Q: I am a student research assistant and I’ve worked with my professor for about a year and half on his book which he recently just published. I was wondering is their a traditional gift someone give to a scholarly person who has just published their first book? Where might I look to find such information on finding this sort of tradition?
A: There’s no one traditional or appropriate gift to give someone who has just published his first book. Every situation is different. Nonetheless, since you have worked with your professor, you might consider a reference book or a desk accessory or a book he would enjoy reading, a CD, DVD or even something related to a favorite interest. The possibilities are endless. You might also consider asking one of his colleagues for ideas, but this is only a suggestion.