May Giveaway Day Is Here!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

I had so much fun with the December Sew Mama Sew! Giveaway I knew I had to sign up for the May Giveaway! This giveaway doesn't come without guilt, however. School ends next week for the Fab 5 and it is CRAZY here to say the least, Hayley's graduating high school (sniff, sob), there are the end of the year parties, teacher gifts, my youngest son's class is doing a play tonight, we have an awards banquet the 28th. . .I could go on. . .but I think you've got the picture. So instead of a handmade gift, my giveaway is my very own pillowcase pattern with some very special fabric. . .

Heather Ross is one of my favorite designers so included with the pattern you'll receive the Happy Campers, dots, and stripes all from her Lightning Bugs & Other Mysteries fabric line. The fabric has been precut to the pattern specifications so once you receive it all you have to do is sew it up!

I'll let the randomizer choose a lucky winner. I am asking that each of you include in your comment what your ideas are for a nice high school graduation gift for both a boy and a girl.

Happy blogging all. . .and thank goodness it's summer~I'm ready to have my kids back. Oh, and the game closes 12 midnight PDT on May 31, 2009. Thanks for stopping by. . . .

363 comments:

  1. How cool! A new giveaway! Thank you!
    I just love this line of fabric too!
    The end of school year seems early where you live! We still have school in France until the 1st of July!
    Have fun with your kids!

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  2. Isn't Heather Ross great?! I love her designs:)
    For my graduation, my parents gave me a high quality, classicaly styled watch. It's timeless (I still wear it today) & perfect for a girl or boy!

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  3. When my brother graduated high school (4 years ago) I bought him an iPod and an attachment that enabled him to record onto it. I intended it to be used during his college classes, recording the lecture for studying later. I don't think it was used that way. :)

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  4. super cute fabric. I love pillowcases and this fabric will match my new quilt that I swear will be done before 2010...or so i hope!

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  5. Wow, I'm sad because my oldest is "graduating" kindergarden; it seems like she was just born. They grow up way to fast!

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  6. What a great giveaway. I love Heather Ross fabrics too, they are so soft. I think a quilt is the perfect graduation gift! But also if they are going off to college a small point and shoot camera, or flip video would be fun.

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  7. Love Heather Ross! For graduation, my mother made each of us kids a queen size quilt, so that we would have it always and use it throughout our lives. Works for boys and girls both! I treasure mine.

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  8. Lovely giveaway! When my granddaughter graduated last year I gave her money. Her mom made her a money tree. She had been working part time (still is) and saving for college and that's what she needed. She just finished her first year of college!

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  9. Love this giveaway- and your blog too! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  10. Lovely fabrics!

    My favorite graduation gift -- good for both guys and girls -- are gift cards good in the area where they will be attending college. That way they get "free" trips to WalMart, Target, a restaurant, etc.

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  11. This isn't crafty but I would say the best graduation gifts for any graduate would be a bag of essentials that they don't want to buy themselves if they will be moving out soon. Or perhaps a crockpot. I know that sounds crazy but you can only take so much ramen noodles and cafeteria food.

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  12. Have a special day for each of them. Allow them to choose the activities, meals, etc.

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  13. Thanks for hosting such a great giveaway! A great gift would be a digital camera or iPod dock.

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  14. Graduation gifts are tough! I would say if college bound a gift certificate or visa prepaid card for books ha ha or dorm decor, if not college bound maybve something that they are interested in.

    Thanks a bunch you have a great giveaway

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  15. I love Heather Ross, pretty much everything she has done.

    Graduation gifts for either sex: a gift card to their school's book store. they can use it to buy new school paraphanelia.

    Ellen

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  16. Nice giveaway! Money is always the best gift. That way the grad can use it to buy whatever he/she wants.

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  17. I know money is probably not what you are looking for but I know when I graduated it's probably what I wanted most.

    Other ideas include dorm stuff or perhaps the promise of a dorm/new apartment/ new job shopping spree.

    Quilts can easily be adapted for boys or girls.

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  18. Great giveaway. I think good gifts include a good carry-on size bag, a quilt, or kitchenware.

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  19. My daughter is graduating on June 7th. She is getting a new camera. I also like to make quilts for the kids going away to college or to live in their own apartment. Those dorm sets in a box are nice too.

