End of Internship - Thank You Gifts

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Since its towards the end of most of our internships, what are you all planning on getting your managers / desk before you leave? What are some good gift ideas for a manager who is ~45 yrs old. There are about 12 people on my desk - I plan on getting a gift basket of some sort. What do you all think and what are you getting for your desks/managers?

Thank You Gift for Boss at End of Internship

Here are some potentials I thought of:

  • Fruit Basket
  • Nice Pen?
  • Good bottle of red wine
  • Expensive Bottle of Scotch

Gift for Interns

On the reverse side, if you were my boss, do you think it's appropriate to get your interns a gift as a thank you for their hard work? I know I would love any of the following gifts:

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Aug 9, 2009

No. Just no. Write a nice note and give them a firm handshake. Good god - try not to be a total suck up and maybe you'll get an offer.

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Aug 9, 2009

1) I plan on giving them it after I find out if I get an offer or not - just to show my appreciation. I'm not spending a lot of money, just something to thank them.

2) The lady running the internship program actually told us all to get them something to show our appreciation.

3) Its not sucking up if I'm giving it after I find out.

Aug 9, 2009

Are you serious?? You are buying gift baskets to try and get job. Why don't you knit them a nice blanket and a sweater while you're at it.

Don't forget to wear your lipstick when you give it to them.

Aug 9, 2009
IBanker888:

Are you serious?? You are buying gift baskets to try and get job. Why don't you knit them a nice blanket and a sweater while you're at it.

Don't forget to wear your lipstick when you give it to them.

Alright kid, you're a tool. If you read my post...I clearly said I'm giving it them after I find out if I got an offer or not. So no, I'm not giving them it to get an offer.

Aug 9, 2009

a handwritten thank you note will go much further than any gift. You wouldn't want them to second guess your intentions.

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Aug 9, 2009

No dude. I don't know what kind of weird shit your HR rep says, but that just doesnt happen. Write them a thoughtful thank you note. That's it. if a summer analyst gave me a gift, i'd be more offended than pleased. These were your co-workers for a few months, not your fuckin girlfriend.

Aug 9, 2009

I was under the impression that it wasn't really appropriate. I am just planning on saying goodbye to everyone and then sending a thank you note.

Aug 9, 2009

If one of our interns gave me something other than a handshake and a thank you letter, (even after we extend the offer or not) I personally would find it rather strange

Aug 9, 2009

Alright guys, thanks for the input. I'll stick to the handshake / thank you letter.

Aug 9, 2009

What if your boss/coworker pools together to get you a gift? I know at my office it's the norm when someone have a birthday/have a kid/leave for another job, we each put in a few bucks and buy him/her a present plus hold a small party. In that case, should you give gifts when you leave?

Aug 9, 2009

I wouldn't, it's usually your employer who buys you gifts not the other way around. A nice thank you email and hand shakes should be enough imo. It's all I plan to give.

Aug 9, 2009

I became very close with my MD, when I interned a couple of years ago. It was a small group and he was very patient with me and helped me learn. I knew he played tons of golf so along with a thank you letter I bought a case of Pro V 1's. He liked it, I thought it was a good gesture. But again, it probably depends on the situation, I would never get a gift basket, especially if your a guy thats really weird.

Aug 9, 2009

Is a thank you letter mailed or emailed more appropriate? Or should it be a thank you card?

Aug 10, 2009

Mail a handwritten thank you note. Use stationery or a nice blankn card; please do not some lame greeting card with something like "THANKS!" on the front.

Aug 9, 2009

Yeah, the people on my desk were very helpful and I became close with some of them so I want to do a nice gesture to show my appreciation. The gift basket wasn't for my MD, but rather for the whole desk (which is small)...either godiva chocolates or an assortment of cookies from a bakery.

Aug 9, 2009

Dude, that seriously sounds so weird. Box of chocolates...... this isn't valentines day. If you insist on getting them gifts get them something cool like an office dart board or nerf guns for all.

pds:

Yeah, the people on my desk were very helpful and I became close with some of them so I want to do a nice gesture to show my appreciation. The gift basket wasn't for my MD, but rather for the whole desk (which is small)...either godiva chocolates or an assortment of cookies from a bakery.

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Aug 9, 2009
pds:

Yeah, the people on my desk were very helpful and I became close with some of them so I want to do a nice gesture to show my appreciation. The gift basket wasn't for my MD, but rather for the whole desk (which is small)...either godiva chocolates or an assortment of cookies from a bakery.

Why not stick the chocolates and go right to a handjob. If you really want to show your appreciation, you can swallow.

Aug 9, 2009

hahahahahahah I'm laughing so hard after reading this thread

Aug 9, 2009

buying some candy for the desk is not a bad idea...i've done it, it made people happy. but depends on the culture: if too mucho i'd avoid it, if people are really nice and easy-going (well, not the norm) it would be a good gesture. as soon as u give it after the offer or non-offer it is totally acceptable.

