Graduation Day: Tips For Giving Graduation Presents
Spring is the season of new beginnings! There are few starts as fresh as graduating from high school or college. They call for gifts to help graduates kick off their new lives. But there are special customs and rules that go with graduation gifts, so we put together a few tips for giving graduation presents.
For Graduates: Graduation announcements are not requests for gifts; they are sent out to highlight an achievement. Limit who you send the cards to, but include those who are close to you and your family. If you include people you don't know well, it's polite to include a note stating "No gifts, please." This shows you want to share your news without seeming greedy. For Friends and Family: If you receive a graduation announcement, you are not obligated to go to the ceremony and you don't have to send a gift. It's polite to recognize the achievement with a card. However, if you receive an invitation to the graduation ceremony, a nice token to recognize the triumph is a nice gesture, and you don't want to show up to a party empty-handed.
Traditionally, graduation gifts are items the graduate will use in the next stage in life. For high school grads, it might be bedding sets for dorm rooms or luggage for traveling, or for fun, college flags for their next school. Money and gift cards are acceptable gifts, but they're neither thoughtful nor personal, so you might want to steer in the direction of sentimental. In addition to being thoughtful, sentimental gifts make sense for those on a tight budget. When the gift means something to the recipient, it could be worth more than a $1,000 gift card to that graduate.
There's no set rule on how much to spend on graduation gifts. You should spend what you feel comfortable with, but there are a few things to consider: 1. How close you are to the graduate or the graduate's family 2. Whether you'll be attending the ceremony or party 3. What you can afford Even if the graduate is someone close to you, don't try to spend outside of your budget. But if you're concerned about doing something spectacular, you can always give a sentimental gift or find some books for sale to help him or her succeed in their next chapter in life along with a cash gift to make a greater impact.
If you receive graduation gifts, you should send handwritten notes as soon as possible. It's best to send them within two weeks, but it's never too late to say thank you. Sending handwritten notes is important to show the gift giver that you appreciate the time they took to pick out the gift and the money they spent on it. Anything less (email or text) is considered tacky and inconsiderate.