As I highlighted in my story, experiencing the gift giving norms of another culture can be delightful.Wine / chocolates If you do decide to give a gift, in Australia wine is considered a safe, socially neutral choice.
For that reason I say that chocolates are probably a safer choice. Home baked goods The key advantage of the wine / chocolate gift is that they are meant to be consumed.
Unless of course the giftee is watching their weight, has a gluten intolerance, or is allergic to food preservatives … An expensive, permanent gift may be more of a burden than a pleasure.
The little plate has sat on my bookshelf ever since and is often a subject of discussion when colleagues visit me.
Last year at this time I did a post on what to buy a Ph D student for Christmas, so I thought I’d continue the tradition this year with one on gifts for supervisors.
Make sure you ask more than one as opinions may vary.
Finally: just because certain behaviour is considered ‘normal’ doesn’t mean you have to normal.If you are in doubt, maybe just write them a Christmas card. Are you studying in another country and therefore living in a different ‘gift culture’ than you are used to?What do you think is the appropriate gift giving etiquette for the supervisor student relationship?Five years ago, a student gave me a little brass plate on a stand with an etched view of Hong Kong harbour.I am no stranger to the odd bottle of wine or box of chocolates, but a little brass plate on a stand was unexpected kind of gift from a student.Some people were not sure they wanted to give their supervisor a gift because the relationship was strained.