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Question: I'm helping to plan an event in April for Administrative Professionals and we'd like to create a "goodie bag" with different treats.

We’d like to include a tag with each item referencing each treat, such as a pack of Extra gum with a tag saying “Thanks for going the EXTRA mile” or a miniature Crunch bar and a note saying “You always help out in a CRUNCH.”

Has anyone done this before? Do you have any ideas you'd like to share?  -- Ann


I've done this before, and used this site:

I went through all of the different kits and pulled ideas from each of them. My survival kit was a hit!

It's so nice that you want to say "Thank You" by putting together a goodie basket. I say buy a gift certificate for a manicure or pedicure and let them relax for an hour or so. That will be remembered far longer than the candy bar and gum. JoAnn

I did this last year and they loved it.
M'azing bar for the way you work each day,
Extra gum for the little things you do along the way,
This is what your worth at least 100 Grand,
Now it's time to Take 5 and we will understand!

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Posted by: Kim | March 23, 2007 at 04:35 PM

If you hand out gift certificates, do it manually. Our company issues them via email, through a service, and maybe it's easier, or more efficient, but it irritables the hell out of me because they are only usable at the online stores they feature. They're not for huge amounts, so it's difficult to find anything you want, then you have to pay postage and handling fees to the store on top of that. I got a $15 Target certificate that way and spent 20 minutes on-line looking for something priced about $11. I thought I would come under the total, but I ended up having to give my personal credit card on line (which I HATE to do), to get a paperback mailed to me! So the email service took it's cut, and Target got the business, plus a heffy mailing and handling fee out of the whole thing. If I could have walked into Target with my gift certificate, I would have been a lot happier!

Check out They have wonderfully creative ideas for give-aways and they aren't terribly expensive. We keep a supply of their "TEAM(Together Everyone Achieves More"-work and "You are a Star" products, among others, for spur-of-the-moment thank-yous. They have great ideas for "goodie" bags.

This idea was shared at one of our IAAP chapter meetings. The goodies were given to a group of volunteers.

Volunteer Survival Kit

The Peppermint is to thank you for your commit”mint” to helping others.
The Smarties will keep you thinking logically to solve tough problems.
The Laffy Taffy will remind you to always keep your sense of humor.
The Snickers is to remind to you laugh more and enjoy life.
The LifeSaver is to express gratitude for your service.
The Tootsie Roll will remind to of the important “role” you play.
The Bubble Gum will help you “stick together” with fellow volunteers to complete any task.
The Starburst is to give you a burst of energy so you can keep on going.

Hope this idea helps.

This is a great idea, you'd be amazed what you can come up with in a brainstorming session. Here's a link with a few cute ideas that you can change a bit to fit your event: - This also works great with your children and spouse. Good Luck.

We use goodie tags often in our school for teachers during testing dates, last week of school, teacher appreciation week, etc.
For the "Mounds" of things you do. Mounds bar
When things get a little "Nutty." Any type of peanut candy
To make it all worthwhile. Hershey Hugs
Thank you for your commit-MINT to our students. Mints
For the awesome ROLL you play in helping our students achieve. Tootsie Rolls
You are the REISEN our students are doing so well. Reisen candy
Thank you for your involve-MINT. Mints
To help you "Lick" your problems. Lollipop
You're a "Star" in the classroom. Starburst
You're always helpful in a Crunch, so here's a snack for you to munch. Crunch bar.
We have many "Raisins" to appreciate you. Raisins
Because you're so good at what you do, here's something good for you. Apple
We have also used the following quote from George Bernard Shaw attached to a candle: "I want to be thorougly used up when I die, for the harder I work, the more I live. Life is no brief candle fo rme. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for a moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.

Have fun!

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Susan August 2, 2014 at 8:31 pm

I bought a tiny bag at O-Laccatine (sp) and they are little bags with three of their hand lotions inside. I wanted to make a cute saying to go with then for the volunteers who have helped people in need. Any suggestions?


Mary August 26, 2011 at 10:54 pm

And don’t forget… a few marbles for when you’ve lost your own!


monica March 27, 2011 at 2:34 am

GREAT posts, this was very helpful in my searches of leadership goody bags!


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