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I asked him for ideas the other day.  I believe he came up with bamboo sheets.  A homemade quilt. 

 

Seriously.  He doesn't want anything.  No class ring.  No watch.  Nothing.  

 

 

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Get him the sheets or make him the quilt.

 

 

What is the point of a class ring or a watch?

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I gave my nephew who just graduated a gas card.  But, he's signed up for the Navy, and THINGS were low on his list.  He received a brand new custom built computer from his parents, and most other gifts were just cash. 

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Get him the sheets or make him the quilt.

 

 

What is the point of a class ring or a watch?

 

 

No point I guess.  What is the point of anything?  High school graduation is a milestone and I want to mark it for him.

 

My mom might make him a quilt....I don't sew....and yes  can buy him sheets...but it isn't like a keep sake.

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No point I guess.  What is the point of anything?  High school graduation is a milestone and I want to mark it for him.

 

My mom might make him a quilt....I don't sew....and yes  can buy him sheets...but it isn't like a keep sake.

 

My keepsake was my class ring....but part of the reason it was a keepsake for me was I bought it myself....after I got pregnant my senior year.

 

DD22 didn't want any sort of keepsake.

 

And I have never met a BOY who cared about high school grad keepsake. 

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A celebratory dinner and a college education.

 

I don't get class rings. 

 

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We do a graduation party of their choice and a senior pic session. That's the gift

 

He doesn't want a party either.  But I think we can talk him into a small pool party here at the house.  I already paid for  his pics. Which he fought me tooth and nail on.  

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A celebratory dinner and a college education.

 

I don't get class rings. 

 

 

Well his dad is paying for his college education.  I guess I am helping by supplying room and board.

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A celebratory dinner and a college education.

 

I don't get class rings. 

 

For me, the class ring was a symbol of the fact that although I did have a baby in high school, I graduated on time.  I had it engraved with my name, and the year only.  The design was such that it could be worn in any situation....no chunky black antiquy stuff, real stones etc.

 

BUT, again, it carried meaning for me beyond what it carries for most. 

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Well, back in the day, my parents gave each child a set of luggage as their graduation gift.  Perhaps a not so subtle hint that it was time to get out!

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My DH is 47.  His memories of high school are mostly neutral at best.  He never went to prom, and doesn't care.  He walked at his HS graduation but honestly, I haven't never seen a graduation pic.  His parents did senior pics but even after going through his mom's hope chest, there's NOTHING from his high school graduation specifically.  He had no party.  He did join the military the week after he graduated, and there's a pic of when he signed.  That's about it.

 

And...he still doesn't care.

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We bought a 12x12" scrapbook & put favorite pix, certificates, drawings, etc.

One child got a small treasure box (at Hobby Lobby) for his keepsakes.

I would just go heavy on the sentimental, & give cash!

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I plan on doing some picture books for my kid when he graduates.  That's a nice keepsake that he might not appreciate immediately, but if he goes on to have a family later it will be enjoyed for years. 

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In my limited experience, high school graduation becomes less of a big deal if there's college to follow. Everyone talks about high school their first semester of college, then no one cares anymore. High school rings, letter jackets and sometimes boyfriends (lol) are left behind. Pictures are for parents.

Give him something he can use for college, like a new computer, a super nice backpack,sheets...or a trip to celebrate. Then let it go.

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Class rings are usually purchased sophomore year here. Interesting. I'd want to get something meaningful - maybe a watch or some other gift that could be worn (or not) for years.

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Some nice gifts my high school graduates received:

 

Leatherman tool

Small Repair kit if living in a dorm - hammer, screwdrivers, duct tape

Backpack or Messenger bag - a nice one that fits well with a padded slot for a laptop

Contigo water bottle and Thermos set (for hot drinks)

Noise canceling head phones (great for commuting and plane rides)

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Class rings come in handy years down the road when you're broke and gold is priced well enough to make it worth selling.

 

Guess what happened to mine?

