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Gift Ideas For Graduation

Updated on December 6, 2015


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The Graduation Gift That All Graduates Will Love!

Are you looking for the perfect Graduation Gift? I hope I can help you.Shopping for Graduation Gifts can be a dreaded chore or a lot of creative fun! You want to give the graduate something special and of course, something that they want.I remember when I was graduating from high school and college, I wanted people to give me money for my gift. I wanted to pick out the things that I needed and wanted. Our children were the same way. They wanted money more than any other gift so they could do what they wanted with it.I always disliked giving money as a Graduation Gift because it didn't show much thought or creativity and definitely did not seem personal. Well, I finally figured out a way to give both money and a personal gift and I wanted to share my idea with you. You see, I like to give the graduate what they want but I also like to be creative and make the gift more personal.Hope you like my ideas. I have also added other gifts such as the Graduation Cap Bead Charm and other Graduation Jewelry and Graduation Books.Photo by OhMe of a Pendleton High School Senior's cap taken at the 2012 PHS Baccalaureate Service in Pendleton SC sponsored by Pendleton United Methodist Church in Pendleton, SC.

I am so thankful that the Baccalaureate Services for our PHS graduates continue.

How About A Little Pomp and Circumstance While You Shop For That Great Graduation Gift - It always gives me chills to hear the Graduation March Song

I usually get a little teary eyed, too! Congratulations to all the graduates! Enjoy the Memories!

Congratulations Graduates

Graduation Gift Ideas
Graduation Gift Ideas

Personalize Your Graduation Gift Of Money

Package your Gift in a Gift! Be creative!

That's right! You can make that gift of a check or cash seem personal by selecting a special bank for the graduate. You can even get a small brass plaque from your jewelry store and have it engraved with the graduates name, date of graduation and the school he or she is graduating from. It might even be possible to find a bank that you can hand paint their name and information.Also, a new wallet can be filled with cash or a check and I don't know many people who could not use a new wallet. Do you?This way the graduate will have the needed money to purchase what he or she wants and will also have a treasured gift to keep and remember you by. Now, isn't that a great suggestion?Photo Photo taken at the 2012 Pendleton High School Baccalaureate Service in Pendleton SC. It was a beautiful service and I understand that the 2013 was, too. It was sponsored by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Gifts for your Money Gift

Book Safe for Hiding Money

Southwest Specialty Products 60001S Book Diversion Safe, Title of Book May Vary
Southwest Specialty Products 60001S Book Diversion Safe, Title of Book May Vary

I think college students would really like one of these but then high school graduates would probably think it was a cool gift, too, especially if it had some cash in it. They can hide their money right in their bookcase.


A Book Safe to give your money gift - Very clever gift especially when you actually add some money!

A Book Safe makes a great graduation gift. A friend of mine gave my son one years ago and I think he still uses it. This is a very unique way to give the gift of money.

I think this is a great idea and one that the graduate will remember and use for many years especially through college years. Of course, the graduate will love what you put inside and I am not sure it will be for safe keeping. Maybe.

What about a Puzzle Gift for Money?

Puzzle Gift for Money

Bilz Obstacle - puzzle gift for money or gift certificates (Maze Bank)
Bilz Obstacle - puzzle gift for money or gift certificates (Maze Bank)

See how smart the graduate really is with this Obstacle Puzzle Gift. Make your graduation gift a little challenging. It will be fun to see what kind of reaction you get from giving a gift to determine exactly how smart or clever the graduate really is.


Give money hidden in this puzzle - It's different and fun for the Graduate

Now you can make it a little challenging for the graduate to get to their gift of money. See how smart the graduate really is.

A puzzle box filled with some cash would sure be a gift that the graduate would remember and the graduate could keep it for a long time and maybe even pass on to the next generation. Be creative and make it a gift that they won't forget

An Engraved Money Clip for your money Gift - Especially if you have a large bill clipped inside

You may want to add an inspirational message on the money clip because this may be a gift that the graduate will keep for many years. Don't underestimate the power of a the gift of money.

Kenneth Cole REACTION Men's Money Clip,Silver,One Size
Kenneth Cole REACTION Men's Money Clip,Silver,One Size

Money Clips can be personalized to make this a very special gift. Just clip the amount of money that you want to give the graduate or a check to the money clip and wrap it up. Voila! A great gift and the graduate will love the money and also the money clip. Think of something clever for the engraving but not something that would embarrass the graduate. The initials are always safe as well as the school letters and year of graduation.The design is simple and classy and timeless. I searched around Amazon for a good money clip to post and this was got the best reviews from purchasers.


What About A Fun Piggy Bank To Take To College - Just put your money gift right inside!

I love Piggy Banks and don't know many people who don't! Notice the top of this one. It even calculates what you put in.

