Massage Gift Card for Professor?

posted 2 years ago in College
  • poll: Is it appropriate to give my Professor a gift card for a massage?
    Yes : (4 votes)
    21 %
    No : (15 votes)
    79 %
  • Post # 2
    24457 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    I don’t think it would be weird unless you were the masseuse!

    I do like the idea of a general spa gift card, I think that’s what I was thinking before anyway since there aren’t a lot of places that do only massages.

    Post # 3
    6446 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2013

    Massages feel like a private thing to me so if I received one from a student I might think it’s a little strange. I also know a few people who don’t like massages.

    What if you have her a gift card for a general spa place? That way she can use it for a massage if she chooses or she can use towards some other relaxing treatment. 

    I think it’s very sweet of you to do this!

    Post # 4
    328 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: February 2014


    I find it weird. 

    I’d check your school policy. I know at mine it was considered a brib to purchase anything for faculty unless it was through the university purchasing department and then it was mainly retirement gifts allowed. 

    Post # 5
    9204 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2018

    I think it is a bit too personal to give to a professor, I agree with PP, maybe a general gift card to a spa instead? Or a general gift card to a store or something (like Amazon) would be even better and less personal.

    Post # 6
    4072 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 2014

    I think it’s a little strange. I’ve given cards to people, but not gift cards. Massages are also a bit personal, and I am not that keen on them. Not to mention, they are a bit expensive, and I’d be floored to see a student shell out enough money to cover a massage. Does she bring Starbucks into class? I think a $10 Starbucks card would be more than enough, along with a nice card. 

    But hey, if you’re being generous, go for it, I guess. I’d do a standard spa giftcard though, rather than designaing it for a specific treatment.

    Post # 7
    4072 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 2014

    waitingforthering2:  Yeah, this is also why I find it strange and would keep it small. I’d also give it after grades have been put in. Maybe at the beginning of the next semester?

    Post # 8
    2831 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    A lot of schools have a policy on gifts to teachers. I’d be sure that you’d be allowed to give her something, first of all. Secondly, not everyone likes massages. Why not just a general spa gift card that she could use for one or for something she prefers? 

    Post # 9
    941 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    At my school the general guideline is to keep gifts for teachers below $10.

    I think a massage gift card would be a little weird but a Starbucks card would be great.

    Post # 10
    11593 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I think it’s very strange to give a teacher a massage gift card.  Starbucks would be nice, though.

    Post # 11
    8847 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

    I used to teach college classes and I would have been psyched to get that from a student, for what it’s worth. Ditto for Starbucks / amazon / etc. I would wait until the very end of the semester though – even if you have a good relationship with her, you wouldn’t want it to seem like a bribe in any way. 

    Post # 12
    1377 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2015

    I teach at a large university. Our policy is that we cannot accept gifts of any sort, as it leads to questioning of bribing, etc….though it may be obvious that it isn’t. I would also be a little flabbergasted to get a large gift card for a massage, as it would seem too much and a bit too personal (though, heck yes I’d use that). I agree that you should probably wait til after finals are in or next semester, and get a general spa card (though personally I think Starbucks is a better idea). 

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