Post # 1
I am trying to figure out how much to gift family/friends for graduation. I obviously want to be generous but I am also about to have a baby and have tons of expenses related to that. I will give cash as that seems the most useful to recent grads.
I need to send $$ to the following:
Co-worker’s daughter, niece, sister and cousin. How much would you gift for each of those? Two of these kids are going to college while the others are not. Would that impact how much you gift?
Thanks a bunch!!
Post # 3
@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 # 4
@littlemiss511: Thanks for the input. I am trying not to be too cheap!!
I can definitely see giving more after a college graduation.
Post # 5
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
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 # 7
Hmm – I am trying to not be so cheap!!
We have a wedding for close friends where we have gifted them $200. If I do $100 for each family member and then $25 for non-relative, I’m looking at $525 in cash gifts to family and friends this month.
$525 in one month just seems…well ouch! especially with wedding season coming up!
Post # 8
I would give $50 to the three, $25 to co-workers daughter.
Post # 10
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
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
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
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
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 # 15
@chasesgirl: Yes!! My mom and sister were pregnant at the same time. My neice and sister are three months apart.
Thanks for the input. I really appreciate it.
Post # 16
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 (: