When I asked on Twitter what people were buying their Ph D supervisor I was surprised by the range of different responses.Some people had no idea what to buy and expressed interest in such a post because the etiquette for this situation is so opaque.) 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.I don’t want to use them to cook with as that seems rude, so I have a shelf full of bottles of wine which lovely people have given me that I have never got around to consuming.First there is the question of taste, as illustrated in this clip from the Big Bang Theory where Amy gives Penny a huge painting for teaching her how to be ‘cool’: The rest of the episode revolves around Penny hiding her horrified reaction to the ugly painting and her efforts to avoid hanging it in her house, but in such a way that she wont hurt Amy’s feelings.However sometimes, like Amy, we want to give a gift that shows how much we care and value our teachers; store bought wine and/or chocolates can feel like a cop out.The random webcam chat room niche continues to live on and prosper, with a vibrant community of websites available for your chatting pleasure!
In Australia, being a non drinker is considered a weird thing (I know – it says something about our culture doesn’t it?
Have a look at this post on Christmas baking for some ideas.
Just make sure you don’t give your supervisor food poisoning…
I can whip through a whole draft in a couple of afternoons, sitting by the pool watching Thesis Whisperer Jnr swim, but find it stressful to do this kind of thing during the year, when I come home from work tired.
Check first though – not every supervisor finds wielding the big red pen a fun way to spend their down time.