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Old 01-26-2016, 02:43 PM   #21
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thank you for all of the wonderful ideas.

I will say, that since I'm not their boss anymore, giving them the afternoon off sounds like a great idea!
In that case give them the week off
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How about taking them out for a thank you lunch and then letting them take off a bit early? I always felt good after one of those type of days... free food, no working, and leaving early.
Sounds like the perfect gift (and maybe toss in a $50 gift card for each).
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Besides whatever gift you decide on. Be sure to supplement the gift with a framed photo of you ! Tell them to display your photo in a prime location.


What else could they possibly want.
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Old 01-26-2016, 04:31 PM   #24
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Besides whatever gift you decide on. Be sure to supplement the gift with a framed photo of you ! Tell them to display your photo in a prime location.


What else could they possibly want.
that's extra funny because at the Christmas dinner, we do a White Elephant gift exchange, and this year the one NOBODY wanted was a picture of me in my 1977 John Travolta Disco suit. That's just not right.
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Engraved stone for their desk-no. To be thoughtful, write an individual thank you card to each of them, then enclose the cash, gift card, gift certificate, whatever. One thing this 45-60 year old lady (me) never wants to see again is a useless knickknack.


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+100 on NO to the engraved stone.
We did that for a coworker, thing looked like it was a pet headstone!

Not a great gift.
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Definitely no knick knacks!

My suggestion is a personalized handwritten letter of appreciation, plus a bouquet of fresh flowers.
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+100 on NO to the engraved stone.
+1000

Thought I would add a zero.

And no to the pen idea.

We've tossed the knick knacks from previous employers (including one of those fancy pens that didn't work).
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I see that a sentimental gift is called for and not necessarily cash, since they just got lots of cash from bonus and Christmas. I'd take the cash though.
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Definitely no knick knacks!

My suggestion is a personalized handwritten letter of appreciation, plus a bouquet of fresh flowers.
The flowers would be shorter lived and less appreciated by me than any knick knack. Just my view.
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[QUOTE=EastWest Gal;1688695]Engraved stone for their desk-no. To be thoughtful, write an individual thank you card to each of them, then enclose the cash, gift card, gift certificate, whatever. One thing this 45-60 year old lady (me) never wants to see again is a useless knickknack.


I totally agree with the above. No useless triffles! Give a nice card with a personalized thank you and a gift card or cash.
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How about a mini fridge stocked with sodas, cheese, etc. (for the group).
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Another vote for no knick knacks.

I have 2 months to go and spend a few minutes every now and then cleaning out my desk...without exception, all the nick knacks that I come across are immediately tossed into the trash.
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The flowers would be shorter lived and less appreciated by me than any knick knack. Just my view.
Perhaps, but you are a man, and these employees are women. I'm a woman, and I would take the flowers any day.
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I'm not a fan of cash because it tends to just get thrown in the bank and they never know what "you bought them". I'm also not a fan of gift cards, in general, because they rope the recipient into buying from one place. But since Amazon has "everything" and whatever they ordered would come in a box to their front door, that might be a good thing. Of course they could order furnace filters or something. Then they'd remember you for a few months as something old and dusty, lol!
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Perhaps, but you are a man, and these employees are women. I'm a woman, and I would take the flowers any day.
You're right, I missed that all 4 are women.
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What, no booze suggestions yet? Here in SoCal wine is the standard thank-you gift. Even for public school teachers.

Definitely a yes on the handwritten note.

Definitely a no on the knicknacks.

Add something consumable (concert tickets, a massage, a food treat, a nice bottle of wine) to that and you're good to go.

Another option is a gift to a non-profit organization in honor of them. For example, if one of them is always going on about her dogs, a donation in her name to the local animal shelter might be a nice gift. Or dedicate a tree planting in a public park to them, or donate to the food bank, or give to Heifer Project or Unicef. They have great "gift catalogs" and provide lovely acknowledgement cards.

I had a boss who did this every year for Christmas, and I loved it. He'd give us a small gift (like a gift certificate to a local bakery) and then donate an equal amount to an organization that helped prevent hunger. It was thoughtful, meaningful, and heartfelt.
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No current silver dollars (no silver content). Try American Eagles (one ounce .999 silver) which are available in the current year. About $20 each, at today's market.

Ebay gift card could be fun if they collect anything. (And they can buy other things, too.)
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I'd vote for the group lunch or a gift card to a local restaurant. If you had pictures of everyone over the years, a memories album would be nice.
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+1000

Thought I would add a zero.

And no to the pen idea.

We've tossed the knick knacks from previous employers (including one of those fancy pens that didn't work).
+10,000

DW just threw out a bunch of those engraved, carved, paperweight things that she would get from work as an award... pure garbage.
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