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Gifts for recommenders
« on: July 07, 2006, 11:16:51 AM »
Other than a thank you note and the general updates, what sort of gift do you recommend giving to a recommender? Thanks! All of my LORs came from men between the ages of 55-65.

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Re: Gifts for recommenders
« Reply #1 on: July 07, 2006, 02:04:28 PM »
I was going to go with giftcards when the letters were processed and then an update letter with some small food (probebally chocolate) around late January/early February when I have a solid idea of how the cycle went for me.

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Re: Gifts for recommenders
« Reply #2 on: July 07, 2006, 02:59:36 PM »
This is a good topic, I was thinking of buying a nice bottle of patron for my reccomenders, but am not sure if alcohol is appropriate

Re: Gifts for recommenders
« Reply #3 on: July 11, 2006, 01:22:36 PM »
Not to just combine what everyone just wrote, but I've had some success with wine-filled chocolates.  They're sort of different and interesting and everyone said they were delicious.  That way it's alcohol, but not really.  Anyway, here's a link...http://www.uniquelycal.com/sweets_books/wine_choc.htm.  I got in where I wanted, so I picked champagne to "celebrate."  You know, writing this sounds so hokey...when I sent them it seemed much cooler. 

Re: Gifts for recommenders
« Reply #4 on: July 17, 2006, 06:03:34 PM »
it's only inappropriate if you give the gift before they write the letter  :D

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Re: Gifts for recommenders
« Reply #5 on: July 17, 2006, 06:30:15 PM »
it's only inappropriate if you give the gift before they write the letter  :D

Yes. Then it's called a bribe!  ;)

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Re: Gifts for recommenders
« Reply #6 on: July 18, 2006, 09:08:39 AM »
Since I'm here in Bermuda, I'm going to send my recommenders a mini rum cake.  Got to rock the 'exotic' vibe!  :D

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Re: Gifts for recommenders
« Reply #7 on: July 18, 2006, 09:34:35 AM »
That's awesome! I'm still pondering what to get my recommenders... I think that since three are colleagues, I may take them to lunch and surprise them with a small gift having to do with the region where I will be going to school. (Thanks for the inspiration MoniLi!) Although, knowing these guys, they'll insist on picking up the tab... hmmm....


My other recommender is a former professor. I fondly recall spending hours with him and fellow students discussing current events in his office. He loves gourmet jelly beans, and always had a special dish set out with a special spoon to help yourself. So I may get him a nice basket of assorted jelly beans and a dispenser or something. Lord knows I ate enough of them over the years, both as a student and as an alum!

Re: Gifts for recommenders
« Reply #8 on: July 20, 2006, 11:18:03 AM »
I'd definitely go with alcohol. I had to get two gifts for recommendations that were written for a scholarship and gave bottles of wine. Worked out well and I got the scholarship.

Re: Gifts for recommenders
« Reply #9 on: July 20, 2006, 06:37:47 PM »
I figured the bribe thing out....I asked one of my LS recommenders  for a recommendation last spring for a summer program. after i got into that, i gave him a nice gift. now he knows to expect something depending on how i do in law apps.

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