Some neighbours of ours are having a really rough time. They're a lovely young couple with three beautiful children but are (amongst other things) really struggling financially. I don't think they are going to have a very nice Christmas. I would love to help and am in a financial position to do so but don't want them to feel patronised or embarrassed. What can I do? I would prefer to do something anonymously (mystery sack of presents on doorstep, cash in blank envelope pushed through letterbox) but will this feel stalkery and / or patronising? Ideas gratefully received.
Thanks Guys. You have been really helpful. No one has come back saying that I'm being patronising, which is what I was most concerned about, so I'm going to do it. I am moving towards sending some supermarket vouchers in the post (concensus seems to be that vouchers will be easier to accept than cash) and then I might wrap a few little presents for Xmas day too. Thanks for the Woolworths tip Goonatic - looks like they have some great stuff for kids. Any other suggestions for things an infant-aged girl and a junior-aged boy will like?
Oh BUGGER! Just wrote a mere reply and then looked something up and it went!!!!!
Take 2: Girl - sparkly pens, notepads, anything from Claires accessories ie hair bands, bobbles, lip balms, little bags etc, a secret diary, a nice cushion maybe from dunelm, anything Disney princesses, (jigsaws etc) maybe some earmuffs, gloves etc.
Boy- 'stomp rocket', some kind of gruesome facts book, Diary of a Wimpey Kid DVD or books, hex bugs, football, remote control insect/dinosaur, any kind of joke thing eg masks, fart sweets, snappy chewing gum etc, Lego.