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  20. For graduation my parents got me a Tiffany bracelet. It's their basic silver chain with a Heart Tag with my initials engraved on the back. I was thrilled, absolutely loved it, and still wear it nearly everyday. Thank you for the giveaway!

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  21. I hate to say it, but money. Really. They need it to get started at college and they are at the point when they want to choose things for themselves. That fabric is wonderful!

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  22. Lovely blog!

    Gift for a boy OR a girl:
    A quilt made of all sports/music/volunteer/anyotheractivities teeshirts. Make a simple square template that will fit the front of a tshirt, and piece together 9 or 16 shirt fronts. Back it with a large piece of sweatshirt fleece. It's a great blanket for the dorms, and a nice piece of memorabilia. Email me for more info!

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  23. kids always want money! Great giveaway!

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  24. Sweet fabric. If they have an mp3 player, an iTunes gift card works well for both.

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  25. We had 8 graduates at church this year. I like to make jewelry, so I made each of the girls a pearl bracelet with a letter charm for their name.

    Boys? Not so easy to craft for. I just get a gift card for them.

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  26. I love those fabrics! I know that's bit kitsch but I have to admit that a new high school graduate would love cold hard cash. Or you could offer them a special day, before and after they get to college.

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  27. i LOVE this fabric - what a great giveaway!! for a grad gift, if you have loads of time & opportunity, i'd give gift certificates from their chosen college's bookstore. if you have little time, i'd give bean bag chairs. :)! -bess

    jbknav@hotmail.com

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  28. I love the busses. Everybody loves money.

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  29. money! seriously. let them do the shopping. my nieces seriously love getting money to go shopping.

    peacenluv78@gmail.com

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  30. Love the fabric, very sweet. I am a scrapbooker so I am always making tiny scrapbooks as gifts. Possibly with pictures of all of their friends (like a signature book) or pictures of them playing a sport in H.S. Just my thoughts. You could even leave it blank for them to put their own photos in.

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  31. This is such a cool idea, I didn't hear about it until yesterday. I know in the dark ages. Love this material, keeping my fingers crossed.

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  32. Oh, dear. I have no idea about what to give two high schoolers for graduating. I have a niece and nephew graduating next week and will probably be giving them money. Maybe if you had time you could make a nice quilt to comfort them in their dorm at college. Thanks for the giveaway! I love Heather Ross.

    Andi

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  33. Oh, such a fun giveaway! Love Heather Ross. How about a watch or camera? Would work for either!

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  34. You're so generous to give away these hard-to-find fabrics! When I graduated from high school (just a few years ago - hehehe), I got luggage, which I loved, a dictionary, money and a great summer job! I love the idea of a digital camera. I think this generation would love anything electronic! Gift cards are always good too, like for groceries and gas and clothes.

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  35. Oh my gosh, I love this fabric! Please enter me! And hey, we're kinda neighbors- I'm in Crescent City! :)

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  36. Darling give.a.way! I would give {for either} my favorite cookbook and a nice set of pots & pans!! Thanks ;)

    Heather

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  37. i love this fabric!

    I would have no idea what to get a teenager nowadays. Cash! Ya, that's it. Every teen likes some money to spend.

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  38. My husband got luggage and we still use it. If they're going off to school, something for their dorm room they've really been wanting might be nice!

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  39. For graduation I usually give money, but I haven't been quilting long enough to give a quilt! I love the Heather Ross fabric! What a great giveaway.

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  40. What a nice giveaway!
    My favorite graduation gift was a sheet/pillowcase/comforter set. I still have it!
    Thanks for including me in the drawing!
    lwrn2@yahoo.com

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  41. awesome idea!! and I just happen to have a little girl who would love this pillowcase on her bed!
    josilva3(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  42. Great giveaway!
    For a girl, you can't go wrong with jewelry, and there are pieces in every price range. For a boy, iTunes cards, or a gc to WalMart.
    Angelia
    momtwoangelsATyahooDOTcom

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  43. Graduation gifts? Cold hard cash is always nice ;) Heather Ross is one of my faves too.

