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15 Smart Gifts for Administrative Professionals’ Day

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Without the tireless work of administrative professionals, offices would surely fall apart. This holiday, formerly known as Secretaries Day, is all about showing thanks for their great contributions. It falls on Wednesday, April 26 this year, so there's still time to pick out a thoughtful gift for the people in your office who make life easier for everyone.

1. NESSIE TEA INFUSER; $13

Steeping loose tea is a lot more fun when you can create a cryptid sighting right in your mug. This dishwasher-safe, silicone tea infuser looks just like a baby Loch Ness monster that stores tea leaves in its belly.

Find it: Amazon

2. KNIGHT PEN HOLDER; $30

With this regal display, a good pen will always be close at hand. The resin knight statuette comes with its own refillable black ink pen and works as a nice reminder that the pen is mightier than the sword.

Find it: ThinkGeek

3. MIRA WATER BOTTLE; $19

Give the gift of hydration: These 17-ounce bottles are perfect for carrying water, coffee, or tea. The insulation will keep drinks cold for 24 hours or hot for 12 hours, and its leak-proof top makes it a mess-free travel companion.

Find it: Amazon

4. CAFFEINE SOAP; $7

Morning showers can be a lot more energized with bars of soap charged with caffeine. The peppermint-scented soap is infused with caffeine, which can be absorbed through the skin (at roughly 200 milligrams per washing) to give a little pre-latte jolt before work. 

Find it: ThinkGeek

5. HANDICORN; $8

Downtime at the office can now mean a visit from a friendly unicorn. The five piece set comes with four hoofed feet and a unicorn head that fit neatly over most fingers.

Find it: Amazon

6. SOLITAIRE CARDS; $18

It's just like the computer game, but in real life! This deck of cards from Areaware uses the original artwork of Susan Kare from the Windows 3.0 Solitaire game. Kare even designed joker cards just for the physical set of cards.

Find it: Amazon

7. RETRO PENS; $7

Note taking is about to go old school with these cute, retro-styled pens. The set of five click-top pens come in satisfying muted colors that would dazzle any '60s corporate employee.

Find it: Amazon

8. PICTURE HANGERS; $11

These paper clips are topped with the recognizable Facebook icon, letting owners give a thumbs up or thumbs down to pictures in real life. Each pack comes with seven clips and a string for hanging up all the best pictures, and perhaps the worst reminders on deadlines.

Find it: Amazon

9. SHEEP PUSH PIN HOLDER; $14

At first glance, this is just a sheep with a lovely wool coat. In reality, this sheep is covered in white push pins that can be easily removed and replaced. The clever pin holder is great for any animal lover with a constant need for thumbtacks.

Find it: Amazon

10. CAT POST-IT HOLDER; $6

Here's another helpful animal office product: A cat that dispenses sticky notes. The whiskered feline comes with one pack of Post-Its and can be refilled with any 3-by-3-inch notepads.

Find it: Amazon

11. 30 DAY CHALLENGE; $12

This charming little note dispenser spits out encouraging words and advice. Geared toward self-care, each note suggests one thing the reader can do to slow down and enjoy each day.

Find it: Urban Outfitters

12. SPACE NOTEBOOK; $4

Jot down notes that are out of this world! This astrological notebook has a nice matte cover and an elastic band to keep it shut. The notebook comes with 256 lined pages for plenty of thoughts on the cosmos, extraterrestrials, or conference call numbers.

Find it: ModCloth

13. CACTUS CANDLES; $12

For the coworker who just can't seem to keep a desktop plant alive, these cactus-shaped candles are almost too cute to light. Each box comes with six candles in three different styles.

Find it: Amazon

14. HEAT SENSITIVE PAC-MAN MUG; $11

Pouring hot liquid into this mug is a lot like turning on an arcade game. As the mug heats up, a Pac-Man game emerges—cherries, ghost, and all.

Find it: Amazon

15. SCRATCH OFF BOOK POSTER; $35

This helpful chart recommends 100 different classic books, dating back to 1605. Each book is illustrated and coated with a gold foil design, which proud readers can scratch off to keep track of—or show off—how many tomes they've tackled.

