I would like to surprise a friend in Washington, D.C. for his birthday with a special treat; however, it's a donut made in a mom-and-pop store here in Dallas, and I won't be flying up there anytime soon. Can you help me figure out a hack for this?
I figure there are two possible solutions here:
1. Purchase the treats here and ship them via some sort of delivery service, like FedEx. I'm not sure if this is the best idea, since his favorite donut
is super-messy. I'm worried it will get crushed and arrive stale unless it's packaged in something like a styrofoam clamshell... has anyone done this? If so, can you recommend any best practices for me? (The local shop doesn't ship items, so I'd be packaging it myself).
2. Find a bakery or donut shop willing to recreate the specific types of donuts he likes best (or already makes a close-enough version) locally in the D.C. area. It would be awesome if they delivered, too, but I have some friends in Baltimore willing to make a pick-up and delivery on my behalf if necessary.
This friend recently quit his full-time job to care for two elderly housebound relatives with rapidly failing health; one of them has dementia and cannot be left alone for very long, so I'd prefer the treats to go directly to him, if that's possible. Thank you!