Today is Administrative Professionals Day, and I got to thinking. We all live and work in the Rockford area, right? We all want to see our local economy do well, right? The way I see it, it's a no brainer that all of the gifts you buy for your administrative professionals this week should be from Rockford businesses, right?

Here's five great Rockford gift ideas I think any admin professional would like, but I would love to hear what you think should be added to the list!

  1. Plants or hanging baskets - A popular gift idea, but make sure you go to one of Rockford's fabulous local greenhouses to purchase one, NOT from a national box store because it's the easiest option!
  2. Sweet treats or bakery goods - Watch your employees melt if you walk in to work with dozens of Sugar Jones cupcakes, warm and gooey cinnamon rolls from Great Harvest Bread Company, pastries from Mary's get my point. Rockford is blessed with so many fantastic locally owned bakeries and restaurants, make sure you stop in to support them!
  3. Gift certificates to great Rockford stores - Can't decide on the perfect gift? That's ok, just pick the perfect Rockford store, and let them do they choosing. Stores like Rockford Art Deli, Crimson Ridge, Porch, Roxy Carmichael and more offer a huge assortment of unique items to choose from.
  4. Gifts of relaxation - Sure you can pick up a certificate from one of our amazing local spas or salons, but an even cooler idea would be to give a personalized relaxation basket filled with great Rockford made products like bath bombs or other goodies from Bath and Body Fusion, or candles from Candle Crest Soy Candles.
  5. Day of Rockford fun - Many surveys have shown that the number one gift administrative professionals really want is a day off with pay. Why not take it one step further by giving them the day off with pay AND giving them the chance to enjoy one of Rockford's gems like the Nicholas Conservatory, the Burpee, Discovery or Midway Village Museums, or giving them tickets to check out an upcoming show at the Coronado or local theaters.


The fact is, there are so many fabulous locally owned businesses in Rockford, that it is impossible for me to list them all here on my own. What Rockford store gift suggestions would you add to the list for Administrative Professionals Day? Please give some love to your favorites in the comment section below!