Friday Fun… Graduation Gifts

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Friday Fun… Graduation Gifts


  Our family has 3 graduations occurring this spring…one from college and 2 from high school. Besides well wishes, congratulations, and all kinds of parties, there is the graduation gift. 

I’m going to date myself here but I remember my aunt and uncle giving me a set of luggage when I graduated from high school.  I wasn’t the only one either. Quite a few of my friends received luggage. Perhaps that was a gentle way of saying “Time to move on!”


Of course, there were the usual gifts of money, jewelry, and fountain pens (this was after all pre-computer days.) Today, short of a round-the-world trip, I have a feeling graduates today would be happy with gifts of money.



But it’s now 2023, share with us if you wish what you received upon your high school or college graduation and what you think our kids of today want. 


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Comments (19)

Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Kathy Streib ,

How exciting you have three in the family graduates! It is that time of year and always so many activities and well wishes from family and friends. I feel many of the graduates today appreciate a monetary gift!

May 19, 2023 05:08 AM
Kathy Streib

Hi Dorie Dillard Austin TX I agree with they want a monetary gift!!!!    I don't mind that because I'd rather get them something they want. 

May 19, 2023 07:02 PM
faye schubert
Retired - Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

I remember that I got luggage and a typewriter to go to college. I was very happy to get that!

May 19, 2023 05:10 AM
Kathy Streib

faye schubert back in our day, we didn't buy our own things that we needed. Kids today would be able to buy their own phones, etc. 

May 19, 2023 07:03 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Kathy... I remember receiving jewelry as a graduation gift. Our grands all got checks from us written on the college funds we set up for them when they were born.

May 19, 2023 05:14 AM
Kathy Streib

Nina Hollander, Broker that's more practical, I think!  With tuition being so high, it's smart to start a fund when they're born. 

May 19, 2023 07:08 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Enjoy your shopping for the special graduation gifts at will always be remembered.

May 19, 2023 05:48 AM
Kathy Streib

Roy Kelley Hope that you and Chef Dolores are having a good weekend. 

May 19, 2023 07:09 PM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Good morning, Kathy.
I also got luggage for my high school graduation. That must have been the thing back then. It's actually a very logical gift as we go off to college and into life.  Or, it could have just been the gift that said: "It's time for you to move on".  LOL

Congratulations to ALL of the graduates in your family!

May 19, 2023 06:43 AM
Kathy Streib

Carol Williams I know that I received other gifts but for some reason the luggage sticks out in my mind. 

May 19, 2023 07:10 PM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I like the idea of luggage as a gift, it's very practical.  I don't recall what gifts I received for graduation but I do remember that while I was in college and had my own place, I really enjoyed receiving a dish set for the kitchen, haha.

May 19, 2023 06:44 AM
Kathy Streib

Brian England that really is practical. Not many college students could say they were happy to receive dishes as a gift.  LOL

May 19, 2023 07:12 PM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

I always do an amazon gift card. I hate sending dollars anymore. 

May 19, 2023 06:47 AM
Kathy Streib

Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty I agree. There's no way I'd trust sending money in the mail. 

May 19, 2023 07:12 PM
Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em:

We give money, let them buy their own luggage with it. Great information.  Thanks for sharing, enjoy your weekend. Bill Salvatore Arizona Elite Properties.

May 19, 2023 06:50 AM
Kathy Streib

Bill Salvatore - East Valley it took me a while to become comfortable giving money or gift cards for gifts. 

May 19, 2023 07:13 PM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

Oh my gosh Kathy, I can only imagine what a graduate in today's world would think about a gift of a fountain pen!

May 19, 2023 06:52 AM
Kathy Streib

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 they'd probably make some kind of Tik Tok challenge out of it. 

May 19, 2023 07:14 PM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Selling the Main Line & Chester County

I think kids today value money as college is so expensive, I do not think too many would know what to do with a fountain pen today.

May 19, 2023 08:24 AM
Kathy Streib

Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 I agree. It's not like it was when I went to college.  A lot has changed. 

May 19, 2023 07:14 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Kathy, I wrote 3 checks yesterday for clients' kiddos graduating, it is that time of year!

May 19, 2023 10:58 AM
Kathy Streib

Joan Cox it certainly is!!!  I'm having a small graduation party here on Sunday. 

May 19, 2023 07:15 PM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

It has been a very long time since I have bought a graduation gift. I would have to agree that money would be well received. I would have no idea how much.

May 19, 2023 04:17 PM
Kathy Streib

Sharon Tara I never know how much to give. 

May 19, 2023 07:16 PM
Paddy Deighan MBA JD PhD - Vail, CO
Paddy Deighan J.D. Ph.D

Speaking of dating ourselves … a friend purchased a Mont Blanc fountain pen for his nephew for high school graduation ! Alas, the grad didn’t know what a fountain pen  owas !!!

May 19, 2023 07:03 PM
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

My high school and college graduations were so long ago - I've completely forgotten what kinds of gifts I received.

When my granddaughter finished high school a couple of years ago, I sent an Amazon gift card.

May 19, 2023 08:14 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Wow I am with Marte Cliff  I do not recall what I got for my HS graduation... if memory serves me right it was a congratulatory dinner and now get your but in gear and go to college....Endre

May 19, 2023 10:39 PM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Luggage would have been nice!   I see a lot of peeps wrote "money" in the comments. I think I'll give my next graduating grandchild an Amazon gift card.   And congratulations to yours that are graduating!  

May 20, 2023 05:14 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

I have noticed that money is a popular gift received by my grandkids.  It's hard to go wrong with it.

May 20, 2023 07:52 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Kathy Streib - Congratulations on three graduations this spring!  I like your idea about the luggage.  At one time, that was a great gift and still can be.  It really depends on the person graduating.  One year, I brought back pearl earrings from Tahiti for my niece, and she was so excited.  I tailor the gift to the individual.  But most of the time money seems like the right choice.

May 21, 2023 11:01 AM
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

in most cases, money is the "universal" gift that never gets old.

May 22, 2023 04:03 PM