Remember your first manager who was the world's best listener? The mentor who squelched your fear of negotiations? Or the unsung heros who make your daily work feel a little less so. That's the heart of our SECRET SANTA PROJECT. You nominate a coworker, past boss, or the entrepreneur who is trying to make a go of it across the street. Pick out a gift from our list of possibilities. We'll award winners for twelve business days starting on Dec. 5. Entries are accepted through Dec. 19.
We've already given away a lot of great prizes:
Day 1: Van M's nominee received a $250 Lands' End Gift Card. She'd spent the past four years putting her employees first. Van felt it was time she treated herself.
Day 2: Jaimie G's nominee's ability to make sense of the most complicated processes won her a ThermaCheck Throw. Sharla G thought the Canvas Wine Tote would make her nominee's day. Her endless good deeds make the office a brighter place.
Day 3: Friendship is the theme for today's winners. Paula B, Tammy W and Lynn W each thought ThermaCheck Pullovers would warm the hearts of co-workers who feel more like friends.
Day 4: We're happy to recognize Ann B's nominee who "runs our house" and Joanne G's nominee who couldn't be stopped by Hurricane Sandy with ThermaCheck Pullovers. Derek W believes someone who neither asks for, nor requires the spotlight should have their own super hero uniform. Mesh Polo will do the trick. Kathy B says customer service is a happy place thanks to her nominee's smile. Canvas Wine Tote for her.
Day 5: Tami K's nominee receives a Canvas Tote just in time to celebrate her promotion. Laura C is recognizing an all-star junior team member with a ThermaCheck Pullover. Candice S can't find enough words to toast her nominee's good work. A gift of a Canvas Wine Tote will help. CM says the person who holds the company together should have a better tools. We're happy to help with a new iPad Case. Diana V gives her nominee a Canvas Wine Tote. "She is my rock at the office."
Day 6: Laurie M and Michele L's nominees will receive a cozy ThermaCheck Throw. Nikki A, Lori K, and Tammie W's nominees will receive ThermaCheck Pullovers. We hope Laurie's nominee will enjoy the warmth in her retirement and Michele's friend will smile even brighter. Nikki is recognizing someone close to her who is recovering from surgery, while Lori and Tammie celebrate a strong work ethic. Patty A's nominee will enjoy an iPad case. A great gift for someone, "who is an amazing storyteller and colleague."
Day 7: Gus B and Randi K chose a Canvas Tote for their worthy nominees. A great choice for people who wear so many hats. Tammy O thinks the sweetest way to recognize someone with integrity and honor is with a tin of English Toffee (he's going to love it!). Cindy S, Annie M, and Lisa B want their go-to girls something to warm them on their way: a ThermaCheck Pullover. Dryden B believes the "hardest working, nicest person" in his life deserves an iPad case. We're happy to help.
Day 8: BJ H, your nominee's devotion to people in need and Darryl L's nominee who balances work and family, and Tom D's celebration of his nominee's rise from secretary to Vice President earns them a ThermaCheck Throw. Contessa E's nominee is an accountant who deserves recognition. We agree and will surprise her with a Canvas Tote. Ken W reached across the aisle to recognize a valuable business partner while Nancy S nominated her new recruit to helped them stay afloat. Both will enjoy our ThermaCheck Pullover. Tammy W and Tammy P both felt an iPad case was the gift that fit their nominees. We hope Tammy W's outreach angel puts it to good use.
Day 9: Sweet treats are in store for Tim B and Lauren J's nominees. Each wins English Butter Toffee. Kyle W, Lori N and Lori B all selected ThermaCheck Throws for their nominees. Heath W's nominee will honor his mentor, teacher and friend with a Mesh Polo. Kathleen F is toasting her nominee with a Canvas Wine Tote. She tells us her friend "...leads with grace and wisdom." How nice. Jenny H is honoring her animal-loving nominee with a ThermaCheck Pullover. Perfect for dog walks. Donna N selected an iPad case for her nominee who stayed behind to help with a big transition. What a great story.
Day 10: ThermaCheck Pullovers are still the top prize of choice! They'll be warming the nominees of Rita B, Joanie S, Pam B, Chris D, Dawn M and Valerie D. Rita's story about overcoming adversity with an incredibly positive attitude brought tears to our eyes. Joanie recognized a true mentor. Pam knows a great asset to the company when she sees one. Chris wants to recognize his inspiration for getting the business off the ground. Dawn found the person who is an innovative problem solver and Valerie is recognizing a boss that knows the value of work/family balance. George G is hoping English Butter Toffee helps ease the sting of personal loss for his nominee. Madeline E and Pete Q both felt iPad Cases were a great gift. Madeline's nominee is so much more than a manager while Pete wanted to spotlight a spectacular teacher. Yvonne B. is recognizing a true community asset with a Mesh Polo, her gift of choice.
Day 11: Cozy ThermaCheck Throws will warm the nominees of Ken R, Jissica M, Jennifer F, Cindy P and Kathy T. Ken knows that it's the little things that add up to the big things. Jissica is recognizing her nominee's creativity. Jennifer wants to thank the person who gave her a break when she returned to work after maternity leave. Cindy is celebrating her business friend of 22 years. Kathy believes her nominee's smile is the real gift. ThermaCheck Pullovers are the choice for Andrea R., Erica F, Adrea L's nominees. Andrea and Erica both nominate people who make a difference every day. Andrea L is thankful for a fantastic boss. Venita B selected a scented candle for her nominee as a thank you for her endless professionalism and leadership. Theresa B selected a Mesh Polo for a student director and Colleen C. found an iPad Case was the gift for a guy who truly showcases enthusiasm and loyalty.
Day 12 (FINAL WINNERS): Kim W and Rick S both selected Canvas Wine Totes for their nominees who both happen to be excellent organizers. Melissa B, Jacqueline B, and Lisa M all selected iPad Cases for their nominees who play instrumental roles in creating consistent success. Canvas Tote is the gift chosen by Jennifer M for her small business owner nominee who wears many hats. ThermaCheck Pullovers are still a hot pick. Denise U, Ellen K, and Deborah B all felt it was the gift for truly dedicated nominees. They each work with people who have a staying power that's hard to top. ThermaCheck Throws are the gifts selected by Michael L, Mara F and ClaireJ for their nominees. Michael couldn't be the ace chef he is without his business head. Mara recognizes the person who keeps them all in logo'd apparel. Claire felt the person who helped them get through a corporate name change deserves a cozy place to relax. Nice work!
Thank you for letting us be a part of your holiday celebrations this year. And congratulations to all our winners!