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Our neighbors across the street (who own/run the small market in our tiny village) went above and beyond this morning to help my DH, whose car battery died, by trying to jumpstart the car and when that didn't work called a mechanic for us and when the mechanic couldn't come out, towed our car to their parking lot (which was very difficult as our driveway is TINY!) so that DH could get the other car out of the garage to go to work. And then let us leave the car at their place all day. They speak absolutely no English and DH's broken German embarasses him but they were so patient. They were SUCH a huge help since I couldn't help DH at all (unfortunately, I'm waiting to miscarry right now... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> and soo crampy...)<br><br>
We would really like to give them a thank you gift, something small, homemade... like cookies? But I've heard Germans don't always love American desserts (too sweet)... Maybe flowers?<br>
What would be appropriate? What would they like? What can I say on the thank you note?
 

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I'm so sorry about your pregnancy<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"><br><br>
Flowers would be perfectly fine. Be sure to remove the wrapping just before you present the bouquet though.<br>
I better let someone else help you with the note. You could write 'Vielen Dank' in German and then 'Thank you for your help' in English. Even though they don't speak English they would understand.
 

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I'm so sorry about your pregnancy<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"><br>
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Thank you Plaid Leopard... I think I actually started this afternoon.. it may sound crazy but I am just so glad it's finally happening... the doctor told us a few weeks ago and I've just been waiting and waiting for something to happen... finally I can have closure.<br><br>
About the flowers... unwrap the bouquet? I thought that German florists specially wrapped them as a "gift bouquet" if asked to?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">(unfortunately, I'm waiting to miscarry right now... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> and soo crampy...)</div>
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this is a great idea. maybe there's a recipe that's typical for the region of the US where you come from? with some special ingredients?<br><br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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i'm sure not all americans like too sweet desserts, too. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br>
a typical (bought, not homemade) gift in such a case would be a box of chocolates, and that's also something very sweet and not everyone likes it.<br><br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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good idea, too. do they have a garden or a balcony/terrace? if yes, you could buy them a potted plant, and not a bunch of cut flowers.<br><br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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"Vielen Dank für Ihre Hilfe." (means: thank you for your help)
 

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VeganPregnancy,<br><br>
Flowers would be nice, and chocolates okay, but I have always brightened someones day when I have made them something special from the US. Chocolates are usually pretty sweet as well, and homemade brownies, chocolate chip cookies, or snickerdoodles might be welcomed with open arms.
 
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