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5 Last-Minute Gifts for Administrative Professionals Day

By Mark Wilson, Esq. | Last updated on

Uh oh. You forgot that tomorrow was Administrative Professional's Day (again)? You've probably missed out on the chance to get your admin something meaningful, like that Napa Valley wine gift basket, or that spa day.

Don't worry, though: There's still time to get a good gift that doesn't say, "I forgot and bought this at Walgreen's on the way to work," like a Whitman's Sampler. Here are some last-minute gift ideas to save your bacon.

1. Flowers

There's still plenty of time to go to the flower shop to get something nice for your admin. The holiday isn't as big as Valentine's Day or Mother's Day, so there won't be a shortage or people breaking down the doors to get a bouquet. Call ahead just to be sure that they've still got something you want or, be super-21st century, and order online.

2. Gift Cards

The perennial favorite can still be purchased -- and if you're talking an Amazon gift card, you can even wait until tomorrow to get one (though we wouldn't recommend it). If you know that your admin likes something specific -- like Buffalo Wild Wings -- then getting a more specific gift card says, "Hey, I pay attention to you."

3. Lunch

Because Administrative Professional's Day isn't until tomorrow, you've got about 24 hours to figure out which place you want to take your admin for lunch. Of course, if he or she is in the business of scheduling all that for you normally, you need to exercise those restaurant-choosing skills that you haven't had to use in a while. Or, you can just use Yelp.

4. Booze

OK, we're not talking moonshine, here (unless your admin tells melancholy stories of her Tennessee childhood). We're adults, and adults buy fine(ish) wine as a gift. The price should be $15 or less, and with BevMo's never-ending (despite their protestations to the contrary) five-cent wine sale, you can get two for the price of one. Yes, give them both to your admin.

5. Memberships

Who doesn't love a trip to the history museum, the art museum, or any other fun place? Hopefully you know what your admin likes to do on the weekends, and if that involves going somewhere that requires a membership, it's easy enough to purchase a yearlong membership, even if it's the ABA's wine club. (You can also fold "subscriptions" into here; The New York Times is expensive, but it's worth it.)

And speaking of worth it, your admin is worth the effort. So get going.

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