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  44. I love this giveaway! Darling! For my graduation, I received a beautiful ring. My boys have gotten their own cell phone number and phone(instead of them being "family" phones)that I will continue to pay for as long as they are in college.

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  45. What a lovely giveaway idea. I wish I had thought of putting together a little "kit"! :) The vans pattern is a classic! I'm giving away some Ross gnomes. I'll keep my fingers crossed I get a pillowcase kit for my daughter's bed!

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  46. How cute! I think luggage would be a nice and very practical gift - maybe one of those wheeled carryon suitcases.

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  47. I love this fabric!!
    I know it's not a creative nor particularly thought provoking gift, but money is always well received from kids going off to college or being thrown into the world fresh out of high school. :)
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    Robin
    cokelush at gmail

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  48. I've always given money for graduations. Maybe make a wallet & put the money in it?

    Thanks for the giveaway!
    www.craftyheidi.wordpress.com

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  49. We always give a fireproof safety chest to graduates. I know I got one & still use it. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  50. I'm so happy to have found your blog. I love your projects....very fresh and fun!

    Oh and congrats on releasing your first born into the world.

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  51. Hmm...I haven't had to give a high school graduation gift, but...if they are going away to college, there are lots of fun things that they might need...kitchen equipment of various sorts, travel make-up bag, bedding, some sort of board to post up pictures from home, etc.

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  52. My grandma gives each grandkid a quilt with their college fabrics in it. Personal AND functional!

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  53. Great fabrics. Ugh, I always struggle with graduation gifts. I always do gift certificiates or money, because that's what I really wanted when I graduated.

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  54. love these fabrics!
    it's been a long time since high school... but i think a cool gift would be foreign currency--in a (homemade?)passport case. i think it's important to encourage young people to experience different cultures and take on global adventures. might be a good way to start...

    thanks!

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  55. Pick me, pick me! I want this pillow cover for my bedroom! Heather Ross would make me smile right before I go to sleep!

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  56. The fabric is so cute. My mom made me a quilt to fit my dorm bed that I still love and can't wait to pull out for my daughter when she moves to a big bed. Not sure for a boy, they might appreciate a quilt. I know my hubby could have used a primer on how to do laundry :)

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  57. I love the fabrics you are giving away. I don't have good suggestions for graduation gifts. Money was my favorite as was a really nice calculator (engineering major)

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  58. Wow, precut!! Awesome! (I hate cutting!) I love to give college/apartment essentials, towels in a color they like, maybe accent them with a ribbon sewn across. Matching washcloth or two and you're set! Works for boys and girls!

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  59. What a great giveaway! Thank you. :)

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  60. Such cute fabric!

    Good graduation gifts: luggage (not super exciting, but very useful!) ipod, nice watch.

    A great book about going away to college is called "A Hope In the Unseen"- about a low income student who makes his way at a elite university.

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  61. Love that fabric! My favorite graduation gift is always cash - you never know what kids need when they go off to college. Or a few rolls of quarters for the laundry machines. :-)

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  62. Love this fabric. I think a good gift is a basket full of toiletries for the dorm, if going to college, or a scrapbook kit or journal.

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  63. What a lovely giveaway! My favorite most practical gift when I graduated was a basic tool kit-useful no matter what path I chose!

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  64. Nowadays it seems both boys and girls want money for graduation!

    Personally, I would give a lap quilt so they could take it off to college...

    Love the fabrics...

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  65. Oh man-great fabric everywhere-
    um,let's see- money is always a good gift!

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  66. This is my favorite fabric! For graduation gifts I like to give quilts. I still have the quilt I got for my graduation - I won't say how many years ago it was, but my daughter uses it now!

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  67. For my high school graduation, the best things that I got were towels. I didn't appreciate them a lot at the time, but after I had started college I realized they were the best gift. I recommend something practical for the dorm.

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  68. I love the fabric, and would also love to have your pattern. Nice giveaway!

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  69. I love cute pillowcases, and I'd love to make this one up!

    For my graduation I received a nice jewelry box and a ruby earring and necklace set. It was really special to me.

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  70. Love love love the fabrc.