Mary Meyer Print Pizzazz 6" Piggy Bank Peace Design
Mary Meyer Print Pizzazz 6" Piggy Bank Peace Design

Buying for someone "artsy"? I love the Pizzazz in this Piggy Bank and it will have even more Pizzazz with a little folding money inside.


A Whimsical Piggie Bank Would Be Fun For The Girl College Gift - but I don't think the guys would appreciate it much!

Can't you just see this one in a college dorm room? This happy looking piggy bank is just begging for some money.

There are so many unique Piggy Banks on Amazon and I couldn't feature them all so please feel free to click this one and go browse around to see all the others. You will want to find just the right one and I feel sure you will. There are so many to choose from and each has its own personality.

Would you give a bank with money in it for a Graduation Gift?

What do you think of this idea for a Graduation Gift?

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Unique Banks on Amazon - Make your gift of money even more fun and interesting

It is fun to come up with some really unique and clever way to give your gift of money and I think the ones featured here would be perfect. You could go ahead and put some change in it to get them started - maybe $5 worth or so. If you are really feeling generous, you could do as much as $100 in change. I don't know anyone who would not appreciate that, do you?

Other Special Selections for the Graduate

Pandora Graduation Bead - Give a Graduation Bead to add to the graduate's Pandora Bracelet

This Pandora Graduation Bead would be the perfect gift for the graduate with a Pandora Bracelet so they will always remember their special Graduation Day.

You can find many to choose from on Amazon so just click any of the gift items on this page and you will go straight there where you can browse and search all of the Pandora Graduation Beads.

You Can Imagine It!

This beautiful graduation necklace has been the most popular gift on this page - A wonderful graduation gift and a keepsake

This beautiful 14k Yellow Gold 18 inch necklace has the following inscribed: "If You Can Imagine It, You Can Achieve It. If You Can Dream It, You Can Become It". This necklace has been very popular.

The graduate will appreciate being able to wear this inspiring message and will think of you whenever she wears it. It will become a treasured keepsake.

I don't know any young lady who would not appreciate this beautiful necklace for graduation.

Congratulations to all the Graduates!

Oh, The Places You'll Go! by Dr. Seuss - A great Dr. Seuss story for the graduate!

I love this and it was wonderful read by a student at our local high school's baccalaureate service.



Congratulations to ALL Graduates Everywhere!Anyone may leave a comment and I hope you do. Your comment is appreciated and will appear when approved. Thanks so much for taking the time to do this. I am very interested to know if you found what you were looking for here or whether you have another suggestion for a great graduation gift. Give a gift that will be remembered.

Thank You For Visiting and I Hope You Got A Great Graduation Gift Idea - Maybe You Would Like To Share Your Graduation Gift Ideas. Please do!

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    • VioletteRose LM profile image

      VioletteRose LM 3 years ago

      They all look really nice :)

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      BodyHairRemoval 3 years ago

      Some very thoughtful gift ideas.

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      Charito Maranan-Montecillo 3 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      I think the piggy banks have really cool designs! I like them.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 3 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @GypsyOwl: I like that too, GypsyOwl, and evidently a good many people do because I have sold some from this page.

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      Deb Bryan 3 years ago from Chico California

      My favorite graduation gift is the necklace with moon and star which says "If You Can Imagine It, You Can Achieve It. If You Can Dream It, You Can Become It".

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      Cheryl Paton 3 years ago from West Virginia

      Oh the places you'll go, is one of the best gift ideas. I like the puzzle idea too. : )

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      Gloria Freeman 4 years ago from Alabama USA

      Hi you have great gifts ideas for people who graduate.

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      Birthday Wishes 4 years ago from Here

      So many great gifts for people who graduate! Thanks a lot for sharing this wonderful lens!!!

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      ProfessionalGames 4 years ago

      Why not give the new grad the LAWSUIT! board game for the wannabe-lawyer, or the grad who just wants to relax and have fun playing a unique, fun, board game with friends or family? Its won 6 "Game of the Year" awards

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      KimGiancaterino 4 years ago

      These are all excellent graduation gift ideas. I've given several diploma frames as gifts. It's easy to frame cash or a check too! Everyone in our family wants money the most.

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      ConvenientCalendar 4 years ago

      Great ideas! Cash usually works!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @Aunt-Mollie: Thanks for the great comment. Yes, I do have an Amazon Gift Card on this page but it must not be in a very good if it isn't noticeable. I posted the printable gift card instead of the actual card so maybe I should switch the other. Thanks

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      jengilbert 4 years ago

      Love thing Gift idea. Hope I can receive one this year. Your lens is very nice, keep posting!

