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Gifts for recommenders [#permalink] New post 07 Dec 2010, 18:00
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I want to get my recommenders gifts. Plan on spending maximum of $25 on each. I have three -- 2 men and 1 woman. What are gift ideas outside of bottle of wine? And what good quality wine can I get for $25 or less.
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Re: Gifts for recommenders [#permalink] New post 07 Dec 2010, 19:27
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I want to get my recommenders gifts. Plan on spending maximum of $25 on each. I have three -- 2 men and 1 woman. What are gift ideas outside of bottle of wine? And what good quality wine can I get for $25 or less.


I got them the box of dipped fruit from Edible Arrangements, and personally took another out to lunch who was up for that. The time I got the Edible Arrangements boxes they were on sale for $10 but regular price is $25. I picked them up and dropped them off and was quite satisfied with the amount of fruit and the personalization they did for me.

Wine - I'm not sure about that because, if the person is in a higher position, $25 may be a lot less than they spend on wine. Then comes the question of red v. white - I would stray away.
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Re: Gifts for recommenders [#permalink] New post 07 Dec 2010, 19:36
I gave my boss a bottle of red wine that was a little above $25, and the liquor store employee personally recommended it to me and told me that spending above $30 on wine is unnecessary as there are a lot of great wines for less. After browsing the wine selection it was evident to me that the vast majority of wine sold there was in the $10-$20 range anyway. I personally think that the gesture of giving a gift means more than the gift itself.

My boss loved the gift. I haven't asked him about the wine yet - he said he'd open it when I get into my top choice school. We will see if that happens...
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Re: Gifts for recommenders [#permalink] New post 07 Dec 2010, 21:55
Perfect timing for this post as I'm looking for gifts too. Did you guys gift wrap the gift or just give it in like gift bag?
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Re: Gifts for recommenders [#permalink] New post 07 Dec 2010, 22:04
Amazing timing. I was just logging on to see if I could find any tips regarding this topic.

What about personalized gifts? I don't want to get too cheesy and I want to get something they would actually use / enjoy, but was thinking of getting them something with their undergraduate school logo. Or something relating to golf (at least 2 of the 3 golf).

The other issue I face is that all the people who are writing my recommendation letters live across the country, so I can't exactly bring it to them personally. Rather, it's going to have to be something that is sent in the mail. Thus, if the gift was more personalized, then I was hoping that might make up for the lack of personalized delivery.
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Re: Gifts for recommenders [#permalink] New post 07 Dec 2010, 22:08
I think anything of value in a layperson's view (which is, of course, respective) should be fine. Given your budget, besides wine, Godiva chocolates and gift cards are also things that can be well received.
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Re: Gifts for recommenders [#permalink] New post 08 Dec 2010, 07:25
i gave one of my recommenders a bottle of pisco and plan on giving the other a gift card to one of his favorite restaurants.
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The problem with gift cards is that it's like giving cash and that can be insulting. if any of you have read Dan Ariely's Predictably Irrational you will know where I am going. I liked the dipped fruit idea. I was thinking about giving a fruit basket to one of my recommenders who is a mother of young children. I like to give gifts that the receiver will use; that will be worth more than their monetary value to the person and reflect a lot of thought.

I am finding it hard to gift my male recommenders. Both of them dont strike me as wine drinkers. One is a runner. The other recently became healthy eater; think lean meats etc. I am thinking of exploring gifts down that path. Any ideas for gifts for a runner and a healthy eater.
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I'm giving my recommenders Four Loko. The old version, not the new and improved version.
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Re: Gifts for recommenders [#permalink] New post 08 Dec 2010, 12:28
got one a silver oaks cabernet and the other starcraft 2 haha.
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Re: Gifts for recommenders [#permalink] New post 08 Dec 2010, 12:34
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The problem with gift cards is that it's like giving cash and that can be insulting. if any of you have read Dan Ariely's Predictably Irrational you will know where I am going. I liked the dipped fruit idea. I was thinking about giving a fruit basket to one of my recommenders who is a mother of young children. I like to give gifts that the receiver will use; that will be worth more than their monetary value to the person and reflect a lot of thought.

I am finding it hard to gift my male recommenders. Both of them dont strike me as wine drinkers. One is a runner. The other recently became healthy eater; think lean meats etc. I am thinking of exploring gifts down that path. Any ideas for gifts for a runner and a healthy eater.


good point re gift cards. i might use the fruit basket idea then.

ideas for a gift for a runner: a one year's pass to a running club?
healthy eater: hmm i can only think of that edible fruit flower basket thing or some other sort of organic fruit/food basket. maybe a year's supply of organic food delivery from a local farm?
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I gave a $25 gift certificate to Kiva.
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I am finding it hard to gift my male recommenders. Both of them dont strike me as wine drinkers. One is a runner. The other recently became healthy eater; think lean meats etc. I am thinking of exploring gifts down that path. Any ideas for gifts for a runner and a healthy eater.


As a runner, getting a gift for a runner can be tough because what each person likes is so individualized. This is true for clothing, food, accessories, etc. If you know of something this person wants, like a specific type of MP3 player, or you know what types of shirts he wears (material, sleeve length, size), then you could get something along those lines. If he's got a sense of humor, One More Mile has some great stuff. And you can always include a gift receipt so they can exchange it. This, however, is easier with a local store so they don't have to ship something back.

