So I live half way across the country from my brother.
What about an Edible Arrangment sent to his place of business? It is a cut fruit arrngement. Usually various melons, strawberries etc set up in a very attractive way If you have never seen one before look up Edible Arrangements :
And look up what they have. You may find for brother migth enjoy that and of course who ever else he presents it too. Plus its healthy and he can share. Plus
I think it's a lovely idea.
We have a place called Cookie by Design that makes beautiful cooking bouquets. Maybe there is one by you. Not only are they very cute, but the cookies are delicious.
I have really mixed feelings about what you are saying.
On the one hand, I think it's a lovely thought to send something homemade to his place of employment.
But, on the other hand, I'm bothered about what you are saying about his homelife.
I think the cookies are a really thoughtful, personal gift.
I think it is a lovely idea. Are you able to send the cookies so that they will arrive fresh and unbroken?
I think it would be very nice of you to honor your brother's professional achievement in such a personal way. The homemade cookies would be great, or a purchased food gift. It is very thoughtful of you to include his co-workers who helped him reach this promotion.
Because it is a work-related achievement I think its fine to send it to the office instead of to his home. You might want to also send a smaller package of cookies to his home, in appreciation for his family who supported him as he moved up the ladder. That way SIL won't feel left out or that you were rude, and if the kids eat the cookies before your brother gets home from work..well, he already got some. If you don't send a package to the family then you should probably give SIL a heads up by phone or email around the time that he receives his package--so she feels in the loop but not early enough for her to tell him and possibly spoil the surprise.
I think it would depend on the kind of place your brother works in.
Cookies are a very thoughtful idea. I do think you should send two batches. One for home that is shipped to the home address and one to work for the actual ceremony. That way you're not offending anyone but your purpose is met. I'm sure that his family supported him through this as well and though you're not obligated. This is a happy time in your brothers' life. And what's the harm in baking a couple of extra batches...