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Administrative Professionals' Day Gift Ideas - Also for Assistant's, Secretary's, Receptionist's (Admin Day)

Updated on April 15, 2014

Admin Day Gift Ideas

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What is Administrative Professional's Day?

  • An unofficial secular holiday which is observed to show appreciation for the hard work of secretaries and various other administrative support professionals.
  • Also known as Administrative Assistant's Day, Secretaries Day, Receptionist's Day, Admin Day.
  • This is a small way to show your admin that you recognize and appreciate their skills, loyalty, efficiency, and hard work.
  • In my humble opinion, even if you forget that it's admin day, it's never too late to send your admin a gift of appreciation. Admin day is often acknowledged all week long!

How to Make Your Assistant Happy on Administrative Professional's Day

Don't forget admin day! ;-)

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When is Admin Day 2014?

In North America, admin day is celebrated on Wednesday of the last full week of April. In 2014, admin day for the United States is April 23.

Admin day is celebrated on different days by the following regions:

  • Australia - May 2
  • France - April 17
  • New Zealand - April 16
  • South Africa - September 3

For the most current date, and more information (including history) on this day, please check Wikipedia's Administrative Professionals' Day link here.

The Secretary's Day (1947)

Group Gifts vs. Individual Gifts

Would you rather receive a group gift or individual gift?

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Gift Ideas!

In the United States, there are around 4 million administrative assistants! Some bosses are able to recognize their secretaries individually, while others have so many administrative personnel that they will recognize them as a group.

The below gift ideas are for giving individually, but you can also give gifts as a group. For a great list of group gift ideas check out this hubpage: Secretary's Day Gift Ideas from A Group.

Fresh Flowers

Fresh flowers have always been the top gift giving choice for any occasion. Flowers are beautiful and a wonderful way to capture a memory. In fact, women are able to remember the last time that they sent or received flowers. They are especially great for the office if you are unsure about your secretary's dietary restrictions. For example, you would not want to purchase sweets or chocolates for an admin who is diabetic.

Did you know? Studies by Jeannette Haviland-Jones, Ph.D., have shown that "those who send flowers, in comparison to other gifts, are viewed as successful, caring and emotionally intelligent people" (About Flowers, 2014).

Edible: Gift Boxes & Gift Baskets

Sometimes, the way to an admin's heart is through their stomach. ;-) Personally, I prefer anything edible over flowers. This is why I have dedicated so much of my hub to gift boxes and baskets which are excellent for the workplace below. If you aren't sure about your admin's dietary specifics, you could get a Beauty or Spa Gift Basket...

  • Candy / Snack Gift Basket
  • Brownie Gift Box or Basket
  • Tea or Coffee Gift Basket
  • Fruit Cheese & Nuts Basket
  • Beauty & Spa Gift Basket

I left wine & cheese gift baskets off my list, because giving or consuming alcohol may not be appropriate for the office.

Candy & Snacks Gift Box or Basket

A candy and snack gift basket may include candy, cookies, cheeses, meats, gourmet items. This type of gift basket is great because not everyone has a sweet tooth. Therefore, both sweet and savory items are available in the basket.

Brownie Gift Box or Basket

Almost everyone loves brownies. That's why I like the brownie gift box. These typically come with an assortment of brownies, which can also be shared among coworkers. This brownie box, to the right, is personalized just for admin day! It says, "Happy Admin Day" right on the box! ;-)

Tea & Coffee Gift Box or Basket

Every secretary can appreciate a warm cup of tea or coffee at the office, especially when the afternoon begins to drag. This type of basket is perfect for caffeine addicts and herbal enthusiasts. Help your secretary to wake up and stay alert throughout the day with this basket.

Fruit Cheese Nuts Gift Box or Basket

Fruit, Cheese, & Nuts Gift Box or Basket

Maybe you're wondering if your coworker can eat chocolate or even likes snacks. Is your coworker health conscious? Get them a fruit, cheese, & nuts gift basket! Fruit baskets are almost always on the most-popular list for corporate or business gifts. If your admin does appreciate chocolate, consider a basket of chocolate-covered fruit.

Beauty or Spa Gift Basket

Maybe you're still not sure about your admin's dietary preferences or specifics. A beauty of spa gift basket can provide for relaxation that any secretary would appreciate. Your admin may need to unwind or decompress after a stressful day, and this basket has everything needed to do just that!

Admin Day: Saying Thank you with Gift Cards...

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What about gift cards?