Find it: ThinkGeek

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11 Brilliant Gifts for the Hostess
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Sure, you could just buy another bottle of vino. But if you really want to impress that friend known for their Pinterest-worthy fetes, scan this list for a unique gift they’ll want to put on display.

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1. NEIGHBORWOODS MAP COASTER; $36

Help your pal raise a glass to their beloved hometown or adopted ‘hood! Representing 14 major cities across the U.S. (plus a few in Europe), each cedar coaster in the set of four is etched with a different section of town and serves as a great conversation starter.

Find It: Uncommon Goods

2. BARREL AGED VERMONT MAPLE SYRUP; $20

Consider it a head start on the morning after breakfast. The organic syrup is aged in barrels normally used for rum or bourbon. And while it likely won’t work in a hair-of-the-dog situation, it does make for a delicious pancake topper.

Find It: Uncommon Goods 

3. SUGARFINA 3-PIECE BENTO BOX; $25

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Fill the three slots of this decorative box with a mix of your BFF’s preferred candies—anything from champagne-infused gummy bears to chocolate bacon toffee.

Find It: Sugarfina

4. POETRY MATCH STRIKER; $25

 

They’ll need a way to fire up all the gingerbread- and Christmas tree-scented candles they’re sure to receive. Help them find the light with this glass, apothecary-style jar filled with 120 four-inch matches (there’s a piece of flint on the side for striking) and printed with an inspiring phrase.

Find it: Uncommon Goods

5. ALTER ECO SEA SALT TRUFFLES; $7

Give ‘em a treat they won’t feel compelled to share with their guests. Made with Ecuadorian dark chocolate and a sprinkle of sea salt, these truffles are the perfect salty-sweet combo.

Find It: Thrive Market

6. JANE BAKES COOKIE JARS; $10

Slaving over homemade Christmas cookies not your thing? Save yourself some time and snag a mason jar of these whole grain, high fiber confections. (Read: They’re slightly healthier.) Choose from flavors such as vanilla bean or coconut and caramel.

Find It: Jane Bakes

7. EVERY PERSON IN NEW YORK; $16

Your bestie will make room for this one on the coffee table. The 408-page tome is packed with thousands of artworks Jason Polan sketched during his mission to draw every person in New York. Former Saturday Night Live cast member Kristen Wiig provides the foreword.

Find It: Amazon

8. HOMESICK CANDLES; $30

Provide a scent-sational reminder of their hometown. These soy wax candles (burn time: 60-80 hours) are packed with fragrances reminiscent of each state. New York’s candle has hints of the Adirondack forest, apple orchards, and pumpkin, while Michigan’s has notes of cherries and chocolate.

Find It: Homesick Candles

9. VEGA COFFEE HOLIDAY GIFT BOX; $30

A great buzz: This java is roasted, packaged and shipped from Nicaragua, where climate conditions are ideal for coffee growing. The direct-from-the-farm-to-your-cup setup keeps costs down and helps farmers earn more.

Find It: Vega Coffee

10. STATE SLATE CHEESE BOARDS; $20

Let them serve up that triple crème brie with a side of state pride. You can buy these slate boards—naturally cool to keep the fromage fresh—in the shape of any state or Washington D.C. Or take a stab at unity and buy one shaped like the whole U.S.

Find It: Uncommon Goods

11. VINTAGE BOOKSHELF SCRABBLE; $35

Perfect for your book club host—or just your most verbose pal—this vintage Scrabble game board folds to be stored inside a linen-wrapped book.

Find It: Amazon

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11 Brilliant Gifts for the Men in Your Life
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Even if the men in your life don’t ask for much, you’ll still want to surprise them with something thoughtful this holiday season. From refined to quirky to traditional, one of these 11 gift ideas will make the perfect present for every guy you know.

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1. FISHERS FINERY CASHMERE HAT; $40

You can’t go wrong with a classic ribbed knit hat, but you can make his gift special by going with this cashmere option. The soft knitted material will keep your favorite guy warm, cozy, and classy for many winters to come.

