Seriously? The sick person is going to dictate what get well gift they want? I don't want a stupid fruit basket - give me roses. Why don't you pay my phone bill? How about you pay my lawn service?
Why does this special snowflake get special treatment?
I think this is where institutionalized "gifting procedures" sometimes break down. I mean, someone could
be all SS going, "Fruit is so pedestrian! I want a potted orchid." Or someone could be saying, "You know, I appreciate the thought, but since we know this is happening in advance, I just gotta say, I don't eat fruit. So if you give me a fruit basket, it will go to waste. And I don't want the money [that I've contributed to] to go to waste. So would it be possible to get me something else, like a gift card to my favorite store?"
On some levels that's perfectly reasonable. But then an earlier person, who didn't think to ask, or didn't know about their absence beforehand, is hurt because they
don't like fruit either, and would've preferred something else (and why is the hurt person spreading that around?). You could ramp it up to ridiculous levels, really, spending $30 on a cake for someone even though everyone knows they don't eat any of the ingredients in a cake, but darn it, they must
have a cake because everyone gets a cake and getting them ice cream instead would be favoritism... Blergh.