Editor’s Note: This Admin Week (April 23–27, 2018), let’s harness the power of Ninja-to-Ninja recognition and use it to strengthen our tribe. Let a fellow office manager, executive assistant, or administrative professional know they’re crushing it. Or take it one step further by giving them a thoughtful gift from our handy Admin Day gift guide! Buying through the links on products with asterisks helps us keep the lights on :)
Where would you be without your resident Office Ninja? Lost? Confused? Hungry? You appreciate everything they do to keep your workplace running efficiently, so make sure you show your thanks this Admin Day, April 25!
Because Office Ninjas can be a little tricky to shop for (they’re always so organized and in control—what could they possibly need?), we assembled this handy guide filled with Ninja-approved gifts at every price point. Happy shopping!
Admin Bash Ticket $70
Dare we say it’s the hottest ticket in town? We do. General admission at Admin Bash gives you access to unparalleled networking opportunities (we’re talking hundreds of Ninjas from every industry in one room), delicious local eats, an open wine bar, a curated vendor market, the massage lounge, raffle prizes, and our legendary swag bag. Join us on April 25, 2018 in Silicon Valley to celebrate Administrative Professional’s Day!
Business Card Holder from Token $60
Bring your A-game to your next networking event with this super-sophisticated business card holder. Constructed from mirrored stainless steel, its simple design is both striking and timeless. A fab find thanks to our Admin Week partner Token!
Custom Duo Jam from Woo Garden $22
Instagram called. They want their avocado toast back. But, seriously, smother your bread, bagels, and muffins in these tasty (but not too sweet) small-batch preserves, and you’ll forget all about the green stuff. Woo Garden artfully packages two jams of your choice. The hardest part is choosing from their unique flavor combos, like pear/lavender and strawberry/balsamic vinegar.
Soap Sampler Gift Set from Yuzu Soap $22
We are beyond lucky to have Yuzu Soap as an Admin Week partner and year-round supporter (you may have sniffed their delicious line of bath products at our Admingling events in San Francisco, Chicago, and Seattle). Like everything they make, each soap in this delightful little sampler is handcrafted from all-natural ingredients and smells absolutely divine.
Fisher Space Pen* $19
The Fisher Space Pen is light-years ahead of other writing instruments. This pen—comes in 12 colors—writes at any angle and holds up in extreme temps (-30°F to 250°F) so you could literally take notes on the moon. Or on a recliner in the desert … or hanging upside down in Antarctica. The point is this pen is super durable, dependable, and leak resistant.
Ninjas cover a lot of ground in a day, so well-constructed socks are a non-negotiable. Stance socks are made to perform (wear them to the gym too!), and their funky, unexpected designs add personality to your outfit, whether that’s a tracksuit or head-to-toe business casual. Buy or gift them by the pair, or sign up for a monthly or quarterly subscription.
Bullet Journal $25
Created by a digital product designer, the Bullet Journal provides an analog system that allows you to track the past, organize the present, and plan for the future. (Diehards swear it will change your life.) The journal itself has a simple, sleek design and includes 249 pages of dot grid paper, a gusseted pocket, and an elastic enclosure band.
OfficeNinjas Canvas Duffel Bag $36
Our classic OfficeNinjas duffel bag is the perfect fit for your carrying needs. Use it as a gym bag, day bag, or carry-on. Made by Scarborough & Tweed, this bag is built to handle everyday wear and the toughest travel experiences—with style.
Plat Culinary Tote from àplat $46
Spilled casseroles and mangled pies are a thing of the past, thanks to the Plat Culinary Tote. Made from 100% organic cotton canvas, this clever carrier fits round or square dishes up to 13 inches. It’s machine washable, and both straps are reinforced. Ideal for office potlucks, dinner parties, and picnics in the park.
Research shows you’re more likely to remember something you handwrite versus something you type. And you’re even more likely to remember something written in a cheerful little notebook … OK, we made up that last part, but aren’t these Pantone Mini Notebooks fun and perfectly portable? Fill them up one by one, or use them to color code your notes and ideas.
