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The Best (Actually Useful) Gift Ideas for Your Hard-Working Assistant

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They keep you on track by reminding you when you have upcoming appointments. They help you complete tasks and make your day more manageable. Sometimes they even bring you coffee, which — let’s face it — is enough to merit a raise, and at the very least, a gift. In fact, you’re not even sure you could make it through the day without them. Sound familiar? If you have an assistant, it should. And it goes without saying they deserve to be spoiled a little (or a lot).

Look beyond the crystal paperweights and desk calendars, though — your hardworking assistant has earned something more creative than those played-out ideas. Why not give them something they’ll actually want to take home?

If you’re unsure of where to start, let this be the beginning of your journey. The following gifts are sure to please your right-hand person. Just be forewarned: You might want to get a few of these for yourself, too.

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A Board for Planning

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Gallery Solutions

Your assistant is probably organized, and there’s no better way to stay on top of things than with an aesthetically pleasing dry-erase board that doubles as a weekly planner. The board has a simple gold finish that looks great with any decor. There is also a place for notes and high-priority tasks. And it’s under $40!

Gallery Solutions Weekly Priority Dry Erase Whiteboard Calendar $39.99 Buy now

A Fuzzy Essential

Everyone knows that offices tend to run cold (usually, extremely cold), so why not gift your assistant with a chic office look that will help them stay warm? Anybody would look great in this fuzzy vest that can easily be kept at the office and used when needed. The best part? It feels like a blanket but looks office appropriate. New customers will get free shipping now through January 31 by using the promo code FREESHIP on their first purchase.

BumbleBella by Jill Martin Vest $55 Buy now

A Cozy Shoe For Work & Home

The Boston clog from Birkenstock is having a huge moment this winter — it’s a TikTok favorite and can hardly stay in stock at retailers! This shearling version would be perfect for keeping your favorite co-worker warm in a chilly office and helping them feel relaxed when at home. 

Birkenstock Boston Comfort Clog with Shearling $170 Buy now

A Chance to Unwind

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Courtesy of Uncommon Goods. Courtesy of Uncommon Goods.

Being an assistant is hard work, and getting a good night’s rest is essential to maintaining a healthy work-life balance. This cute set from Uncommon Goods will help them decompress after work for a relaxing night of rest.

Unwind Lavender Gift Set $55 Buy now

Tropical Plant

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Courtesy of Bloomscape. Image: Bloomscape.

Help your hard-working assistant make her desk feel a bit homier with this playful pineapple plant that they definitely don’t already have. Plant mom or not, they’re guaranteed to love it.

Bloomscape Bromeliad Pineapple Plant $79 Buy now

Coworker candle

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Courtesy of Etsy.  Courtesy of Etsy.

I mean, the saying on the candle says it all.

Coworker candle $16 Buy now

GoldBelly Gift Card

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Courtesy of GoldBelly.

If you’ve seen your assistant eat one too many sad desk lunches over the years, then a GoldBelly gift card could be just what they need. But don’t be surprised if they end up bring leftover pie, cupcakes, or authentic Philly cheeseteak leftovers to the office for lunch in the days following.

GoldBelly E-Gift Card $25+ Buy now

Next-Level Coffee Concentrate

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Courtesy of Jot.

We all run on coffee but busy assistants don’t always have time to wait for a whole pot to brew or to run to the local coffee spot. Luckily, Jot coffee is a quick and easy way for your assistant to get the caffeine hot they need instantly. This super-concentrated coffee has impeccable flavor and you only need about a tablespoon of it to make your coffee.

Jot Ultra Coffee $19+ Buy now

Rifle Paper Co. Journal

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Courtesy of Rifle Paper Co. Courtesy of Rifle Paper Co.

Whether it’s to jot down work or personal notes, a journal is always a great gift for every assistant.

Memoir Notebook $26 Buy now

Commuter clutch

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Courtesy of Marks & Graham.

Commuting is kind of becoming a thing again so why not give your assistant a little something that allows them to organize all of their commute essentials in a gorgeous little clutch?

Commuter Clutch $90 Buy now

Spa tower

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Courtesy of Uncommon Goods.

Gift them with a luxurious night of relaxation for all of the hard work they do. This spa tower set comes with a candle, bath soak, mask, body scrub and body butter.

Spa Tower Set $65 Buy now

An Adorable AirPods Case

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Courtesy of Rifle Paper Co. Image: Rifle Paper Co.

Dress up your assistant’s AirPods with this spring-ready silicone case, adorned in Rifle Paper Co.’s signature floral print.

Rifle Paper Co. AirPods Case $30 Buy now

A Gorgeous Olive Oil Set

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Courtesy of Brightland.

Does your assistant like to cook when they’re not at work? Then they’d surely appreciate these chic and delicious extra virgin olive oils from Brightland. The brand’s must-have 4-piece gift set includes two fruit vinegars made with California grapes, and the brand’s signature Awake and Alive olive oils, made with heirloom California olives. They also sell a kitchen candle with a truly intoxicating aroma.

Brightland The Mini Essentials $70 Buy now

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