By Kara Mason

10 Gifts for Team Members to Celebrate Administrative Professionals Day

Celebrate the people who make it all happen.

Where would we be without the people who keep offices running like well-oiled machines?

Each role on a team is important, but the colleagues who know all the fine details and make it possible for the entire team to run efficiently are, in a lot of ways, priceless. 

Each April we pay thanks to the administrative professionals who keep us on the daily grind. After all, they deserve a special thanks for all that they do every day! 

April 22 marks Administrative Professionals Day 2020, and it goes without saying that all of our teams are going above and beyond to rise to new challenges this year. Whether a person is an actual administrative assistant, or just a superstar employee who helps make amazing work happen, the people on your team deserve attention and appreciation.

Say thanks to the members of your team who make it all happen. Here are a few ways you can show your staff members just how important they are to you and to your entire organization.

1. Ink+Volt Progress Pad

Do you work in a crazy busy office? Nobody can answer that question better than an assistant or support staff member. 

They know the ins and outs of daily work life. They know the deadlines. They also know what progress looks like. Help them keep track of it all with the Ink+Volt Progress Pad, which makes keeping track of a schedule (even an ever-changing one!) really easy to do.

This is the perfect gift for anybody working in a fast-paced environment because it covers all the bases, including a “daily pulse” tracker to help log energy, mood, environmental, and social surroundings. Taking notes about the day becomes so easy, and looks so good.

The pad is a great way to get a glance at the week. It’s the ultimate tool for tracking habits, so the pad can be used in the office to help foster better organization or with implementing a new project, but it can also be used for personal goals too! Launch a product and start a personal meditation practice, all with one notepad.

2. Changeable felt board 

Help your team spice up their office space a little bit with a changeable felt board. This board comes with all the letters, making it the perfect way to add a positive message to a workspace, keep notes in a fun way, or make announcements to the office -- perfect for someone with a desk in a high-traffic area.

These boards are trendy and easy to use, a perfect gift for the admin who is already on top of everything.

3. Happy Socks 

It’s hard to be disappointed with really cool socks. A pair of fun socks can help you start the day on the right foot, so it’s a no-brainer that a set from Happy Socks is a perfect way to thank a fun-loving staff member in the office. Choose from fruits, bright colors, floral patterns, or specialty Queen socks. You can’t go wrong here.

4. Desk zen garden 

A little desk zen can go a long way. An easy way to welcome a little piece of peacefulness into the office is with a zen garden, designed specifically for small spaces, like a cubicle or front desk. When things get a little hectic, grab the small rake and start feeling the relaxation. 

It’ll be a hit for those who could use a small space for chilling out and refocusing during a stressful day at the office. 

5. Kunisawa Find Ring Note - Spiral Notebook

There’s just something refreshing about a brand new notebook, isn’t there? Treat your team members to one of the best! 

The Kunisawa spiral is the definition of professional. It’s sleek and practical, just like the person you’re gifting it to! 

It comes in three colors and features a copper spiral binding, so it definitely stands out in all of the team meetings. An added bonus is that the super-smooth pages are made with fountain pen users in mind, so there’s no worry that important notes will bleed or run together.

6. Temperature control mug

For those days that just won’t stop, there is caffeine. Thankfully! Keeping it warm, though, can be tricky and even taking 30 seconds to reheat a cup of coffee can seem like a big chunk of time. Luckily, technology has caught up with these minor inconveniences that sometimes feel major! 

Gift an Ember Temperature Control Smart Mug to the person who is doing the most in your office to keep everything together. The 10 ounce mug keeps drinks at any preferred temperature between 120 and 145 degrees Fahrenheit. The mug will keep that temperature for up to an hour on the go, or all day if kept on the charging pad.

7. Monthly snack box

Big tasks should be rewarded with snacks! Yes! Anybody who is constantly checking off a to-do list knows promising themselves a snack at the end is a good way to keep moving. So naturally, a snack box is the perfect gift for an admin who is constantly on the go.

Love With Food offers monthly snack box plans from about $8 per month and donates a meal to somebody in need with every box sent. It’s two gifts, for one. The company’s pantry is stocked with tons of organic snacks to choose from, from specialty granola bars to beef jerky sticks and a bunch of vegan and gluten free options to choose from. 

You’ll be able to find a snack for everybody! 

8. Desk plant 

Having a plant around can significantly decrease stress, improve air quality and, best of all, they just look really nice in an office. 

The Sill makes gifting a plant really easy and fun to do. There are options for beginners, those people that don’t think they can keep a plant alive (although they totally can!), and for the experts that work in your office. From pretty spring orchids to super-easy succulents, there’s a plant for every team member who deserves a little greenery at their desk.

9. For Me/For You Notepad

Administrative professionals are great at keeping everybody on track. The Ink+Volt For Me/For You Notepad makes that even easier. It’s designed for teams, and especially for the people who are responsible for the details of a project.

The notepad puts action items in a list and makes sharing responsibilities a breeze. Administrative professionals know that they have to know all about the tasks that aren’t their responsibility, too. That's what makes them so sharp! 

Life can be made a little easier with this notepad, a perfect addition to their desk. They can pull it out during a meeting or whenever a little more organization is required.

10. Essential oil diffuser

If electronic oil diffusers at the office seem like a little much, there’s still a good way to keep those relaxing scents around without being overpowering. These terra cotta diffusers don’t require any outlets and don’t mist anything into the air. Rather, the little clay balls hold onto a scent and are actually really aesthetically pleasing.

A good gift for the superstars on your team is one that they will use and enjoy. A little bit of indulgence that makes the work day feel a little more comfortable or organized is a perfect way to say thanks!