What is a good gift for someone going through a hard time?
September 15, 2011 5:29 PM Subscribe
One of the people at my job had to quit due to a heart attack. I volunteered to buy a gift on behalf of the office, but I have no idea what to get. What should I get for someone who is sick and probably in a dire financial situation?
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One of the custodians in my office had a heart attack and now cannot return to work. She's never had a ton of money, but has always shown kindness to me and my coworkers. She even bought me a giant box of diapers after the birth of my daughter.
I'm kind of torn between getting her something nice and getting her something she needs. I could give her a fruit bouquet or one of those tea sets she collects, but from talking to a few people it sounds like she could use help paying bills instead.
My company will reimburse me for about $50-$75 and I'll put in an additional $50 of my own money. Our sister company bought her a grocery store card, which I think was a little impersonal, but probably not a bad choice.
I think sending cash would be presumptuous (and wouldn't work for the company's share). What else could I send that would work for someone going through a tough time? I really like this lady and miss her.