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      Aunt-Mollie 4 years ago

      Wonderful ideas that any graduate would love. When in doubt, especially for friends' children that you might not know that well, you can always delight with an Amazon gift card. You might want to add that to this great list, too.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @CamelliaPenny: Pens are a great idea. I should add some nice ones here. Thanks

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      Perrin 4 years ago from South Carolina

      I love Oh the Places You'll Go! My grandmother gave me a copy when I graduated from high school in 1990. Great ideas about the diversion safes!! I have never thought of those. I usually like to give a nice pen. I received a couple of nice sterling ones from Tiffany & Co when I graduated, and I loved them.

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      cmadden 4 years ago

      Some great ideas here. Enjoyed your lens!

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      malikaehf 4 years ago

      I really like your graduation gift ideas, thanks for sharing them with us.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      This is really funny, I just finished a graduation hat a few hours ago. It will be a college graduation gift for my brothers girfriend. Instead of money, I decided to give her a pearl - as a metaphor, since she was really hard working student. Really nice lens, I enjoyed reading it.

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      rainbowbutterfl1 5 years ago

      Smart gift ideas :). The piggy bank idea is what I like most .

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      entetrix 5 years ago

      So many ideas! Great lense!

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      Ajeet 5 years ago

      I would have loved to receive these for my graduation.

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      loveanime22 5 years ago

      great gift ideas

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      victoriahaneveer 5 years ago

      The Swiss Army knife is cool

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      MrMojo01 5 years ago

      Great lens with a lot of good ideas!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @alina nicoleta92: Congratulations to you!

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      alina nicoleta92 5 years ago

      Awesome lens and I just graduated highschool.

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      OliviaDaughter LM 5 years ago

      Great Lens. Thanks for sharing !

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      lilblackdress lm 5 years ago

      Lots of great ideas here!

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      Camden1 5 years ago

      Great tips for anytime that you give money as a gift.

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      TheJVilleKid 5 years ago

      We gave gifts of cash the last few years. It was based on the year, this year was $20.12 and so on. This seems to work well for someone who may not be as close to you as others as they may be expecting a little more.

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      UKGhostwriter 5 years ago

      Fantastic! - great resource!

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      Darcie French 5 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

      When I graduated from college my folks gave me a gorgeous leather brief case, I still treasure it

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      This is a great resource for anyone looking for a graduation gift idea. Those kids have worked incredibly hard to get to the point of graduating and so rewarding them seems such a natural thing to do. Congratulations to all this year's graduates.

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      antoniow 5 years ago

      Very nice lens!well done!

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      mitjag999 5 years ago

      great ideas, i'will definitely use gift ideas for graduation soon...

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      bwet 5 years ago

      wow great ideas for graduation. I've graduated a long time ago already but have some family members who will be graduating soon. will check those recommended items out!

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      ogrote 5 years ago

      Great lens. Good ideas.

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      tomazg 5 years ago

      I really like the idea of giving a book safe with some money in it.

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      oakstreet 5 years ago

      Your len remind me of my graduation a long time ago and I hope I can have another graduation in the future. Great len and a "like" from me.

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      Michelle1959 5 years ago

      Certainly a host of ideas - and many rather unique ones!

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      jseven lm 5 years ago

      Great graduation gift lens!

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      sittonbull 5 years ago

      Great lens with good timing for folks with graduates!

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      Joan4 5 years ago

      Congratulations! Top 100!! Wow!

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      AlleyCatLane 5 years ago

      You have gathered some really great graduation products here. Nice job.

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      WorldVisionary3 5 years ago

      Congratulations on your son's graduation! Very nice selections for graduates gifts.

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      Little Linda Pinda 5 years ago from Florida

      Great graduation ideas. My daughter just graduated this past weekend, longtime coming but she did it.

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      Lisa Morris 5 years ago

      Great graduation gift ideas. You have been blessed.

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      AngryBaker 5 years ago

      nice ideas

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      Satdin 5 years ago

      Excellent lense and excellent Idea. Really like it.

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      Miska29 5 years ago

      Wounderful... Oh, my memories... :)

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      Patricia 5 years ago

      We are coming upon that time of year...

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      GypsyOwl2 5 years ago

      Wonderful graduation gifts!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Happy April Fool's Day

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      MGuberti 5 years ago

      Great Ideas! Thanks for the good-quality content!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Good ideas! thanks

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      gravityx9 5 years ago

      fun lens! Pinned @ Pinterest! Thx for stopping by my AntiValentine lens! :D

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      ideadesigns 5 years ago

      Graduates need so much encouragement in their final year of school. Whatever they decide to do after that, they must know that they are LOVED and get that encouragement even all the time that follows to keep them on track. Lots of prayer can't hurt either :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Cool gift ideas for the graduating students indeed!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      enjoyed visiting and reading this tonight, thanks for the write up.

