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Old 10-05-2010, 03:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Thank you gift for a loan

I recently started a new job as a teacher. Long story short, I have the opportunity to earn college credit and the school will reimburse me for the tuition, but I have to pay up front. I wanted to take advantage of the opportunity, but I hit a financial rough spot. Explaining this situation to a fellow teacher that I barely knew, he cut me a check on the spot for the fees and told me to pay him back whenever it was convenient. I was floored, because I wasn't asking him to loan me money, I was just venting.

Basically, I am paying him back this Friday and I would like to include an extra small gift as a thank you. It can't be too expensive (I'm still broke!) and I don't want it to be too personal, since we are both single and close in age and I don't want him to get the wrong impression. I've thought about maybe cooking something (cookies, brownies, etc) or taking him out for lunch on me during one of the teacher inservices, but I feel like those are both too personal. Anyone have any suggestions?
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Old 10-05-2010, 03:59 PM   #2 (permalink)
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bottle of wine?
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Old 10-05-2010, 04:02 PM   #3 (permalink)
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bottle of wine?
He's the agricultural tech teacher.. wine's not really his thing, haha.. Maybe a case of beer?
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Old 10-05-2010, 04:04 PM   #4 (permalink)
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brownies/cookies. everyone likes those.
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Old 10-05-2010, 04:20 PM   #5 (permalink)
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A thank-you note and a commitment to "pay it forward."
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Old 10-05-2010, 05:24 PM   #6 (permalink)
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You think cookies are too personal? I always thought they were something you randomly make for friends, which it sounds like this guy has become. There's definitely no sexual connotation behind cookies.

It's an Ag teacher? How about a new pair of gardening/work gloves?
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Old 10-05-2010, 05:42 PM   #7 (permalink)
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A thank-you note and a commitment to "pay it forward."
When I was in a similar situation, this is what I did.
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Old 10-05-2010, 06:18 PM   #8 (permalink)
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gift card - possibly his favorite restaurant
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Old 10-05-2010, 10:31 PM   #9 (permalink)
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The obvious: How about some interest on top of that loan payment?

Better: Something he needs for the classroom? New pointer or something.

Maybe cover one of his detention shifts?
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Old 10-12-2010, 09:58 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Hell, to me, somebody paying me back is thanks enough. Just thank him and take him to Taco Bell or something affordable.
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Old 10-12-2010, 10:34 AM   #11 (permalink)
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So we've already said "no" to sex?

I like baked goods.
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Old 10-13-2010, 10:32 AM   #12 (permalink)
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You think cookies are too personal? I always thought they were something you randomly make for friends, which it sounds like this guy has become. There's definitely no sexual connotation behind cookies.
Just try not to make the cookies penis-shaped and you'll be fine.
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Old 10-13-2010, 11:24 AM   #13 (permalink)
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A thank-you note and a commitment to "pay it forward."
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When I was in a similar situation, this is what I did.
Same.

To this very day I still pay it forward as often as I can because of one individual who did something nice for me one day.
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Old 10-14-2010, 01:33 AM   #14 (permalink)
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I don't think you should send a gift either; as someone said, he's just doing his job. What would be better, though, is 1) send him a card thanking him and telling him you'll send more customers, and 2) send a note to his boss, telling him what a great job he did; maybe it will be reflected one day in a pay increase, and at least look good on his record.
Did you read the OP? Both people are teachers. Who are the customers? The students?
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