Go to any place that requires an ID — schools, offices, retail stores, hospitals, even the White House — and you’ll most likely see a lanyard in use. But apart from ID laces emblazoned with the logo of a school, business, or organization, customized lanyards can also be used for various practical purposes, such as marketing and awareness, fundraising, camping, and even gadget care.
So what’s the real deal with lanyards and their ubiquity and popularity? Here are a few reasons.
They’re Affordable and Highly Customizable
Depending on how many you need and the style and materials your prefer, you can get lanyards from Wristband Creation at under a dollar per piece. Lanyards are also very easy to customize, not just in terms of design and text but also with their attachments. Hooks, clips, and badge reels are among the most popular, but you can also choose to attach key rings, cellphone loops, buckles, and breakaway clasps to the lanyard, depending on the purpose you want it to serve.
Simple they may be, but that doesn’t mean that lanyards can’t be stylish, too. In fact, the humble lanyard has even graced the runways of Men’s Fashion Week. Brands like Michael Kors, Versace, Fendi, Louis Vuitton, and Armani had their male models wear custom lanyards, on which wallets, purses, and phone cases were attached. Of course, these high-end lanyards were made with leather, metal, and other materials that aren’t commonly used by most lanyard makers. Still, this just proves that with the right design and a matching outfit, lanyards can become quite a fashion statement!
They’re Durable and Versatile
As earlier mentioned, lanyards can be used for a variety of purposes. They can be used as promotional materials, ID laces, key holders, gadget holders, camping gear, and safety accessories among others. Among Wristband Creation’s product offerings are nylon lanyards and polyester lanyards, making them highly durable and easy to care for. They are also resistant to wrinkling, stretching, and shrinking, so you can be sure that whatever you use them for, they will last for a very long time.
Because of their versatility, lanyards are also very convenient. If you’re travelling, for example, you don’t have to dig around your bag to look for your passport; by slinging your phone or digital camera around your neck, it’s also easier to take photos of the sights (and maybe some selfies, too) and upload them on social media.
Another benefit of lanyards? You no longer have to worry about pinning or clipping an ID and risk pinching your skin or damaging your favorite shirt! To avoid accidents like choking, you can also have breakaway clasps situated at the nape of a lanyard. This is ideal for places like kindergartens, hospitals, and workplaces that deal with heavy machinery and equipment.
The simplicity of lanyards — just attach your ID or keys or gadgets and then hang it around your neck — is one of the reasons behind their popularity. Give a young child a name tag attached to a lanyard and he or she will know what to do with! Even self-expression is made even simpler with a lanyard. Whether you’re an avid gamer, a K-pop fan, or an ardent supporter of a charitable institution, using a lanyard with the names and logos will easily show your love and support.
Lanyards have been around since the 15th century, which just goes to show their staying power. They may just be a length of cloth with a metal or plastic attachment on its end, but lanyards have proven their usefulness through the years and that’s why they’re popular and will still be popular in the future.