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At work, we sent a packet (letter-sized envelope filled with letter-sized things) out to a bunch of different people who had reached certain sales goals in our company. They have a bit of pomp about them, so while calling it a 'packet' or 'kit' is accurate, it comes up a bit short in my mind.

Looked up synonyms...'sachet' was an interesting idea, but its definition didn't quite seem to fit and it feels a little TOO pretentious :)

Any other ideas?

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Can these letter-sized things be generalized into a word or two? I'm always tempted to use words referring to packs of animals. "The correspondence swarm." I am also fond of the word "mess" in relation to a collection of things (particularly if it isn't much of a mess at all). – samuelAndThe Mar 26 '13 at 20:19
Presumably the paper-sized thingies were good instead of bad, so one could simply call it an award (even better, the prestigious [insert name here] Award). Or a reward, or a bonus pak, or you might ask what the recipients call it and adopt their terminology; after all, they're the ones you want to pay attention to, no? – John Lawler Mar 26 '13 at 20:27

You might consider letters of recognition, commendation letters, or simply commendations.

(I think you could get by with "letters of..." Even if the package contains more than a letter. )

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Here at Stackexchange, they called it swag.

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"Swag" works as an I formal expression, but it brings to mind other (informal) words, like "booty", "treasure", and "goodie". Those words don't carry the formality implied by performing an honorific act. – Canis Lupus Mar 27 '13 at 4:28

A very-slightly-better suggestion than sachet (in its sense of “a small, sealed packet containing a single-use quantity of any material”) might be cachet sachet, since cachet means “a special characteristic or quality”. You refer to sachet as “too pretentious”, but having two words that rhyme replaces some of the pretentiousness by cuteness.

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I don't see that cachet has quite that meaning, but even if we accept that as being close to its meaning, cachet is still a noun, so using it as an adjective is a bit off. – John M. Landsberg Mar 26 '13 at 23:52

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