June 02, 2010,
K.S. asks from Anna, TX on June 01, 2010
What Is the Appropraite Amount of $ I Should Give a Friend's High Sch Grad as A
I have two friends with kids graduating this Friday and I was not sure how much is appropriate to give as a gift at their graduation party.
Does anyone have any suggestions? The parents are good friends and one of the kids babysits for me at times.
So What Happened?™
Thank you evryone for your great advice. I have been torn about the amount, but from what you guys have said I am feeling better about giving between $25-$50. I also love the idea of a tool kit.
Again, thanks for the help. - K.
D.L. answers from Dallas on June 02, 2010
I usually give $25 to kids of friends. I reserve the bigger amounts for family members such as cousins kids, neices, nephews etc. And for those family members I give $50.00.
I'm capable of giving much more so my financial situation doesn't really dictate the amount I give. I see it more of as a token to acknowledge the accomplishment rather than to help them out financially because usually their parents or familys take care of them in that way.
There was a couple of times I gave more, but the situation was that the person graduating didn't have family or were really in some type of hardship. The young person is usually thrilled to get the $25.00.
M.B. answers from Springfield on June 01, 2010
We just gave our neighbor $50. He is a great kid, always respectful and watches out for the little ones. We figured he could put it towards gas, books, new school needs, etc.
I think any amount would be fine because they shouldn't expect anything and when put together with what others give it will amount to lots anyway.
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J.B. answers from St. Louis on June 01, 2010
I usually give at least $20, even to my own nephews & nieces. I like the idea of gift cards. One to the mall, movie theater or even one that could be used for gas would be nice for a high school graduate.
D.J. answers from Dallas on June 02, 2010
I would say $25-$50.
A.B. answers from Dallas on June 02, 2010
It just depends what you can afford. I've learned this year that people are expecting much more out of gifts! Wedding gifts are now running upwards of $100, and graduates are expecting $50-$100 gifts. I just cannot afford this. My niece is getting married, and I spent $50 on her gift (I am spending about $1,000 for myself and my 2 girls to serve in her wedding), and my nephew who is graduating I gave $20. I know I may be deemed "cheap", but I don't work in the summer, so this is what we can do right now. Good luck.
C.M. answers from Dallas on June 02, 2010
We have always given our friends' kids a nice, crisp 50 dollar bill in a card. For some reason, this seems like the right amount and the grads are always thankful for cash.
Our youngest daughter is graduating this Friday, so this was an interesting post for me to read. I will be racing around like a chicken with my head cut off for the next two days! Enjoy the party! - C.
A.H. answers from Dallas on June 02, 2010
This year I have two Daughters who graduate, one from College & one from High School.
My daughter who graduated from College (May) was receiving $100.00 cash or check and items from being registered @ her favorite store for items for her apartment (she will be moving into this weekend)
& the one who is graduating from High School any where from $25.00 - $100.00. Cash is always good due to mom & dad not supporting the new adult now. = )
Whatever you can afford & depends on how close they are to you I am sure they would appreciate whatever you want to give. They may also like a solid advice letter about life from you (your heart) for that matter, we could all use a little direction.
Personally, I have several of my high school daughter's friends and really close friends who are graduating from her school & some from different high schools & I sent the friends $25.00 & the really close friends $50.00 with a nice well meaning card.
J.F. answers from Philadelphia on June 01, 2010
How well do you know them? Maybe offer a gift certificate instead.
K.P. answers from Dallas on June 02, 2010
I think a child should be appreciative for whatever amount you give. After all it is a "gift". We gift nieces and nephews $100.00 at graduation. My godson just graduated and for him we gave $60.00 because we were so busy that we missed his birthday this year. He is a good kid and headed to college so we figured it would help out with supplies. Just give what you can and if the child has been raised to appreciate his/her many blessings than any amount will do. If you're on a budget and can afford $20.00 I would give $20. Whatever you give, give it because you want and can afford the amount.