Question:

If someone is in the year of aveilus for a parent may the person send a cake or fruit platter in honor of someone’s simcha as a way of participating in the simcha or is this considered giving a gift which would not be permitted.

Answer:

Since we are noheg that an avel may greet people during the 12 months, therefore he may also give presents, however they shouldn’t be very fancy.

Sources:

Rema 385-3, Taz O:CH 696-3, M:B 696-21 that if the minhag is to greet an avel during the year, then it is permitted.  R’ Y. Cahen shlit”a.

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