grandma needs a present this christmas. i like to send something special and food oriented in her care package, but her diabetes is not good, and she has diverticulitis. she is not a cook, never has claimed to be, so cookbooks and tools are out. would much rather eat from a package and a microwave (which is part of the problem..) i have to be able to send something that will not spoil - can take up to 10 days to get to her. so far all i can come up with is a good decaf tea selection from teavana, which is not a bad present, but would like to include more... ideas from the CH special diets board friends will all be considered! thanks!
How mobile/physically capable is she? Some Progresso soup varieties are low carb, as are some boxed and jarred soups. If she can open a jar/can, these are good options.
Wasa and some good nut butters might be welcome if she can manage to open the jars. Parmesan or Asiago or aged gouda cheese will ship well without refrigeration, too.
If she drives, she might welcome a gift certificate to a local, healthy restaurant.
Does Grandma manage her own living situation? If so, a variety of gadgets to OPEN things might be welcome: 1) A good can opener that doesn't require a lot of hand strength. 2) A J-shaped opener for pulling off zip tops from cans. 3) A thingie for opening pill bottles of different types. 4) Another thingie for opening pill blister packs (which are impossibly tedious to do one at a time otherwise). You might even throw in a pill cutter with different-shaped templates for splitting pills. Check out catalogs specializing in things to help seniors---Dr Leonard or Easy Comfort. As a senior I can tell you that nothing is more frustrating than not being able to get something open that you need.