Express Gratitude With These Thankful Gift Ideas for Mentors
October 27 marks National Mentoring Day, a day to celebrate those who fuel the dreams of talented young professionals. Founded in 2014 by award-winning business expert and author Chelsey Baker, the occasion aims to reward the act of mentoring, and recognize the impact it has on our economy, society, and professional communities.
The role of a mentor is invaluable; the qualities of a mentor, indispensable. Whether they are teachers, bosses, peer mentors, closet mentors, career mentors, or financial mentors — it's likely that you've encountered a type of mentoring in your personal or professional life. Mentors help to guide you through obstacles and specific goals, point you in the right career path, or empower you to identify goals and make confident decisions.
Now that your days of googling "coaching vs mentoring" and "how to ask someone to be your mentor" are behind you, National Mentoring Day serves as a ripe opportunity to create good mentor-protege programs, help younger employees broaden their mentor network and find a mentor, and — of course — recognize former advisors with thank you notes and mentor gifts.
Help them enjoy a paired dessert at the end of the day with a nice glass of wine. This gift box from Harry & David comes with roasted almonds, raspberry galettes, celebration fudge brownie bites, and dried fruit mix. It’s the perfect way to show how much you appreciate them.
Indulge sports fans (think: coaches) this football season with hearty, football-shaped accoutrements! Complete with beef sausages, three-seed crackers, and sharp, white cheddar cheese — this box is sure to score big.
They’ve offered you support or guidance and shared priceless advice over many business lunches. Now, it’s your turn to spoil them and foot the bill. Known for its exceptionally tender, creamy texture, these premium cuts are sure to delight any meatarian.
This year, send them something sweet enough to rival your mentor relationship! Cheryl’s So Thankful for You Treats Pail arrives confected with an assortment of buttercream frosted cut-out cookies, fudge brownies, and scrumptiously crunchy pretzel clusters. It’s the perfect uplifting gesture to show them how important they are to you.
Pamper them with a revitalizing gift set from Tea Forte. Featuring fifteen single-portion packets in five different blends, a double-walled ceramic lidded cup to keep their brew at the ideal temperature, and an essential oil diffuser — this set is designed to prime them for ultimate relaxation.
Group mentor teachers work hard — why not take this time to reward them for all the time and effort they’ve invested in you? Give them a Buddha tea light holder with a Yankee candle, a lavender spa tower, or set of skincare favorites from bareMinerals. They’ll be sure to appreciate this thoughtful, personal touch.
Nothing says "mentoring goals" better than receiving a heart-warming keepsake. Give them this gorgeous photo frame from Kendra Scott to liven up their space. They'll think of you every time they look up from their computer.
Perhaps they pointed you in the right direction through books and lessons — send a charming Best Teacher charm to show them your love for what they do. It’ll make them feel seen and honored through your mentor and mentee relationship.
Plants are a perfect means to show your professional mentors you appreciate them! This year, say “thank you mentor” by sending them a Calming Peace Lily or Classic Dendrobium Dish Garden to add a touch of green to their office space.
If they don’t possess green thumbs, send them a vibrant bouquet of the season’s freshest blooms. Try the Sweet Citrus or Autumn Breeze bouquets from 1-800-Flowers — boasting warm tones of orange and cream, they’re sure to bring smiles to their faces.
If you’re hoping to make a splash, spring for the Garden of Grandeur — with rich colors and natural accents, these gorgeous flowers are guaranteed to make an impression.
The benefits of mentoring and coaching relationships are immeasurable. This National Mentoring Day, show some love to those who helped you along the way. Remember: thank you notes to mentors are great, but a great gift goes a long way.
From all of us at SmartGift, Happy National Mentoring Day!
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