Cleveland Metro News reports that most people feel that it is appropriate to give between $50 and $100 to a high school or college graduate as a gift. Of the 1,200 people surveyed, only 6 percent stated that it was not important to present the graduate with a gift.
According to the newspaper, the Make College Count website also stated that those who are related to the graduate should plan to give between $20 and $50 as a gift. When it comes to deciding whether to give money or a gift to the high school graduate, it is best to consider the graduate's personality and preferences. However, in general, most graduates prefer cash gifts.