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.

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