Who doesn't love a gift card?!? When you give a gift card, you're allowing the person to pick out their own gift. I remember receiving a gift card from one of my bosses for admin day. It was a delightful present! Include your gift card in a greeting card with a personal letter of thanks! Gift cards are a super easy last minute gift to give.

Types of gift cards to buy are:

  • Gas Gift Cards
  • Restaurant Gift Cards
  • Retail Shop Gift Cards
  • Coffee House Gift Cards
  • Movie Theater Gift Cards
  • General Purpose Visa Gift Cards
  • etc.....etc.....etc....

The most common amount to put on a gift card is between $20 to $50.

Restaurant Gift Card

For a list of popular Amazon Restaurant Gift cards, click HERE. One of the most popular types of gift cards to give is the restaurant gift card. You can either buy your secretary a gift card to their favorite restaurant. Or, offer them a bit of your own taste by sending them to one of your favorite restaurants.

Office Equipment Upgrades

Office equipment upgrades are an excellent way to enhance your admin day gift, but should not be the sole gift alone. As a part of your admin day gift, you could help your secretary to be more comfortable in the office by upgrading anything in their office space to an ergonomic alternative. A few examples could include their chair, keyboard, mouse, mouse pad, etc.

Personalized Gifts

Personalized gifts can make an average inexpensive present something that is remembered and cherished forever. Custom gifts are generally valued beyond their price. Here are some suggestions for personalized gifts that would be appropriate for your admin: desk name plate, key chains, photo frames, achievement award frames, framed collages, mouse pads, coffee mugs, watches, business card holder, pens, plaques, paper weights, candy jar with candy, fridge magnets, t-shirts, posters, cell or smart phone cases, wall decors, bags, necklaces, lockets, portfolios, teddy bears, luggage tags, pendants, cameras, camera pouches, skins, laptop covers, mailing labels, bookmarks, laptop bags, etc. Also, be creative and use pictures, quotes, or wishes can add a personal touch.

Gifts For You Now offers gifts with Free Personalization: CLICK HERE!

Personalized Desk Name Plate

There are a variety of personalized desk name plates available in many different colors. You can give your entire team their own or choose one specifically for your admin. Some people find that their title is significant to them and therefore a name plate would be of importance to them. A name plate can represent your secretary's status in your business and how hard that she has worked for her position. It is the first thing usually that clients see when they enter the office.

Personalized Photo Frame

Choose a favorite or memorable photo with you and your admin, your admin accepting an award, or even just your admin and their family together. You can even make a collage of randomly arranged pictures. The most personalized gifts include photos as their centerpiece, which are a remembered and cherished gift.

Personalized Coffee Mug

Every caffeine-addicted admin needs a personalized coffee mug. Coffee mugs, like the one to the right, can be personalized with words of recognition. Or add a special photograph, saying, quote, or your admin's name. Your admin is sure to be amused by the present. This is also a useful gift so it will be appreciated around the office.

Personalized Smart Phone Case

Chances are that your company has provided your admin or secretary with their own cell phone. Therefore, you will know the brand and model needed to order a personalized case for it. Whenever your admin picks up their phone with your personalized cell phone case, they will certainly be thinking of you. Cell phone cases come in a variety of styles, colors, and can be customized with photos, graphics, words, or your admins name or initials. Electronic accessories are generally loved by the person receiving them.

What are your experiences with admin day gifts?

Leave your comments below... we'd love to hear from you! Have you ever received or given a fabulous admin day gift? What was it? I would love to add your admin day gift ideas to my hubpage.


  • About Flowers. (2014) Rutgers: Flower Givers Perceived as Successful and Caring. Retrieved on April 14, 2014 from

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    • Melinda Longoria profile imageAUTHOR

      Melinda Longoria, MSM 

      3 years ago from Garland, Texas

      That sounds like a fun game and great team building! :-)

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      3 years ago

      Last year we picked out a variety of scarves and put them in a large bag. Then we gave each girl a number and they could either choose (without looking) from the bag or steal one that was already chosen. The girls had a blast and each ended up with a cool summer scarf.

    • Melinda Longoria profile imageAUTHOR

      Melinda Longoria, MSM 

      4 years ago from Garland, Texas

      That wasn't very nice at all.

    • PegCole17 profile image

      Peg Cole 

      4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      You've presented a variety of ideas for employers to consider giving their staff on admin's day. One time, my manager gave me a digital alarm clock radio. I guess he thought it would help me arrive on time. Ha ha ha. So funny, (not).


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