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Visiting a co-worker in hospital - what is a good gift?

if you are male and your co-worker also is, what is a good gift to bring?
Flowers? Not the best idea I guess. Please help me think. Thank you...
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Old 28.05.2015, 12:40
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Re: Visiting a co-worker in hospital - what is a good gift?

A toiletries bag with things like fresh wipes, light perfume spray, Body Lotion from a brand like Dove or Nivea & a face cloth/ small towel. Depends what they're in hospital for. You can't normally shower if you have had an operation so something to keep you feeling fresh is nice.
I wouldn't take flowers 'cos of hygiene & allergies and food as they may be on a controlled diet. Even if they don't use the toiletries, they can always take them home to use later. But I wouldn't get anything strong or an expensive brand that they might not like, just something quite neutral.
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Old 28.05.2015, 12:45
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A toiletries bag with things like fresh wipes, light perfume spray, Body Lotion from a brand like Dove or Nivea & a face cloth/ small towel. Depends what they're in hospital for. You can't normally shower if you have had an operation so something to keep you feeling fresh is nice.
I wouldn't take flowers 'cos of hygiene & allergies and food as they may be on a controlled diet. Even if they don't use the toiletries, they can always take them home to use later. But I wouldn't get anything strong or an expensive brand that they might not like, just something quite neutral.
Not sure you read the post properly - as a guy my reaction to receiving this would be or .

Depends how long the stay is - the normal guy gift of a sixpack isn't really cool in hospital, something to read would be OK. Personally I wouldn't take anything except my company, I've no idea why visiting a friend always seems to require some sort of gift these days.
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Old 28.05.2015, 12:48
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Re: Visiting a co-worker in hospital - what is a good gift?

Books.
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Re: Visiting a co-worker in hospital - what is a good gift?

Yes, I did read it. There are some very nice male toiletries around. You don't have to stink like an old donkey or not use toiletries just because you have a penis. When you stay in hospital you may be bed ridden & if you have stray people like co-workers coming to visit in addition to family, friends etc, unless you are actually trying to put them off visiting again because of your odor, it's pleasant to have something to wipe, spray & smooth on to prevent dry skin, chapped lips etc.
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Id go for books or magazines too.
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Good idea. Or maybe magazines on his favorite hobby. And chocolate! Depending on what he is in hospital for of course.

Edit... Great minds think alike Melusine.
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Re: Visiting a co-worker in hospital - what is a good gift?

books or chocolate.
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Re: Visiting a co-worker in hospital - what is a good gift?

Grapes. You can never go wrong with grapes.

And allergies or dietry restrictions won't matter, 'cos you'll eat them all while you're there anyway.
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Re: Visiting a co-worker in hospital - what is a good gift?

Depends what he's in for, if it's not serious, bottle of booze, if not chocolates !
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...Depends how long the stay is - the normal guy gift of a sixpack isn't really cool in hospital...
Oh but it is though. When I was recovering from surgery NickAtBasel and another chap came round with beers. We asked the nurse if I could have any, and she went and checked - but unfortunately the doctor advised against it. So they drank it themselves.

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Grapes. You can never go wrong with grapes....
Seconded. Not much mess, easy to eat.
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Re: Visiting a co-worker in hospital - what is a good gift?

Let's see what I could have had use for.
Toiletries? Brought them my self or were brought by my relatives pretty soon.
Flowers? Nice to look, but better from my GF.
Magazines? Yepp, distraction as TV had no time shift. You just have to know what he likes, Cars, Motorcycle, Travel, Fitness, Photography, Computer, so many to choose from.
Book? Could have downloaded one on my pad if needed. And then one which I really liked.
Food? Yes, some fresh fruits. And you can even share with your visitors.
Chocolate? Nah. I like it but I is not a necessarily. For other it may be different.
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Re: Visiting a co-worker in hospital - what is a good gift?

Hello all,

thank you very much for your input - good ideas!
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Re: Visiting a co-worker in hospital - what is a good gift?

This actually makes me wonder who you would visit & do you ask beforehand to check if they want visitors? I wouldn't even think about visiting a co-worker unless there was some personal connection or you want him/her to answer questions about work whilst recovering. I've been in hospital twice for serious ops & neither time did I want anyone visiting except immediate family. But the person in the next bed the 1st time around thought it was a playground combined with train station for anyone that knew them which is very hard to cope with (to be polite) when you have just got out of intensive care.
What are your experiences & opinions?
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Old 28.05.2015, 15:12
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This actually makes me wonder who you would visit & do you ask beforehand to check if they want visitors? I wouldn't even think about visiting a co-worker unless there was some personal connection or you want him/her to answer questions about work whilst recovering. I've been in hospital twice for serious ops & neither time did I want anyone visiting except immediate family. But the person in the next bed the 1st time around thought it was a playground combined with train station for anyone that knew them which is very hard to cope with (to be polite) when you have just got out of intensive care.
What are your experiences & opinions?
This. I would never consider visiting a colleague in hospital, nor would I expect it of them.
Unless you're very good friends as well though, but then that would be visiting a mate, wouldn't it?
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Old 28.05.2015, 15:21
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Re: Visiting a co-worker in hospital - what is a good gift?

What`s wrong with visiting a work colleague in hospital? Shows you take the time - which not everyone does. And could make them feel good.
We take it for granted people will have enough visitors, when they may actually have none.


Some fruit and nuts? If they can`t eat them they can offer it to their other visitors or patients who can. Anything actually, it`s the thought that counts.
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Old 28.05.2015, 16:07
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Re: Visiting a co-worker in hospital - what is a good gift?

Depends a lot on what they're in for, and for how long. Plants /flowers are good, and yes, even for men, but won't normally be allowed in ICU, for example, so check in advance.

Beer may be good for some, fruit possibly, but there's a risk inherent in either.

The main issue for anyone in for more than a day is boredom, though, so magazines or books, newspapers from home, particularly things they might not always read. Or games, a pack of cards anything that occupies time really.
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The main issue for anyone in for more than a day is boredom, though, so magazines or books, newspapers from home, particularly things they might not always read. Or games, a pack of cards anything that occupies time really.
Boredom, it is great to have visitor(s), they do not have to stay long. Hopefully arrive with some news of outside world to hospital and have some things to laugh about.

In answer 'neddy' I was in hospital once, that was close to my workplace and yes I was delighted my close friend work colleague came to visit several times. Long time ago now, either others also visited & I daresay the first one to visit me, asked if ok for the other(s) to visit or sent their well wishes - if there was someone I did not want to see, then I would have said do not encourage to visit me.

Without asking OP for further details I presume he knows he will be welcome.
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Old 28.05.2015, 17:25
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Re: Visiting a co-worker in hospital - what is a good gift?

When I have long stays in the hospital (rather frequently) I really hate to have visitors. The generic chatter is always irritating and the faux-sympathetic patronizing tone makes me feel worse.

I'm always happy with the my laptop to catch up on my gaming---even more fun once pumped full of cool drugs!

Of course that's just me, I'm sure there are many who do appreciate the visits. But there's all sorts of people.

For guy gifts, new magazines are a great go-to gift. --if they like that kinda stuff.
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Re: Visiting a co-worker in hospital - what is a good gift?

You can't take grapes - it's not grape season here!
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