(Closed) NWR: Friend's dad in bad accident, what can I send?

posted 5 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 3
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2623 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I think dropping off a casserole that can be eaten right away or frozen for another day. They are not going to feel like cooking likely and will appreciate a good meal at their disposal.

Even better would be to drop off a couple of smaller casseroles to fill their freezer/fridge or drop one off each Sunday for a few weeks as they get used to life at home. That and people tend to reach out in the first week, but forget they are still struggling a month later and longer.

I like actual food better than a grocery gift card because it doesnt seem so charity-like. Plus then they do not have to spend the time and effort of shopping for a meal.  

(EDIT: casserole ideas such lasagna, mexican lasasgna, enchiladas, baked ziti, chili or other soup, stuffed peppers, etc)

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Are you a decent cook? If so, food. Preferably food that can be frozen and easily reheated.

Post # 5
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

Not flowers.  Casseroles for the family is a great idea because they probably won’t have the time or energy to cook anything.

Post # 6
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1021 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I think a gift card for a restaurant is a really good idea. Something that is close to their house and has a “to go” option, in case they prefer that. He will most likely appreciate any opportunity to get out of the house after awhile. 

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Agree with the casserole ideas!

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Dinner is always appreciated, whether you cook or give them the $$ to go out. 

Is he going to be cooped up at home for a while?  Maybe a gift basket of stuff to keep him entertained?  Crosswords, snacks, candy, a few bottles of water.  You could put it together yourself and drop it off for a lot less than anyone would charge you to deliver it.  Just pick up a basket or tub (something they could use afterwards, even, like a magazine holder), and go around Target picking up stuff that you’d like to munch on or play with if you were stuck in bed.  You could even throw in smaller giftcards for Redbox or food places, depending how much you wanted to spend. 

I love flowers, but guys seldom appreciate them as much.  I know my husband would like a giftcard to BWW much more.  His wife would probably appreciate a GC for a pedi if she’s going to have to take care of him.  You could really go anywhere with it – and anything that shows you’re thinking of them will be appreciated!

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper

Yes, a basket of goodies is always a good idea for the home stuck person. Casseroles and dinners are also great so the family doesn’t have to cook for the first few days of adjustments of him being home.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

When my fiance’s brother passed away this summer, my colleagues sent us a basket of snack foods – chocolates, cookies, crackers and so on. It was really appreciated – we were all exhausted and craving comfort food, and it was nice to have quick snacks around for the times we didn’t feel like cooking a meal or ordering takeout. More than anything, though, it was the thoughtfulness that touched us. Though anything you send will be appreciated, I’m sure, I agree with the above posters – don’t send flowers, send food! 

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Bostongrl25:  How about ordering delivery for them from a local pizza place. Ask for a half restaurant tray of baked ziti to be dropped off. 

Post # 13
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1427 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I agree with the food option like other bees suggested; since you’re 2 hours away; what about gift cards to a local restaurant or call around to see if there is a dinner delivery service in their area that you can “gift” a week or X amount of dinners for them. Also some goodies for the caretakers would be much appreciated… if its his wife taking care of him maybe a massage gift certificate for her too.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Lately I’ve been sending gift baskets from organic food delivery companies… they’ve been going over really, really well.  Most have an option to send the current week’s fruit/veggie box, plus some other things like cheese, snack foods, bread, etc.  It helps the finances of the recipient, plus keeps them eating well when they’re stressed out!

The last one I sent included some salsa, chips, cheese, chocolate and a mix of fruit and veggies.  

Post # 15
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

@MrsBot:  +1  Bonus if they also deliver.

Post # 16
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I agree with food.

And include paper/plastic plates and utensils! So they don’t have to wash dishes.

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