What do you get for someone you barely know at work, but appreciate more and more each day?
I have just the thing! Not only is this perfect for a co-worker, it's perfect for anyone that you appreciate - teachers, mentors, Bible Study leaders, and more!
I spent probably 2 hours in Target coming up with the perfect thing and I finally nailed it. I tossed many different items in and out of my cart throughout that 2 hour period. You want to think about the specific person you're buying for. At first, I had tossed in jelly beans and gum, but then remembered that my giftee had bottom braces. I also went through a ton of nail polish colors, but she's a pretty basic person (like me), so I didn't want to get anything too bright. I also had a coffee mug at one point, but I don't remember her drinking too much coffee - so I put it back.
Here is what I ended up purchasing for my co-worker who has been insanely patient with my thousands of questions, who has walked me through filling out papers upon papers to turn in, who has edited and gone over my work a hundred times before I submitted it.
What it includes:
Snacks and Candy: I didn't want to overwhelm the present with food items, but I thought Milano cookies and Ferrero Rocher Chocolate would be perfect - it's classy and comes in a small portion size.
Travel/Desk Items: I thought these would be great for her to keep at her desk in case of emergency or to keep in her car or purse. Lent Roller, Altoid Mints, Kleenex, and Bandaids. These aren't exactly exciting gifts, but when they come in a package this small, they're a practical gift. I wanted her to not just enjoy the items, but find the items to be useful.
Nailpolish: This was just a fun happy. I chose blue because it's a basic color. It's not hot pink or neon, but it's not red or beige which is something I'm sure she already has.
A Card: Don't forget to include a card so you can tell the person WHY you appreciate them. My card had something to do with unbelievable patience with my bazillion questions.
Not Pictured: A pack of Coke Zero. She loves Coke Zero. Constantly has it with her at work. I knew that'd be a nice added gesture.
Think about the specific person you're gifting for and then buy some basic items that are both practical and enjoyable, package it nicely, and deliver.
She was so appreciative when she saw my gift on her desk in the morning. The said she was excited about trying that new nail polish color too. I think it also helped secure any help I may require in the future, which is a plus. I, of course, did not give this gift for that reason, I truly did appreciate everything and I wanted her to know that beyond the simple "thank you" I had given her a thousand times before.
Estimated Gift Cost: $13 including tax.
That's not bad for a simple gift to show appreciation that solidifies a strong relationship for the future.
Other ideas: Gift cards, coffee mugs, monogrammed key chain, candle, picture frame, lip gloss, stationary.
The options are endless when you spend a couple bucks gathering a bundle of happies together for that someone in your life you appreciate.
Who will be on the receiving end of your next gift?
Who do you have to thank right now?
For whatever the reason may be - a mentor that helped you solve a problem, a teacher that has been attentive to your child, a Bible study leader who has gone the extra mile for your group asking nothing in return, a co-worker that has helped you adjust to a new position - Say Thank you with a simple gift!