January 14, 2007,
A. asks from Southlake, TX on January 13, 2007
Gift for 2 Yr Old in Hospital
My best friend's 2 year old is having surgery on the base of his skull this week (for Arnold Kiera Malformation). He will be in ICU for several days and in a regular room for a week or so after that. They live out of state and I am trying to think of something I could send him to make his hospital stay a little less awful. I thought a basket of snacks for the parents would be great or some balloons to brighten his room. Any ideas?
S.B. answers from Seattle on January 14, 2007
I would send something fun for him to do, to take his mind off being in the hospital. Travel-size games or books or coloring books, that kind of thing. You could also send a cookie bouquet, sort of like Trinity's idea of a candy bouquet. Cookies by Design has awesome cookies...I think their website is www.cookiesbydesign.com. They are everywhere, and its something the whole family would enjoy. I hope all goes well with the surgery!
T.H. answers from Dallas on January 14, 2007
Magnetic playset. My daugher received one as a gift when she had surgery. It was a great distraction for her to play with. And everything was contained in a small tin. Hers was one that you could change the back ground and dress up diffrent animals in costumes. Magnetic playsets have all kinds diffrent Themes you can find. Tranportaion, dress up, farms, and well know charater themes. Thomas at the Railyard Magnetic Playset
By Imaginetics might be a good one for a boy. It is around $8 dollars.
We will say prayers for your friends this week.
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T.L. answers from Dallas on January 13, 2007
My daughter had eye surgery a few years ago and my brother sent one of those Vermont Teddy Bears to her. She LOVED it and it still sits on her dresser today. It came complete in a hospital gown with a bandage on its arm and a 'get well' banner he was holding. Very cute. I think balloons would be nice, or even a candy bouquet (even though I doubt his parents would let him eat a quarter of it! LOL). There used to be a Candy Bouquet on Hulen in SWFW and they make the cutest gifts. I bought one for my SIL when she had her son so it all contained blue candy. Very cute too. Just a thought! Good luck!
A. answers from Dallas on January 13, 2007
I think it is great that you are putting lots of thought into a gift for this rough time. Maybe a "family fun" package filled with a few snacks, some simple games, maybe some fun character cards, and for sure a mini magna doodle. Those are always a big hit! There are lots of fun crayons and markers (they even make the mini sized ones) and coloring books, even I like to color with the kids every once in a while. And some bright books might do the trick! I am sure anything that you do will be perfect, after all you are her best friend! I hope all goes wel with the surgery!
J.C. answers from Dallas on January 14, 2007
well maybe one of those little leap pads n some things he can do while he is in his room.....just an idea!!!I hope all goes well!!!
A.D. answers from Dallas on January 13, 2007
I think anything you could do or send to let the family know you love them and that you're thinking of them would be well received...
anything from a journal for a mom to pour her heart out in... to a favorite photo.... snacks... book of prayers.... stuffed animal that has a bandage wrapped around it's head too (like she'll have afterwards)... sounds kinda corny but my friend's little one had leukemia and had to have a shunt put in her chest for the chemo treatments... and she got a stuffed animal with a shunt in it too so that she had a chemo buddy... making her the treatments even just a little less unbearable was something heartfelt and that showed she cared....
seriously, though, anything you can think of that will help the family... I'm sure it'd be well received.