How Much Money to Give as a Gift (Goshigi) ?

Hi there. It’s Mrs. Wada, back on duty. I would like to share how much money to give as a gift (goshugi) in Japan.

How Much Money to Give as a Gift (Goshigi) ?

Japanese often give money as a gift for celebrating. If you are not sure how much you should give, here is some reference.

*Note that it would be actually better to give something practical (ex; stationary for students, etc.)  than giving cash. It really depends so you should consider the relationship between you and the person.

Wedding Gift (結婚祝い)

Friend 30,000 – 50,000 yen
Work Related Boss 30,000 – 50,000 yen
Colleague About 30,000 yen
Junior 20,000 – 30,000 yen
Client About 30,000 yen
Relative 30,000 – 100,000 yen
Family 20,000 – 100,000 yen

Baby-birth Gift(出産祝い)

Friend/colleague 3,000 – 10,000 yen
Sibling 5,000 – 30,000 yen
One’s own child 30,000 – 50,000 yen
Relative 5,000 – 20,000 yen
Acquaintance 1,000 – 3,000 yen

Shichi-go-san (七五三)

If you don’t know what Shichi-go-san is, here is some reference.

Grand child 10,000 – 30,000 yen
Relative 5,000  – 10,000 yen
Friends’ child 3,000 – 5,000 yen

Admission to School / Graduating from School (入学祝い/卒業祝い)

Admission to School

Grand child Kindergarten About 10,000 yen
Elementary school About 20,000 yen
Jr. High school About 30,000 yen
Nephew/niece About 10,000 yen
Friend’s child Kindergarten 3,000 – 5,000 yen
Older 5,000 ~ 10,000 yen

 

Graduating from School

Grand child 10,000 – 50,000 yen
Nephew/niece About 10,000 yen
Friend’s child 3,000 – 5,000 yen

Coming age celebration (成人)

One’s own child 10,000 – 50,000 yen
Grand child 10,000 – 100,000 yen
Younger sibling 3,000  – 10,000 yen
Acquaintance 5,000 – 10,000 yen

Celebrate for getting a job (就職祝い)

Relative 10,000 – 20,000 yen
Friend/junior 5,000 – 10,000 yen

Housewarming Gift (新築祝い/引越し祝い)

Friend/co-league 5,000 – 10,000 yen
Sibling/relative 10,000 – 30,000 yen

Return Gift during one’s recovery (快気祝い・退院祝い)

For those who did nice to you or gave you something while you are sick, you should return something worth 1/2 – 1/3 of what you got. It should be consumable items since reusable things may sound bad luck (‘it may happen over again’).

Lastly

How do you find it? Hope it helps.

Mr Wada

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