What is the etiquette for giving money as a gift?


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When giving money as a gift, general etiquette includes giving $100 to $200 per person as a wedding gift, giving between $15 and $50 for a high school graduation of a close friend or family member, and avoiding giving monetary gifts to a significant other. You should generally avoid giving cash gift to close friends and family members with the exception of big life events such as graduations and weddings.

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Give an amount you feel is appropriate for the occasion, but never give so much that it strains your budget. When deciding how much to give as a wedding gift, keep in mind that the amount should at least cover the price of the reception dinner, with $100 as a generally accepted minimum. The appropriate gift for most modern weddings is between $150 to $200 per person attending, but this may vary depending on your relationship with the couple.

Cash gifts are not an obligation if you receive a graduation announcement, although sending a card of congratulations is proper etiquette. However, a gift is appropriate if you are invited to the ceremony. Gifts of $50 to $100 are appropriate for both high school and college graduations, but relatives can consider giving $20 to $50, while close friends should aim for $15 to $50.

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