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Are any of you who are applying for residencies getting a small gift or writing thank you cards for your references who write your letters of recommendation? I'm not sure which to do or what is appropriate, but I do want to thank them in some way for writing the letters.
 

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Are any of you who are applying for residencies getting a small gift or writing thank you cards for your references who write your letters of recommendation? I'm not sure which to do or what is appropriate, but I do want to thank them in some way for writing the letters.

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Are any of you who are applying for residencies getting a small gift or writing thank you cards for your references who write your letters of recommendation? I'm not sure which to do or what is appropriate, but I do want to thank them in some way for writing the letters.

Last year I wrote thank you notes to all of my recommenders. I heard of other people giving gift cards but I didn't feel right doing it, even if it was a $10 card. At the minimum a thank you note is a must! Good luck!
 

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A gave a box of chocolate to my recommender, she mentioned that she wanted it jokingly...
 

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I think giving a gift card is a little bit too much: it might look like a bribe (in my personal opinion). Thank you card should be sufficient and is probably more professional.
 

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I gave all of the people who wrote letters of recommendation for me a little gift basket along with a thank you note. I gave the gifts after they had all submitted their letters so it shouldn't seem like a bribe or anything. It is a lot of work to write all of those letters and I wanted to show my appreciation for the time they took to do it.
 

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I waited until after the letters had been sent out and then wrote a thank you and gave a starbucks gift card. However, I don't think its really necessary to give anything if you don't feel comfortable doing it. Its really not expected.
 
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