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Old 04-29-2009, 11:08 PM
 
Location: New Creek, WV
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I didn't receive anything when I graduated from High School... actually never heard of giving a gift for that. :/

Totally got a card from my mom for graduating from college, and she came all the way down to where I live to see me. That was the best gift anyone could give- to see my family since I am so far away.

When my husband graduated from college, he got dinner (at a nice restaurant).

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Old 04-29-2009, 11:25 PM
 
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Thanks everyone - those are all great ideas. I especially love the quilt idea. I suppose I could ask at the fabric store to find a quilter - I am definitely NOT that talented!

The quilt would really be special as well because when she was born I designed and embroidered a baby blanket for her (back before my own kids were born when I had time a plenty!). She drug it around for years until it was grey and shredded. A new blanket would be a symbolic milestone.
You should also check with some of your local churches for a quilter as well if you go that route. Some churches have groups of ladies and or men that get together and make charitable quilts. Some are novices and others are more experienced and can do a better quilting job than just putting together large blocks.

If you know how to do any straight stitch sewing a memory quilt or even an autograph quilt can be put together rather easy. You could always tie it rather that have it quilted. Probably the hardest and lengthy part would be binding it, but I would bet that someone at a quilt shop would show you how if you don't know how to.

A quilt is a great way to give someone something personal. If you can't afford a bedsized quilt, you can always make a wall hanging that can still be just as personal and decorative. You could even use some old t-shirts if there is still some around that a person really liked but either are to small to wear or to full of holes or stains.

I've made and given them as wedding gifts. I ask the bride and groom what each of their favorite color is and then I put a quilt together using their favorite colors. The couples have thought that the gift was so thoughtful that even the grooms teared up a bit when they opened it.
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Old 05-18-2009, 01:57 PM
 
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OK - I ended up getting my niece a tote bag that she really wanted and had it monogrammed. She was pleased with it as it was in her school colors and the monogram was a surprise, but I also gave her something else that she totally loved and told me was her favorite gift...drumroll....

A blank check made out for $25 that she could endorse to her favorite charity.

She was so tickled and immediately started thinking of places she wanted to give the money to. I included a little note that she could include with the check explaining the gift so that the charity would know that it really came from her. I think she has settled on giving the donation to a stable near her that provides riding lessons for disabled kids.

I loved the fact that she loved my gift...
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Old 05-18-2009, 02:15 PM
 
Location: chicagoland
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OK - I ended up getting my niece a tote bag that she really wanted and had it monogrammed. She was pleased with it as it was in her school colors and the monogram was a surprise, but I also gave her something else that she totally loved and told me was her favorite gift...drumroll....

A blank check made out for $25 that she could endorse to her favorite charity.

She was so tickled and immediately started thinking of places she wanted to give the money to. I included a little note that she could include with the check explaining the gift so that the charity would know that it really came from her. I think she has settled on giving the donation to a stable near her that provides riding lessons for disabled kids.

I loved the fact that she loved my gift...


VERY nice! What a beautiful gift. What's even better is the fact that she loved it so much. Sounds like a great kid
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