As part of the Yankees Hall of Fame, replicas of all the jewelry that members of the World Championship teams have received are on display.

In 1923, the players received a pocket watch instead of a ring – fitting for the time. Earlier rings are quite modest with one stone in the center – reminiscent of a class ring. Contemporary teams receive baubles that look like they are trying to out-gaudy the previous winners.

Think of how your organization’s recognition has evolved. Are you still handing out the same certificate that your parents received? Does your gift reflect changing tastes and norms? Are you taking the recipient into account more than the organization when making your selection?

Don’t hand a pocket watch to someone who wants to flash their bling.

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