Originally Posted by Kim
I saw this in our newspaper today. It was suggested to give a gift of a check written out in the amount of $20.11 as a graduation gift. That way you can be clever, but not pressured to go overboard in spending more than you can afford.
One of my neighbots does this. She gave DD a check for $20.08 and I'm assuming DS will get the $20.11 this year. At first we didn't get it, but once we figured it out we thought it was cute.
I almost always give money in the form of a check. The amount depends on how close the child is....family gets $100 and on down to $20 for not too close kids. Having a child who has graduated HS I know they need the money more than a bunch of knick knacks.
If people don't want to give money, I'd suggest something practical they can use in the dorm (I'm assuming they're going to college). One of the things DD got was a drawstring laundry bag with detergent, dryer sheets and a roll of quarters. One of her aunts gave money to buy towels and one of those wrap things you can wear from the shower back to your room. So you could buy those. Or one of those single serve or small coffee pots. Or cute tshirts/sweatshirts, etc with the college logo on it. I know both of my kids want/wanted clothes with their college name on them. Or a cute over the door shoe holder if they're a girl. There's NEVER enough storage space in a dorm room.