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Sharing advice for gift-shopping for a special child

Dear Annie: Christmas is coming up, and I like to give each of my friends and neighbors a little something. There’s a very nice family nearby; I usually give the adults a box of candy and their older child a smaller box of candy. Their younger child has Down syndrome. Last year, I gave him an ornament. This year, I’d like to do something different, but I don’t know what. He will be 3 at the end of January. I don’t want to do anything out of the ordinary because I think that could be offensive. Any suggestions? — Ms. Santa

Dear Ms. Santa: If you don’t want to do anything out of the ordinary, maybe ask his mom what his favorite animal is and get him a nice soft plushie that he can cuddle with. If you want to get something for his family, perhaps you could make a donation in his name to a charity that helps children with Down syndrome. Whatever you choose, I’m sure it will be appreciated, as it’s usually the thought that counts.

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