How much is considered appropriate to spend on the gifts? Also do you guys wait until you have heard from the schools you applied to before sending the gifts or do you send them right after you know they have finished your LOR?
Quote from: tp83 on July 24, 2006, 11:46:18 PMHow much is considered appropriate to spend on the gifts? Also do you guys wait until you have heard from the schools you applied to before sending the gifts or do you send them right after you know they have finished your LOR? I sent my recommenders an email thanking them when the LORs were sent in. I'm keeping them posted on my progress with apps and what schools I am applying to, and I'll follow up with a gift once I have the final decision in hand. I am also very close to all of my recommenders, so I consider them not only mentors and supervisors, but also friends. For me, it is not so formal.I think price depends on your personal budget. If you plan to give a thank you gift, I think $10-$25 is perfectly appropriate for a college student or recent grad. Probably $20-$50 for someone who has been out of school for awhile.
I've had to ask for plenty of letters in the past and I never thought to give anything more than a sincere letter of thanks and followups on what happened in my future. It may be that I primarily have asked for letters from faculty, who for the most part consider it part of their job. It may be different if you are away from school, but when I think of my relationships to professors I would guess that getting a bottle of wine from a poor college student might be a bit mutually embarassing. They do get upset if you don't tell them where you got in / how things worked out. I have tried taking them out for coffee afterward, but they usually insisted on paying.