    Girl or Boy : Anything customized, if you roomates in college you want to know whose stuff is whose. Especially if u dont know them beforehand. Who wants to share towels with a stranger

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  71. I love heather ross! One of the best grad gifts for boys and girls, I think, is the pre-paid phone card, but I suppose everyone's got cell plans, these days, haven't they? How about a laundry basket/bag full of supplies? I know, I'm boring, but I always prefer practical things--at least you know they'll get used.

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  72. Thank you!
    rae_sunshine4 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  73. honestly I think money is a great graduation gift
    stephaniefredrickson at yahoo dot com

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  74. THe perfect gift for hs grads seems to be cash, so they can enjoy their last summer home without working too much =)

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  75. Graduation... all my graduates (12 invites thus far) are getting homemade pillowcases filled with 2 towel sets. All tied up with a bow. Great giveaway.

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  76. Ah, my absolute favorite fabric! Thanks so much for the giveaway!

    My very favorite graduation gift is a compass, though I also love the idea of a world atlas.

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  77. I got a really nice bathrobe when I graduated from HS three years ago-sounds like a weird gift, but its great if they'll be living in a dorm.

    Other suggestions are a nice watch for either a boy or girl and a digital camera.

    Love the fabric.

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  78. Thank you for doing this! My idea for a great graduation gift is a check. I know that's not very creative, but I have had so many kids tell me that's what they want - it's also what a lot of just-married couples told me they appreciated the most as a wedding gift.

    Your wonky stars quilt is beautiful! I've made a lot of houses, but haven't tried the stars yet - your quilt is inspiring.

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  79. Oh my, so cute. I'd love to win this!

    I'd say money is a great grad gift. Or itunes cards....

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  80. For a girls graduation maybe jewelry... a necklace, small diamond earings, pearls... depending on your budget. For a boy... tickets to a sports game.

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  81. A good gift is either a watch or a clock so they can either be on time for work, or college classes or dinner at home.

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  82. I have unisex gifts for graduation:
    iTunes card and iPod
    Watch
    Alarm Clock

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  83. I would adore this!! I think a watch is a fabulous graduation gift, but it depends on how well you know the person. A sewn bag is always a fab gift.

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  84. you don't have to enter me dorrie...i just wanted to say congrats to you having a graduate! it's a big day. of course my gift recommendation is a quilt, but there are a few books that i love to give as gifts...dr. suess's oh the places you'll go is a wonderful gift especially if you personalize it by reading through the book and writing in things that relate to the graduate...we also gave jon, "don't sweat the small stuff" again with our words of wisdom added throughout the book. there are lots of great things in that book. have a great end of the year.

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  85. Cool beans, thanks for the chance to win! That's a super cute set. I actually homeschool my kids, but I still look forward to summer because we can just be lazy and have fun. No schedule!!! leafygreenes at gmail dot com

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  86. I think a locket for a girl because that's what I got and maybe a pocket watch for a boy. I know that might be lame but they are wonderful keep sakes that not many people give anymore. I still have mine. It has the year I graduated on it. BTW love the fabric!

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  87. I was really happy with money when I graduated. But I also really enjoyed a "college survival kit" that my neighbor made for me with some useful things like a flexi-file and an address book and some fun things like a stress relief ball and a magic 8 ball.

    Thanks for the giveaway! You can reach me at http://kitknitty.com.

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  88. How about gift cards to a favorite restaurant. Thanks for the chance.

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  89. Great Giveaway! I think the most useful for either is a basic cookbook. Who says you have to live on ramen your first year of college?

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  90. I think that the best gifts for HS grads are small microwaves to use in a dorm room. I couldn't have survived college without mine.

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  91. Thank you for the chance! For my graduation, my father gave me a good 35 mm camera. I loved it.

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  92. Make a gift basket with a laundry basket and fill it with snacks and toiletries for the college bound boy/girl!

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  93. What a sweet giveaway! I'd love to make this for my daughter. One of my favorite and most-used graduation gifts was a dorm fridge and a hot plate!

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  94. Fantastic giveaway!

    For graduation, I honestly don't know and hope I come up with something by the time my kids get that age. I've got a while yet. Perhaps a special quilt to take to college? Special mama-made things to cherish when they miss home?

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  95. I love the Heather Ross. Her designs are so fun! My parents gave me jewelry for my graduation.

