The appropriate amount to give as a high school graduation gift ranges between $50 and $100. The graduation gift depends upon two things, which are how much you know the graduate and your comfort level.
Anything they might enjoy doing over the summer before starting a job or going off to college (beach stuff, books to read for pleasure, computer games, etc.). Money is also nice, but you don't have to give $100, or more if you can't afford it. $25 or $50 is still suitable, and will certainly be apprecieated.
I love to make a compact First Aid Kit they can take to college with them. I really needed something like that when I went to college. A Tylenol at midnight... just 1 Bandaid. You get the idea. Another good idea is a large towel, like a beach towel, with their name embroidered on one end.
There are a variety of things you can get a graduate. It they are going off to college, a gift certificate to Wal-Mart would come in handy for getting all of those college dorm items. Another can be luggage which most kids don't have. Another would be restaurant gift certificates. Check the college they plan on going to and find restaurants close by. There isn't a college student that doesn't like pizza, Chili's, TGI Friday's, or Ruby Tuesday. If you want a simple gift, just write a check. The appropriate amount would be whatever you feel comfortable with and how close you are to the person.
For acquaintances I often give a small Swiss Army knife. For those going on to college, even if they are living in a dorm, I put together a tool box. I have had many compliments on both of these helpful gifts.
It depends on the socio-economic level you and the graduate are, and also depends on the relationship between you and the child. If they are poor, it would be insulting (showing off too) for you to appear with a ten thousand dollar gift. On the other hand, if you are middle-upper class and he is your brother ... you could think of a car, let me tell you, the best present for a graduate is a new car (Thank you auntie, wherever you are). Think of what the parents could possible buy, and cut it in half. So, Snowfall2 up there is right on the money.
A gift box with goodies (you can get family members to donate to the box): laundry detergent, sheets, bath towels, wash cloths, sweets, utensils, plates, microwavabale foods (ramen noodles go a long way when you miss the cafeteria hours). As for money: gift cards to Wally World, Bed Bath & Beyond, Cash $50 - $200 which includes rolls of quarters (need those for washer and dryer machines). Good Luck Grads!! Make us Proud....
A few of us pitched in for a really unique and fun gift this year.We bought 2 tickets to Schlitterbaun Water Park in Galveston,Texas,a Gas card two really cool beach towels a GiftRocket & a gift card to Yaga's (a very hip cafe on the strand) A few other friends found out what we were doing & they joined in with a beach bag filled with sun screen,flip-flops,a brush & comb,sun glasses,a disposable water camera a large can of mixed nuts,several packs of gum,chap sticks & a cooler with water bottles & soft drinks.We added two cards with scratch offs in each one & all of us signed our names,tied Congratulation balloons to the beach bag & VIOLA :O)
We know his girlfriend and since they were BOTH graduating & LOVE Theme Parks we wanted to do something really FUN & totally different from the ordinary.Plus the fact that until one of us WINS the Lottery,a New Ride was totally out of the question. The two graduated with HONORS & planning their trip the last weekend in June. :) They absolutely LOVED their presents!! So did all of their friends!! Thinking outside of the box made these two adorable High School Sweethearts very HAPPY indeed. Can't wait to see pics. :)
For over 10 years, I have given $100 to high school graduates that I know are going to college. If they are going to show some initiative, further their education and make a contribution to society, I am more than willing to help them along on that journey.
OK, those of you who have it in the hundreds or even thousands must either be teenagers themselves or are dreaming!! At $200 per gift, that would be a small fortune! $00 to $100 at MOST is appropriate.
Again, High School Graduation solely means that "No Child was Left Behind!" If a Graduate has already been accepted to a college then an appropriate amount should NOT exceed $100, (unless family and relatives wish to offer more...they know the student and their true intentions for their future). Otherwise, $25 would be the maximum amount acceptable. Reality Check for Now and the Future: You DON"T get something for NOTHING!
about 130.00$ because all this hard work should pay off (no pun intended) and it will when the person goes to college and gets a job but they will indeed need something to get started. so that should be enough to get about a couple of meals for about 5 days untill they can get a job
Ask the parents or significant other what the graduate would like. A lot depends on whether they are going on to college. I give a huge, sturdy plastic bag to use for laundry or for storage under the dorm bed and then money. When in doubt, give money. I do not buy gift cards because the grad may lose it or forget they have it.
If you know the graduate well, give something that fits his or her interests. Tickets to a game, concert, or show, books for a bookworm, etc. Or stuff to decorate a dorm room, if the gift is for a high school graduate who is going on to college. If you don't know the graduate well, ask the parents or give a gift card. Don't encourage the trend that makes a big deal out of levels of graduation below high school. An appropriate response from you can range from "That's nice!" to a card -- but, in my opinion, a gift is NOT appropriate.
The amount to give a student graduating from high school or college depends on how much you can afford and how close you are to the student. Anything from a card to a gift of $25 or $30 seems to me to be appropriate in most situations. If you are a family member or are particularly close to the graduate, a larger gift would be appropriate, if you can afford it.
Some of the suggestions made by others seem excessive, particularly "a sweet car [or?] $400000." A gift of that magnitude is wildly inappropriate from anyone except the child's parent.