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Gift for LOR writer?

anax

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Gift for LOR writer?
« on: November 27, 2007, 06:20:58 PM »
Is it inappropriate to give some sort of gift (chocolates, gift card) to a letter of recommendation writer? I know that a couple of mine spent considerable time on my LORs, and I feel as if I should thank them by more than just a thank-you card.  Any thoughts?

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Re: Gift for LOR writer?
« Reply #1 on: November 27, 2007, 06:54:15 PM »
I personally think a gift is just plain-old tacky, especially if you are currently an undergraduate and the LOR writer is a professor. (I asked my dad about this who is a professor and has written plenty of LOR's, though not for law school, and he agreed with me completely)

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Re: Gift for LOR writer?
« Reply #2 on: November 27, 2007, 07:32:46 PM »
What about a thank you note?

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Re: Gift for LOR writer?
« Reply #3 on: November 27, 2007, 07:36:00 PM »
What about a thank you note?

That is the course of action I am going to take.  To each his own, though -- I'm not Mr. Social Etiquette so me saying no gifts means jack *&^%.

Re: Gift for LOR writer?
« Reply #4 on: November 27, 2007, 08:14:29 PM »
I bought personalized M&M's in the colors of my target school for my recommenders.  It wasn't cheap, but it was about what I would have spent for any other type of gift, and it was just a simple way to say thank you.

Re: Gift for LOR writer?
« Reply #5 on: November 27, 2007, 08:29:31 PM »
If you personally feel comfortable giving gifts then do it.  There is nothing inappropriate about it, unless you've chosen some really ill-advised gift (porn, chronic, Ann Coulter book).

Made my whole day... haha

Re: Gift for LOR writer?
« Reply #6 on: November 27, 2007, 11:08:47 PM »
I mailed a small box of chocolates after the letter was received by my undergrad's career services. Seemed to go over well.

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Re: Gift for LOR writer?
« Reply #7 on: November 28, 2007, 05:58:55 AM »
My professors would not accept a gift, so I just gave them a thank you card!

Re: Gift for LOR writer?
« Reply #8 on: November 28, 2007, 06:04:31 AM »
My professors would not accept a gift, so I just gave them a thank you card!

Mine were actually trying to extort cash from me, but I was able to mollify them with chocolate.