Book of the Month Club Subscription starting at $45
Want to see a Ninja geek out? Give them a subscription to the Book of the Month Club. Book club members receive access to author debuts and early releases, and they can select each month’s shipment from five critically acclaimed titles. (As if the smell of a freshly cracked hardback wasn’t enough.)
The Breakaway Gift Set from Clif Family $85
Perfect for an impromptu, in-house happy hour … or a private Netflix marathon. Admin Bash partner, Clif Family’s maple curried cashews and blend of peanuts, almonds, and pistachios pair beautifully with their 2016 Rte Blanc Sauvignon Blanc and 2015 The Climber, a delicious Bordeaux-style blend. Sip, snack, and be merry!
Amber Glass Soy Candle from Token $34
Thanks to Token for researching the zillions of scented candles out there and giving us a winner. Summon those cleansing nature vibes with the woodsy aroma of this hand-poured candle from Brooklyn Candle Studio. Made with zero added chemicals or dyes, this soy candle burns up to 65 hours. And the rustic gift box is so pretty that you won’t need extra gift wrapping.
You haven’t fully experienced caramels until you’ve tasted a McCrea’s caramel. The makers of these small-batch candies spent years perfecting their recipes, and we’re happy to report that they nailed it. This elegantly packaged gift box includes three 5.5 oz. tubes of their most popular flavors: Classic; Spring is in the Air, which contains notes of rosemary truffle sea salt and vanilla; and Taste of New England, a distinctive blend of vanilla, maple, and Cape Cod sea salt.
BookBook CaddySack from Twelve South* $50
Traveling with your MacBook Pro can feel like wrestling a small octopus. Earbuds + a charging cable + a power adapter + a lighting cable = SO MANY CORDS. The CaddySack keeps all your gear untangled and in order, and it zips up into a smart leather case.
Many Thanks Gift Package from Packed with Purpose $45
This gift box is stuffed with goodies like cinnamon pecan granola, chocolate-covered espresso beans, and dark chocolate–covered peanut butter bites. What’s even more satisfying than these tasty treats? Each gift from Packed with Purpose includes products sourced from social enterprises committed to serving their communities through employment, skill development, and sustainability efforts.
SuperLite Travel Yoga Mat from Token $42
A score for the mindful Ninja, thanks (again) to Token. Commuting with a typical yoga mat is a less than zen experience, but the Manduka eKO SuperLite isn’t your typical yoga mat. The mat weighs in at just two pounds, and its ultra-thin, eco-friendly material can be folded up and tucked into your tote bag (no need to fumble around with a three-foot cylinder). And, like all Manduka mats, the SuperLite is grippy and supportive.
Tea Collection from Socola Chocolatier $28
This 12-piece gift box from the Bay Area’s award-winning Socola Chocolatier is the ultimate indulgence. Each artfully crafted truffle is made with all local ingredients, including butter and cream from Straus Creamery. Tea-infused flavors include Jasmine, Earl Grey, Matcha Green, and Masala Chai.
National Parks Foundation Notebook from Autumn Summer Co. $35
This beautiful notebook from Autumn Summer Co. is special for a couple reasons. First of all, its handcrafted wooden cover can be monogrammed with a custom message or logo. Secondly, 20% of all proceeds from the sale of this design are donated to the National Park Foundation.
It’s Giveaway Time—You Must be a Ninja to Win!
As a warm-up for Admin Week, we’re giving away items from this gift guide to 3 lucky Ninjas! If you like free stuff and surprises, you’ll definitely want to enter ASAP—the gift packages will be revealed after we’ve chosen a winner.
How to Enter
To enter, you must be an Office Ninja (we triple check!). Submit your entry below! Increase your chances of winning by sharing this giveaway with your entire admin network!
Enter for free! Entries close on Thursday, April 19 at 11:59 pm PDT.
Good luck! And before you go, let us know in the comments: Which items are you most excited to win and why?