Thursday, November 11, 2010

Gift giving etiquette: Can I ask for cash? -

Gift giving etiquette: Can I ask for cash? -

Editor's note: Every Thursday during the holidays we're asking our etiquette experts questions to help you navigate the perils of gift giving and receiving. Check back next week for another dilemma.

(CNN) -- Maybe you're strapped for money in the recession -- there are bills to pay, mouths to feed. Maybe you're sick of receiving sweaters you never wear.

Maybe you hate the million trinkets collecting dust in that room you never go in, or can't get over someone spending their hard-earned money on something that just isn't that useful to you.

Whatever the reason, it's common for people to wonder this time of year: Can I ask for cash for the holidays? Gift cards? What's the best way to do that? Our etiquette experts weigh in.

Peggy Post, great-granddaughter-in-law of Emily Post:
If you're just sick of random gifts, do not let on at all that you're sick of them. Yes, you may share your wish for cash or gift cards, but the best way to do so is very tactfully and carefully.

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