Should You Buy a Wedding Gift for Your Assistant if You’re Not Invited?

wedding gift for coworkerIf one of your coworkers is getting married and you’re not invited to the wedding, should you give her a gift? What if it’s someone really important — for example, should you get a wedding gift for your assistant anyway? Reader L wonders…

My secretary is getting married very soon, and I’m wondering whether I should get her a wedding gift and, if so, what I should get her. She’s in her 40s and this is her second marriage (she has adult children). She’s just having a small wedding at home, so I didn’t get an invite or anything, I was just thinking it would be nice to get her something but I have no idea what. It’s not like she’s in her 20s and just starting out, so I’m kind of at a loss. Hoping you and/or your readers can help.

Interesting. I see a lot of questions from commenters about what to gift, when to gift, and so forth, so here are my $.02… (Note that my advice is the same if your admin is a man, as well; but because Reader L has a female secretary, let’s use the feminine…)

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Sponsored: Celebrate Mother’s Day with Luxury Flowers from FTD

ftd4This is a sponsored post, but written by your usual friendly blogger, Kat Griffin.  

I don’t know about you ladies, but I’ve been disappointed in some of the online bouquets I’ve ordered for others recently.  They all seem just kind of… middling.  The bouquets are small, the flowers are boring, and the main way to pick something “better” is to get a fancier vase or a teddy bear or something.  But what about better flowers?  So I was thrilled when FTD reached out, because — for some reason — I had never really been to their site before, despite the fact that they’ve been in business since 1910, and I’ve never focused on the fact that they are known as the luxury flower provider.  Not only do they partner with heavy hitters such as Vera Wang, Better Homes and Gardens, Bacarat, Godiva, Cristal and Dom Perignon, but — SO SMART! — they also let you “upgrade” your order four ways, all based on the flowers.  “Good” is the first choice, which they stand behind — their whole site is backed by their 7-day satisfaction guarantee.  Next is “Better,” which promises “full and lush” flowers; the next level is “Best,” which promises “bountiful blooms.”  Some bouquets also offer a fourth option: “Exquisite,” which is “lavish and grand.”  Here’s how they show the flowers varying from one level to the next, using The FTD® Deep Emotions™ Bouquet by Better Homes and Gardens® as an example (which, by the way, is the Editors’ Choice, and may be my favorite of the bunch as well).  I’d be thrilled to get any of these hot pink and orange bouquets, and I certainly wouldn’t be embarrassed to send one. The pictured bouquet starts at $54 (good) to $105 (exquisite), and includes the vase.


Some of my other favorites from FTD’s site includes:

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PSA: Administrative Assistant’s Day is Wednesday!

What to Get your Assistant for Administrative Assistant's Day | CorporetteAdministrative Assistant’s Day is Wednesday, April 22 — what will you be getting your assistant? 

In the past, we’ve taken polls on administrative professionals day gifts before, talked about how and what to delegate to your assistant, and swapped stories of amazing assistants — our roundup of gifts for your assistant may also be of help to you.  Comments on our thread last year had some great ideas for what to get male assistants.

Pictured: The Light of My Life™ Bouquet by FTD®, available at for $39-$85. 


Gift Guide: Stocking Stuffers

giftguide-stocking-stufferCall me crazy, but I always like to do stocking stuffers as thoughtful little presents that may be everyday, almost boring things — but done better. For today, I’ve rounded up some small gifts that definitely fit that description.

Our previous gift guides are linked below — note that each one has a Pinterest board that is still being updated as we find more good stuff:


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Gift Guide: Personalized, Small Gifts for Your Assistant or Secretary

secretary-giftsWhat sort of gifts are you getting for your secretary or assistant this year?  In our last poll, the majority of people noted that they just gave their assistants and secretaries cash for a holiday present.  Still, a small, personalized gift in ADDITION to the cash gift is a nice touch (time and budget permitting, of course) — it shows your assistant you really do care about him or her.  So today I thought I’d round up a few small gift ideas to accompany that larger cash gift.  (Note that Above the Law‘s discussion on how much to give is more recent than ours — I agree with their New York rule of thumb of taking your seniority and multiplying it by $100, but know your office.)

Our other gift guides are below — note that each one has a Pinterest board that is still being updated as we find stuff. (Here’s our “personalized additional gift” board to go with this post.)


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Gift Guide: For the BFF

best-friend-gift-guideThe best friend: another hard-to-gift person. This one will vary widely based on how “big” a gift you guys typically exchange — but here are some things that I would consider. Ladies, what are you getting for your best friend’s gift this year?

We’ve previously covered gifts for moms, MILs, and mom-like mentors (with the “live” Pinterest board here), as well as gifts for guys like husbands, fathers, brothers, and friends (with the live Pinterest board here).

Full details on the suggestions, below the jump… note that as with other guides we’ll keep updating the Pinterest board for best friend gift ideas if we find anything else on point or readers suggest something awesome.

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