Posted on | December 5, 2012 | Comments Off
Dear Short Answers:
If you know someone whose home was destroyed in a natural disaster like Sandy, what is the right thing to buy them for Christmas? Cash or a gift card seems too impersonal because these are close friends. And they are staying with relatives so housewares like a blender or coffee maker seems a bit premature. I want to do the right thing.
In this case, we think asking your friend what they need — including an offer of cash — is not inappropriate. The card that accompanies it can communicate all the affection and empathy you feel.