Good gift for analyst?

Wanted to get the forum's advice - I have a couple analysts who have really covered me well when on vacation or when I was bogged down.  

My work style is more "side by side" as opposed to up and down the chain, but these kids really stepped up in terms of dealing with MD/Client asks that I usually try to shield them from

Want to get something for them to show appreciation but don't want to go too over the top/weird  

Was trying to come up with ideas but appreciate any thoughts on what you all, as analysts, would appreciate from an associate.

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Sep 1, 2021 - 1:26pm

Agreed. When I closed my first few deals that I originated myself, I bought (entry level) Mont Blanc pens for everyone on my team (junior bankers and admins). I figure as my fees start to go up, I can afford to buy better gifts. I want to behave like the MD I would have wanted to work for.

When I was a junior banker, I gave away booze to colleagues doing me a solid (covering for me/helping me out). Wine and whiskey was most common.

Aug 31, 2021 - 12:37pm

If it's just two analysts there's an an1 in RE that wants to have a threesome...

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Sep 1, 2021 - 2:00am

This. Just buy the rounds when you go out next for them and say thank you. No need to make it weird with gifts.

Aug 31, 2021 - 1:42pm

A big, fat bonus cheque based on your glowing recommendations coming out of their performance review! That's what they're doing it for after all! :)

Or give them a pink slip because they're gunning for your job next! Lol ;)

Aug 31, 2021 - 2:36pm

Figure out what each likes and then have a dollar range in mind for your total. For example if one analyst is a big foodie and the other is a sports fan, maybe get the foodie a gift card to a nice restaurant they'd never go to if they had to pay and get the sports one tickets to a game or something. Just keep each gift in-line with what you're willing to spend ie: $100-200 per analyst. This shows you really appreciate their effort as well as know their personal interests.

Aug 31, 2021 - 3:28pm

how about a nice leather duffle? they run from $160-285 (including tax) for some pretty nice ones -- can get them monogrammed with their initials or personalized, etc. and have it be a pretty useful, long term gift that they'll remember and appreciate

I guess this applies only if they're guys though unless you do a leather backpack too

Aug 31, 2021 - 5:26pm

Mind pointing me to some brands? I feel like a leather duffel is usually much more pricey. 

Aug 31, 2021 - 5:44pm

I think a few of these have 10-30% discount codes. To look for: full grain leather (top grain is a marketing scam, you want full grain) and YKK or other high quality zippers / hardware that will last a long timeheard good things about Mahi, but haven't seen one in person- was gonna get the BS one but it's made to order so takes like 2-3 months or something and its not customizable but my friend has the Domingo style and it's really nice in my opinion. Might not be feasible-…Tecovas has good reviews but a bit more pricy- of others online similar to one below-

  • Intern in IB-M&A
Sep 3, 2021 - 12:39am

Maybe an airline gift card so they can go on a trip. Also a good coffee maker if they seem to be coffee people. Think staple items they can use for a while and are high quality, or consumables that provide a memorable experience.

  • Prospect in IB-M&A
Sep 3, 2021 - 3:15am

People can be picky about coffee makers (French press vs drip vs pour over). Unless you're aware of what they like, I'd avoid.

  • Prospect in IB - Gen
Sep 3, 2021 - 9:17am

Depending on how personal the relationship is, maybe take them for nice drinks/dinner assuming they seem fine with hanging out outside of the office

  • Analyst 1 in IB-M&A
Sep 3, 2021 - 10:12am

Anyone else think this is a little odd? I'd be a bit weirded out if my associate got me a gift for basically doing my job.

My advice would be:

1) Remember this come reviews/bonus time. That's what they care about at the end of the day

2) Do the same for them. Pick a night and tell them you'll cover and they should go out / go to bed early/ etc. I'd way rather this than some bottle of scotch

3) I think taking them out for a drink/meal is also nice, for some reason I feel like just handing them a gift is a bit odd but treating them to a meal is much better

  • Analyst 2 in IB-M&A
Sep 3, 2021 - 9:13pm

I wouldn't mind a bottle of wine or whisky, how is that weird lmao. Just a nice gesture imo.

  • Intern in Consulting
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