GRAND RAPIDS (Mich) WOTV - Have a family or friend that's graduating high school or college soon? Consider these tips to make sure you can easily stay within your budget while showing those you love that you're excited for their accomplishments and future goals.
Is a gift always needed? Not every announcement you receive requires a gift. A general rule of thumb is if you don't recognize the name when you receive the announcement, a gift isn't expected. If it's a family member, a small gift or card would be nice.
How best to acknowledge? If time allows you to get creative while being kind to your budget, do it! Cash is really appreciated, but certainly don't underestimate the power of a kind small gift, card, phone call, or even an email. Express how proud you are of his/her achievements and the confidence you have in his/her future. Looking for a gift under $50? Check out this About.com page for some great ideas for consideration.
How much should I spend? This is one of those cases where it truly is the thought that counts and there's no set rule. Without a doubt, only purchase items or gift cards that are within your budget. Whether you give a homemade card with a sincere message or even a new computer, the graduate will be touched by your thoughtfulness during this exciting time of celebration.
When should I give the gift? Ship your gift or drop it off during an open house if the graduate is having one. We recommend not taking it to the actual ceremony as it could easily get lost in that shuffle.
Staying within your budget is the smartest gift of all. That being said, it's important to show your support to the graduate as he/she heads out to conquer the world.
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