What is an appropriate gift to give one's advisor after filing a PhD dissertation and graduating?
Crap - I graduate in a few days and I realized that I didn't get my advisor any gifts.
I have learned via the Internetz that it is traditional to do a bound copy of my dissertation. However, it is 2012 and I find paper books wasteful. I don't know if my advisor would be happy to have a bound copy or not. (I guess that I could ask him though - is that weird to ask him?)
Factors at hand:
We are social scientists.
He is/was a wonderful and supportive advisor.
I have a great and close relationship with my advisor and we will remain close (I expect) and have lots of co-authoring to do in the future.
I always write him thank you notes for letters of rec, gave him an orchid/bottle of wine/some gourmet food after my qualifying exams, wrote a long thank you note after my dissertation defense, etc.
I am currently employed, which might put me in a different financial situation than a regular grad student.
I don't live in the same city anymore, so I only see him every few months, but we talk via email a few times a week.
He loves plants. I don't know anything about plants, but I could ask someone at a plant store for some assistance. He likes Calvin and Hobbes a lot. He really loves film. He has a sharp sense of humor. He is in his early 60s.
is also a contender, although he might think that I am putting myself down.