How to Choose Gifts for Maintenance Workers

by William McCoy

You might pass the maintenance worker at work or in your condo without so much as a quick greeting, but remember that this valuable employee keeps the building running smoothly in a long list of ways. Whether the holidays are around the corner or you just want to offer your appreciation for the worker's constant efforts, present him with a gift that shows you value his work. Getting to know the worker can help you select an appropriate gift, but general gift ideas can also be suitable.

Evaluate Her Interests

When you meet the maintenance worker in your hallway or elevator, engage her in conversation. Over time, you can build a relationship and, eventually, you'll get a feeling for what could be an appropriate gift. For a tennis enthusiast, buy a gift card to a sporting goods store or tickets to an upcoming amateur or professional tournament in your city. If the maintenance worker enjoys cooking, opt for a set of flavored balsamic vinegar or olive oil.

Offer Tasty Treats

Help your maintenance worker maximize his daily breaks by putting together a custom gift basket of tasty snacks. Gourmet crackers with hummus, yogurt-covered almonds, chocolate-dipped pretzels, garlic-stuffed olives, cured meats and dried fruits are suitable gift basket items. To give the maintenance worker a boost during a long workday, add items such as a gift card for a coffee shop, a variety of protein bars or a selection of energy drinks to the gift basket.

Keep It Simple

It's possible that you might not get a chance to speak to your building's maintenance worker enough to determine the ideal present. In this case, opt for a generic gift. This approach might not be the most creative, but can still make her notice your generosity. Gift cards to a movie theater, grocery store, family restaurant or book store are all ideal ideas. If the worker has children, opt for a family pass to a museum or bowling center. Of course, cash is always welcome.

Share Your Message

A gift is only part of the method to appropriately recognize a maintenance worker. Adding a card helps you express your appreciation. Keep the message succinct, but address or two specific moments, such as the time the worker freed you from a stuck elevator or fixed your faulty smoke detector. You can also make a point about the gift. In the case of a gift basket, for example, note how you hope the worker can enjoy the treats during his few minutes of spare time.

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About the Author

Toronto-based journalist William McCoy has been writing since 1997, specializing in topics such as sports, nutrition and health. He serves as the Studio's sports and recreation section expert. McCoy is a journalism graduate of Ryerson University.