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View Poll Results: Largest cash gift you've ever given someone not in your immediate family
Less than $50 12 10.00%
$50 - $99 4 3.33%
$100 - $199 15 12.50%
$200 - $399 20 16.67%
$400 - $699 22 18.33%
$700 - $999 1 0.83%
$1000 or more 46 38.33%
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Old 08-28-2015, 09:49 PM   #41
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$250 for the family of a deceased person.

Kids got 1/2 college paid for regardless of how long it took, but they are pretty immediate family.

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Old 08-30-2015, 10:41 AM   #42
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$300 for my niece's wedding

I also give my other niece $150 at Christmas to buy presents for her 3 kids (or a family present). Also $50 each to my best friend's girls at Christmas and Birthdays. I don't have any children and consider them my "god children." When they were younger, I gave presents but find it hard to select gifts for older children so just give cash.

Gave $200 recently to family of FB friend for funeral expenses. I hardly knew him in high school but was in the same graduating class as his sister. He fought cancer for several years and could not work so he spent time on FB posting memories of our home town and high school/college days. So I came to know and admire him.

I have also made some more significant contributions to help out
two of my brothers - one had cancer and the other was laid off at age 61 with limited resources. But these probably do not fall into the definition of "gift" as intended by the poll.

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Old 08-30-2015, 05:05 PM   #43
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$1000 to niece and nephew at high school graduation and again when they married.

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Old 08-30-2015, 05:20 PM   #44
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$365 each year at Christmas to a niece and her husband. I actually said it was a dollar a day-so I think of her daily(schmary and not true) Got that thrown back at me as ONLY a dollar a day. Coal is cheaper.
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Old 08-30-2015, 08:55 PM   #45
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I gave a friend $1K to eat during his last month of law school. It wasn't requested as a gift, but I knew it would probably become one. Therefore I didn't get too excited when he died without repaying it.
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Old 08-31-2015, 04:20 AM   #46
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One of my patients died when I was working at the hospital-based clinic years ago. He had major heart disease and malformed intestines at birth. Our local pediatric surgeon had taken care of him with me, his heart surgeons and specialists were at the nearby medical school and tertiary care center.

He was one of only a handful of patients upon which I did a house call. He lived in the projects and the place was overrun by roaches, including his crib. I wrote a scathing letter to the Housing Authority and they moved him and his mother and brother within a week.

He died about a year later from his complex heart disease. His mother was very young and had no money, so the surgeon and I quietly split his funeral and burial costs.

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Old 08-31-2015, 08:44 AM   #47
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DW and I have this scale for nieces, nephews, and other relatives that we are close to:

High School graduation - $250
College graduation - $500
First significant graduate degree - $500
Wedding - $1000 (the first one )

There are also friends of our children, or children of our friends, that we have grown close to and in certain situations will also be placed on that scale, or sometimes more. For example, a young man who has been a close friend one one of our sons since kindergarten, has been through a lot but never complains, and was very supportive of our son when our son was going through a difficult time. This young man and his wife are so selfless that they are always wanting to do free stuff for us.
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Old 08-31-2015, 08:41 PM   #48
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cI don't have children or husband so gifting nieces, nephew and great nephews.
Mom and dad gave us cash gifts for no reason so I started doing that a few years ago. My nephew has a sick wife so I gave him 5K once and 4K once. His sister divorced a man who will not pay what was owed, I gave her 7K once then now 16K to get a condo. Her son has gotten 10K and 6K to help with college and his cousin 1K for starting life and his mother 7K for a house down payment. I will help the one in college twice more since his parents aren't helping at all.
I don't give big gifts for weddings and graduations or holidays and birthdays, usually $100.
Mom and dad have died and left me about 170K that I didn't need and I over saved for retirement. I have more than twice what I need so figure a little now beats a lot later for the 18-45 year olds. I don't give any gifts to children.

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