Best Christmas gifts for nearly impoverished older family members in New Mexico?
December 5, 2011 7:24 PM Subscribe
Best Christmas gifts for nearly impoverished older family members (location: northern New Mexico).
posted by anonymous to Grab Bag (16 answers total)
My sibs and I (we all live out of state with our own families) have older retired family members who are not doing well financially. Social Security is keeping them afloat, barely, in terms of paying the mortgage. We're not sure how they're paying for food, utilities, and pet care (possibly credit cards). They own their cars outright, thankfully.
For food gifts, I've usually sent them something from Harry & David or Swiss Colony. What are some other options along those lines? (Prefer more on the meat/cheese/crackers/fruit side of things over sweets/baked goods/candy/etc.)
We are also thinking of getting some gift cards for grocery stores -- the national chains that I'm aware of are Albertsons, Whole Foods, and Trader Joe's. Are there other food stores in Santa Fe or Albuquerque that we are overlooking? (Also, can gift cards at Albertson's be used to buy lottery tickets? One sibling in particular is concerned that they will spend too much on lottery tickets, if given the chance.)
I've also wondered if there is a way to pay their utilities ahead of time through the winter.
For more "gifty" stuff, they seem to be pretty much OK in terms of clothing, outerware, gloves/scarves, etc., but we're open to suggestions.
Any other thoughts are welcome. Thank you!