I'm work for a global professional services firm, which I'm leaving in the next few weeks. I'm wanting to do something for one of my managers who went out of his way on several occasions to help me deal with issues I was having with directors and other senior management in the firm. I'm thinking maybe a gift, but I'm a bit stumped to what it could be.
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If the person is above you in the hierarchy, a physical gift should be a token, if anything. Something consumable, like chocolates or (not always appropriate) wine. Nothing permanent or super personal like jewelry or a framed picture of yourself. Nothing money-equivalent like a restaurant gift certificate.
In that position I would value a thankyou note that was reasonably specific about the behaviours you're thanking for, less
Thanks for your support and encouragement
You put in so much effort to teach me X and I am grateful for that. Also, the introduction to Y and the opportunity to Z will have a long lasting impact on my career. One of my regrets about leaving this firm is that we won't work together directly, but I hope [we can stay in touch, or we see each other at conferences, or we get a chance to work together somehow in the future.] I will keep your [particular strength such as dignity, enthusiasm, commitment, etc] as a model for myself that I hope to reach over my career. Thanks again for everything.
If I got a note like that, I would barely notice if it was attached to a physical present or not.