by Stephanie


At first, I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect for graduation.

I figured I would get a few things from obviously my parents and close relative, but I was not sure exactly how much. When my parents and grandparents each gave me $1000 I was quite surprised!

I got around $50 or $100 from each of my friends and family friends. I did not expect gifts from my parent’s friends, but they were very generous.
Although money is great, I probably would have also liked sentimental gifts from my friends because it would have showed more thought. I also really liked all my graduation cards, they meant a lot to me and carried special meaning. I kept them all and put them in a scrapbook that I kept until this day.

Each year after I graduated I had friends who graduated as well and I made them scrapbooks with pictures of us which I think was very special. Instead of giving just money I made something from my heart and something that they will look back on and cherish forever.

Graduating is a very liberating and great experience that proper etiquette in the gift giving is crucial. It is also very important to have good etiquette when receiving the gifts as well, as you should always write a thank you letter to show that you appreciated it.

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