Graduation is coming up

@babystar1 (4236)
United States
April 21, 2007 3:04pm CST
My granddaughter and grandson are graduating in May. My granddaughter is 17 ,and my grandson is 14 and he will graduate from the 8th grade.Have any of you got someone graduating from school? What would you give a 17 year old and a 14 year old as a gift? If you give money how much?
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8 responses
• Philippines
22 Apr 07
As of now, my sister has one year before graduating. But money as a gift, I think it's okay. As long as you accompany them in buying to make sure they buy quality toys and non hazardous things. And at least, they can buy what they want. It's more fun. Congratulations to your granddaughter and grandson Babystar! Happy graduation! (^^,)
@babystar1 (4236)
• United States
22 Apr 07
Thank you for your comment,I think I will give both my grandkids the money,just like you said they can get something they realy need. But I realy dont no how much I should give.
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• Philippines
22 Apr 07
Speaking in dollars, I don't know too how much would be the safest amount to give. So maybe a balance, not too much, but yet handy amount would be great I think. Something like that (^^,LOL) Anyway, Happy graduation again! And thank you too for your response to my post. Have a nice day Babystar! (^^,)
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@babystar1 (4236)
• United States
23 Apr 07
Thank you for the congratulations for my grandkids.
• United States
30 Apr 07
Gift cards are great for both of them. That way they can buy what they like.
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@babystar1 (4236)
• United States
1 May 07
That is a very good idea I just dont no what to buy and a gift card would be great, This way she can get what she wants.
• United States
30 Apr 07
My nephew graduates in June. I haven't a clue as to what to get him. He has a job and buys whatever he needs. He has opted not to have a graduating party. His mother wanted to have a double party for him to celebrate turning 18 and a graduation party on one. He begged her not to do this. So, we are not having a celebration. I am going to ask her about having a cookout to honor him and invite a few family members. Only a couple. This would keep it small and informal. Maybe between now and then I will figure out what to get for him.
@babystar1 (4236)
• United States
1 May 07
A cookout sounds fun,good luck that your nephew will be there for it.
• United States
25 Apr 07
I graduate from college in May. i think that money might be an ok gift, unless they have their eye on something specific. Gift cards are good, too. If they are electronics enthusiasts, you might consider getting them a best buy or circuit city gift card. I would give the high school graduate at least $50. I don't know about the 8th grader. I never really saw finishing 8th grade as a milestone, and we didn't call it "graduating" when I was in 8th grade. But i guess you could give him some money, too. Although, i wouldn't give him as much as the granddaughter. Succeeding in high school is a much more difficult task that completing 8th grade. I'd just want to make sure that she didn't feel shortchanged, or feel like any of her glory was being overshadowed by the grandsons' "graduation."
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@babystar1 (4236)
• United States
25 Apr 07
Thank you for your good points. And congratulations to you on your graduation.
@marciascott (25554)
• United States
23 Apr 07
I started a discussion and I got a lot of ideas from people get them both gift cards.
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@babystar1 (4236)
• United States
23 Apr 07
Thank you for that great idea.
• Canada
22 Apr 07
My daughter is graduating... she'll turn 17 right at the end of the school year. We bought her a Josten's grad ring that she wanted (that was around $250) and we also have all of the associated expenses of grad itself. Her godmother is paying for her dress (what a blessing!) and we've bought her all of her accessories. We'll also pay for her hair and I've offered her a pedicure, if she wants one, because she'll be wearing open, strappy shoes. Babystar1, is there something that you could contribute in that way? Does your granddaughter need her hair done perhaps? You could offer to pay for that or give her a gift certificate from whatever hairdresser/salon they like to use. I know that I really appreciate the help with the overall expenses. I also find that, when people don't really want to give cash, there are ways to still do it without actually giving paper money or a check. It's hard to know how much to suggest to you in actual money because every family is different in their "level" of gift-giving, you know? But, around here, I can tell you that $50 is a pretty common amount for a grad gift. Congratulations to your grandchildren on their successes! :)
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@babystar1 (4236)
• United States
23 Apr 07
Thanks a lot for all your good points. My granddaughter will also turn 17 on May 13 and I would say that $50 is a good amount.Thanks for the congratulations .
@Willowlady (10666)
• United States
22 Apr 07
Graduation is for finishing. I don't think 8th grade is finishing. We homeschool and so therefore upon completion of twelve grade is the graduation for us. Finaly done and only College if that is an option. I would pay their deposits for their first apartment and utilities. Time to work if they have not already done so and start a life for themselves. School is a big deal and not sure why graduation? in early grades does anything for anyone but those that stand to make a dollar or two. Good luck with your kids.
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@babystar1 (4236)
• United States
22 Apr 07
Thank you for your respose,you have a good idea.But I think my granddaughter will still live at home so she can save her money untill she gets enough to move out.
@Marie2473 (8519)
• Sweden
21 Apr 07
I would definatey consider some kind of jewlery, maybe with an ingraving or something like that. Giving them money - than maybe they will just waist it and i would want them to have some kind of memorie instead. I do not know anyone that is going to graduate this year, except fr a friend, but she is a late graduate and has choosen not to make a big deal out of it.
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@babystar1 (4236)
• United States
21 Apr 07
Yes jewlery sounds good for my granddaughter, but the only thing she really wears in jewlery is earrings. Maybe a new pair of earrings would be nice.