Most graduates will agree you can’t go wrong with money! These graduation money gifts are a very useful grad gift and you can still get creative and make it extra special!

If you prefer to just add a few bills to your card you might like these free graduation cards.  Just roll up money to make a diploma and attach to the card. What a great idea that is easy! You can write an inspirational graduation quote with your wishes.

graduation money gifts

Gift cards are another appreciated gift. Place cash or gift card in this DIY Graduation Cap Card to make it extra festive.

black grad hat with yellow tassel holds gift card

Graduation Money Gift Ideas with FREE Printables

There are so many fun ways to give money and these free gift tags make it super easy! Try all these money gift ideas! Download and print the gift tags on cardstock…. any color you choose. They all make great money gift ideas to gift cash!

Creative Ways to Gift Money

Creative Ways To Give Money

It is so exciting for the new grad, this new adventure they are starting. Let them know you think their future is bright with this creative money gift. I found the lightbulb container at a crafts store. If you can’t find a lightbulb how about putting the money inside a flashlight. That would make a super useful gift.

Bright Future Gift

bright future grad money gift

Everyone can use some cash for a rainy day.  This could be a great money gift for anyone!

Rainy Day Money Gift

something for a rainy day gift creative way to give money

Your grad will open up the umbrella and be showered with money!

cash in umbrella rainy day gift

Here are more creative ways to give money and remind someone to not blow their money all in one place. This a funny money gift sure to make your graduate giggle.

Don’t Blow It All in Once Place Gift

don't blow it in one place gift

gift cash money in tissue box

We all know college students live on pizza.  Here is a way to give them some useful dough!

Dough Money Gift

money gift you can't live on pizza so here is some dough

how to give cash

More Money Gift Ideas

These graduation gift ideas are sure to be a hit (and appreciated) because they are money!!!

Origami Grad Hats

origami graduation hats

Ballons filled with money. This gift could even double as graduation party decor and then give the grad the balloons to take home!

money balloons

Roll up the money to resemble diplomas in a money bucket, Turn dollar bills into  Money Lei is a great conversation piece and super festive.

money gift ideas

Money Tree

money tree

Help your student be prepared with an Emergency gift.

money in frame says in case of an emergency greens in clear vase beside

Money Cake can make not only a fun graduation gift but also an amazing centerpiece.

cake made of money

Wreaths are such a fun way to give money! Add some gift cards to spice it up!

a wreath made out of money

How about filling a mason jar with some money. An easy tutorial will show you how to make a graduation cap for a mason jar.
mason jar with graduation cap


Fold the bills into a graduation money necklace!

girl grad wearing money necklace

Here is another wearable money gift!

Money necklace with award on the end

How much money do you give for a Graduation Gift?

How much money to give is a  tricky question that we all struggle over. The answer to that question depends on how close you are to the grad, what educational milestone they’ve achieved, and other personal factors.

Don’t assume that a cash gift will be too impersonal – many young grads prefer to receive money because they’ve got a lot of new expenses as they start the next chapter of their lives. The National Retail Federation says that more than 50% of people give cash.

If you aren’t that close to the graduate, you might give a gift of money ranging from $20 to $50. A coworker, neighbor, or family friend might also give an amount in that range. If you’re closer, you might give more in the $50 -$100 range.  Parents or grandparents, for example, would give $100 or more.

That said, it all depends on finances and your personal situations. How much you give comes down to how much you are comfortable giving. Any amount you give will be appreciated.

I hope you love these money gift ideas they are creative ways to give cash and help you celebrate your graduate…

Hosting a Grad Party? One of these Grad cakes will make it really special.

Cindy Hopper combines a BFA in Art Education along with the practical experience of raising children to share simple crafts for kids, DIY projects, holiday inspiration, recipes, printables and approachable ideas for simple and happy living. Don’t miss a thing! Sign up to get crafty ideas, recipes, sewing tutorials and more delivered right to your inbox. Follow Skip to My Lou on FB to find out the latest news! Join me at Pinterest and Instagram for an extra dose of fun!

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  1. I love all of these ideas! Love seeing our money balloons in this too! Thank you so much for sharing!

  2. These are all such cute ideas. I have been looking for something I could do for the seniors I know. Especially since this year they are going to miss out on so much. Thanks!

  3. I came across what precisely I’m looking for. The almighty Bless you. Have a very awesome day. Ok bye

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