Do you pay attention to this upcoming non secular holiday? I bet your admin does and what’s worse than getting a terrible gift is not getting any gift at all. This is the one time of year where you can purposely single out that person (or persons) who are vital to making your office run and getting you to your meetings on time and prepared. If you admin doesn’t do that for you, well that’s for another blog post, but in the meantime, I’m here to tap you on the shoulder and say, “Administrative Professional’s Day is this Wednesday, perhaps you might plan something special for your admin.”
Card & Coffee The very minimum I can suggest is passing a card around the office (or a card just from you if he/she is your assistant alone) and having everyone share why they appreciate all of your admin’s hard work. Please do not ask your assistant to take care of this for you! This is one of those times you need to sweat the small stuff. If you do decide to give just a card, might I suggest that you present the card with your admin’s favorite coffee beverage. (Or a Jamba Juice if they don’t drink coffee.) If you don’t know what their favorite coffee is, ask around. I promise you that this small gesture will mean a lot when given.
Lunch But there is no reason to stop there! Start the day with presenting a card and coffee, then invite your team out to lunch to celebrate your admin and let them know who much the entire team appreciates his/her support all year long. Again be aware of your admin’s likes and dislikes. If they are a vegetarian, don’t take them to your favorite steak restaurant. If your team is too big to take out to lunch due to budget restraints, invite a few senior team members for a smaller, casual lunch. Again your admin will appreciate that senior staff took the time out of their busy schedules to show their appreciation.
If you can’t get the crew together to go out to lunch, consider bringing lunch to your admin. Companies like Ingallina’s Box Lunch is the perfect solution. If you are in the Seattle, Portland, or L.A. areas, box lunches or party platters can be ordered online and delivered to your office for free! They also have great gift baskets available as a wonderful thank you to your admin.
Flowers Unless your admin has allergies, flowers are always a safe bet. They are beautiful, cheerful, and look great on a desk or reception counter all week long! ProFlowers has some fantastic arrangements designed for this year’s admin celebration and can be ordered online and delivered right to your office.
If you happen to work in the Portland area, might I suggest a local florist that has hit it out of the park every order I have placed with them. Sammy’s Flowers designs the most amazing arrangements and can customize your order with seasonal flowers, unique vases, and within your price range.
Gifts This is where you can really shine and show your appreciation.
Fruit bouquets by Edible Arrangements make great gifts that really have the “WOW” factor. Arrangements are available in all price ranges as well as chocolate dipped fruit packaged in the perfect gift giving box. (Now that I think about it, a box of chocolate dipped strawberries with a card and coffee would be a great way to start off Administrative Professionals Day!) Orders can be placed online or over the phone and either delivered or prepared for pick up at one of their many stores in your area.
If you are still looking for the “WOW” factor, but want to step it up a bit, Cookies by Design is the way to go. Like flowers, these cookie bouquets look great sitting on a desk, but depending on levels of will power and stress in the office, this arrangement might not last the week. Some say the cookies are too beautiful to eat, but trust me, they are delicious and your admin will truly appreciate the gesture.
Really Awesome Gifts Do you really want to say “thank you” in a big way? I have come across two amazing websites that offer treats from around the country and with overnight shipping, can be delivered in time to make Wednesday a special day for your admin.
Mouth.com has tantalizing treats that would take you days, if not weeks to hunt down on the Internet. Check out their VIP Concierge Service who can help you select the perfect gift, delivered with a handwritten gift card and reusable cotton tote! Sign up for their tasty emails and receive 20% off your first order. You can also get free shipping on orders $50 and over.
goldbely.com is a delicious website full of great gift ideas. If you have a hard time deciding on a gift, I don’t blame you. You can always opt for a goldbely e- gift card and let you admin doing the shopping.
Whatever you do, make sure it’s sincere and will be something you know your admin would enjoy. Have a great week and have a Happy Administrative Professional’s Day!