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Gift Basket Ideas for Administrative Professionals Day

Updated on July 31, 2016
Honor the administrative professionals in your company for all the work they do.
Honor the administrative professionals in your company for all the work they do. | Source

According to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 4 million secretaries and administrative assistants are working in various companies across the country. Data entry specialists, mail and filing clerks, customer service representatives, receptionists, human resource assistants and many others form the backbone of businesses.

To commemorate these employees, the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP)in 1952 instituted National Secretaries Week and Secretaries Day. Educational seminars and corporate events have been a part of the observances each year.

The name changed to Administrative Professionals Week and Day in 2000, and since then, this secular holiday has grown in popularity and reach.

The 60th annual Administrative Professionals Day was observed worldwide in April of 2012. This coming year the week falls from April 21-27 as the IAAP is celebrating it's 70th year.

If you want to give the administrative professionals in your company recognition, consider giving gift baskets. You can buy pre-made baskets in lots of department or discount stores. But making your own can add a personal touch that your employees will appreciate.

A Few Great Gift Basket Ideas

What You'll Need For A Nice Gift Basket

1. A theme

If you only have a small number of administrative professionals in your company, you can make the baskets more personal to reflect each employee's interests or favorite things.

For a larger amount of workers, deciding on one theme will make it easier to coordinate the baskets for everyone. You can spotlight the company, or do a more generic subject.

Any size or style basket can be the foundation of a great gift.
Any size or style basket can be the foundation of a great gift. | Source

2. The Basket

The first item you need is a basket. Make sure it is well-constructed and sturdy. Also, remember to consider how much you want to spend on each when choosing what size basket to get.

You can find baskets in places ranging from Pier One to The Dollar Store. You can also check out local yard sales and Goodwill outlets - sometimes there are lovely and well-made baskets that people simply can't use anymore. With a little TLC they might just be the perfect way to hold treasures!

3. Gifts

Here's where it gets fun! With the theme of a basket in mind, your next step is to pick a few gifts for the basket. For a smaller basket, choose no more than 2 or 3. If the basket is larger, a few might fit comfortably. In any case, think quality over quantity, whether the gift is meant to be useful, meaningful, or just outright fun.

Fruit baskets give lots of delicious enjoyment!
Fruit baskets give lots of delicious enjoyment! | Source

4. Filler/Add-Ins

Put some crinkled tissue paper or foam on the bottom of the basket. Then have small items such as candy to fill in between the gifts. The best way to arrange items in the basket is to face each outward, and fit things snugly next to one another for a fuller look.

5. Wrap

You can simply put a ribbon on the top of the basket handle. But if you want to wrap it up, buy some cellophane. Take a large sheet and lay the basket in the middle of it. Pull all the edges together and tie with the ribbon.

Ideas For Gift Baskets

Possible Items To Include
Tickets to a local franchise's game; baseball cap with regional favorite team's insignia
Tickets to a showing at the nearest theater; a couple of DVDs of new releases; packets of microwave popcorn or boxes of theater candy
Lotions; scented candles; supplies for nail care (file, polish, cuticle cream,etc.)
Gourmet candies; fancy cocoa mix; fudge from a local candy shop
Mix for pancakes & maple or flavored syrup OR dry soup mix & biscuit/bread dough mix
Natural chips; granola or trail mix; single cans or bottles of locally produced soda
A selection of small packages of high-quality coffee, tea bags or cocoa; a nice mug; non-dairy flavorings such as french vanilla or cinnamon sticks.
Paints: colored pencils: drawing paper: brushes: a book on technique
Spices: a small cookbook or recipe book; utensils


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    • Heather63 profile imageAUTHOR

      Heather Adams 

      6 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Hi Helen - thanks for reading! I agree - office professionals are many times taken for granted, especially if they do good work and things run smoothly. I find my best strategy for making gift baskets is to get a theme first. Then suddenly I'll see things while I'm out shopping that fit, and it becomes a more fun process.

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      Helen Murphy Howell 

      6 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      This is a really interesting and useful hub! I love making up my own gift baskets for my family, but the ideas you have given here are excellent and I hadn't thought of them at all.

      I also think it's agreat idea that all these professional people - who are too often the forgotten group - are being recognised for the essential work that they do. If it wasn't for the receptionists, typists, clerks and secretaries, companies would soon fall into chaos and fail!

      This was a very enjoyable and interesting hub! Voted up + shared!

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      6 years ago

      That's true - and it must get to feel like production work sometimes. See how easy it is to glamorize someone else's job?! By the way, Happy Holidays to you!

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      carol stanley 

      6 years ago from Arizona

      Actually when it is a business,,,it is a business and you have all the headaches of being in your own business. When I gave seminars I always told the students...Making the baskets is the easy part.

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      6 years ago

      Hi Carol - I'd think putting baskets together would be a fun job. I've done some, especially for Christmas. But I don't have that visually artistic flair to really do them up the way I see them in my head! It takes some talent to pull them off just right.

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      carol stanley 

      6 years ago from Arizona

      I always like to read hubs on gift baskets as I was in the business for 15 years..You did a nice job here with lots of good suggestions.


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