Thank You gifts for recommenders

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NJPitcher
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Thank You gifts for recommenders

Postby NJPitcher » Mon Jul 16, 2012 11:04 pm

As the cycle ends I want to send some thank you gifts to recommenders. What sort of gifts do most people get/give? I didn't see a sticky on gifts, so I figured I'd ask.

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donniedarko
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Re: Thank You gifts for recommenders

Postby donniedarko » Mon Jul 16, 2012 11:12 pm

how about a nice novel

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Verity
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Re: Thank You gifts for recommenders

Postby Verity » Mon Jul 16, 2012 11:15 pm

A mug or a shirt or a hat or something like that from the school you'll be attending.

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Re: Thank You gifts for recommenders

Postby JohnV » Tue Jul 17, 2012 2:42 pm

Your first paycheck.

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Re: Thank You gifts for recommenders

Postby sfxx » Tue Jul 17, 2012 2:58 pm

I was thinking a nice bottle of wine

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Re: Thank You gifts for recommenders

Postby BuckeyeGirl » Tue Jul 17, 2012 3:04 pm

sfxx wrote:I was thinking a nice bottle of wine



+1 if they don't drink flowers/fruit arrangement/dinner certificate

At a certain point no one needs more stuff. Give something that can be used, enjoyed, and then won't become clutter. This is a good idea for this type of small thank you gift in general.

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Re: Thank You gifts for recommenders

Postby shock259 » Tue Jul 17, 2012 4:11 pm

I've never bought my recommenders anything. Didn't know I was supposed to until I came to TLS. I've always thought 1) it's part of their job, and 2) it helps increase the prestige of the school if they write good letters.

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Re: Thank You gifts for recommenders

Postby swilson215 » Tue Jul 17, 2012 4:15 pm

NJPitcher wrote:As the cycle ends I want to send some thank you gifts to recommenders. What sort of gifts do most people get/give? I didn't see a sticky on gifts, so I figured I'd ask.


There are tons of threads on this. Generally accepted answers are: nothing, a thank you letter for their time, a small box of hometown candy, bottle of wine, or other small gift. Nothing too expensive, no gift cards (generally, it's kind of impersonal), etc.

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Re: Thank You gifts for recommenders

Postby Ozymandias » Tue Jul 17, 2012 4:47 pm

shock259 wrote:I've never bought my recommenders anything. Didn't know I was supposed to until I came to TLS. I've always thought 1) it's part of their job, and 2) it helps increase the prestige of the school if they write good letters.

You're not "supposed" to. I got gifts for mine because I like getting gifts for people I care about, and all my recommenders and I had good relationships throughout UG. I doubt any of them expected a gift.

OP, I got mine coffee mugs from the school I ended up choosing and wrote them notes about how their support meant a lot to me and how I was going to attend my dream school. I knew that all 3 drank coffee in their offices. Anything small and thoughtful is fine - no need for extravagance.

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Re: Thank You gifts for recommenders

Postby sn20 » Tue Jul 17, 2012 4:49 pm

I was close with some of my professors throughout college and they also wrote me recs. I got them little thank you card's with $20 starbucks gift cards. Not much, but I think it's more about the content of the thank you note.

EDIT: What that guy said ^.

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Re: Thank You gifts for recommenders

Postby suzige » Tue Jul 17, 2012 7:05 pm

My recommenders have written letters for me before for other things and I have taken several of their classes. As a thank you for all of their help, I sent them each a gift basket with fruit/ nuts/ candies, etc. and attached a small thank you note expressing my appreciation.

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Re: Thank You gifts for recommenders

Postby Favre4Prez » Tue Jul 17, 2012 7:48 pm

A card should do just fine.

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Re: Thank You gifts for recommenders

Postby thederangedwang » Tue Jul 17, 2012 9:22 pm

got them chocolates...sent them via mail..melted when they got there...i know this cause they emailed me saying

thanks for the melted chocolates
:oops:

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Re: Thank You gifts for recommenders

Postby JCFindley » Tue Jul 17, 2012 9:26 pm

Free legal advise for life.

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Re: Thank You gifts for recommenders

Postby tigershark » Wed Jul 18, 2012 12:07 pm

shock259 wrote:I've never bought my recommenders anything. Didn't know I was supposed to until I came to TLS. I've always thought 1) it's part of their job, and 2) it helps increase the prestige of the school if they write good letters.


+1

I did homemade gifts with a thoughtful handwritten thank you card on cute stationary and all of my recommenders absolutely loved it. However, one of them did say that gifts are completely unnecessary and it's their job to write letters.




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