Help!!!!!!

@jillhill (37354)
United States
December 17, 2007 4:03pm CST
Last friday night I had a party for my coworkers as our boss doesn't have a party and we just wanted to get together. I had no problem putting on the party and told everyone to just bring themselves and if they wanted something to drink other then soda to bring that. So everyone came and I had tons of food to eat....the table was loaded. Then one last girl came. It took her ten minutes to unload the car as she brought chips....a platter of veggies and dip....a platter of homemade cookies...an arrangement for my table made with fresh flowers.....a special beverage to share with everyone....and a box of Ferrero Chocolates for everyone! I was shocked that she brought all of the stuff she did and when it came time for her to go home she wanted me to keep everything she brought. Well I am going to return her platters but would like to include something special for her. I don't know her that well but do know she like jewelry.....and coffee....and I know where she likes to shop. But I would like it to be something special. Anyone have any ideas? She lives by herself and has no kids of her own. Her boyfriend is currently serving in Kosovo.....so I want to make her Christmas special! Help please!
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@foxyfire33 (10017)
• United States
18 Dec 07
Sounds like you and the other co-workers are just about all this girl has right now and so she went all out for you all. I'm sure she got a great deal of joy out of it. I liked the first response but also liked the one that mentioned a personalized coupon book. You know her better than I do so you'd have to come up with the appropriate things for it. Since you know where she likes to shop a gift card or special item from there would be nice. If you have anything that you are really good at making...food, crafts..share your talent with her as well. I really think that right now any attention would be much appreciated, this might be a very lonely time of year for her.
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@jillhill (37354)
• United States
18 Dec 07
SHe did go all out and I am not sure she could really afford it! But you are right..we pretty much are the ones she spends time with while he is gone. That is why I wanted to so something special in return. THanks for sharing your ideas!
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• United States
18 Dec 07
Do you share a friend with her. I mean a person that you both are close to? If so, get this person to find out what she would like for the holidays or her favorite food and give her that.If you don't share a friend, maybe you can ask her assistant or co worker.Good Luck.
@jillhill (37354)
• United States
18 Dec 07
It's the strangest thing. Before the party she hardly said a word at work. The night of the party she opened up like a flood gate and she hasn't stopped talking since that night. It's fun to see her now opened up. I think she knows now we all accept her....so I have gotten a few thing out of her that she would like for Christmas....I am going to do a basket of her favorite things!
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• United States
18 Dec 07
Great.I know she'll love it.
@Adoniah (7523)
• United States
17 Dec 07
Actually, the correct thing to do when someone brings food is to return something edible. Now that does not actually have to be physical food. How about a gift certificate to a retaurant for her an a girl friend of hers since her boyfriend is not there. Or a gift certificate to a fancy bakery that she would not normally go to or a tea house. Jewelry would be inappropriate since she has a boyfriend who is not there right now.
@jillhill (37354)
• United States
18 Dec 07
I thought about making sweet breads to put on one of her platters...and maybe a little candy with it. Add a gift card to Starbucks.....that might work!
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@Adoniah (7523)
• United States
18 Dec 07
That sounds very appropriate!
@squaretile (3835)
• Singapore
18 Dec 07
that's Really Really sweet of her. And it was nice of you to organise a party when your boss doesn't do one. I'm sure your colleagues love you. :) i think she must have really wanted to do something special for you when she even went and did that fresh flower arrangement. most people wouldn't even dream of that. she's a very thoughtful person. i suppose perhaps you could even invite her over for Christmas if she hasn't got plans to spend it with anyone? that would be the best christmas present. your presence!
@jillhill (37354)
• United States
18 Dec 07
Before the party we hardly knew her....I think she was afraid no one would accept her but since the party she has opened up. I am going to make some sweet bread to put on her platter and do a basket of things she likes! She is so sweet and thoughtful!
@theprogamer (10543)
• United States
18 Dec 07
You could get her a card and if needed put in a gift card to a restaurant (or coffee shop) like a couple of other people suggested. You could also whip up a nice but simple dish for her, that maybe something to do. I'm sure she'd appreciate the thought and effort at least.
@jillhill (37354)
• United States
18 Dec 07
I think I am going to make a sweetbread to put on one of her platters then do a gift basket and include a gift card to Starbucks....Thanks for the suggestions!
@cefaz_21 (2597)
• Philippines
18 Dec 07
she's so generous...and she deserved a well planned thank you gift as well, all the suggestions above are good so I guess by now you do know what to give her,what I acn say is the way you're gonna give this gift to her and the way you'll treat her after..the most beautiful thing that your party could bring is the new friendship you'll share with this girl. :) enjoy the holidays!
@jillhill (37354)
• United States
18 Dec 07
Thank you!
17 Dec 07
She must have spent a lot of money so nothing you buy could compare. Are you any good at making anything - even a hand made card, because what more precious a thing can you give her in return but your time to make something personal and unique just for her
@jillhill (37354)
• United States
18 Dec 07
I gave everyone at the party a handmade card and small gift. But since she spent so much I wanted to do something special for her.
@atramesil (685)
• United States
17 Dec 07
Unless you don't want to encourage her friendship (in which case I think a gift card to her coffe shop with a thank you ote would suffice)how about a handmade coupon book with things in it like, Good for one lunch. Good for one trip to the coffe shop. Good for one shoulder to cry on when you are having a bad day. Things like that?
@jillhill (37354)
• United States
18 Dec 07
She is becoming a very good friend and that is a very good idea! It would get her out of the house etc while waiting for her honey to come home! Thanks a million!
@ramoore (72)
• United States
17 Dec 07
my thoughts are to create a gift for her. a suggestion is: buy a BIG basket and fill it with her favorite coffee beans and creamers, a gift card to a jewelry store, and a large card with everybody from your office to sign it. hope i could help.
@jillhill (37354)
• United States
17 Dec 07
That is a very good idea! Thanks!