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Ds will be getting money. That’s all he ever wants. I’ll probably put some in his savings acct and give him cash.

Oh, and take him and friends out to eat. He loves to eat, lol.

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Perhaps a check in the amount you would spend on something into his savings account. Does he need a suit? That could be a practical gift. Is there some kind of lessons or thing he has talked about that he won’t get himself you could surprise him with.

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Perhaps a check in the amount you would spend on something into his savings account. Does he need a suit? That could be a practical gift. Is there some kind of lessons or thing he has talked about that he won’t get himself you could surprise him with.

He wears suits 3 times a week. I just bought him a new one. He has two. And his dad gave him $500 for new clothes. He was hard pressed to spend 250 of it.

 

His dad also bought him a new lap top.

 

Ds just spent a good portion of his savings on a nice desk top computer for gaming.

 

A lesson......maybe. But he stopped piano lessons several years ago. He loves his piano though.....a nice keyboard actually.

 

I wish I could afford to buy him a real piano. THAT is a gift he would enjoy.

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I'm getting my son a new iPhone (his is at least 5 years old)

 

We will go out to fancy restaurant to celebrate.

Just family?

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I'm not a big one on high school graduation - my girls both recevied luggage because they were going to school across the country and would be traveling a lot.

I don't remember what i gave my sons.  cameras? computer equip?

 

 

if he wants sheets and a quilt - great.   give them to him.  you can make (or find) a nice quilt.

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I wish I could afford to buy him a real piano. THAT is a gift he would enjoy.

I would hold on about buying a piano though. I only bought upright pianos because I prefer condos to any homes with staircases or yards/lawns (ETA: as in no space for a grand piano). Moving an upright piano from house to house cost at least $200 here and tuning a piano is at least $80 if done annually. Also pianos don’t have headphone jacks unlike keyboards or digital pianos so it can be annoying to listen to a piano piece played daily for more than a year (which is what my husband did).

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Quilts can be keepsakes, I have several that hold a lot of sentimental value. I bought ds a passport and a t-shirt from his college.

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Nice frame for the photo you will take or have taken. You can place it on a shelf and take care of it for him until he is grown up enough to want it himself ;-)

Otherwise, here one kid got a laptop for college, another a decent carry-on suitcase. Oldest kid got a passport (still unused alas, so much for study abroad).

 

They also all got a thermal mug to keep that morning coffee or tea hot with a logo from their chosen college. Filled with their fav candy.

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Graduation cars are nice.

He has a car.

 

I do feel better knowing I should probably just stop worrying about it.

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No this is my son.  

 

His dad wants to take him on a trip.  He doesn't want to go .

 

If he could go with friends he would like it.  

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Is he commuting or living in the dorm?  If commuting, you could get his car detailed.  It's not sentimental at all, but it does have a "let me do something special for you because you graduated" vibe to it.   Up grade his floor mats.  Give him a gas card.  But it starts off the next part of his life all fresh and clean.

 

 

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Is he commuting or living in the dorm?  If commuting, you could get his car detailed.  It's not sentimental at all, but it does have a "let me do something special for you because you graduated" vibe to it.   Up grade his floor mats.  Give him a gas card.  But it starts off the next part of his life all fresh and clean.

 

That is a good idea.  I will get him a gift certificate to have his car detailed...and buy him new mats.  I actually asked him if he wanted new mats and he said no!  But I think he will be glad to have them.

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That is a good idea.  I will get him a gift certificate to have his car detailed...and buy him new mats.  I actually asked him if he wanted new mats and he said no!  But I think he will be glad to have them.

 

If he doesn't want the mats, maybe skip those and get him a car kit?  Something like jumper cables, flash light with batteries, a couple of basic tools, phone number for a tow company etc etc. 

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No this is my son.

 

His dad wants to take him on a trip. He doesn't want to go .

 

If he could go with friends he would like it.

