What are Some Great Gift Ideas for a Dedicated Optics/Laser Physics Supervisor?

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In summary: I would say a new book on optics/lasers ...A collection of Dilbert comic strip books that satirize managment, including the famous salary theorem explaining why scientists and engineers can never make as much money as salesman and administrators.Some/all of the Piled Higher and Deeper Comics collections?In summary, a gift for a 30 year old Optics/Laser physicist who is extremely dedicated and has a budget under $60 NZD might include a book on optics/lasers, a restaurant voucher, or a gift certificate to a good humor site.
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So I'm thinking of getting a gift for my Supervisor. I did research under him for 2 years. He's fairly young (30's) and extremely dedicated to his field in Optics/Laser physics.

I'm struggling to come up with a gift idea. Hulp PF! :cry:
Budget is less than $60 New Zealand dollars.
 
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Well, maybe a gift certificate to a good restaurant.

Or, do you know any of his hobbies or interests outside of school?
 
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lisab said:
Well, maybe a gift certificate to a good restaurant.
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(I found that website accidentally and want to go there since then :frown:)

I would say a new book on optics/lasers ...
 
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A bottle of booze.
 
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oh I forgot to mention he's single, so a restaurant voucher would be awkward for him. The same with a holiday voucher.

Booze is too common of a gift...let's keep it as a "last resort".
 
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I think the food idea is good, maybe he can find a nice lady friend to take with him. Try to find a nice place that he likes, then it will seem awesome :biggrin:
 
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n0_3sc said:
Booze is too common of a gift...let's keep it as a "last resort".

What if it's undenatured optical-grade cleaning ethanol?

Or do they only use methanol. (I remember organic chemists used methanol for cleaning FT-IR lenses).
 
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How about a goldfish with a laser on its head.
 
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Good booze.
 
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A collection of Dilbert comic strip books that satirize managment, including the famous salary theorem explaining why scientists and engineers can never make as much money as salesman and administrators.
 
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Some/all of the Piled Higher and Deeper Comics collections?
http://www.phdcomics.com/

(The irony of my previous post is not lost upon me)
 
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I'm thinking of a wall clock for his new laser lab. The clock will have my results imprinted on the background since he's obsessed at how colourful and nice my data looks :P
 
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n0_3sc said:
oh I forgot to mention he's single, so a restaurant voucher would be awkward for him. The same with a holiday voucher.

Booze is too common of a gift...let's keep it as a "last resort".

Membership on some dating site? :biggrin: (Just kidding.)

Booze itself is a bit of a tacky gift, but what about some really nice beer glasses, wine glasses, brandy snifter, shot glasses, or whatever other beverageware is suitable to his taste preferences?
 
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Moonbear said:
Membership on some dating site? :biggrin: (Just kidding.)

Booze itself is a bit of a tacky gift, but what about some really nice beer glasses, wine glasses, brandy snifter, shot glasses, or whatever other beverageware is suitable to his taste preferences?
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motivational posters
 
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I found some good ones :)

http://www.cluas.com/indie-music/Portals/0/blog-images/Sound-Waves/image017.jpg
http://thegreatgeekmanual.com/image...nuary/motivational-poster-futility-wisdom.jpg
http://www.worthalaugh.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/05/motivational-poster-1.jpg
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/26/92902477_9eec03aa09.jpg
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2386/2267466188_0a6c058019.jpg
http://img247.imageshack.us/img247/4043/wifeviawwwnotafrontorgqx2.jpg
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3228/2591618662_38f0f7fb6a.jpg
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_Ev9hU0OJ8pA/Rr6y_i62zLI/AAAAAAAAAXk/uAqJrvz3T8w/s400/procrastination-motivational-poster.jpg

oops.. bit late.
 
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1. What are some affordable gift ideas for my supervisor?

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