Post # 1
My co-workers husband is in critical condition. I don’t have a lot of details but my guess is that it’s not looking good. My other co-worker and I would like to send her something just so that she knows we’re thinking of her.
We’re friendly at work but I’ve never seen her outside of the office so it’s not like some meals or a handmade gift basket would really work. It will have to be something that we can order online and have shipped to her. I’d rather not go the floral route but I’m kind of stumped.
Post # 3
Edible fruit arrangement? I’m really not the best gift giver so I’m kind of stumped too!
Post # 4
Maybe a nice card with a gift certificate for grocery delivery? I know that she’ll probably be incredibly busy soon.
Post # 5
Definitely a card is always welcome, but I’d steer clear of anything she has to take care of, so flowers might not be the best idea. Honestly, meals are probably a good bet- something she can throw in the microwave and be done with, although she might not feel much like eating. Maybe a stuffed something? Like a stuffed bear or something she can hug (or punch, as the need arises), with a note in the card saying something like how you can only imagine how hard what she’s going through is, and you hope something soft and huggable can bring her some measure of comfort in this difficult time.
Post # 6
@pinkfrog: This is a good idea, a stuffed animal sort of arrangement.
Post # 7
Thanks for the suggestions. We ended up sending her a Wolfermans gift basket. For those who are unfamiliar with Wolfermans, they make baskets and arrangements of specialty breads, English muffins, jams, scones, that kind of stuff. The food is actually really good and it has a decent shelf life should they not be able to enjoy it right away.
This is the basket we sent. I think she’ll appreciate it…
Post # 8
Good choice– carbs=comfort food!
Post # 9
@CEtoSAHM: My thoughts exactly.
Post # 10
@CEtoSAHM: Excellent point. I still remember my BFF showing up with my favorite bagels when my grandpa died.
Post # 11
At the very least, send a card. And, a small flower arrangement IF the hospital allows it. Otherwise, a fruit / muffin basket would likely be appreciated.
Post # 12
That was very kind of you to do.
Post # 13
Edible arrangements? Cookies by George?
Post # 14
Honestly, what if you got together with some other co-workers and had everyone get giftcards to local restaurants (like panara, quiznos, chick-fil-a, etc.) and put together a giftcard bouquet? That way she can still eat quickly but not cafeteria food and it’s a practical “I’m thinking of you” item.
ETA: You could even just drop it off at the nurses station so you don’t have to feel the need to pop in and visit (doubt you could if he’s in critical care)