I don't know what the relationship between your ex and your DS is (I know between you and ex is not great). If the son and dad relationship is OK, I might suggest to do that going on a small trip with Dad would be a nice thing to do for his dad since this may be the last time they can do something like this. Then I'd say no more. If the relationship is problematic I'd say nothing.

 

I get a car related gift, based on your other details.

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I don't know what the relationship between your ex and your DS is (I know between you and ex is not great). If the son and dad relationship is OK, I might suggest to do that going on a small trip with Dad would be a nice thing to do for his dad since this may be the last time they can do something like this. Then I'd say no more. If the relationship is problematic I'd say nothing.

 

I get a car related gift, based on your other details.

 

 

My XH and I get along fine.  And he and ds get along ok.  They just have very different lives.  I did some looking at Alaskan cruises and showed to ds and he said, 'would be fun if I was doing it with my friends.'  So he will just have to decide what he wants to do about that.

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If he doesn't want the mats, maybe skip those and get him a car kit?  Something like jumper cables, flash light with batteries, a couple of basic tools, phone number for a tow company etc etc. 

 

Car kit is another excellent idea.

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That is a good idea.  I will get him a gift certificate to have his car detailed...and buy him new mats.  I actually asked him if he wanted new mats and he said no!  But I think he will be glad to have them.

 

I'm thinking you live in snow land. The Weather Tech and ones like that with all the little compartments to catch mud and melted snow are nice.  Also works well when someone drops a soda on the floor.  You can just pick it up level and then flip the liquid out. 

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I just wanted to add that I'm sorry if I came across mean in any way. 

My girl is leaving for college this fall, and I do understand that high school graduation is a rite of passage.

And it is for you (and me), too. 

 

So...hugs to you. Scarlett. 

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I'm thinking you live in snow land. The Weather Tech and ones like that with all the little compartments to catch mud and melted snow are nice. Also works well when someone drops a soda on the floor. You can just pick it up level and then flip the liquid out.

They can hold a 64oz drink really well.....

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My keepsake was my class ring....but part of the reason it was a keepsake for me was I bought it myself....after I got pregnant my senior year.

 

DD22 didn't want any sort of keepsake.

 

And I have never met a BOY who cared about high school grad keepsake. 

Such a cool gift. The ultimate gift that keeps on giving. My son came way after after HS, but he is the most precious gift of all.

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No this is my son.

 

His dad wants to take him on a trip. He doesn't want to go .

 

If he could go with friends he would like it.

We gave our son a plane ticket to be used to go anywhere sometime in the future. He ended up using it to go backpacking with friends in Europe the summer after his junior year of college. Edited by Frances

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Class rings come in handy years down the road when you're broke and gold is priced well enough to make it worth selling.

 

Guess what happened to mine?

Or when your housekeeper swipes it and sells it for the gold.

 

Guess what happened to mine? Lol

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I think mine is getting a nice guitar. His was a starter. He recently picked out a guitar for dad and noticed the difference in sound.

 

I've already been asked what he wants by a family member. I have to say something inexpensive, but memorable to this person so I'm following this.

 

PS both me and my dad lost our class rings at the beach. I'm not even going to bother with one for him. He would like a more rock and roll type ring anyway.

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I asked him for ideas the other day.  I believe he came up with bamboo sheets.  A homemade quilt. 

 

Seriously.  He doesn't want anything.  No class ring.  No watch.  Nothing.

 

 

Tee shirt quilts make great graduation presents. I'm planning to make DS a quilt with all of his fencing shirts from competitions and camps. If your DS has a bunch of graphic tees, maybe you could ask your mom to make a quilt with them? Even if he only has a few, you can add strips of fabric in between and a wide border, or add some blank blocks for friends to sign in fabric marker. 

 

Here are a couple of (randomly googled) examples. For a twin size, obviously you wouldn't need as many shirts.

 

Block style:

 

oak-hills-high-school-cincinnati-ohio-t-

 

Patchwork style:

 

boraas.jpg

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