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Appropriate thank-you gifts for letters of recommendation

FeralFeral MEMETICHARIZARDinterior crocodile alligator ⇔ ǝɹʇɐǝɥʇ ǝᴉʌoɯ ʇǝloɹʌǝɥɔ ɐ ǝʌᴉɹp ᴉRegistered User regular
edited June 2011 in Help / Advice Forum
A few ex-coworkers and bosses put in letters of recommendation for me for grad school recently. I also had a few college administrators who pulled some strings to get some erroneous info removed from my transcript.

I wanted to send them thank-you gifts. Would a small note and a $20 Starbucks gift card be appropriate, or is that too cheap?

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the "no true scotch man" fallacy.
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    a5ehrena5ehren AtlantaRegistered User regular
    edited June 2011
    That's more than I would do, so I wouldn't say it's too cheap.

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    ceresceres When the last moon is cast over the last star of morning And the future has past without even a last desperate warningRegistered User, Moderator mod
    edited June 2011
    It's definitely not too cheap, the only question I have is whether you wouldn't rather give something more personal/meaningful that they might remember you by.

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    EshEsh Tending bar. FFXIV. Motorcycles. Portland, ORRegistered User regular
    edited June 2011
    I would say a simple thank you note is enough. I don't know if giving gifts after receiving a reference is actually appropriate.

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    FeralFeral MEMETICHARIZARD interior crocodile alligator ⇔ ǝɹʇɐǝɥʇ ǝᴉʌoɯ ʇǝloɹʌǝɥɔ ɐ ǝʌᴉɹp ᴉRegistered User regular
    edited June 2011
    Esh wrote: »
    I would say a simple thank you note is enough. I don't know if giving gifts after receiving a reference is actually appropriate.

    Not a bad point. I double-checked and it looks like it's inappropriate when asking for the letter, but not necessary when sending a thank-you note.

    Thanks, guys.

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    every person who doesn't like an acquired taste always seems to think everyone who likes it is faking it. it should be an official fallacy.

    the "no true scotch man" fallacy.
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    MegaMan001MegaMan001 CRNA Rochester, MNRegistered User regular
    edited June 2011
    For what it's worth, the pulmonary attending, cardiologist, and nursing manager who wrote the references who I am pretty sure got me into school I bought a thirty dollar bottle of wine for each. Just called their secretaries who know them pretty well to find out what kind they like.

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    ueanuean Registered User regular
    edited June 2011
    Heck man I got a $20 starbucks card for my 30th birthday.

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    DeebaserDeebaser on my way to work in a suit and a tie Ahhhh...come on fucking guyRegistered User regular
    edited June 2011
    x2 for "gift doesn't really seem appropriate at all". A thank you note seems more than fine.

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    MentalExerciseMentalExercise Indefenestrable Registered User regular
    edited June 2011
    Something small to show your appreciation would, in most cases, be perfectly fine. Rather than a gift card though, I would go with something perishable. A pound of Alto Grande or Kona coffee. A bottle of wine is always nice. Really nice chocolates or other super gourmet candy works great. A small box of safron for someone you know cooks. A pair of beautiful flower bulbs for someone that gardens or keeps plants in their office.

    That's what I've got off the top of my head.

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    bowenbowen How you doin'? Registered User regular
    edited June 2011
    Feral wrote: »
    A few ex-coworkers and bosses put in letters of recommendation for me for grad school recently. I also had a few college administrators who pulled some strings to get some erroneous info removed from my transcript.

    I wanted to send them thank-you gifts. Would a small note and a $20 Starbucks gift card be appropriate, or is that too cheap?

    Yes, for this it is appropriate.

    Good luck in grad school, bro.

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