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      Bill Armstrong 6 years ago from Valencia, California

      Nice ideas

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      lommebok 6 years ago

      Good ideas! Check my squid if you wanna make your gifts more personal ;)

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      Steve Jones 6 years ago from Birmingham UK

      very nice lense indeed.

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      JennySui 6 years ago

      Fantastic Lens! Thanks for all the ideas! :)

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      CofCJenny LM 6 years ago

      You know, I never thought about giving a bank! That's actually a really great idea, wish someone would have done that for me!! lol!

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      BeyondRoses 6 years ago

      When giving a gift card, I like to put it in a lovely box, then tie with a pretty ribbon. Love your cash gift in the wallet idea!

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      puzzlerpaige 6 years ago

      Great ideas Ohme. Money is a great gift but, like you, I also like to give something a bit more personal. I love your wallet idea.

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      dogface lm 6 years ago

      Nice gifts. :-) Thanks for sharing

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Great lens. Thanks

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      good graduation gift ideas - I love the watches.

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      pheonix76 6 years ago from WNY

      Great ideas here! Wonderful ways to give both a gift and money. :D I have received money in books by my favorite authors and in bouquets of flowers as well --- both of which had a personal touch. ;)

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      Krafick 6 years ago

      Wonderful lens with great gift ideas. Rafick

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      Mary Crowther 6 years ago from Havre de Grace

      I like your idea of giving money with a small gift attached. Good lens!

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      Treasures By Brenda 6 years ago from Canada

      These ARE great ideas, Nancy. My son is graduating from Grade 12 this year and I know he would appreciate many of the items on your list.

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      Dianne Loomos 6 years ago

      Great ideas for personalizing a gift of money. I do think grads probably prefer cash and these are fun ways to give it.

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      Susan Deppner 6 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I love your ideas - each one was better than the one before. The GPS to help the grad always find the way home is wonderful - but then the "shake and wake" alarm clock would be absolutely perfect for probably more graduates who care to admit they need one. Great grad gift ideas!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Nancy, its nice to visit again and see this page doing so extremely well. --- You are so dear to me, and Squid Angel Tipi just blessed this, ... because its great! XOs

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      CruiseReady 6 years ago from East Central Florida

      Very clever ideas for giving money for graduation ... or any occasion. I think the wallet and book safe are the best ones.

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      termit_bronx 6 years ago

      Thanks for all the ideas! :)

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      ElizabethJeanAl 6 years ago

      I watched many of my students graduate last night. I love the Pomp and Circumstance.

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 6 years ago

      Got my fingers crossed for you...Lord only knows you have worked for it!

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      Joan4 6 years ago

      Back for some gift ideas for a special graduate - and to +1 this page!

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      TANITU LM 6 years ago

      Fantastic Lens ! Please Enjoy My Graduation Gift Lens. Congrats To All GRADS *

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      AuthorNormaBudden 6 years ago

      This is a super lens. It was refreshing to come back into your neck of the woods again. :) Blessed and featured at Memorial Day Blessings 2011.

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      Cynthia Davis 6 years ago from Pittsburgh

      I couldn't agree more. I feel that a money gift is so impersonal, I love your graduation ideas!Blessed by a Squid Angel**

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      Rockett LM 6 years ago

      Very cool green pokadot piggy bank. Want one for myself! LOL. Great ideas here. I agree with you ... handing over money seems too impersonal.

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      momsfunny 6 years ago

      Nice ideas. But I suggest, don't give money. It is better to pick a gift for them. It's the thought that counts.

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      sujaysen 6 years ago

      Nice lens.

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      ColorPetGifts 6 years ago

      My folks gave me a gorgeous leather briefcase when I graduated from college, still use it and love it. Money's always a great grad gift, of course -:)

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      netlawman0 6 years ago

      Great Idea for Gift for Graduation :)privacy policy

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      pinkrenegade lm 6 years ago

      Very nice ideas. I am suggesting something useful.

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      Michey LM 6 years ago

      You gave a great collection here... By the way I like personalize gifts... you really feel that somebody thinks of you...Regards

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      Joycevoice 6 years ago

      I really like your idea of a book safe. Perfect for going off to college

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      Heard_Zazzle 6 years ago

      Wonderful gift ideas. I've featured it on my Graduation Station lens.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Thanks. This is very helpful

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      Sandy Mertens 6 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Wonderful graduation ideas.

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      Patricia 6 years ago

      Cool gifts! You must be proud of your son!

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      OrganicMom247 6 years ago

      Wallet and money inside. That's a good idea. The receiver will be surprise that he/she has an additional gift. It would really make them happy.

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      Philippians468 6 years ago

      perhaps another way would be to ask the graduating class to pool together a sum of money to be given to the existing students as scholarship funds! cheers

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 6 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @ElizabethJeanAl: A friend gave our son one for graduation and he still uses it.