Post # 1
Does anyone have any great graduation present ideas? Maybe something they received and really appreciated?
It’s for my nieces – one is graduation from college (undergrad) and the other is graduating from high school…..
ETA: Budget for each $100-$200
Post # 3
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
Cash. I don’t know any recent grad who isn’t hurting for cash.
Post # 4
Though, for the high school grad, if she’s definitely going away for college, I got a set of towels and a shower caddy filled with expensive shampoo and conditioner. That was totally appreciated as I went to college as well.
Post # 5
I’ll be graduating (undergrad) in squee! two weeks!
Honestly, I would love the cash. I have way too many bills to pay 🙁
When I was graduating from high school I appreciated the cash more than the actual gifts, I ended up putting the $1,500 in graduation cash to my first two or three semesters of books. It really helped me out.
Post # 6
For all my graduations, I got cash, and it was very appreciated!
Post # 7
Can you ask their parents what they might want? When I graduated from undergrad I got a really nice frame for my diploma, but that thing was $300
Post # 9
CASH is what all Graduates want!
Post # 10
Cash is always appreciated. If you know (or have it from a reliable source like their parents) that they might like something fancier like a very nice frame for the college grad’s diploma and something like a mini-fridge for the hs grad, then those are great, too.
Honestly, IMO, if you want the most ‘awesome aunt’ points, send a care package the first month or two into school, and then right around finals as well for the hs gal, and same for the college grad if she’s doing grad school or a pamper package if she’s staring some type of employment that might be a bit stressful those first few months. Being thought of is something that makes most people extra happy.
Post # 11
Cash. Please don’t spend $200 on a present, nothting will be appreciated as much as $200 in cold hard cash.
I plan on gifting my SIL several hundred in cash and then something small and personalized for her first apartment.
Post # 12
For college, maybe something related to the major but honestly, as being close to graduation for college too, cash would be wonderful. For HS graduate, one of the best gifts I got was a clothes hamper with a nice set of towels, I think there were like 4 bath towels, 4 hand towels and 4 washclothes. I still have and use all of them 4 years later. Also, if she is living in the dorms, a shower caddy with fun bath soap, a scrubby thing, and FLIP FLOPS (community bath is disgusting…) are all useful and welcome.
Post # 13
Both my SIL and my sister are graduating college in May. We are getting my sister an e-reader and my SIL a really nice diploma frame.
I find cash so impersonal and don’t really ever gift it.
Post # 14
@FutureKMM Darling Husband got two personalized frames for his college graduation and we had no idea what to do with them (he only has one diploma). Most recent college grads don’t have dens/ home offices yet. At least we didn’t and still don’t.
Post # 15
@PinkMagnolia: I got one when I graduated (and loved it even though I didn’t have an office yet).
My SIL has also expressed interest in one even though she won’t have an office for at least another few years (going to PA school after undergrad).
To each their own ….
Post # 16
I have to go with cash. You can never go wrong with cash