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Old 06-08-2012, 06:40 AM
 
Location: Simmering in DFW
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Default How much $$$ for HS grad?

His step mother is my (former) step daughter but he has grown up totally living in her home. I was her stepmom for 18 years until I was widiwed from her Dad 12 years ago. We stay in touch mostly thru email, facebook, etc. and I see this young man about once a year but have known him since he was 3. I am financially comfortable but I don't want to "show up" his real grandparents. I have been wavering between $50 and $100, but my DH says the right amount is $200 and that $50 is like your decrepit grandmom giving you $20 in our time

Seeking monetary amount suggestions....the gift will be money. He will be going to college in the Fall on student loans
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Old 06-09-2012, 10:39 AM
 
Location: Summerville, SC
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If you can comfortably afford $200, that would be a nice amount. In this day and age, that *might* cover books for two of his classes in the fall.
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Old 06-10-2012, 09:55 AM
 
Location: Rogers, Arkansas
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I think it depends on where you live. Here, grandparents tend to give $100-$150, and more distant relatives such as aunts or family like you would give $50.
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Old 06-10-2012, 12:05 PM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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It also depends on the family. We have small graduation parties with just relatives and we don't give gifts at all (although, I think that is somewhat unusual).

But. my children have mentioned friends collecting (what I would consider) large amounts of money at their large parties like $1,000 to $2,000 total.
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Old 06-12-2012, 12:04 PM
 
Location: Huntsville, AL
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We just gave my nephew (he's also grandchild #1) $250. I believe he collected a total of around $1,800.
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Old 06-15-2012, 06:21 AM
 
Location: The Hall of Justice
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I think whatever you can afford is fine. It's a gift! I would estimate that $50 is birthday present level. This boy will only graduate high school once, so I'd say it's a more special occasion, but not as special as graduating college or getting married. I'd say $100 for graduation since you can afford it, and you can step it up for later, even more momentous occasions if you want to. You are not direct, immediate bloodline to this boy, so I think $100 is very sweet and generous.

However, if your husband is adamant, a bigger gift would be welcome, I'm sure. But I doubt anybody is expecting such an amount.
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