That’s kind of a specific title, isn’t it? I expect the items we come up with will also work for non-relatives staying in non-hotels.
I am hoping to access the wonders that live in your skulls and come up with a list I can use right now—but that we all can use if/when we need it in the future. You were so helpful with the party favors thing and the face moisturizers thing (I’m going to try Olay Complete first, because I found a bottle in the cabinet, but after that I will probably have to say eenie-meenie-miney-mo because there were so many appealing suggestions).
Let’s say you have a relative, not in your immediate family but not distant either. Aunt-level sort of relative. And let’s say the aunt-level relative is going through something tough of an uncertain-outcome-bedside-vigil nature, and could use little carepackagey gestures of the sort that could be sent to a hotel room (as in, not a lot of stuff she would then have to lug home with her afterward).
The question is, what sorts of things would you send? I am thinking bakedy things (brownies, oatmeal cookies), but what ELSE?
Maybe some more nutritious snacks: can of almonds, bag of dried cherries, jar of Nutella. Sustaining things. Some pretty paper napkins.
I just read a book that suggested that nutrition drinks were a good idea at times like these, since people in stressful circumstances sometimes fail to eat, or have trouble making themselves eat. But it seems like that works better for someone local to drop off: I’m imagining a huge heavy sopping-wet box of broken glass. And maybe she’s not having trouble with eating, in which case it seems weird—like, “Er…thank you for the box of…Ensure?”
Celebrity magazines? Would those be a light distraction, or are those too “WHO CARES ABOUT AMERICAN IDOL AT A TIME LIKE THIS??” Plus, I suppose waiting-room-type areas would be well-stocked with such things. Would light paperbacks be better? Seems like if they are too light, the feeling would be “WHO CAN READ ABOUT SOME DIPPY GIRL’S SELF-IMPOSED DATING PROBLEMS AT A TIME LIKE THIS?” But on the other hand, it’s hard to imagine someone in a stressful situation wanting to settle down with heavy literature. Perhaps a book like A Window Over the Sink: soothing, friendly anecdotes, easy to put down and pick up anywhere because there’s no strong plot thread to follow.
Maybe a special easy face mask treatment would be relaxing. Nail treatments? Those moisturizing gloves you can sleep in? One of those little blindfold things for taking naps when it’s light out? My favorite Bath & Body Works Lavender-Vanilla aromatherapy (relaxation/comfort/sleep) lotion and body wash?
Flowers, maybe. I was thinking we could call a florist near the hotel and ask for three small arrangements, all different: one for the bathroom counter, one for the table, one for next to the TV or bed.
A bottle of scotch.
A box of See’s chocolates with the warm-weather shipping prices to show additional love.
Do you have more suggestions?