Post # 1
I am taking a challenging class and my professor has helped me so much to do well and succeed. You can certainly tell she loves to help her students and encourages us to email or call her whenever we need help (even if it’s at 2am in morning!) She seems to work harder than any of us students do! I have noticed how stressed out she has been since this semester is coming to an end. I would like to give her a gift card for a massage to say thanks for all the help she’s given me. She definitely deserves some relaxation time.
I am curious to know if it would be weird to give my professor a gift card for a massage. My friend said it would be creepy. Any thoughts about this? I would love it if you guys could let me know if it is appropriate or not! If it is, could you suggest other thank you gifts that promote relaxation? Any feedback would be appreciated! Thanks in advance!
Post # 2
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
I think it’s very strange to give a teacher a massage gift card. Starbucks would be nice, though.
Post # 11
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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
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).
Post # 13
I will buy her a $10 gift card for Starbucks instead and write a nice thank you note. Thanks all! I appreciate the insight!