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Director
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Did you guys send out gifts before or after the decisions?

Proper etiquette says I should send a gift, right?
Director
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I read that in Montauk's book. I think it might depend on your relationship with the person. I think that my recommenders might think it's a little excessive, or too formal. I mean I'm sure they'd be psyched if I gave them a bottle of wine, but I've thanked them a bunch already (I see them at work every day) and I got them both bottles of port for Xmas so I think I might just get them a card or something when I'm admitted somewhere.
Director
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Yea... I was thinking of getting the gift if I get admitted.
Manager
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i gave a gift to my recommenders before any decisions were made. i think its just the right thing to do since they are taking time out of their schedule to write a letter.

for one of my recommenders i got some godiva chocolate and for another recommender i got him some frame sliders (if you know motos then you know what im talking about) since its more personal...
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My cousin gifted his recommenders some memorabilia (TShirts, mugs, posters etc) from the school he got in. (only after he was admitted).
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sm176811 wrote:
My cousin gifted his recommenders some memorabilia (TShirts, mugs, posters etc) from the school he got in. (only after he was admitted).

Did the recommenders go to the same school? I don't think its right to give them stuff from some school they didn't go to.

On a side note, I was thinking of getting this one guy a gift basket with chocolates, coffee, and other goodies. It cost ~$20. Is this too cheap of a gift? GMAT Club Legend Affiliations: HHonors Diamond, BGS Honor Society Joined: 05 Apr 2006 Posts: 5926 Schools: Chicago (Booth) - Class of 2009 GMAT 1: 730 Q45 V45 WE: Business Development (Consumer Products) Followers: 285 Kudos [?]: 1799 [0], given: 7 [#permalink] 22 Jan 2007, 17:27 gmatclb wrote: sm176811 wrote: My cousin gifted his recommenders some memorabilia (TShirts, mugs, posters etc) from the school he got in. (only after he was admitted). Did the recommenders go to the same school? I don't think its right to give them stuff from some school they didn't go to. On a side note, I was thinking of getting this one guy a gift basket with chocolates, coffee, and other goodies. It cost ~$20.

Is this too cheap of a gift?

If you are US based, and he's your manager, that seems low to me. (That is if you don't work for some indian firm and make $2,000 a year). I plan on spending about$70 on each of my recommenders. It's not cheap, but I wouldnt have been admitted to the GSB without them.
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I agree. I bought Bose headphones for my recommenders.

rhyme wrote:
gmatclb wrote:
sm176811 wrote:
My cousin gifted his recommenders some memorabilia (TShirts, mugs, posters etc) from the school he got in. (only after he was admitted).

Did the recommenders go to the same school? I don't think its right to give them stuff from some school they didn't go to.

On a side note, I was thinking of getting this one guy a gift basket with chocolates, coffee, and other goodies. It cost ~$20. Is this too cheap of a gift? If you are US based, and he's your manager, that seems low to me. (That is if you don't work for some indian firm and make$2,000 a year). I plan on spending about $70 on each of my recommenders. It's not cheap, but I wouldnt have been admitted to the GSB without them. Director Joined: 09 Jan 2007 Posts: 707 Followers: 1 Kudos [?]: 13 [0], given: 0 [#permalink] 22 Jan 2007, 20:22 rhyme wrote: gmatclb wrote: sm176811 wrote: My cousin gifted his recommenders some memorabilia (TShirts, mugs, posters etc) from the school he got in. (only after he was admitted). Did the recommenders go to the same school? I don't think its right to give them stuff from some school they didn't go to. On a side note, I was thinking of getting this one guy a gift basket with chocolates, coffee, and other goodies. It cost ~$20.

Is this too cheap of a gift?

If you are US based, and he's your manager, that seems low to me. (That is if you don't work for some indian firm and make $2,000 a year). I plan on spending about$70 on each of my recommenders. It's not cheap, but I wouldnt have been admitted to the GSB without them.

