Gift for supervisor – is $30 an insult?

posted 3 years ago in Gifts and Registries
  • poll: How would you feel about a gift from a student/employee/younger coworker?
    I'd be happy with just a heart-felt card - it's the thought that counts. : (69 votes)
    80 %
    I'd expect a monetary gift, and would be happy with $30. : (8 votes)
    9 %
    I'd expect a monetary gift, and would be insulted by $30. : (3 votes)
    3 %
    Other? Explain, please! : (6 votes)
    7 %
  • Post # 3
    53 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    @LittleByLittle:  Hmm whoops.  Meant to hit the heartfelt card option!

    It’s only a celebration of their marriage, but not an actual wedding, so they probably aren’t expecting gifts from everyone. Compassionate people understand that not everyone can afford to gift-and that’s ok!

    Post # 4
    980 posts
    Busy bee

    I wouldn’t expect any money, so the $30 would be a huge, lovely idea. I also think that a heartfelt card and maybe a little trinket (either gift card or home ornament) would be very thoughtful and charming.

    Post # 5
    10454 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: January 2011

    Generally, it isn’t a great idea to give a gift to a supervisor/boss/etc. individually.  Are other students going?  If so, go with a group gift, even if it’s one big cheque.

    Post # 7
    9412 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper

    @LittleByLittle:  I would get her a small gift, such as a vintage bottle of wine, rather than cash. I have people reporting to me and I wouldn’t be expecting anything, so it’s a very nice gesture.

    Post # 8
    2454 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    For a courthouse wedding, I wouldn’t expect any gifts. A card would be awesome and maybe a little token for the day. I like @MrsPanda99: suggestion of wine.   

    Post # 9
    12895 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I would bring a card and a bottle of wine.  Since it’s an informal celebration, maybe they aren’t expecting gifts.  But I wouldn’t show up to a hosted celebration empty handed.  If she’s older and established, $30 is sort of “pointless” for lack of a better word.  I wouldn’t say insulting, but it’s just sort of insignificant.

    Post # 10
    820 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    @LittleByLittle:  I would give her a gift card to somewhere fun. Find a restaurant in the area for them to have a dinner out and get to know their new town better. Or perhaps a housewares shop where they can pick something out for their new home. Maybe a movie theater. 

    Otherwise, get their new address and have welcome flowers or a gift basket delivered.

    Post # 11
    2173 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2017

    Card for sure.  If you absoilutely can’t send a physical gift but would like to give her something, maybe a gift card (for dinner or the movies or something).  I would feel really awkward giving my supervisor straight up cash or check.  At least with a gift card you can be like “Have dinner on me!”

    Post # 12
    1068 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    Either just a card or a card + wine or some other very small gift.  I’d feel terrible if an employee felt like she had to give me hard-earned money!

    Post # 13
    9412 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper

    @pinkshoes:  +1. No gift with good intentions is an “insult” but $30 wouldn’t be very significant for me. I’d rather the wine!

    Post # 15
    1801 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    I think wine and a card is a fabulous idea. Even though it’s a physical gift, they can enjoy it fully before their big move, and you don’t have to show up empty handed.

    Post # 16
    1787 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    @pinkshoes:  +1. 

    I think the nice card and either a bottle of wine, christmas ornament, etc. would be very appropriate.  Check out this site if you’re looking for small, under $30, personalized gifts:  Items normally come within 3 or so days, so shipping is quick!

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