Graduation – Begging for Gifts?

by Cindy Post Senning on June 7, 2013

This post originally appeared at my parenting blog The Gift of Good Manners. I will be cross posting some of my favorite content from that blog here at the Etiquette Daily. I hope you enjoy these posts as much as I enjoyed writing them.

Every year at this time we get questions about graduation from high school seniors or their parents. Probably the most common one concerns gifts, invitations, and announcements. In our book PROM AND PARTY ETIQUETTE, Peggy and I included the following in a special box:

Begging for Gifts?

“Even if the school does not place a limit on the number of invitations you can send out, you should not send invitations to people who are already included in the ceremony.  Usually gifts are given by people who receive an invitation, so it might seem like you are begging for a gift by sending invitations to teachers, parents of other graduates, or family members who live far away and are not likely to attend.

On the other hand, there is no obligation to send a gift associated with receiving an announcement. People who receive an announcement may send a congratulatory note or card (or perhaps a small gift if they choose). So, announcements are a nice way to let people know about your accomplishment without it looking as if you’re begging for a gift!” (page 77)

From PROM AND PARTY ETIQUETTE by Cindy Post Senning and Peggy Post.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

judy June 11, 2013 at 6:56 pm

If you are given a graduation gift,money. You thank the person as they give it to you.are you required to send a written thank you note?


Winifred Rosenburg June 12, 2013 at 10:03 am

Yes, you should send a written thank-you note as well.


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