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  96. Thanks for the giveaway!

    As a recent college graduate, let me first say that money is very appreciated. Its not much fun for the giver though, so I would suggest home dec stuff. Having things around you that you love can really make a big difference!

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  97. My mom gave me an iron for graduation. That is what she gives to everyone I think. :) I never actually used it until this year (I'm almost 33!!) Now I use it almost everyday and am very happy to have my trusted iron.

    thanks for the opportunity.

    flip_em8@hotmail.com

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  98. I think a watch is an outstanding gift for either a boy or a girl. Thank you for entering me in your great drawing!

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  99. cash and cash are the best gifts for grads - this according to my graduating nieces and nephews. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  100. I so want some of that fabric. We area a v-dub family and I have been dreaming of finding some. Maybe...I'll get lucky??

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  101. for my nephew a nice dress watch, for my niece a circular diamond necklace. something extra special! thanks for your generous offer.

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  102. Too cute! I love it!
    Graduation gift ideas? Gift cards for outfitting their dorm room (if they're going to college), or something nice/memorable that they can take with them for their dorm room.

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  103. Love your giveaway - count me in! A nice high school gift would be a gift certificate or CD you know they would enjoy.

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  104. This giveaway appeals to the lazy in me! No cutting? awesome!

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  105. Another vote for a laundry bag, but I would suggest to personalize it with a monogram.

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  106. I always give a girl flowers with a card containing money and a boy a wallet with money.

    Cute fabric!

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  107. For my graduation (oh, so long ago!), a family friend got me a nice journal and pen and I just loved it. Of course, cash is always good, too!

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  108. I love that fabric! A good graduation gift for a boy or girl would be iTunes gift cards, book store gift cards or Starbucks gift cards. I know this because my daughter just finished her freshman year in college!

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  109. I think a good gift would be a bookstore giftcard or gas card.

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  110. That fabric is awesome and I'd love to win it and your pattern.

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  111. I love this fabric and trips are always good for graduation gifts boy or girl. The trick is to have them stay with a family member or friend living in a cool place so that they have to behave a little and it's not as expensive!

    {wood.angi@gmail.com}

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  112. For graduation gifts I like to find out what sort of fabric or theme they like and then make a pillowcase & matching big bag, usually with their name appliqued on the bag. The bag is big, I always tell them it's for taking laundry home to mom.

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  113. I would love this giveaway. Thank you! I like giving journals as graduation gifts. Or money.
    Thanks.

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  114. I'm just getting familiar with Heather Ross through these giveaways! The pillowcase will be cute!

    addyforrest(at)gmail(dot)com

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  115. Girl gift..memory quilt, boy, not sure. I got a camera for both my high school and college graduations.

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  116. For my high school graduation most people just got me dorm supplies. Depending on price, a digital camera would be nice (and there are some reasonably priced ones out there).
    I've been meaning to make us new pillowcases. This would be a great start!

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  117. i know the student may enjoy money, but i love to give the book - a prayer for owen meany by john irving. a wonderful book about discovering your purpose in the world. you could always tuck some cash in too! :)
    thanks for sharing your heather ross goodness.
    amylynnthx(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  118. Awwwwesommmme!!! For graduation... I guess it depends on how close you are to the person. If very close, a handmade quilt or blanket to take to college would be amazing. Luggage. Or a nice watch.

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  119. ::drool:: I love these fabrics together.

    A fun grad gift if they are going away to college is personalized laundry bag, some detergent and some rolls of quarters put into a laundry basket.

    Or, if you want to get something really nice, a Flip Mino camcorder would be a big hit

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  120. I have my fingers crossed for this one, I love the buses!

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  121. super cute fabrics!

    the graduation gift i got, and that my sister will get too, is a laptop. there is nothing more useful as you head off to college (or the real world, as the case may be). they were still more expensive when my parents got me mine years ago, but now they're much less expensive... either that, or a trip.

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  122. I love Heather Ross as well...so would love the opportunity to win your great prize...and it's all ready to go! One graduation gift that is cute for either a boy or girl is the Dr. Seuss book "Oh, the Places You Will Go"
    jodym7@yahoo.com

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  123. For a graduating female who will be going off to college, a laundry basket loaded up with a small clothes rack, pins, detergent, softener, spot remover etc.
    And for a male graduate I like the idea of a new dictionary/thesaurus.
    You didn't give a price range, so I though frugal.

