Office Gift Basket

Making an office gift basket means taking the time to figure out what the basket or container should be, as well as what should be placed inside. Think about it and then ask yourself what would benefit the recipient. For someone who works from an office, a wastebasket or a file case would be perfect gift basket containers. This is a good idea for anyone who is a writer, most specifically an author or reporter, who seems to always have an overflowing desk.

Use a container that can do double duty
A file case is the perfect place to store stray papers. And since every writer has goals, it would also be the perfect spot to keep the annual list of goals or to separate the list into monthly and more manageable segments.

For this gift basket, a plastic case with a hinged top and handle would work best.

Make sure the case is deep and wide enough to hold 12 hanging file folders-one for every month of the year. File cases such as this can be purchased at most office supply stores and some department stores.

What to put into a File Case Gift Basket:

  • Hanging files
  • File tabs
  • Pocket files
  • Pens
  • Highlighters
  • Notebook, 8 ½" x 11"
  • Spiral notebook, 6" x 9"
  • Desk calendar
  • Sticky notes
  • Paper clips
  • Mileage sheets
  • Zippered pouch for tax receipts
  • Gift certificate for a local deli
  • Box of chocolate for those long afternoons when it seems like quitting time will never arrive

What to put into a Wastebasket Gift Basket:

  • Mouse pad
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Photo frame
  • Office plant
  • Small desk lamp
  • Sticky notes
  • Telephone message pad
  • Pens
  • Highlighters
  • Paperclips
  • Push pins
  • Desk calendar
  • Book
  • Small jar filled with hard candy

If you're shooting for something that will require less shopping, why not use a wastebasket as the container and fill it with one or two office plants? Maybe a desk organizer with a package of files? How about a wastebasket filled with reams of paper? Maybe a bulletin board with pushpins attached?

The ideas are endless. Whatever a writer would need at their fingertips, or at least near their desk, is fair game when it comes to gift giving. Whatever it is you decide to purchase, make sure you add the finishing touch by wrapping a huge ribbon around the entire package and tying it with a beautiful bow.

Visit the office beforehand and see what might be missing.

In a casual conversation, ask the recipient how he or she feels about the office. Pay close attention to the answer. There may be clues to be had.

Is there a vending machine down the hall? If so, add a piggy bank so the recipient can save up his or her spare change for those afternoons when, despite the articles that need to be written, all they can think about is a chocolate bar.

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