Find It: Amazon

2. SCOTCH INFUSED TOOTHPICK GIFT SET; $36

After a holiday meal with family and friends, scotch-infused toothpicks offer an unexpected post-dinner treat. Soaked in a single malt scotch and kiln-fired, they’re heartier than what you’d find at the grocery store, and the smoky flavor enhances what is normally an after-meal afterthought. It’s an ideal gift for the man who likes to expect the unexpected.

Find It: Uncommon Goods

3. LIQUID BODY FLASK; $45

For your brother-in-law who organizes epic tailgate parties or your favorite camping buddy, consider a sophisticated-looking flask. Its smooth, shiny exterior and unique shape add interest to an everyday object. And since it’s made of stainless steel, you know it will be durable enough for all kinds of adventures.

Find It: Amazon

4. WEEKENDER BAG; $55

Make sure his overnight trips and weekend getaways are handled, thanks to the Weekender bag. Constructed from canvas and featuring thick leather straps, the Weekender brings more style and polish to a man’s travel necessities than a standard duffle bag ever could. The guy who gets this durable and functional bag will probably want to plan more trips just for an excuse to pack up and explore.

Find It: BeSpokePost

5. PERSONALIZED WHISKEY BARREL; $85 - $200

Do you know someone who has always dreamed of opening his own distillery? That’s a guy who deserves a personalized whiskey barrel. He can age whiskey to his preferred level of oak-tinged flavor in either a 2- or 5-liter barrel. Regardless of size, the smaller barrels allow the alcohol to age more quickly, so he won’t have to wait until next December to enjoy a nice drink. (And if he’s really up for a challenge, include the rum and whiskey making kit as part of the gift.)

Find It: Uncommon Goods

6. LEATHER-WRAPPED CANDLE; $23

Guys enjoy scented candles, too, especially when the candle is handmade and wrapped in rugged, distressed leather. The letters are individually hammered onto the leather, further enhancing the personal vibe. Choose from scents like Bonfire and Cabin to add a masculine feel to any home—or actual cabin.

Find It: Etsy

7. BEVEL SHAVE SYSTEM; $90 FOR STARTER KIT

Let him be his own barber with an at-home luxury shaving kit. Each shave system includes a shave brush to lather and soften hair, a safety razor, and 20 blades. On top of that, the kit’s priming oil, shave cream, and moisturizing balm help to keep his skin free of razor bumps. With this carefully curated kit, he can achieve a professional-level shave.

Find It: Walker & Company

8. SYMA X5C-1 EXPLORERS QUADCOPTER; $69

Raise the bar with a quadcopter. This compact ‘copter is equipped with a 6-axis gyro stabilization system, which makes its flight pattern stable and precise. That’ll come in handy when he’s taking aerial videos with the attached camera. It also features an LED light so that it can be flown at night.

Find It: Amazon

9. WOOD WATCH; $99 - $160

A wooden watch is unexpected, fashionable, and perfect for the man who wants to keep something a little different in his watch rotation. The classic design gives this accessory a classy look and the lightweight feel makes it a good choice for everyday wear, which is great for the outdoorsy type with an office job, or anyone who appreciates a stately wood-paneled room.

Find It: Etsy

10. LEGO TECHNIC PORSCHE 911 GT3 RS; $300

You won’t need to clear space in the garage for this luxury sports car. The LEGO Porsche is an impressive showpiece for the car-obsessed guy who appreciates craftsmanship and attention to detail. Each model has its own unique serial number, a working steering wheel, detailed brake calipers, and tons of other highlights, making it even more fun to catch all of the special features as the model takes shape.

Find It: Amazon

11. BEARD PACK; $40

Help the bearded and mustachioed men you know keep their facial hair lustrous with the Beard Pack. The kit contains a wash, moustache wax, and oil designed to keep facial hair well groomed and healthy. And don’t think that beards are too manly to be maintained; a mechanic designed this kit, after all. Plus, we wouldn’t be surprised to learn that this is how Santa always looks so polished.

Find It: Uncommon Goods

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