Q: If I receive a gift from someone but I haven’t gotten anything for her, do I need to run out and buy a present?
A: Don’t panic. The most important thing is offering her your sincere thanks, and it’s fine to leave it at that. But you can certainly get her something if you wish. (One way to prepare for such emergencies: Keep a few wrapped items on hand during the holidays- a current best-seller, a box of fine note cards, some decorative candles.) If you do reciprocate, you’ll likely be establishing a gift-giving tradition with your friend- so think about whether that’s something you want.