January 19, 2014 5:28 AM Subscribe
What are appropriate gifts for departments of 15-30 people that aren't chocolate, don't require baking, and won't break a poor student's budget?
posted by cucumber patch to Shopping (13 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
This is a follow-up from a previous question
, in which you guys were extremely helpful and made the rest of the sample collection period much easier. I'd now like to give something to the 3 or 4 departments I was around the most, to show my appreciation for their help. Boxes of chocolates seem to be the norm, though all I can afford are small under-$5 ones from a Costco type store (they are nice chocolates though, I've tried them). I talked to one of the nurses and she said that they do love getting chocolates, but implied they have a lot left over from the holiday period, so much so that they have a stockpile cupboard. They have their use (sweetening up the postgrads, apparently) but I guess I would feel bad giving them more chocolate if that's all they usually get.
I'd like to give them more than just a thank you card. I asked my friends and they responded with "other types of candy", "baked goods" (cookies maybe? are they equally expensive?), and appealing to my strengths, "draw something! draw your face and frame it" (hmm.. no). What else would be appropriate? Or should I just focus my gift-giving on the department my research project officially falls under?