Today is a special day in the life of that special auditor in your life. It is the anniversary of his or her first becoming an internal auditor. But what gift can you find that will not only speak to how important that person is, but the importance and prestige of the profession? One can never go wrong if one sticks with the traditional auditing anniversary gifts. What? You don’t know what those traditional gifts are? Following is a list of some of the major anniversaries and the traditional, as well as modern, gifts that are associated with them.
The traditional gift for the one year anniversary is paper. And, in the spirit of that tradition, there is no better gift which can be given than a print out of a completed audit report. (If you are feeling particularly frisky, remember to include at least one typo.) The modern gift of a PowerPoint presentation seems to pale in comparison.
The traditional gift for the fifth anniversary is wood. This is the opportunity for the gift-giver to hearken back to the early days of auditing and give a gift that is a reminder of those simpler times – a wooden pencil. Many consider such a gift passé, but it still seems more personal than the modern gift of a computer keyboard.
The traditional gift at ten years is, homophonically, tin. (The less said about the modern gift of a severance package, the better.) Finding the right tin gift depends on the tastes of the auditor for whom you are shopping. If you have taken our advice for the five-year gift, then a tin-cup pencil holder is nice. Another popular choice is a replica of the Tin Man from The Wizard of Oz because, just like so many auditors, the Tin Man had no heart. But the best gift, though a little subtle, is getting that special auditor his or her own Tax Identification Number. That is the “TIN” that keeps on giving.
Both the traditional and modern gift for the 25th anniversary is, has been, and always will be silver. However, the choice of an appropriate gift can be problematic as any presentation of silver to an auditor may smack of a bribe. (It should also be pointed out that the specific choice of thirty pieces of silver is considered to be in particularly bad taste.) Remember, one can never go wrong with a simple promise that things will get better, for every auditor should be reminded that there is always a silver lining.
Finally, the traditional and modern gift for those auditors who have been in the profession for fifty years is, quite appropriately, a life. Because, let’s face it…if anyone has been an auditor for fifty years, the one thing they need to get is a life.