Manager
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I got all three of my recommenders a gift card for $100 to a restaurant, store, etc. I thought that was generous, but I appreciated the work they did. Director Joined: 28 Jun 2006 Posts: 958 Followers: 1 Kudos [?]: 73 [1] , given: 0 [#permalink] 23 Jan 2007, 12:07 1 This post received KUDOS I was thinking of getting each of my recommenders a painting of me sitting on top of a ladder with bags of money and I'm pointing down at them and laughing (they're at the bottom of the ladder). Also, in the painting I'll have a cigar in my mouth, and they'll just be looking up at me looking really sad. But seriously, I did feel a little weird when I asked them to write my recs and I spoke with them about my career goals, it was basically like saying, "Hi, I want to stop working for you so I can really get a great job, but before I quit on you, you mind writing some great things about me to help me get out of here." Senior Manager Joined: 03 Jul 2006 Posts: 480 Followers: 1 Kudos [?]: 9 [0], given: 0 [#permalink] 23 Jan 2007, 12:52 johnnyx9 wrote: I was thinking of getting each of my recommenders a painting of me sitting on top of a ladder with bags of money and I'm pointing down at them and laughing (they're at the bottom of the ladder). Also, in the painting I'll have a cigar in my mouth, and they'll just be looking up at me looking really sad. That would only work if in the painting you are lighting the cigar with$100 bills.
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johnnyx9 wrote:
I was thinking of getting each of my recommenders a painting of me sitting on top of a ladder with bags of money and I'm pointing down at them and laughing (they're at the bottom of the ladder). Also, in the painting I'll have a cigar in my mouth, and they'll just be looking up at me looking really sad.

But seriously, I did feel a little weird when I asked them to write my recs and I spoke with them about my career goals, it was basically like saying, "Hi, I want to stop working for you so I can really get a great job, but before I quit on you, you mind writing some great things about me to help me get out of here."

Heres how my conversation FELT:

"Jack?"
"Yes rhyme?"
"Will you write a rec for me?"
"A rec? For what?"
"Why are you going to grad school?"
"Because I'm tired of working for people who are so supremely incapable that I find myself just doing their work because it's less irritating than watching them fumble about like morons."
"What?"
"Oh."
"Yea, so I'm applying to Harvard, Chicago...."
"Haha..."
"What?"
"Chicago? Harvard? What else?"
"Kellogg"
"Kellogg?"
"Yea"
"You can't possibly get into these schools. Look at where you work."
"Yea, I know"
"Ok I'll write it but gosh its gonna be a waste of time!"
"Thanks you moron"
Manager
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Dear Rhyme:

Your humor and avatar has rubbed me in such a way that I can now state:

You are personally my new forum hero.

I can construct a MSpaint trophy accordingly if you would like. Lol.
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I'm going to wait to see if I get in and, blaming them for any eventual rejection, gauge the gift that.
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Einstein06 wrote:
I'm going to wait to see if I get in and, blaming them for any eventual rejection, gauge the gift that.

Funny, I was going to take the same approach. If I get dinged everywhere it'll be a small present. If I get in at Wharton I'll send them a case of wine.
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it seems a little odd to worry about how much the gift costs. get them something nice, something they'll like. Seriously, I don't buy $100 gifts for anyone (partner excluded - i'm his sugar-daddy and he's my hausfrau). Something thoughtful and specific is better than something general but flashy. Intern Joined: 09 Jan 2006 Posts: 37 Followers: 0 Kudos [?]: 1 [0], given: 0 [#permalink] 26 Jan 2007, 20:09 aaudetat wrote: it seems a little odd to worry about how much the gift costs. get them something nice, something they'll like. Seriously, I don't buy$100 gifts for anyone (partner excluded - i'm his sugar-daddy and he's my hausfrau). Something thoughtful and specific is better than something general but flashy.

i'm just consumption smoothing ... if i get rejected from everywhere I am going to need that $100 to reapply. If i get in, i can prespend my first bonus Manager Joined: 25 Aug 2005 Posts: 138 Followers: 1 Kudos [?]: 7 [0], given: 0 Re: Gift for recommender [#permalink] 22 Feb 2008, 09:09 gifts of the school you got into? But I think the gift shuold be no matter what, no? Current Student Joined: 15 Jan 2008 Posts: 131 Schools: Ross '11 Followers: 1 Kudos [?]: 7 [0], given: 0 Re: Gift for recommender [#permalink] 22 Feb 2008, 09:24 Pre-decision, I gave one a$25 Apple gift card and the other a \$25 bottle of wine.

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