Gift for pediatrician office?

<p>My kids are teens so we don't see the ped as often any more. But this year, the small (2 doc) office has been extra helpful with some referrals and paperwork and talking to the school nurse about an issue.</p>

<p>I really want to show my appreciation by dropping off a small tray of cookies, special teas, etc this week.</p>

<p>Is that a good idea or do peds offices also get inundated with food gifts this time of year? I know I can make a charitable donation in their honor too, but I feel like that leaves out the support staff who have to also content with extra paperwork,e tc during the year.</p>

<p>Any ideas?</p>

<p>Here is my idea. In places like this there is PLENTY of food during December. I would suggest giving them a "gift certificate" for a coffee/danish/bagel delivery in January. Tell them you will deliver it to them...and pick a day. I'm a teacher and the BEST gift I ever got from a family was the delivery of lunch in JANUARY...they gave me the menu in a nice holiday card and told me to call in the morning when I wanted it delievered in January. It was great.</p>

<p>Our dental office break room is filled with food gifts this time of year...BUT, as is said, it's the thought that counts. I am so flattered by the patients who take the time to stop by and bring us stuff that it little matters what they bring (I don't recommend homemade food, though, it goes bad quickly and we are a little leery of the prep conditions unless we trust the source ;) ).</p>

<p>The best gift I received this year was a heartfelt card and bottle of wine from a difficult patient who underwent an extensive and expensive full mouth rehabilitation in my office. The fact that I was paid with both money and appreciation was extremely gratifying.</p>

<p>I agree - I visit several peds offices in town at my job and the break table runneth over this time of year - food GALORE! I like the idea of writing a note with a promise for coffee and bagels sometime in January- or ask if they are having a staff meeting and provide dessert for that.</p>

<p>THank you all for your comments. You have all said things I thought about. I wonder if I'll feel funny coming in in January with goodies? Will people all be on their New Year's diets? :D</p>

<p>Is it possible to get a gift certificate for them that THEY can turn in after the holidays? So like a GC for "2 dozen bagels, cream cheese and coffee" from a local shop? Or arrange with a local small grocery store that does some party platters for a veggie tray or sandwich tray to be sent on Jan. 18, 2012 (random date) - you pay for it now and then present the office with a card saying that a post Christmas gift will be coming their way?</p>

<p>The idea of giving the gift certificate someone from the staff can use to make a store run on a day convenient for them sounds great to me. Any specific date may be the busiest day of the month or a snowstorm... It is nice to think of the employees of medical offices. Many of them have limited budgets and appreciate foods they would never splurge on. It can be for a mundane place or specialty one- Subway subs to gourmet catering/takeout from a nearby business.</p>

<p>I wouldn't give a physician a gift certificate- we have the money but more often not the time to use it to make the purchase. I also would not give gifts for services. I never used the gift certificate for a massage a fellow physician friend gave me- she was well meaning and a massage may have been nice for her, but not me. As physicians we have given colleagues wine, candy and books we know they and/or their family could enjoy. I know a primary care physician who gets so many perishable gifts from patients every year he has trouble finding ways for them to be eaten before spoiling. There can be too much of a good thing.</p>

<p>For several years now, my daughters and I have been giving an Edible Arrangement gift to the woman who has been cutting our hair for almost 20 years now. She always tells us (in secret) that it's her favorite gift to look forward to because it is an alternative to all the non-healthy stuff people bring in.</p>

<p>Last week when I was visiting my new internist for an appointment, as I walked by his office, I saw an Edible Arrangement on his desk and commented to the practice manager, "Ooh, an Edible Arrangement; we get those for our hair stylist every year." And she said it was the most awesome gift they get, because, again, it's a healthy alternative. She said they've never gotten any fruit in it that even seemed slightly off-season tasting and that each piece is always very, very good.</p>

<p>In the old country, my FIL and MIL (both public service MD's (military->PS, PS)) got ducks, chickens, baskets of fruit, vegetables, prepared food, etc. </p>

<p>I gave my supervisor for a party gift, some home grown garlic, shallots, and frozen garden tomatoes. He makes a great spaghetti dish and nothing finer than fresh ingredients.</p>

<p>Or something that will not spoil like nuts</p>

<p>Though this is after the holidays, our dental office loves food gifts in the winter. We are so inundated with gifts from specialists during December, that we often can't eat it all. I have received (and given) the Edible Arrangements, but since they have left our area, I now give Harry and David Fruit of the Month gifts. Fun to get a box every month (you can choose 3,6,12 months) of the best fruits! Fruit is often a nice alternative to all the sugar that arrives. Not that we are complaining.........the thoughtfulness is greatly appreciated.</p>