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auntie g
06-11-2008, 08:22 PM
Hi all! We've got several high school graduation parties coming up in the next week and a half, and due to being fairly broke, I'm wondering what dollar amount I can get away with giving these kids, without looking like a cheapskate. We've got 3 categories of grads to deal with: a niece, close family friends, and a neighborhood kid that we really haven't talked to much since she was much younger. So I'm just wondering what is customary these days... Thanks for any input!

06-11-2008, 09:26 PM
My kids have received anywhere from $20-$100 mostly from family. Depending on the kids...I think most are grateful for whatever they get, even a card. Mine were for just the ther mere thought of someone actually thinking of them.

06-11-2008, 09:45 PM
A beach or pool bag with towel and flip flops is easy and will be used by most grads (at least girls). I teach high school and kids in our area love WalMart gift cards

06-11-2008, 09:49 PM
Kids graduating from high school will appreciate any amount of money!

Apple Cheeks
06-11-2008, 09:53 PM
When I graduated (many moons ago! Lol!), I received money in various amounts from people. I grew up in a lower-middle class family, and so I didn't receive piles of cash or anything.

But what I remember being most tickled about getting were the huge bouquets of flowers I got from my Mom and a close family friend! They were personalized with ribbons they had put on themselves, and nice cards.

To this day I don't remember how much money I got, but I do remember those flowers. :D

I think that flowers have a way of making most girls see past getting a lesser money amount.

So maybe some flowers with $20 for the neighbor, and $20-40 per kid for the others?

06-11-2008, 10:13 PM
Itunes gift cards are usually popular (most everyone has an MP3 player). Starbuck's is another good bet.

I think cash is a great gift, even if it is $10. I LOVE cash. :)

When I have had to save money and was hit by several such events at once, I've bought gift cards so I saved an automatic $3 or so on the card and even more on gift bags and wrapping.

It IS the thought that counts and I don't know any teen who wouldn't be happy with even a $10 gift card (that is a few drinks at Starbucks!).

06-11-2008, 10:18 PM
If they have a car or use mom and dad's -- how about a gas gift card? Also, I was more appreciative of the $5 I got from an aunt who couldn't afford it than the $100 from an uncle who was much better off!! (I have been mailing out $20's this year).

06-11-2008, 10:49 PM
A gas gift card, or one to Sonic maybe? Or, picture frames; grads take a lot pictures this time of year. You could even decorate your own.

auntie g
06-11-2008, 11:10 PM
Thanks everybody!

06-11-2008, 11:36 PM
20 dollar gift card to for text books was REALLY nice for me.

When you're paying 600 dollars per semester for USED books, every bit helps - and amazon carries used textbooks now.

06-11-2008, 11:55 PM
Yep....every little bit helps!