Other ideas, again, if you know them well enough, are, like bei recommended, a membership to a gym or to a local running club. Or perhaps a one-year subscription to Runner's World (which is a fabulous magazine - if he's an avid runner and he doesn't already subscribe, I can almost guarantee that he would appreciate this).

If he runs while listening to music or audio books, you can put a variety of good running music or an audio book or two on a flash drive. You can also try getting him SnuggBuds - they're these pretty cool headphones that apparently don't fall out of your ears while you're running. I just bought my first pair, but haven't tried them yet.

If he's running a long race soon (1/2 marathon or longer), you can get him a sports massage gift certificate.

As for the health food person, that's also sorta tough, but potentially a bit easier. A compilation of healthy recipes would be an easy one. You can buy a cookbook, compile your favorite recipes into a Word document, or create a cookbook online (if you do a Google search, there will be some options).

You can also buy him a membership to a local natural foods store or co-op (if he's not a member and if you have one of those in your area), you can buy him something for the kitchen (a casserole dish or a really good knife - I just bought my first really good knife and what a difference it makes!), or you can cook him a healthy casserole dish (something he can cut up into multiple portions and freeze). Or you can try getting him something that will make it easier for him to bring his lunch with him every day so he doesn't have to eat out as often. A nifty "lunchbox", some tupperware, a thermos - not really sure, guess it depends on what type of food he eats. Or you could make him some homemade salad dressing.

Or you can take him to lunch or dinner at a restaurant that's known for their healthy, natural food.
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Re: Gifts for recommenders [#permalink] New post 08 Dec 2010, 21:49
The Edible Arrangements stuff is wrapped and comes with a nice little card on it as well - so no additional wrapping required on your part.

Also, one of my recommenders was a guy but he loved the fruit because his kids (toddlers) loved it when he took it home.
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Re: Gifts for recommenders [#permalink] New post 09 Dec 2010, 04:38
what would you offer to a three recomenders located in NY, Johannesburg and Hong Kong? Kind of difficult :/
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Re: Gifts for recommenders [#permalink] New post 10 Dec 2010, 14:06
I'm trying to think of something outside of the box. But nevertheless, great suggestions!
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Re: Gifts for recommenders [#permalink] New post 16 Dec 2010, 05:52
@smileyface: Good point on the "value" attached to a gift card.

Great suggestions, everyone. I'll be presenting my recommenders with good port wine - works well for the holidays too.
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Re: Gifts for recommenders [#permalink] New post 11 Jan 2011, 10:34
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I am finding it hard to gift my male recommenders. Both of them dont strike me as wine drinkers. One is a runner. The other recently became healthy eater; think lean meats etc. I am thinking of exploring gifts down that path. Any ideas for gifts for a runner and a healthy eater.


As a runner, getting a gift for a runner can be tough because what each person likes is so individualized. This is true for clothing, food, accessories, etc. If you know of something this person wants, like a specific type of MP3 player, or you know what types of shirts he wears (material, sleeve length, size), then you could get something along those lines. If he's got a sense of humor, One More Mile has some great stuff. And you can always include a gift receipt so they can exchange it. This, however, is easier with a local store so they don't have to ship something back.

Other ideas, again, if you know them well enough, are, like bei recommended, a membership to a gym or to a local running club. Or perhaps a one-year subscription to Runner's World (which is a fabulous magazine - if he's an avid runner and he doesn't already subscribe, I can almost guarantee that he would appreciate this).

If he runs while listening to music or audio books, you can put a variety of good running music or an audio book or two on a flash drive. You can also try getting him SnuggBuds - they're these pretty cool headphones that apparently don't fall out of your ears while you're running. I just bought my first pair, but haven't tried them yet.

If he's running a long race soon (1/2 marathon or longer), you can get him a sports massage gift certificate.

As for the health food person, that's also sorta tough, but potentially a bit easier. A compilation of healthy recipes would be an easy one. You can buy a cookbook, compile your favorite recipes into a Word document, or create a cookbook online (if you do a Google search, there will be some options).

You can also buy him a membership to a local natural foods store or co-op (if he's not a member and if you have one of those in your area), you can buy him something for the kitchen (a casserole dish or a really good knife - I just bought my first really good knife and what a difference it makes!), or you can cook him a healthy casserole dish (something he can cut up into multiple portions and freeze). Or you can try getting him something that will make it easier for him to bring his lunch with him every day so he doesn't have to eat out as often. A nifty "lunchbox", some tupperware, a thermos - not really sure, guess it depends on what type of food he eats. Or you could make him some homemade salad dressing.

Or you can take him to lunch or dinner at a restaurant that's known for their healthy, natural food.


I wasn't following this thread so I didn't know I got quite a number of awesome replies. Thank you for your ideas. Will look into them.
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Re: Gifts for recommenders [#permalink] New post 11 Jan 2011, 10:51
Maybe I didn't need to spend this much, but I got each of my recommenders a $100 gift certificate to a nice restaurant. I figured it should be at least $100 to be able to pay for them + a spouse and wine. The worst thing would be to give something that requires further cost on their part.
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