Thank you gift ideas for an almost-lawyer
February 27, 2017 9:05 PM   Subscribe

I'm after suggestions for a thank you present to someone who helped draft a response to a performance review I didn't agree with. I want it to be of value proportional to the advice one would receive from a law graduate who is not yet registered as a lawyer (because that's what she is).

In terms of her interests:

- Professional - still not sure what she wants to do. She has tossed up medicine, nurse working in a GP practice, bioethics, drug approval applications to the federal regulatory agency, and has recently taken out a patent for a medical device (which I can't discuss because it's very early days). So I guess either science or the junction of science and law.
- Personal - she's in the process of moving back to the country with her partner who's a GP. She's also recently acquired a pet bird. Her personal interests include restoration of antique furniture, cooking (all sorts of cuisine), piano, and wine. When we last talked (it's been about 6 weeks due to both of us being extremely busy) she was also considering learning a language together with her partner, and they were deciding between French and German.

As she's a spontaneous cook (plus given how much she's helped me) I don't think a cookbook alone is quite up to the mark. I don't know the first thing about restoring antique furniture but it sounds like a promising gift idea. I will give wine anyway, so I'm really after suggestions for the something extra. Thanks for your ideas!
posted by glache to Human Relations (6 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
How about a gift box of interesting spices from Penzey's? It would be a good match with her interest in spontaneous cooking from diverse cuisines and they are available at different price points.
posted by metahawk at 9:53 PM on February 27, 2017

@metahawk sorry I should clarify, I'm in Australia, so anything that is non-location specific (or won't cost a fortune to ship from the US) would be great. Thanks for the idea though, I should see if there's an Australian equivalent
posted by glache at 10:30 PM on February 27, 2017

Herbie's has spice kits.
posted by furtive_jackanapes at 10:45 PM on February 27, 2017 [1 favorite]

Gewurzhaus is another Aus option. I've received spices from there in similar circumstances. Also wine.
posted by Trivia Newton John at 12:58 AM on February 28, 2017

I think she might enjoy Harold McGee's incredible book: "On Food and Cooking: The Science and Lore of the Kitchen", and a bottle of Champagne (a non-vintage from Pol Roger, Laurent Perrier, Veuve, or Bollinger).
posted by travellingincognito at 3:15 AM on February 28, 2017 [1 favorite]

I follow this lovely account, The Agrarian Kitchen, on Instagram. They are a farm-based cooking school in Tasmania and have classes and workshops. Perhaps a paid workshop for her to attend? Or something in a similar vein wherever she's located in Australia might be an "experience" gift she'd enjoy.
posted by Everydayville at 11:43 AM on February 28, 2017

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