I am in the fortunate position of having accepted a TT position, and would like to get the faculty members that wrote my letters of recommendation a gift to show my appreciation. They are all faculty members in my department, and I would like to get them something thoughtful yet appropriate. Does anyone have any thoughts or suggestions (e.g., flowers, gift cards, etc.)?
Date: 10 Dec 2014 17:16
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Alcohol is a good option so long you're 100% sure the person drinks and know what they tend to like. In my case, I gave gift cards to the university coffee shop for some of my letter writes and newly published academic books with hand-written cards for some other recommendation writers. I like the pen idea, too. I always like having a really great pen but am loath to spend the money on one for myself.
Or if you wrote your own letters and they just signed them, I suggest you treat yourself to a new pen
Should we get presents for letter writers if we DON'T get an offer? Should it be less nice? Is a thank you card enough?
I got flavoured olive oil for one who has a lot of crazy food allergies, and got chocolate and wine for the other two, plus a thank you card. I am getting offers/campus interviews at this point so I'm just going to give them their gifts now before the holidays rather than wait until I have accepted an offer. Basically at this point, all their work is done anyway and they've done all their work to help me as much as they can.
OP here - thank you all for your suggestions! These were really helpful!