How Much to Spend on a Graduation Gift?

June 14, 2012    |    By +
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I’m going to break the price of graduation gifts down for you. Time Magazine estimated that Americans will spend 4.7 billion dollars on Graduation this year. That is a lot of gift giving going on! Of course, you are never obligated to send a graduation gift. You are only required to give a gift if you attend the graduation ceremony or party. Of course, you know the people who are expecting gifts anyway and it’s up to you how you handle those relationships.

But, if you are still searching for an answer on what you should spend, here are my guidelines:

What do you think the average person should spend on a Graduation Gift? Comment & let us know!

See our previous post Graduation 101 for more rules on graduation gift giving.

Happy gifting & congrats to all of those grads out there!

Mortarboard courtesy of Southeastern Technical College


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