Keychains are among the most common accessories available, yet it’s also easy to be overwhelmed when you’re trying to pick the perfect one to add to your collection. There are so many different types of custom keychains that exist today, which makes it even more difficult to choose the right one. However, if you have an idea of what you’re looking for in a keychain and know how to determine quality, you should have no problem narrowing down your options and choosing the right custom keychain. Use this buying guide to learn how to pick the perfect custom keychain!
Choosing Your Material
Each material comes with pros and cons. In general, silicone or metal keychains are best for durability and longevity. However, these materials can also be harder to make into your custom shape, especially for rounded items like a logo or image. If you’re looking for something unique that will really stand out from all of your other keys, try our plastic or acrylic keychains! They’re easy-to-customize and won’t get stuck in your pocket easily (just make sure they don’t get too hot!) Shape: Square and rectangle shapes tend to look more professional than circular shapes, but sometimes a round keychain is just what you need. If you have an idea for a specific shape in mind, we encourage you to go for it! We do ask that any text on your custom keychain be placed along one of its edges so it doesn’t interfere with its functionality as a keyring. Color: Color is another way to make your custom keychain personal—and we offer over 50 different colors per material type so there are plenty of options available!
Choosing Your Key Ring Attachment
You can’t just attach any old key ring to your keys and call it a day. You want something that both looks good and is functional. The key ring should be lightweight but durable. You want something with just enough weight that you know it’s there, but not so much weight that it’s cumbersome. If you have more than one set of keys, consider attaching a clip-on holster or other holder instead of a full-sized key ring attachment. Just be sure any attachments are securely attached to your keys and won’t slip off when you aren’t looking! Color: When it comes to choosing color, don’t overthink things. Most people don’t notice what color their key rings are unless they’re neon green and lime yellow (and even then they might look past it). It isn’t worth stressing out over which color would work best for your specific application; simply choose whichever one fits with your overall style or preferences. Some people choose white because they think their keys will show up better against that backdrop in low lighting situations, while others choose black because they prefer a sleeker look.
Choosing Your Clasp
With your custom key ring in hand, you’re going to want to choose a clasp. Key rings come with different kinds of attachments at their ends, including loops and keyrings. The only important thing is that your new key chain has some sort of open loop attached—the rest is up to you! If you want something a little more contemporary and sleek, try a sliding or magnetic clasp. If you like tradition but with a twist, try one of our split rings. For function over form, go for an old-fashioned lobster claw clasp; if it was good enough for grandpa, it’s certainly good enough for him! No matter what kind of keyring you decide on, just remember: when choosing a clasp for your custom keychain, think about how much use it will get and how easily you can access keys without having to look down. A sliding or magnetic clasp might be best if you carry around keys all day long (or are prone to losing them). Conversely, if you don’t use your keys often or are planning on giving someone else a gift card as part of your promotional package (perhaps they’ll buy dinner), then maybe a lobster claw would work better.
Choosing Your Image
One of your first decisions is what image you want on your key ring. If you’re going with a single photo, it’s best to choose one that means something special to you and will keep you motivated throughout your fitness journey. Some good options include: a shot of a place that brings you joy, a loved one who will be waiting for you at home, or an image representing some personal goal (losing weight, winning an event). Another option is choosing an inspirational quote that reminds you why losing weight is important to you. Perhaps it even provides inspiration for getting through those tough days. As long as it reminds you why getting fit is important and helps keep that motivation fresh in your mind when times get tough, it’ll do its job!
Choosing A Text Or Monogram Option
At most engraving companies, you’ll have several different text or monogram options. For example, you may be able to choose between upper and lower case letters, a thick block font versus a script font and/or an outlined letter versus solid color. If choosing a single letter, it’s up to you whether you want it all in capital letters or whether some of them should be small caps; if picking multiple letters, decide how much space you want between each one. You might also need to pick a font style for your logo, such as serif or sans-serif. The choice is yours! Choosing a material: There are tons of materials from which custom keychains can be made, including metal (like aluminum), plastic (such as acrylic), rubber and wood. Some materials will naturally last longer than others—for example, metal keychains tend to hold their shape better over time—but all materials are durable enough for daily use. Many people choose plastic keychains because they’re lightweight and don’t jingle when they move around with keys attached. When selecting your material, consider what type of lifestyle you lead: Do you carry around lots of keys?