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How much do you give for graduation gifts? + Frugal Idea

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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.
post #2 of 11
Thats a great idea!We usually do anywhere from $25.00 - $100.00 depending on the person.
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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.
post #4 of 11
Our first nephew is graduating this year and we gave a gift card to the college bookstore. I felt that was a good way to acknowledge what the gift was for, and make sure it will go to good use. We gave $100.
post #5 of 11
I don't understand how that amt is cute or funny? LOL! I give what I want for graduation gifts and don't feel 'pressured' in any way. I guess if you feel pressured to give too much money, maybe you should be reconsidering giving a monetary gift at all...yikes. There are many other non-monetary gifts one could give.

We always give money. And we give varied amts depending on our relationship with the child/family...starting at $25 and going up in to several hundred dollars. Sometimes we'll give items along with $$$ (usually for girls). It just depends.
post #6 of 11
well i guess i am the stingy one here. i only give them a nice card for graduating. ( no one in my family gives money for graduating...just the card).
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going up in to several hundred dollars.

Wow! I wish I would have invited you to MY graduation! That seems like a lot to me. I don't know of anyone who gives that much, even to family members.
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Wow! I wish I would have invited you to MY graduation! That seems like a lot to me. I don't know of anyone who gives that much, even to family members.

Just depends on your family...close family member in our family (both my side and Dh's side) we do give bigger gifts to family members. For kids graduating that aren't family members, depending on the relationship with the family, we give $25, $50 or $100. Everyone is different though, just depends on what goes on in your own circle, obviously.
post #9 of 11
When I graduated high school in 81, I got a check for $300 from a cousin of my father's I had never met. Got that again for my wedding, but by then I'd met him. Floored me!
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Wow! I wish I would have invited you to MY graduation! That seems like a lot to me. I don't know of anyone who gives that much, even to family members.

DS just got $200 from his aunt and $200 from one great aunt (she never had kids and is very generous with all the family kids). All other uncles, close relatives gave $100. Most people like adult cousins or 2nd cousins, etc. though do give much less....more the $25-$50 range.
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