I don’t want to use them to cook with as that seems rude, so I have a shelf full of bottles of wine which lovely people have given me that I have never got around to consuming.
For that reason I say that chocolates are probably a safer choice. Home baked goods The key advantage of the wine / chocolate gift is that they are meant to be consumed.
Finally: just because certain behaviour is considered ‘normal’ doesn’t mean you have to normal.
As I highlighted in my story, experiencing the gift giving norms of another culture can be delightful.
Unless of course the giftee is watching their weight, has a gluten intolerance, or is allergic to food preservatives … An expensive, permanent gift may be more of a burden than a pleasure.
First there is the question of taste, as illustrated in this clip from the Big Bang Theory where Amy gives Penny a huge painting for teaching her how to be ‘cool’: The rest of the episode revolves around Penny hiding her horrified reaction to the ugly painting and her efforts to avoid hanging it in her house, but in such a way that she wont hurt Amy’s feelings.
What do you think is the appropriate gift giving etiquette for the supervisor student relationship?
Richard La Ruina, 2012 Kind of strange to hear from the founder of PUA (Pick Up Artist) Training?I’m not sure how you negotiate this social minefield, but perhaps, if you are unsure what is considered normal behaviour, ask the students who have been there longer than you.Make sure you ask more than one as opinions may vary.Check first though – not every supervisor finds wielding the big red pen a fun way to spend their down time.If you are in doubt, maybe just write them a Christmas card. Are you studying in another country and therefore living in a different ‘gift culture’ than you are used to?So I thought I would just tell you about the four types of responses I got and leave it up to you to decide what to do!