The best Christmas gift for the unemployed

Getting a Christmas gift for your unemployed friends or family members can be a difficult decision, especially if they're low on money and have been out of work for awhile.

Do you go with a fun gift they'll enjoy, such as an iPod, or something practical to help them in their job search, such as a gas card to help them get to job interviews or a free resume makeover? What about straight-up cash?

I'll leave the fun gift ideas to others. If you really want to help someone who is unemployed with a Christmas gift, help them find a job. That's what job seekers want -- a job.