Letter: It's a gift

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Sir: Mrs Brophy and her friends who are 60 to 70-plus prefer cash to Christmas presents from sons, daughters and grandchildren (letter, 20 January), but perhaps younger relations dislike giving money to their elders.

Ways round this dilemma are for them to use stores with several branches for buying gifts which can be exchanged in the January sales; buy hampers/ food parcels, welcome in the chillier days of the new year; arrange to pay the rent direct to the landlord/ council for a given period.

Gift tokens are OK. Perhaps the utility companies could be persuaded to issue these. Mrs Brophy's gift problems would then be solved without embarrassment to anybody.

JENNIE HAWTHORNE

Wallington, Surrey

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