Graduation Gift Etiquette
Posted on Wednesday, May 28th, 2014 at 7:00 am
How much should you spend on a graduation gift? Are you required to give a gift after receiving a graduation invitation, or announcement, or both? Here is a quick “brush up” on graduation gift etiquette. You may not need to spend as much money as you thought.
How much should you spend?
The answer to that question depends on how closely related you are to the graduate. According to Make College Count, if your sibling is graduating from high school, it is acceptable to spend between $15.00 and $30.00. Grandparents, aunts, and uncles of the graduate should spend between $20.00 and $50.00.
What if you are not related to the graduate? For friends of the family, it is appropriate to spend anywhere from $15.00 to $50.00. The better you know the graduate, the more you should spend. It is also worth pointing out that many people feel that the appropriate amount to spend on a gift goes up if it is for a college graduate (instead of a high school graduate).
When is a gift not required?
You are not required to give a gift if you have received a graduation announcement. The parents of the graduate are simply informing people that their son or daughter will be graduating. If you truly want to give a gift, it is acceptable to do so (but is not required). It is also fine to send a graduation card.
It is true that some parents will send announcements in the hope that it will result in more gifts for the graduate. They are technically not following the etiquette involved with graduation announcements. Don’t feel pressured to give a gift if you can’t afford to do so (or simply don’t want to).
When is a gift required?
A gift is required if you have received an invitation to a graduation ceremony or graduation party. You are expected to bring a gift for the graduate if you will be attending the ceremony or party. This is true no matter if the graduate is receiving a high school diploma, bachelors degree, or master’s degree.
There is one exception to this rule. It is if you receive an invitation to a graduation ceremony or graduation party that you are unable to attend. If you cannot go (for whatever reason) you are not expected to send a gift. Of course, you can still send a gift if you want to. Otherwise, it is not required.
Is cash an acceptable gift?
There was a time when it was considered inappropriate to give cash as a graduation gift. Times have changed! Today, it is perfectly acceptable to give the graduate a graduation card that has some cash inside of it.