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  124. What a great giveaway.My favorite graduation gift is some sort of reference book that the graduate will hopefully keep and use for a long time.

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  125. gorgeous giveaway!! enjoy with your kids.

    all boys and girls would love to get money for graduation gift :)

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  126. Great giveaway! Gifts that I loved when I graduated--- a new camera, gift cards for dorm supplies, snacks!

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  127. love the fabric! All of the graduates on my list are getting gift cards to the Container Store. My daughter graduated last year & we spent a bundle there on dorm stuff! Happy Graduation!

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  128. Great Giveaway!

    How about a quilt made with some pieces of old clothing or a favorite pillow or blanket. Anything sentimental would be nice!

    Thanks - Karen

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  129. Money is the best gift for any grad.

    Love the fabric

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  130. I love the Happy Campers fabric! My graduation gift from my parents was a digital camera, and loving photography, it was a great gift for me! I made a couple quilts for friends for their grad gifts, something hand/homemade is always a winner!

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  131. very cool! I love HR's fabrics - they are so soft and make fabulous pillow cases! I got some random stuff when I graduated, but my favorite thing ever was a bonsai tree. Random, I know, but I loved it. And killed it within a year. So probably not the best thing to give a HS graduate... so sorry - I'm no help.

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  132. Neat giveaway! I always give Sunglass Hut gift cards to recent grads. Future's so bright, I've got to wear shades. :)

    alyssamccain at hotmail dot com

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  133. Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  134. What a great giveaway!
    I know the new Real Simple magazine had some great ideas for graduates. My kids are a little younger but they love anything to do with digital music or books.

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  135. I love that fabric! It has been ages since I've had to buy a high school graduation present. I think gift cards are always nice, especially if the grad is going away to college.

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  136. Oh those buses bring back some great childhood memories! We had a red/white one - and if dad went around a corner too fast, sometimes the door would fly open! Fun times!

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  137. I've decided to get both the Grads in my life a little Holga camera. Simply because they're both into photography and that camera is awesome!

    Heather Ross is my favorite!

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  138. Great giveaway! One of my most useful gifts when I graduated was monogrammed towels in my college colors, never got them lost in the laundry!

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  139. I love Heather Ross--great giveaway! I'm kind of a geek so I'd probably go with a thesaurus for either a boy or girl. I know, they can get that all online but there's something about having a hard copy. Of course, that's a gift for other people's kids. Your own kid? Hmm, mine is only coming up on 2 but I think something more personal--something homemade like a quilt of his/her favorite old shirts. That's assuming of course you could get the kid to let them go!

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  140. a classic watch is always nice and works for a boy or a girl. money is always needed for/in college. so while it might seem inpersonal, it's very practical, speaking as a student lol

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  141. Wow - such a generous give away!! My mother made me a quilt when I graduated from high school and it's something that I will always treasure!!

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  142. when I graduated I got a leather daytimer/calendar thing...at first, being that age, I didn't use it. when I started college I brought it with me...and I still have the same one to this day.
    poohza@comcast.net
    poohza.typepad.com

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  143. Love the fabrics. A watch is classic for a boy. I remember getting a set of luggage from my parents when I graduated and that was very nice. And, well, quilter here -- a quilt is always a lovely thing to commemorate a big event!

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  144. Great fabric! I think a great grad gift that would be useful could be laundry stuff - basket, detergent, stain remover, quarters for the machines, etc - a little college survival kit :)

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  145. What a great giveaway :) I think a very universal gift is a camera! I wish I'd have gotten one!

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  146. Let see - some throw pillows for their room at college. (this could be either a boy or girl).
    rsgrandinetti@yahoo.com

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  147. the best grad gift i got was a very nice, heavy pen. very grown up and i still treasure it.

    thanks!

    jzuchows at princeton dot edu

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  148. Love the fabric! So perfect for summer! Thanks for sharing!!! So glad I found your blog. Off to check out what other lovely things you've made :-)

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  149. What a fab-o prize pack :) I'm kinda stuck for grad gifts. My boy cousin is graduating this week and I have no idea what to get him other than money. I'm bad with boy gifts thought. Girls, you can buy them purses, camera staps, just about anything and they'd love it :)

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  150. Love the fabrics! I like the idea of watches. You can never have too many and they go for both boy and girl.

