Sara (sara_k_s) wrote in thequestionclub,

What graduation gift should I give my sister?

My sister just graduated from grad school, and I would like to give her a gift. My budget is ~$250.

My sister is really into fashion, clothes, and shoes, and I am not, so I would not be comfortable picking something for her. She starts her job in a couple of weeks, so she won't be getting paid for a while. She is moving to another city, but she has been living in an apartment for years, so she already has all the basics.

Some of the gifts I'm considering:
  • Some really expensive sunglasses or a purse from her wish list.
  • A gift certificate to her favorite clothing store.
  • A gift card to Target.
  • A Visa or Mastercard gift card.
  • A check for $250.
  • I'm open to other suggestions.

I don't usually like to give money or gift cards because they seem kind of impersonal, but in this situation, it seems like it might be nice for her to have some extra spending money while she's waiting for her first paycheck.

Also, I found an article on how much to spend on a graduation gift, and it said the average gift is $165 for high school, $464 for college, and $772 for grad school. I thought I was being generous with $250, but according to that, I am cheap by a factor of 3! How much would you consider a good gift for each level of school?
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