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Thank You Gift Suggestions

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I have just finished a project on which a team member gave me a lot of help. I have never actually met the woman - all our contact has been on the phone or computer. I know that she likes to eat but, according to her, can't cook worth a d***. I would like to send her something inexpensive to show my appreciation for her help. Usually I would send flowers but my favorite local flower shop closed an I am still feeling too bad about it to order flowers from anyone else. Does anyone have have any food suggestions that don't require cooking? I really need to spend less than $50 - the more less than the better. She lives in Tennessee and has a husband and 2 children if that is any help with thinking of appropriate stuff.

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  1. Nevermind my original answer; I misread the OP.

    1. i usually make chocolate bark and throw it in a mason jar. get a "thank you" sticker and slap it right on the jar.
      all bark requires is knowing how to use a microwave..I thin baked goods are the way you have to go...mailing anything else is a disaster waiting to happen.
      you can also do cupcakes in jars!

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      1. re: babbabooey

        How do you make chocolate bark? Wave a dog bicuit in the air?

        Actually, the following was very clear and looked good!


      2. I would go online and find a restaurant near her and get her a gift certificate.. If someone who I have never met in person and/or seen their kitchen mailed me anything he or she had baked, it would go right in the trash.

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        1. re: southernitalian

          I just went back to reread the original post...I somehow missed that this was not someone Fiona knew. Nix the homemade cookies. I would NEVER eat something from someone I didn't know. I don't even like eating stuff when coworkers bring food to work.

          I think a gift certificate to a nearby restaurant, as another poster suggested, is a very good idea.

          1. re: ttoommyy

            Just curious -- why wouldn't you eat cookies baked by someone you didn't know? I mean, what, in particular, would you be afraid of?

            1. re: visciole

              It's not a question of being afraid, per se...just the thought of eating something made by someone I don't freaks me out. Actually, I know a lot of people like this. And yes, I eat in restaurants, but to me that is different. It's all a very psychological thing. Really not based in anything physical that ever happened to me.

              1. re: ttoommyy

                Interesting, because I have more faith in an individual who bakes cookies, even if I don't know them, than I do in a restaurant, unless I'm familiar with the restaurant's quality. I would rather eat John or Jane Doe's cookies than cookies from a random restaurant, but I guess we're all different and that's what makes life interesting.

        2. A few years ago, I read about Pittman Davis on Chowhound and have been ordering every since. They have Cara Cara Oranges right now as well as some gorgeous Mandarins. The least expensive packages are around $28. I've generally been thrilled with their quantity though their ruby grapefruit was not as outstanding as usual this year.

          I would not recommend a home made gift and I don't think that was the direction you were headed.

          1. if you want to order something via mail, edible arrangements is always nice,

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            1. re: babbabooey

              have to disagree. My father-in-law received one of those when my mother-in-law died, and I thought it was a bit tacky.

              1. re: babbabooey

                That's a great name! (babbabooey, not edible arrangements which i agree are kind of tacky).

              2. Fairytale brownies are quite good. http://www.brownies.com/

                Someone else on here recently recomended http://www.europebread.com/ which I haven't tried... YET!

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                1. re: Foodie in Friedberg

                  I used to give Fairytale brownies every year as gifts for the holidays, but then I tasted them again two years in a row and stopped. They have no taste, they're just heavy, sugary and oily. Don't know what happened to the flavors.

                  I have sent Edible Arrangements since seeing the excitement when a thank you one was sent to the food bank where I volunteered. Folks usually love them, they're not sophisticated, but they are cute, and the fruit has always tasted ripe and good. I've sent them on occasion, but usually to somewhere there are a lot of folks to eat the fruit before long.

                  1. re: mcf

                    re: edible arrangements, here's the reason it wasn't great as a mourning gift. This was not a situation where there were dozens of people around, just the immediate family. We get this big thing and obviously it won't fit in the fridge, so we have to take it apart, cut up the cantaloupe and all, store it away, and it was a lot of fruit for a half dozen people. I know the thought was there, and that was certainly recognized, but unless it can be eaten *right away* it becomes a trouble to take care of. And obviously in our situation, taking care of food was not at the top of our priority list.

                    1. re: DGresh

                      I guess it's not wise to send even the smallest arrangement unless you know there will be a crowd, that's a good point.

                2. I go with the gift card idea. Probably even get recs right here on CH.

                  1. How about some fancy chocolate? I havent tried it but johnandkiras.com are on my to-buy list--and there are lots of other good options out there too. That seems like a good all purpose gift.