Originally Posted by mags
I'm sorry about your friend. What a tough situation. Would getting her a gasoline gift card help, since she is driving back and forth so much, she must be spending a lot of $ on gasoline.
This is what DH's coworkers did when we were in the exact same situation, and it was very, very helpful. (Also, not a gift idea, but they should look into if there's a Ronald McDonald house or something similar in the area so they can stay closer.)
For fun, you could get some cute preemie clothes, though the baby probably won't be able to wear them for a while (I think DS was about 2 months old and 3-3 1/2 lbs). You may need to find out their NICU's policy, but ours encouraged us to bring in receiving blankets for the isolette to make it more homey (they have some at the hospital, but they were very plain and sterile looking). Another really good gift we got was a large blanket (bigger than a typical baby blanket) to go on top of the isolette to block out the light. It was also cuter and more homey than the hospital covers.