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.
When I asked on Twitter what people were buying their Ph D supervisor I was surprised by the range of different responses.
In Australia, being a non drinker is considered a weird thing (I know – it says something about our culture doesn’t it?
) therefore people may never tell you they don’t drink. So here is my problem: I’ll have the odd glass of something, but Mr Thesis Whisperer doesn’t drink at all, so there’s no occasion to open the gifted bottles of wine at home.
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So I thought I would just tell you about the four types of responses I got and leave it up to you to decide what to do!
Nothing I’ll admit I was surprised when some people questioned the idea of buying a present at all.
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