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Fri Jan 27, 2017, 09:09 PM

I need HS graduation gift ideas

I have a lovely niece graduating from high school this year. She is compassionate, progressive minded young woman in a very conservative family. I want to give her something meaningful that she will cherish.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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Reply I need HS graduation gift ideas (Original post)
AJT Jan 2017 OP
scscholar Jan 2017 #1
GP6971 Jan 2017 #3
scscholar Jan 2017 #4
GP6971 Jan 2017 #5
FSogol Jan 2017 #7
elleng Jan 2017 #14
mercuryblues Jan 2017 #2
GP6971 Jan 2017 #6
shraby Jan 2017 #8
RazBerryBeret Jan 2017 #9
Texasgal Jan 2017 #10
s-cubed Jan 2017 #11
Laffy Kat Jan 2017 #13
AJT Jan 2017 #12
Girl powers Jan 2017 #15
CottonBear Jan 2017 #16
Grammy23 Jan 2017 #17

Response to AJT (Original post)

Fri Jan 27, 2017, 09:13 PM

1. Pay for their passport

 

It is very difficult to get our country's permission to travel so getting a passport early helps a lot. I wish I could get permission to travel. I live in Seattle, and Canada isn't that far away.

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Response to scscholar (Reply #1)

Fri Jan 27, 2017, 09:19 PM

3. Why can't you get a passport?

I agree it takes more time than in the past, but everyone in our family has been able to get them without any hassles.

Have you tried the Passport Card?

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Response to GP6971 (Reply #3)

Fri Jan 27, 2017, 09:21 PM

4. When Bush was our ruler, I applied and was denied.

 

I don't think Obama made things easier since several of my friends were also denied. I live in Seattle, so I would love to visit Vancouver, BC. I live so close to Canada!

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Response to scscholar (Reply #4)

Fri Jan 27, 2017, 09:25 PM

5. I'd reapply again if they don't keep your money.

I'm not familiar with the Passport Card, but I see it mentioned on the State Dept web site.

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Response to scscholar (Reply #4)

Fri Jan 27, 2017, 09:30 PM

7. There are only a few reasons you can be denied:

1. Failure to provide the requested documentation.
2. You have an outstanding warrant, are required to appear in court, are serving time for a felony, or have been convicted of international drug trafficking.
3. You owe more than $5k in back child support.
4. You are not a US Citizen.

As much as I hate to say it, Bush being President had nothing to do with it.

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Response to FSogol (Reply #7)

Sat Jan 28, 2017, 04:42 AM

14. HI, FS!

Good to see you, and great you're providing useful info.

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Response to AJT (Original post)

Fri Jan 27, 2017, 09:16 PM

2. A carm bracelet

Like Pandora with a grad cap charm. She can add to it as she goes through life.

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Response to AJT (Original post)

Fri Jan 27, 2017, 09:28 PM

6. How much do you want to spend?

And it depends what they want to do after HS. My nieces went on to college and we gave them paid subscriptions to research web sites in their particular fields.

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Response to AJT (Original post)

Fri Jan 27, 2017, 09:34 PM

8. Money is always a winner. I've found that out after accumulating 10 grandchildren who

were for the most part graduating about 1 a year. That works for birthdays and Christmas too.

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Response to AJT (Original post)

Fri Jan 27, 2017, 10:06 PM

9. Oh, the places you'll go....

Dr. Seuss book, with some cash inside is my go to graduation gift. Something she can keep, something she can spend. I love the message of this book too....

https://www.amazon.com/dp/0679805273/ref=rdr_ext_tmb

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Response to AJT (Original post)

Fri Jan 27, 2017, 11:03 PM

10. I sent a donation in my nieces name

to our local Animal Shelter for her college graduation.

It was a sizable amount and she was overwhelmed by my gift. She is a big animal lover so it worked for her!

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Response to AJT (Original post)

Sat Jan 28, 2017, 12:07 AM

11. I've given a small toolkit to several girls.

My dad gave me tools before I went to college. I was the only one who had them, so lots of people came to borrow. Great ice breaker. Plus, you can spend as much or as little as you want. Just get good tools, not cheap stuff. A hammer, a few screwdrivers of different types and sizes, a pair of pliers, maybe a toolbox.

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Response to s-cubed (Reply #11)

Sat Jan 28, 2017, 03:32 AM

13. I think that's a great idea.

I read that students with toolboxes become very popular very quickly in college dorms. Everyone needs to borrow something all the time.

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Response to AJT (Original post)

Sat Jan 28, 2017, 01:06 AM

12. Some great ideas

Thank you all so much. Katie will be heading off to Holy Cross in the fall. She's such a special young woman.

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Response to AJT (Original post)

Sat Jan 28, 2017, 07:18 AM

15. Graduation gifts for girls

I have given money AND a pair of classic pearl earrings to my 4 granddaughters, (have 5 more to go).
I wanted them to look in their jewelry box and have a token of my love.

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Response to AJT (Original post)

Sat Jan 28, 2017, 09:48 AM

16. A slender and fine silver plated letter opener.

Many years ago, my best friend gave one to me that I still use all the time. It's elegant, beautiful and useful.

You could have it engraved with the date or her initials.

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Response to AJT (Original post)

Sat Jan 28, 2017, 12:10 PM

17. A nice set of luggage is nearly always a good graduation gift. Some graduates even ask for it.

Many young people only have odds and ends or hand me downs for luggage. A nice, matched set of two or three pieces would be a useful gift.

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