(Closed) How much to gift for High School Graduation?

posted 5 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
722 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@peanuthead:  I’m pretty sure we gave anywhere from $20-$50, which I thought was appropriate. When Future Sister-In-Law graduated from college, I think we gave her more than that, but I can’t remember.

Post # 5
1856 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

I think a co-worker’s daughter, I’d give $20, and then $40-60 to each of your relatives who are graduating.

Post # 6
4313 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

For non-related, $25.  For my own daughter – probably much more (but I don’t know if I would give my own kid cash).  For others, around $100.

Post # 8
3572 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I would give $50 to the three, $25 to co-workers daughter. 

Post # 9
1408 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

i would give $50

Post # 10
823 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I think anything will be appreciated and it depends what you can afford. When I had a graduation party for high school, some guests gave me $20, some gave me $50, some gave $100 and my very generous aunt bought me the $300 Coach bag I wanted. I would say lowest amount to co worker’s kid, medium amount for other relatives, and highest amount for your sister. 

Post # 11
2188 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2024

I would give $25 for co-workers daughter


$50 for niece & sister


$40-50 for cousin depending on how close you are, if you aren’t close I’d knock it down to $30.


$525 in cash gifts is WAY too much for a month or even 3 months for me! I’m glad I only have 1 wedding this summer!


Post # 12
5547 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2011

Agree with the pp,  none of my parent’s co-workers got me anything for graduation so $20-$25 is fine. For the cousin and niece, if you are close then like $40-$50. For your sister,  assuming you are close $50-100. Also holy cow what is the age difference in your siblings to have a sister AND a niece that are graduating hs at the same time? 

Post # 13
750 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

I received $100 or more from all relatives at my high school graduation, but that may have been because I was going to college and already working 40 hours/week to try to save money. My family’s financial situation was not so good at the time, and they knew that, so I think that was their way of helping out without being intrusive. I’d also get the occasional ridiculous holiday card with a check from my grandparents if they suspected we were having problems…like $300 for St. Patrick’s Day, one year 🙂

I’m gifting my sister a beautiful Coach bag for $150 (It was factory), and if I were giving cash, it’d be $200 most likely. 

Post # 14
1134 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I think they would just appreciate anything you cna give them. The ones who you are closer to, i would give more to. Personally, i would give $25 tho those whom im not close with, and $50 to those im close with. But it also depends on your financial sitituion. Dont put yourself behind. Its the thought that counts

Post # 16
2808 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

i remember receiving an average of like, $40-$50 from everyone when i graduated (10 years ago). however, i did get $500 from my godfather, and the random cards with $20 or $25. with my brother (5 years ago), his was around the same.


personally, i think you should gift what you’re comfortable with. i know that i was thankful for everything i got, as i was saving it all up to buy a laptop for school. so i’m sure the graduates will be happy with anything they get (:

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