Graduation Gift Etiquette and Protocol - a Brief Discussion
Do you need some tips and pointers regarding graduation gift etiquette?
Oh the joys of celebrating a milestone such as graduation! Whether it is elementary school, high school, or college, graduation is an extremely important time in a graduate's life. It signifies the end of an era and the beginning of a new era, as well as constitutes a major accomplishment in life. Graduates should be mighty proud of themselves!
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Sooner or later, you will encounter a family member, friend, neighbor, or acquaintance who will be graduating and they may invite you to their graduation ceremony, their graduation party, or both. If it is at all possible, I encourage you to go and show your support for the graduate and consider giving a gift as well.
So, what is there to know regarding graduation gift etiquette? Does graduation gift etiquette dictate that we can or cannot give certain graduation presents?
In truth, there are no "set" rules for graduation gift etiquette, but there are some common suggestions regarding such. Here, we will focus mainly on some gifts and presents which you can consider getting.
Chances are, if you've been invited to the graduation ceremony, you are family or a very close friend, so it is common for family and those close to the graduate to be a bit more generous with their gifts and presents.
Money is always a golden ticket for graduates. I'm not sure there is a graduate out there who wouldn't appreciate $20, $50, or $100 as a graduation gift. There are other common gifts you could consider as well.
For those who have a lot of money, a great graduation present is a car. Being able to bless a graduate with his / her own set of wheels is wonderful and he / she will be so delighted.
For those not looking to spend such a large amount of money, consider purchasing your graduate a new computer or laptop. Many graduates go off to college and will need and / or want a computer. There are many affordable computers these days, ranging from $400 and up.
Gift certificates or VISA gift cards make wonderful gifts. I'm sure graduates would love to receive gift cards for all sorts of places. For those who are going to be getting their own apartment or dorm, consider getting them gift cards from Bed and Bath, IKEA, Target, or Walmart. Other great places to purchase gift cards include Starbucks, American Eagle, Hollister, Abercrombie and Fitch, and Victoria Secret. If you can, ask the graduate or the graduate's parents what their favorite stores are and purchase a gift card from there.
Another common gift is a memory book. Collect pictures of the graduate and family from throughout the years and make a memory photo book out of them. There are online sites to assist with this, such as Walmart photo and Snapfish.
You simply submit the photos, add some meaningful words, quotes, or sayings, and your photo book will be created and sent to you. The fees are very affordable and graduates will love to receive such a thoughtful gift.
Other thoughtful gifts include luggage so the graduate has something to put all their stuff in when traveling, a briefcase, a digital camera or video recorder, jewelry, or decor for their new dorm room or apartment. Flowers are also a traditional gift that speaks love and warmth to a new graduate.
Remember, if you simply cannot think of that perfect gift, cash is always a viable gift that graduates can utilize - that should be quite acceptable for graduation gift etiquette.
Whatever gift you decide to give your graduate, I'm sure your graduate will love it. That, really, is the most important thing, above any graduation gift etiquette which may exist. In other word, as long as your gifts come from the heart, you do not have to be overly concerned about graduation gift etiquette.
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