LOR thank you

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usuaggie
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LOR thank you

Postby usuaggie » Wed Jan 20, 2010 1:31 pm

What are you giving your LOR writers as a thank you? I was thinking a Starbucks gift card, but I go to school in Utah and coffee isn't big here. I am aware of only one Starbucks within 40 miles of my school. Any other ideas?

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Re: LOR thank you

Postby WhiskeyGuy » Wed Jan 20, 2010 1:34 pm

A bottle of quality whiskey.

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Postby Sauer Grapes » Wed Jan 20, 2010 1:35 pm

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Re: LOR thank you

Postby JP09 » Wed Jan 20, 2010 1:43 pm

I gave my recommenders a scented candle. Plus a thank-you card. A gift under $15 should be fine. Unless, of course, you know that they wrote you a fabulous letter. Then a $17 gift should suffice.

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Re: LOR thank you

Postby SpaceDawg » Wed Jan 20, 2010 1:56 pm

A bottle of good wine.

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Re: LOR thank you

Postby WhiskeyGuy » Wed Jan 20, 2010 2:07 pm

SpaceDawg wrote:A bottle of good [strike]wine[/strike] Scotch.


I must object.

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Re: LOR thank you

Postby j.wellington » Wed Jan 20, 2010 2:12 pm

You guys are guilting me. I was just gonna send a nice card.

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Re: LOR thank you

Postby missvik218 » Wed Jan 20, 2010 2:13 pm

I gave a handwritten "Thank you" and gourmet cupcakes.

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Re: LOR thank you

Postby duodora » Wed Jan 20, 2010 2:14 pm

j.wellington wrote:You guys are guilting me. I was just gonna send a nice card.


Yeah me too...now I'm wondering if I should add something else...

Are there rules about accepting gifts? Is there some dollar amount that is "safe" versus might cause problems?

And to the OP--something like a Barnes and Nobles/whatever your bookstore of choice gift card might be nice :) I don't think I've ever had a faculty member who doesn't like books!

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Re: LOR thank you

Postby daizee » Wed Jan 20, 2010 2:19 pm

A book of stamps...Made up for the cost of sending the letter! And a 2 - Liter bottle of Diet Coke...When in Utah, give Mountain Dew! :D

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Re: LOR thank you

Postby sarlis » Wed Jan 20, 2010 2:21 pm

j.wellington wrote:You guys are guilting me. I was just gonna send a nice card.


+1. Now i think I should send something more than the thank you email

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Re: LOR thank you

Postby missvik218 » Wed Jan 20, 2010 2:23 pm

sarlis wrote:
j.wellington wrote:You guys are guilting me. I was just gonna send a nice card.


+1. Now i think I should send something more than the thank you email

DEFINITELY should send something more than a thank you email. I think the least you can do is write it by hand.

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Re: LOR thank you

Postby S de Garmeaux » Wed Jan 20, 2010 2:24 pm

I got one a decent bottle of wine, but it had a really cool label

one a DVD of Boston Legal Season 1 off ebay (used to refer to it in lecture, although ive never bothered to watch it)

and one more ill probly get a card and some wine

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Re: LOR thank you

Postby sarlis » Wed Jan 20, 2010 2:26 pm

missvik218 wrote:
sarlis wrote:
j.wellington wrote:You guys are guilting me. I was just gonna send a nice card.


+1. Now i think I should send something more than the thank you email

DEFINITELY should send something more than a thank you email. I think the least you can do is write it by hand.


yeah. do you think it is to late? they sent them in in september or october.

better late then never, right. now i feel bad about not sending anything...

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Re: LOR thank you

Postby missvik218 » Wed Jan 20, 2010 2:28 pm

sarlis wrote:
missvik218 wrote:
sarlis wrote:
j.wellington wrote:You guys are guilting me. I was just gonna send a nice card.


+1. Now i think I should send something more than the thank you email

DEFINITELY should send something more than a thank you email. I think the least you can do is write it by hand.


yeah. do you think it is to late? they sent them in in september or october.

better late then never, right. now i feel bad about not sending anything...

Yep, it is better late than never for sure. It doesn't have to be anything extravagant but I would go to the trouble of writing the message yourself and either mailing or hand delivering the card. A little goes a long way with these.

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S de Garmeaux
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Re: LOR thank you

Postby S de Garmeaux » Wed Jan 20, 2010 2:30 pm

Ive heard somewhere that proper etiquette for thank you cards is w/in one year

im sure LOR writers would understand if you waited util later in your cycle, they are probably excited to hear which school you will attend

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Re: LOR thank you

Postby granger » Wed Jan 20, 2010 2:31 pm

My GF is knitting scarfs for her LOR writers. She's nuts though!

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Re: LOR thank you

Postby sarlis » Wed Jan 20, 2010 2:32 pm

missvik218 wrote:
sarlis wrote:
missvik218 wrote:
sarlis wrote:+1. Now i think I should send something more than the thank you email

DEFINITELY should send something more than a thank you email. I think the least you can do is write it by hand.


yeah. do you think it is to late? they sent them in in september or october.

better late then never, right. now i feel bad about not sending anything...

Yep, it is better late than never for sure. It doesn't have to be anything extravagant but I would go to the trouble of writing the message yourself and either mailing or hand delivering the card. A little goes a long way with these.


Thanks for the info. I will drop something off in their mailbox or go to office hours. Also, a gift card more thank likely.

I have also emailed them about how my cycle is going, but a note or letter is much better, i think.

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Re: LOR thank you

Postby nyyankees » Wed Jan 20, 2010 2:40 pm

i think i would wait until you have chosen a school and then send a handwritten update and thank you gift at the same time

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Re: LOR thank you

Postby opus127 » Wed Jan 20, 2010 2:43 pm

I'm staying in touch by e-mail with my recommenders, and I'll send hand-written cards when my cycle is over and I know where I'm going. Having taught for several years, I know gifts from students are nice, but sincere communication and advice-seeking can be more meaningful.

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Re: LOR thank you

Postby algren » Wed Jan 20, 2010 2:47 pm

WhiskeyGuy wrote:
SpaceDawg wrote:A bottle of good [strike]wine[/strike] Scotch.


I must object.


+ 3,692

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Re: LOR thank you

Postby sarlis » Wed Jan 20, 2010 2:50 pm

nyyankees wrote:i think i would wait until you have chosen a school and then send a handwritten update and thank you gift at the same time


+1.

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Re: LOR thank you

Postby WhiskeyGuy » Wed Jan 20, 2010 3:02 pm

algren wrote:
WhiskeyGuy wrote:
SpaceDawg wrote:A bottle of good [strike]wine[/strike] Scotch.


I must object.


+ 3,692


Algren returns!

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Re: LOR thank you

Postby ogman05 » Wed Jan 20, 2010 3:10 pm

I ordered both my recommenders an engraved pen. Will be accompanied by a thank you note. Spent a little more because one is my current boss and really cool guy and other is a faculty member of my alma mater but also friend. Went out to lunch with him several times before intention of askign to write LOR

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Re: LOR thank you

Postby Zoomba200 » Wed Jan 20, 2010 3:21 pm

Thank you cards and a small box of chocolates.




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