Did Someone Say Gift Baskets?

Administrative Professionals Day is just around the corner. This year it falls on April 23rd, but it’s often celebrated the entire week. The most common ways of recognizing your Administrative Professional(s) today are: Flowers, cards (often with shopping gift certificates), take them to lunch, candies, and assorted gift baskets. Did someone say gift baskets?! We have all sorts of gift baskets that any administrative professional would love to have! I have an assistant here at GiftTree to help me with my HR role. Honestly, I could not do my job without her. Not only does she perform administrative tasks, but she is a huge support to me and to the entire company in so many ways. I know I can always depend on her. We are a team and I’m lucky to have...

Queen’s Day in the Netherlands: One Crazy Birthday Party

Every April 30th in the Netherlands, the Antilles, and Aruba celebrate Koninginnedgag, or Queen’s Day. Originally a celebration of the Queen Juliana’s birthday, it is now mainly known for a raucous party and an open market where, for that one day in the year, anyone is allowed to sell literally anything they want in the streets. Mainly celebrated in Amsterdam, this unusual birthday party is a sight to behold. To add to the celebration, everyone is decked out in outlandish orange attire. The color orange refers to the name of the royal Dutch family, the House of Orange. There are orange colored foods and refreshments, orange decorations, and extreme amounts of orange clothing and creative accessories worn as well. Often the water in the fountains is dyed orange, and it is not an uncommon sight to see people impersonating the queen, usually not in a very flattering fashion. If you are of Dutch descent or just looking for a good reason to throw a party, we suggest celebrating Koninginnedag by having an orange décor and food theme. Start with the Days of Sunshine bouquet as an elegant and festive centerpiece. For food, the easiest route is our popular Spring Fling Tower. Tied up with an orange ribbon, the four towers hold an array of treats perfect for a party, including bright orange citrus jellies. Have...

Origin of Administrative Professionals’ Day

I’m a trivia freak and have always had a fascination with the origins of things. When I began looking for gifts to recommend for the upcoming Administrative Professionals’ Week during the week of April 21st, it got me thinking. Who came up with this holiday in the first place? Surely it must have been the brainchild of some unappreciated secretary from days of yore. Well, according to an article I found on Wikipedia, “National Secretaries Week was created in 1952 through the work of Harry F. Klemfuss of Young & Rubicam. His goal was to encourage more people to consider careers in the secretarial/administrative support field. Using his skill and experience in public relations, he promoted the values and importance of the job of administrative assistants. In doing so, he also created the holiday in recognition of the importance of administrative assistants. The name was changed to Professional Secretaries Week in 1981, and became Administrative Professionals Week in 2000 to encompass the expanding responsibilities and wide-ranging job titles of administrative support staff.” The article goes on to say that it is celebrated in the United States by “giving one’s assistant flowers, candy, small gifts, lunch at a restaurant, and time off.” Wow. An unofficial holiday created by a gentleman who recognized all of the work that the “secretary” did. Any day that is devoted to passing out candy, flowers and free lunch or time off is fine by...

Brunch Anyone?

Easter is almost here. Planning a brunch? Mimosas or Morning Glories are a must. For a Mimosa, simply pour champagne and orange juice into a tall flute. If you prefer something a little smoother, add a little bit of Grand Marinier and you will have created a Morning Glory. If you are flush with cash, I heard that Perrier  Jouet just released a champagne for only 50,000 euros. That’s only $6300 per bottle. The price also includes a one-on-one chat with cellar master Herve Deschamps and the opportunity to stay at Perrier–Jouet’s Belle-Epoque mansion. (Celebs are snapping up the boxed sets) If you think $6300 per bottle is too much, contemplate this…The most expensive bottle of champagne to date was sold at auction in 2005 for $17,625. That should make a might fine...

Top 10 Silly Holidays

There are numerous holidays that aren’t necessarily big gifting holidays. Sometimes these holidays are so silly, the thought of having the day as a holiday is a gift in itself. So to help spread the holiday cheer and perhaps my juvenile enjoyment of the obscure, here is a list of my top 10 favorite odd holidays: January 14th – Clean Off Your Desk Day. I use this holiday as an excuse not to have to clean off my desk the remaining 364 days of the year. January 27th – Chocolate Day. I admit that this holiday should never be classified as “silly.” To the contrary, I cannot be serious enough about chocolate. This is a day to indulge! February 20th – Love Your Pet Day. This holiday is like Christmas for my dog. She gets treats all the time, but she gets showered with gifts on this fun holiday. March 1st – Share a Smile Day. I typically smile quite a bit, but I think people thought I was flirting with them at the grocery store this year. I might have to re-think my strategy for celebrating this holiday. June 16th – National Fudge Day. Again, serious business. Need I say more? July 27th – Parent’s Day. My son thinks this holiday is unfair since we also have Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. I say, it’s a perfect day for presents so bring it on! August 5th – Sister’s Day. I don’t think this holiday is silly. I’m just using it to give a shout out to my two sisters, Cheryl and Shannon. Hayyy girls! September 28th – Good...

All Hands on Deck

Working at GiftTree means you are a team player. During the holidays especially, all departments jump in where needed. The owners are taking customer calls, and the IT department is making gift baskets. It truly is a time for camaraderie and holiday spirit. I was able to spend a Saturday in December working in our warehouse putting together The City Block Snack Tower. I folded the boxes, put the snack items in the corresponding box, tied the bow (only briefly), and got it ready for shipping. I was able to spend time with co-workers that I don’t get to see often. In fact, I got to know our accountant Liz better because she was there helping as well. I am not used to standing all day, so my back kind of hurt after 8 hours, but all in all it gave me an appreciation for our production team. They work hard at making sure each basket leaves our warehouse looking perfect. There are no machines or robots doing the work. It’s all done by hand by people that really care about our customers and how well the gift is received. I did learn that you have to have a unique gift to tie bows…which is probably why I was not put on bow...