins.
X-Rated pins – these do exist but we avoid them.
X-Ray pins – I’ve seen a skeleton behind an x-ray machine made into a pin before.
Years of Service pins – 5, 10, 15, 20…. Maybe even 50 years of service.
Zebra pins – any animal makes a good lapel pin.
Zany pins – this might be a broad category. There are lots of zany pins out there. Can you think of any?
Zoo pins – maybe for a specific zoo, or a unique animal at the zoo. Sell them, collect them.