How to make your deal toy stand out

Posted on December 14 2018

Some tips to help you take your deal toy from good to exceptional.

Here are our designer’s tips to take your deal toy from good to exceptional.

Use unique or mixed materials

While deal toys and financial tombstones are also known as the traditional material “Lucite”, Altrum Honors has set a precedence in our industry by creatively incorporating and mixing several other materials to create unique pieces.

The choice is yours: wood, crystal, Lucite, stone or metal. Go even further and add that unique prop to give a truly distinctive feel to your design and reach your aesthetic goals.

3-D etching

A 3-D Etching offers endless design possibilities to capture the essence of the object in your commemorative piece.

Our production team uses a laser to engrave detailed 3-D art inside crystal. A subtle yet significant feature that allows you to customize and accentuate your deal toy. This technique is frequently used to reproduce detailed objects, such as buildings, atoms and even people.

Light effects

Add extra spark to your deal toy by incorporating lights or glow in the dark features! Crystal carries light very well and can be colored according to the chosen light bulb.

Your deal toy will be engineered to allow you to control those lights and replace the battery when needed.


Embedded items in Lucite or “sandwiched” in crystal is a great option to increase the memorability factor.

Computer chips, metals, precious stones, currencies, business cards, and even liquids such as water or oil are the most popular items that are embedded.

Make it spin

Whether it’s your client’s logo, product, or a symbolic icon, making it spin adds some fun to your deal toy! A spinning pin can easily add a little personality to your piece, without compromising its sleek look.

Spinners are optimal when placed next to a flat financial tombstone on top of a base, or at the very peak of a tall deal toy.


Layering never goes out of style in fashion or in deal toy making. Using a variety of colors, materials, or Lucite thickness is a great way to create a completely unique look for your deal gift.

A popular option is to use aluminum as the middle layer to create a bold and strong look, and use colored acrylic in the front and back to bring out the company’s colors in a creative way.

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