Administrative Assistant Day 2010 falls on Wednesday, April 21, 2010. If one day isn't enough time for you to celebrate, the entire week is known as Administrative Professionals Week (formerly known as Secretary's Week).
According to Wikipedia, the National Secretaries Association, now known as the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) created the unofficial holiday in 1952 to recognize the work of secretaries, administrative assistants, receptionists, and other administrative support professionals. You may also know them as "Executive Admins".
The International Association of Administrative Professionals has actually trademarked the term "Administrative Professionals Day", although people continue to call it whatever they want.
Despite the push for the name change, the top Google searches for this holiday are (in order) secretary's day, administrative professionals day, administrative assistant day, professional administrative day.
Typical gifts for Secretary's Day include gift certificates, lunch, and gift baskets. Some companies cater lunch because hey, somebody has to stay in answer the phones (sad, but true). Best of all, bosses clumsily attempt to plan their own office party.
If your ExecutiveAdminProfessional-etary has a sense of humor, you can always bring a few laughs into the office with these funny awards:
Bermuda Triangle AwardGive to the person who always seems to be losing paperwork. Download this free Printable Certificate
The Raisin Pay AwardGive to the staff member who most deserves a "Raisin" pay. Available for free Sample Certificate of Appreciation
The Selective Hearing Impairment AwardPresent to the person in your group who only seems to hear what they want to hear. It's free! Get this funny Award Certificate
Need more ideas? Celebrate Administrative Assistant Day 2010 with our eBook of 101 Funny Employee Awards. It will give all of you non-admins the tools you need to throw a fun recognition ceremony for your staff.