Gift Ideas for Administrative Assistants Day

Secretaries are at the hub of day-to-day operations of most businesses. Hard-working secretaries ensure that bosses show up to meetings prepared, deliver promised documents on time and otherwise stay organized. Simply put, they make the bosses look good. Secretaries also often handle schedules, payments and guests. They do all this, and more, cheerfully and efficiently. Few offices can function smoothly without the efforts of good secretaries, which makes honoring the work they do so important.

  1. Significance

    • In 2009, the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) reported that, according to the U.S. Department of Labor statistics, there are more than 4.1 million secretaries and administrative assistants working in the United States. The first national Secretaries Day took place in 1952 and has evolved to include a week-long salute held the last of week of every April. In 2002, the name of the day was changed to Administrative Assistants Day and the week to Administrative Professionals Week to honor all office support staff.

    Theme: You're the Star

    • Many offices have theme days. One that makes a big impact is You're the Star Day, a day when bosses literally roll out the red carpet. The red carpet extends from the entry door to their offices, and when secretaries arrive for the day, they can take their time coming in by hamming it up, posing for photo opportunities and accepting an award for a job well done.

    Theme: Spring

    • April is the time to prepare for spring, and the arrival of garden-themed gift pails. Grateful bosses can fill pails with gardening necessities, spades, seeds and gloves, adding a few plastic spiders and rubbery worms for fun. To make a assistant's gardening dreams a reality, include a gift certificate for fifty or one hundred dollars to a home and garden center. Each plant, flower or tree that grows will remind your assistants how much their work is valued.

    Theme: Summer

    • Administrative Assistants Day is so close to summer that it makes sense to have an office picnic. Bosses can cater in a picnic lunch with hamburgers, chicken, cold slaw, potato salad and a variety of pies. Decorate tables with checkered table cloths, and sprinkle with a few plastic ants. After lunch, each secretary will receive a stainless steel water bottle loaded with various flavored sports drink mixes and cash.

    Theme: Movie Day

    • Show appreciation with a movie-themed Administrative Assistants Day. Rent a popcorn machine and include a variety of flavorings so that employees can enjoy popcorn throughout the day. Present each administrative assistant with a gift basket filled with items needed to make the most of movie night. Include a gift certificate for two to a nearby restaurant, movie tickets that can be used any time and at a variety of local theaters, movie rental gift cards and gourmet popcorn.

    Creative Gifts

    • If there are tourist attractions or an art museum nearby, bosses can purchase tickets and give assistants an hour or two off in the middle of the day to enjoy the exhibits. Some cities offer horse-and-carriage service or trolley rides, and tickets to for rides and free concert tickets make a memorable gift. Bosses can also honor their assistants by catering lunch into the office or renting a nearby banquet room, donning aprons and serving them lunch.

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