Ideas for Homemade Gifts for a Secretary

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Celebrate your special secretary by making and giving a gift that reflects the specific industry she works in on a daily basis. Allow your efforts to show that you understand and value her related tasks and duties. Personalize presents with her name, title or years spent at the company. Wrap items in spare pieces of fabric to save on gift wrap paper.

Desktop Accesories

  • Several options are available if you want to get crafty and make an original, memorable desktop accessory to commemorate a special secretary. Pencil cups, photo frames and paper clip holder are all suitable options. An aluminum can stripped of its paper label works well to hold pens and pencils. Clean the can and decorate with paint, add the phrase "Super Secretary" on the outside with a glitter pen. A decorative picture frame is also fun and easy to make. Cut card stock to desired size and glue craft sticks on top. Allow to dry and decorate with paints, stamps, fabric or ribbon. Add clear plastic to protect photo.

Magazine and Article Binder

  • Numerous secretaries enjoy educating themselves in downtime. Craft a one-of-a-kind binder that reflects your secretary's industry specialty. For example, if giving a binder to a primary, middle or high school secretary magazines or newspaper articles reflecting educational elements are appropriate. Likewise, information that conveys finance or transportation details are more suitable for secretaries in these industries. Colored card stock or cardboard covered in fabric are both appropriate materials to act as covers. Glue articles to heavy weight copy paper. Decorate front cover with letter stamps or use a metallic pen and write the recipient's name.

Secret Container

  • Every secretary has personal items or materials that she needs to keep close by but wishes to keep private. Craft a specialty container that speaks to the personal taste of the receiver. For example, her favorite non-fiction story or book, a novel or dictionary or thesaurus. Make this gift by first selecting one hardcover book and gluing all pages together. Be prepared to spend up to an hour completing this step, depending upon the number of pages. Allow time to completely dry then cut out a large square in the center of all pages.

Homemade Hand Warmer

  • Show your special secretary you care about her well-being by giving a gift that reflects you understand the importance of her hands in completing work tasks and duties. Spare pieces of soft, cozy fabrics such as cashmere, wool or flannel work best with this option. Consider old throw pillows, sheets and blankets for applicable material options. Begin, by cutting two identical size pieces of fabric and sewing up three sides of all squares. Next, add one ceramic pie weight to each hand warmer and seal final edges. Include handwritten or typed instructions explaining the required heating time (two minutes) prior to use.

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