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  151. I think for a quilter making a quilt for the graduate would be special, a throw maybe. I am going to make my son a T-Shirt quilt for his graduation next year.

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  152. One of my best friend's daughter just received the the Dr. Seuss book "Oh the places you will go" with money as a graduation gift. I thought that was so clever. Thanks for the chance to win this super cool giveaway.

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  153. graduation gift: i appreciated cash the most at that age.. in fact, that's probably still what i'd get the most use out of today ;o) my best friends went on a trip as their graduation though and that always seemed like a cool idea.

    thank you for the opportunity!
    amymarie630[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  154. Love the idea of the pillow pattern and the fabric is adorable. My idea of a great gift for the grad is a dorm room decorating kit. Usually I use a bucket of some sort and fill it with picture hangers, small hammer, some picture hanging putty, screwdriver and cleaning supplies. Practical stuff that no one thinks to buy.

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  155. Oh that sounds like a great giveaway. A project I can actually finish!!! I think am more excite about school being out for summer than my kids are!

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  156. Great giveaway! I'd love to get my hands on some Heather Ross Lightning bugs goodness. A pillow case would be perfect, thanks for this chance to win =)

    A good high school graduation gift? My brother is graduating this year and he's getting money from me (he'll need to pay for books). Otherwise I'd say software, an iPod, or gift certificates.

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  157. A friend got me some fat quarters from this collection and I never got any more to go with it.
    My grandaughter graduates from preschool next week.
    If going away to school a shower cady with product for the dorm makes a nice gift

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  158. Awesome fabric, thanks for having a giveaway.

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  159. How cool what a great giveaway. Of course a great graduation gift depends on the recipient. For kids going off to college, there's a new quilt for the dorm room...if you want to go homemade. Or a great gift I got..I was going to school 6 hours from home, one of our family friends got me gift cards to local (not chain) restaurants int he area. It helped me to explore my new town, and there was enough to take a new friend I had made. It was great - and would work for boy or girl.

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  160. What a nice prize - the fabrics pair nicely! I usually give cash to grads, but I've always wanted to make the set of dishcloths on knitty that say "study" and "party" for college bound kiddos.

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  161. wow, what a great giveaway!

    My favorite for recent grads is anything they can use for college. Food gift certificates, money, etc. That is just in general. If it's someone close you to, say your child, I think it's nice to give them something special like a piece of jewelry.

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  162. I *love* the HR's camper print, but it is so difficult to get! I would love to win this! :) Thanks for having this giveaway!

    Let's see, for graduation, I usually give cash to the grads. They really seem to appreciate it. If not, maybe a camera to capture this special time in their lives?

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  163. Two ideas for gifts: a nice leather carry on bag that they can use when they visit home and/or Dr Seuss' "Oh the Places You'll Go". This book shows the great possibilities there are for life after graduation!!
    Thanks for the chance to win;*)
    Hugs,
    Laurie

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  164. I think gift cards are best- they can then get what they need for college or their new post-high school life. Or just cash. (Not exciting suggestions- just practical!)

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  165. The most useful graduation gift I received was a lap desk. I used it all throughout college when I was studying.

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  166. Wow! Today's the last day for my kids!

    Wouldn't my teenage daughter have fun crafting is we won your give away?! Thanks for a chance to win! :)

    hootie364@gmail.com

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  167. For a boy I would think an electronic like an iPod would be great. For a girl, we tend to be more sentimental, so maybe a photo album for her to put a ton of high school pictures in. :) Thanks for the giveaway!

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  168. I am struggling myself with graduation presents, particularly for cousins that I don't know well. So far I have been doing checks, but putting them in nice handmade cards...

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  169. I have several grad gifts, which seemed lame at the time, but now I love them. The first was a letter opener. Second was a ticket to a Broadway show and the trip to see it with my mom. Third was a BIG basket of supplies for college.

