How much to give for high school graduation?

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  1. c073186 macrumors 6502a

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    My friend's sisters (twins) are graduating high school and I am invited to their graduation party. I would not say I'm really close friends directly with them but when I'm over at his house I talk to them and we do stuff together (meaning I am not like a total stranger to them). So... how much would you give for a graduation party gift? And since they are twins should I just get one card for both or give them each separate cards/gift?
     
  2. GSMiller macrumors 68000

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    The only friend of mine that gave me money gave me $50 so I would give anywhere from $25-$50 each. I wouldn't give them one card to share.
     
  3. ErikCLDR macrumors 68000

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    Well my parents usually do this (although they sometimes are almost philanthropic if you ask me) ...

    Related Cousins/Godchildren
    $200-$250

    My Close Friends/My Sisters Friends (depending on how good of friends I am with them and how well my parents know them)
    $75-$150

    Friends that are just kind of friends but not real real close
    $50-$75

    College is expensive :rolleyes:
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    If you don't even want to spend $50 I've seen people give gift certificates to places like Bed Bath and Beyond or Linens and Things or Staples which is always a good gift because you know they will use it (assuming they are going to college). I would say $25-$35 would be acceptable without seeming too cheap.

    I personally always give my friends that are graduating a funny card reflecting on all the fun stuff we've done and then some sort of little gag gift or something they can remember.

    Most parents around here seem to give around $50-$100 from what I've seen. I don't know if you are an adult or a student though.

    I think a $25-$35 gift certificate is more than enough though.
     
  4. tammy418 macrumors member

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    You should definitely give them a each a separate card/gift. My roommates are twins and one thing they absolutely hate is being given 1 gift for them to share. They are two different and separate people and should be treated that way.
     
  5. jb60606 macrumors 6502a

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    gift certificate in the $50 to $100 range, or cash if you don't care what they spend it on.
     
  6. ipodtoucher macrumors 68000

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    They will honestly be happy with anything you give them, I graduated last year and gladly accepted every gift small or large. I got anywhere from $5 to $500. But my cousin just graduated this past Saturday and we gave him $50. I would say, the average gift to a close person would be $50. That was the most common I received. So I am suggesting $50 each with separate cards. Personally if I were a twin, I would feel a single card with a $100 in it to split is a tad childish. Just my two cents lol
     
  7. GfPQqmcRKUvP macrumors 68040

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    Give one of them $49.99 and the other one $50.01.
     
  8. ipodtoucher macrumors 68000

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    Hahahahaha that would be the funniest thing ever! :D But totally mean...then you would have to pick a favorite, and that is never fun lol
     
  9. rhsgolfer33 macrumors 6502a

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    I'd say $25 each. Its your friends sisters, they'll be happy with whatever you give them. Give them each separate cards and gifts. If you have more to give, go for it, but $25 each is a nice gift.

    If its college go ahead and give them more for sure. I never really understood the whole money thing for high school graduation, it doesn't really matter, there's still a long ways to go (but I did gladly accept the money when I graduated :)).
     
  10. 63dot macrumors 603

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    i don't know how old you are or how much you make, but give the most you can if these people are close to you

    why?

    ...for the majority of american adults who enter the workforce, actually more than two-thirds, a high school diploma is the highest educational achievement they will see

    just thirty years ago, it was close to 90 percent of all american adult workers having only a high school education, but as a country the usa was unrivaled (this being before the meteoric rise of japan in the 1980s)

    so i say, for anybody, give them a very nice gift (i would say a mac would be nice if one day it's your kid) and whether one goes to college or not, because graduating high school is a big achievement, and economically, one of the key reasons the usa is a world leader

    i have never been a high earner, and never will be being that i don't like the idea of working 80 hour weeks like a lot of silicon valley folks, but if i had a kid, i would give at least a couple of hundred...people who make very little pay that much on a cell phone upgrade, nicer rims on their cars, or beer and cigarettes for a month

    if one day this is your kid...give generously

    depending on how close the friend/child is, also give generously if possible because the main time to give big is usually hs graduation, college graduation, marriage, and that ain't many times in one's life

    many countries don't have a decent high school educated workforce and though some have made moves up the ladder in status, like india and china, they can still not replace the american workforce, in terms of brain power, if they can't even get many of their ranks passing high school

    ok, different topic...but in the state of california, i think one of the most important things to protect is our high schools and it should always be a priority of any governor in power to retain high school students as they approach graduation as much as possible

    there is more correlation of high school dropout rates and crime/poverty/teen pregnancy than almost any issue related to those problems

    as long as our state and nation keep high school retention a high priority, it will be hard for any nation out there to handily beat us on the world market

    and for college, yes, give more if you can, as a college degree, if one chooses that route, will add even more education and prestige to that person and help society as a whole that much more

    just my 2 cents...and i know i got way off topic and probably made it a topic for the political forums :)
     
  11. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    Ok, but how much should he give if he's not loaded? ;)

    I'd give $40 each, and 2 separate cards. They're not your friends. They're your friend's sisters, and you're not super-close. If it was someone close, I'd give more, but if you're not close, and you're still a student (you didn't say), I'd give $40 each. That sounds like a lot to me in that situation.
     
  12. c073186 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I'm three years older than they are; so yes I am still a student. I think that $30-40 each seems reasonable. I don't want to seem like I am giving too much though, because I think their family gave me like $25 or something for my own graduation, but I cannot really remember. We've known each other for like 15 years though, so I think it's okay.
     
  13. 63dot macrumors 603

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    oh, you are almost as young as they are so it probably wouldn't be appropriate, i guess, to give a ton...unless you are one of those self made computer geeks :) ... if you are you can send money my way :)

    but you have almost known them since birth...that is really cool and i have seen relationships like that last far beyond bonds just from high school, college, work, etc
     
  14. ErikCLDR macrumors 68000

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    I think I said right here.... ;)
     
  15. Fiveos22 macrumors 65816

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    Give them direction: Tell them to go to college.
     

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