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How much for a REALLY REALLY good Graduation cash gift.
For a really good kid who doesn't have much.
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Date: 6/17/13 8:24 PM

My friend's kid is graduating high school. This is a really good kid. And the family doesn't have much, but they are always kind and generous to everything they meet who needs it. How mu$h cash should I give for a really, really good gift.

I looked this up on the Internet and I'm getting answers like $35, 50, 100. And I'm thinking, really? That's like a birthday or Christmas/Chanukah gift in NYC.



Go 'head. Lay it on meh.

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Date: 6/17/13 8:48 PM

I would give what you can comfortably afford along with a note about what a great kid s/he is. In my opinion the amount isn't as important as the sentiment and message that accompanies the cash.
Others may think otherwise. I hope this helps a little

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Date: 6/17/13 9:00 PM

Give as much as you want to give. I agree a nice note would be welcome as well.

When my daughter graduated from high school last year, the usual gift was a very generous $100. This was from people I would consider "middle class" financially.

I thought it was very generous but many people also commented about how expensive college would be.

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Date: 6/17/13 9:01 PM

Yes, it's hard for anyone else to say, as we don't know your financial situation. For me, $200 to 250 would be a really, really, really great gift. And, that would be really rare. Because I used OUR money for the graduation gifts this year, we gave a paltry $25, because DH is rather tight. But, none of these kids were family and we barely knew them, so I really didn't care.
But that's the amount I'd do for a niece or nephew I really cared about.

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Date: 6/17/13 9:06 PM

You guys are great. SS, thanks for putting it out there with specifics. Right: like a niece or nephew that you REALLY (REALLY) cared about. Honest, big help, thanks all!

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Date: 6/17/13 9:24 PM

Here in BC Canada, we do not have the same expectation to give every kid we know who is graduating a gift.

Having said that the only kid I plan to give a grad gift to next year is my sons best friend. His family has struggled a lot over the years. They are doing much better, but it has not been easy.

He will be going to mechanic school. I am not so likely to give cash as to contribute to the cost of his education (tools). The gift will likely be in the $200-250 range.

I have no expectation at all that my son will receive a graduation gift from anyone other than perhaps his grandparents.

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Date: 6/17/13 10:31 PM

The only time my nieces and nephews talk to me is to get something, and I have never met them. I sent a congrats card.

A girl in the neighborhood that I have taught to sew just graduated. Like your kid, she has nothing and is a good kid. I gave her $50 to Fabric Mart (she can't afford fabric and has to sew since she can't really afford nice clothes) so she could make a grad dress, some sewing notions so she didn't have to mess with it, and a new Hello Kitty sewing machine (I knew that was her dream machine). All total I probably spent $400 on things she can't afford and likely won't be able to get for a while.

Money wasn't an option: her parents would have taken it.

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Date: 6/17/13 11:04 PM

To me, I would say $250-$300 would be a really good gift. Of course, it all depends on what you can afford. Maybe more if the kid is going to college and will need to buy things like books. I have taken classes where a single textbook is $250 and the class required the newest version.

I graduated HS 5 years ago and I received everywhere from $5 ( and honestly $5 was a lot to the person who sent me that) to $400 ( from parents).

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Date: 6/18/13 8:16 AM

This is one of the sweetest gifts I have heard of in a long time - I am sure this gift will never be forgotten.
[I gave her $50 to Fabric Mart (she can't afford fabric and has to sew since she can't really afford nice clothes) so she could make a grad dress, some sewing notions so she didn't have to mess with it, and a new Hello Kitty sewing machine (I knew that was her dream machine).]

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Date: 6/18/13 8:45 AM

If you love the kid, and have the money, I say $500-$700. That's what I would give a young person who was close to my heart.

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