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  170. I feel your graduation day pain. My BABY is graduating this year. I think this pillow is a great graduation gift for someone heading off to live in a dorm.

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  171. How about restaurant gift cards for places near the college they are attending? College kids always like to eat, especially when it's free!

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  172. If I had the magic answer to the graduation gift question, I could make a million dollars!
    But for my stepson's graduation, their dad took him on a roadtrip to California to visit extended family and just to have one-on-one time. ~H

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  173. Wow - what a great giveaway - Thanks!

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  174. Love the fabric - but love that it's precut! LOL

    My daughter graduates from Elementary Friday! I feel sooooo old! LOL

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  175. I think a good grad gift to give would be a quilt made with either their high school's colors or tees saved from their years playing sports, fave bands, etc. I'm planning on doing that for my kiddos - thankfully that's 5ish years away :) Thanks for the chance to win!

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  176. Boy or Girl I like giving nice editions of treasured books as gifts. First editions are always appreciated in my family!

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  177. random number man pick me!
    I love Heather Ross!!

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  178. Great giveaway! I like to give a book with a gift card. Recent favorites have been Do Hard Things by the Harris brothers or Don't Waste Your Life by John Piper.

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  179. Love it love it love it!! This might be the most boring comment you get, but it might be the most enthusiastic too! :)

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  180. Oh I love the fabric and a pillowcase pattern. :)

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  181. Graduating is a big deal! Money is great, but not very memorable... maybe something for the future.... a CD certificate so the money will still be there, but bigger in 5-10 years!

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  182. Favorite grad gift: a gift card to the student's future college book store. How practical I am!
    mattrochelle@msn.com

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  183. What a great prize!!! For a high school graduate you could make a laptop pocket thing since they most likely will be going to college and will most likely have a laptop.

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  184. Great blog and great giveaway. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  185. A nice gift... Hm... I gave my sister-in-law the book, "The art of thank you" and a stack of thank you cards. Seems that schools these days do not teach one to write a proper thank you. Thanks for this giveaway!

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  186. My favorite graduation gift is a copy of "Oh the Places you will go by Dr. Suess"

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  187. I love Heather Ross! I have only just discovered her and hadn't seen this line before. Thanks for such a great giveaway!

    Shawna

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  188. how about a gift certificate to a fabric store? oh, wait... thats what *I* would want ;) How about webcams for the grad and their parents so they can keep in touch while away at school?

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  189. Oh the Places You'll Go is the old standard, or a nice wristwatch. however, not a lot of people wear watches anymore. I would go with an iPod with a mic attachment.

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  190. I love that material! It's so cute!!!

    As for a gift one of the best graduation gifts I received was a necklace and matching earing from my grandfather. They were beautiful but more special because they came from him. Also a watch is great because the person is staring a new time in their lives so it's a great symbolic gesture!

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  191. Wonderful.
    Girl gift: monogrammed tote bag (I like the canvas ones from LL Bean).
    Boy gift: NO CLUE; sorry! Gift card to Itunes?
    Thanks!

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  192. Great giveaway! As for the gifts, I think a meaningful book would be nice. Not quite as practical as some of the other suggestions, but I think it would be remembered more. :) Thanks for the chance to win!

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  193. Great giveaway! I think a nice piece of jewelry for a girl and a nice quality watch for a boy for a graduation gift.

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  194. My favorite gifts when I graduated from high school were money. It's kind of impersonal, but it was really nice to have!

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  195. Great giveaway! A great graduation gift: a "college" box ... a laundry basket filled with supplies for getting by away from home (laundry soap, snacks, toiletries, etc.) Something to get them started on their new journey.

    Jennifer
    jennifereladd at yahoo dot com

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  196. What a great giveaway idea! We have a graduate in the family, too. We like to gift "survival kits" for graduates heading off to collage. A sturdy storage box with items the recipient could use. Cook book of microwave recipes, TP (one can never have enough), beans and mac & cheese. we add a bit of emergency cash as well. One never knows.... :-)

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  197. My parents got me stuff I could use in the dorm, like towels, a mini fridge, stuff to be organized. An iPod or accesories for the iPod if they already have one.

    Love those fabrics!

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