Teachers, counsellors, coaches and other people who work with kids every day get invited to many graduation parties each year, especially if they’re well liked or make a significant contribution to the community. The dilemma these folks face is whether to bring a gift to every party they attend.
In general, gifts are not mandatory and it would be unrealistic to expect teachers, school staff, coaches, etc. to bring gifts to every party they attend. In fact, most grads don’t expect gifts from these people. They’re just thrilled if their mentors take the time to come to their party.
If you’re invited to a lot of parties and can’t afford to bring a gift to each one it would be nice if you could make or buy a card and write a little congratulatory message or words of wisdom to the grad. But even that’s not necessary. Just making an appearance to the party is often “gift” enough.
Are you looking for a unique graduation gift but have a limited budget or have A LOT of graduation gifts to give? Or do you just want a little “something personal” to go along with a gift of cash or a check? Then a thoughtfully created Graduation Mix CD might be the gift you’re looking for.
Burn your own Graduation Mix CD by using songs your grad loves to listen to or use a selection of songs from their favorite artists. Or do something a little different and choose a selection of graduation themed songs from familiar artists. Check out the post published earlier entitled “Songs to use for graduation” for a list of popular graduation themed songs.
Songs are copyrighted so remember to use purchased versions – buy the CD or purchase the song from a reputable online website like iTunes, Napster or Rhapsody.
Once you’ve burned your CD create a fun CD label and jewel case label for it. You can choose a design and add your own text and/or photo. There are many computer software packages that can help you do this. Or buy a CD label kit and use the software or templates that come with it. Software and kits are available . . . → Read More: Graduation Mix CD – a unique & personal gift
Need some songs to play at your graduation party? Want to create a graduation DVD or a graduation mix CD for your grad and his/her friends?
Here are some songs that will fit the bill. Remember … when using these songs be fair to the artist. Buy the CD or download the songs from a reputable online music store like iTunes, Napster or Rhapsody.
“Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” is a classic book by Dr. Seuss. Considered a children’s book, it’s inspirational and motivational for young and old alike.
If you have a lot of grads to buy for then this may be the gift idea for you. While available through most bookstores, Amazon’s list price is $17.99 but they often have it on sale or you can buy it through Amazon’s new and used resale book section for much less.
Fun and economical, some people buy several copies, one for each of their grads’ friends. Wrap one up and give it as a gift on its own or include a gift card from a book store or other favorite store. This book with a $10 gift card makes a great gift.
One creative idea is to “personalize” the pages by cutting out pictures of the grad and placing them strategically throughout the book, glueing or taping them in place to make it look as if the grad is the main character. Or cut out head shots of your grad and place them on the body of the main character. “Personalizing” the book is a lot of fun for you and your grad will have a lot of . . . → Read More: "Oh, the Places You’ll Go!" – an economical Graduation Gift
A senior year memory book lets your grad capture senior year events and memories in a time capsule like book. Pages have pre-printed sections so you can just fill in the blanks or add photos or other memorabilia. If you’re artistically challenged and can’t bear the thought of tackling a scrapbook this might be the answer for you!
There are many varieties of memory books and many companies that sell them. Look for a reputable retailer that sells a book that suits your needs and your budget.
Most of the better memory books have pages for:
- After school activities
- Current events
- Senior trends
- Future plans
- Graduation party guest signatures
- Pockets for mementos
Some retailers also offer an engraved nameplate for the cover so you can include your grad’s name and/or year of graduation.
Senior Year Memory Books make affordable and welcome gifts at any time during your grad’s senior or junior year. Think birthday gift, holiday gift or graduation gift!
Carlson Craft is a reputable company that offers a memory album. Click here to order and to see the styles they have.
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Scrapbooks and photo albums are popular ways to display photos at your graduation party. However, if scrapbooking isn’t your thing then they can be a lot of work and a lot of stress.
An alternative to traditional scrapbooking, especially if you have plenty of digital photos and if you like spending time on your computer, is to create a photo book through an online photo processor. Go to GraduationParty.com for more information on Graduation Photo Books and photo labs that offer them.
Graduation Photo Books
The first thing you need to do is decide what your book will include. Do you want to make it about your grad’s life, from baby to graduation? Do you want to include only his or her school years? Do you want to make it more recent and cover the high school years only? Or do you want to make it about their after school activities like clubs and sports?
You can create one all-inclusive book or you can create multiple books.
Most online photo processors offer a variety of sizes and styles. Here . . . → Read More: Graduation Photo Books
This is a really tough question. There’s no rule of thumb and there’s no right or wrong answer. The amount of money you give as a gift depends on a few things:
- Your relationship to the grad and how well you know them. Are you a close relative or just an acquaintance? Close relatives typically give more than friends or neighbors. But then close friends and close neighbors may give more than other friends or neighbors.
- Where you live. The state, city or even neighborhood you live in may influence how much money you give. What some people in some cities or neighborhoods give may be more or less than what some people in other cities or neighborhoods give. Ask your friends what they usually do. You don’t have to give the same amount but at least it will give you an idea of what other people do.
- How many graduation parties are you invited to. If you’re invited to one graduation party then you may be able to give a little more than if you’re invited to 5 or 6 graduation parties. Don’t feel obligated to give the same amount to each grad. If you are closer to one grad than another then it’s okay to . . . → Read More: How much money should you give as a Graduation Gift?