How should I acknowledge my job references for helping me land the gig?
August 21, 2013 8:59 AM Subscribe
I recently started a job that I'm really excited about. Part of the reason I was hired is because I got great endorsements from my references. I'd like to send flowers to the Manhattan offices of each one, but if you have a better idea for a considerate thank you gift for three smart, accomplished women in their late 20s/early 30s, I am all ears! I want to send something nice that makes it clear how grateful I am for their confidence in me.
posted by andromache to human relations (12 answers total)
All three are in the online news industry, living in Brooklyn and working in lower Manhattan. One is a former boss and sort of mentor to me, one is a college buddy and former co-worker, and the last is an editor at a news website who I got along with, but who I don't know well enough to feel confident about buying a thoughtful gift for. My instinct is to send each a nicer-than-average bouquet (vase? bunch?) of flowers. Though I'm a guy, the relationship I have with each of them is unambiguously platonic and I don't worry that the gesture will be misinterpreted.
SO: please give me your recommendation for a tasteful flower delivery place in Soho, Wall Street, the Village, or the downtown area generally. I'd like to spend $40-80 on each--not a firm number but basically something nicer than grocery store carnations, and less fancy/corny than a dozen long-stemmed roses. I don't know a ton about flowers, so please recommend specific blooms that are in season, or combinations thereof, that send the message "Thank you so much for the help. I admire you professionally and you're a great buddy."
Alternatively, give me an idea for another non-flower thank you gift! I'm open to the idea, but as I said I don't know one of the three very well personally, so it'd need to be something popular enough that most anyone fitting her description would like it. Food is probably a no-go because of dietary restrictions, so no gift baskets (and no goddamn Edible Arrangements). I don't know if this is a thing, but I kind of like the idea of sending a flower/plant in a pot. A bouquet of flowers is pretty and all, but it always seems a little silly to me that you go to the trouble of finding and buying these gorgeous things that wither and die in a few days.
Thanks in advance!