Aug 9, 2009

Do you stare at yourself in the mirror with your dick tucked between your legs?

Aug 10, 2009

What about gifting alcohol?

I bought my VP's a handle of Patron and Grey Goose and I personalized it by having it engraved and wrote "thank you for the mentorship" on the body of the bottles..We went out drinking a few times and that's how I found out that those were their drinks of choice..

They were also my mentors throughout this whole experience and helped me along the whole internship program. (They were really fratty guys too who were alums from my fraternity, so that's why I was able to get invited and see them in a social setting) Would they be offended?

It seems like I should keep it to myself now..

What do you guys think?

Aug 10, 2009

Engraved bottles inscribed with, "Thank you for the mentorship"?

Yeah, you should definitely keep that to yourself.

I'm actually embarrassed for them. When are they ever going to break out the bottle to have a drink with friends without everyone looking at them funny?

Jesus. Back in the day if you wanted to give your boss or group a gift, it meant you paid for the lap dances on Friday afternoon. What the hell has happened to this business?

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Aug 10, 2009

LOL.. I'm definitely keeping it to myself then. I felt it was kind of a homo thing to do anyways.

Aug 10, 2009

Heres something to take into your internship: Viriliter Agite

Aug 10, 2009

viriliter? agite? k....

@togetherasone dude..... you remind me of this guy at my highschool.. nerdy, i was one of the few people who were nice to him, but he was totally clueless. then at the end of the year he comes up to me and says with a huge grin "so, let's keep in touch, friend"
my god!! don't overdo it man!!!!

random hackneyed words of wisdom

"... then, lobbest thou thy Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch towards thy foe, who, being naughty in My sight, shall snuff it."

Aug 10, 2009

"let's keep in touch, friend" - lol... was he foreign? I can't help but think this guy uses terms like 'comrade'

Aug 11, 2009
Kanon:

"let's keep in touch, friend" - lol... was he foreign? I can't help but think this guy uses terms like 'comrade'

he was yugoslavian!! but nah, his english was spotless. he was just completely and utterly clueless. i wish him well tho. nice kid, tho a kid nonetheless.

random hackneyed words of wisdom

"... then, lobbest thou thy Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch towards thy foe, who, being naughty in My sight, shall snuff it."

Aug 10, 2009

The same thing that just happened here, will happen to you when you send them a "gift basket"

Aug 11, 2009

I think all of you are blowing this out of proportion.

Nothing wrong with a little parting gift, I think its a classy gesture. I would suggest getting them a nice little pendant... nothing fancy (no diamonds). A real nice gesture would be if it were one of those One of Two pendants, you know... where you have one and the other person has one... like 2 pieces of a heart or maybe a lock for the VP and a key for yourself.

Or maybe make a spa appointment for a couples massage. There's no better way to show you can bond outside of work as well.

Aug 12, 2009

:)) this was good

random hackneyed words of wisdom

"... then, lobbest thou thy Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch towards thy foe, who, being naughty in My sight, shall snuff it."

Jul 15, 2010
Marcus_Halberstram:

I think all of you are blowing this out of proportion.

Nothing wrong with a little parting gift, I think its a classy gesture. I would suggest getting them a nice little pendant... nothing fancy (no diamonds). A real nice gesture would be if it were one of those One of Two pendants, you know... where you have one and the other person has one... like 2 pieces of a heart or maybe a lock for the VP and a key for yourself.

Or maybe make a spa appointment for a couples massage. There's no better way to show you can bond outside of work as well.

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Aug 13, 2009

I've never bought a gift for anyone after an internship (although I've generally gotten beers with the people I worked for on or around my last day). No need to be a total brown noser (because then the world smells like shit).

On the other hand, I have always bought gifts for people that have written/given me recommendations, giving them the gift after the rec. This applies to school and work.

If it is a woman or a guy that is kind of a tool I buy a nice bottle of wine. If it is a guy who is at all cool, I go for a bottle of expensive liquor. Type can vary depending on tastes.

Aug 16, 2009

By the way...I didn't give them any gifts, just thanked them and we had beers together. I got the offer.

Aug 17, 2009

random hackneyed words of wisdom

"... then, lobbest thou thy Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch towards thy foe, who, being naughty in My sight, shall snuff it."

Aug 17, 2009

Who paid for the beers?

Jul 14, 2010

This is probably over-analyzing the situation -- but is it important to write a lengthy letter? I just have some cards... looked online and seems like there are a bunch of full-length letters as examples for this type of thing.

Jul 15, 2010
faciamviam:

This is probably over-analyzing the situation -- but is it important to write a lengthy letter? I just have some cards... looked online and seems like there are a bunch of full-length letters as examples for this type of thing.

Get some stationary with your name on it. It should be about the size of an envelope. Write on it. Stop writing when you run out of room. You may go to the back if you like. Sign it.

Jul 15, 2010
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