18-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Sunday, May 4, 1913: Went to Sunday School this afternoon. Although it is over a week since commencement, I received a present today. Making eighteen in all.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
Hmm. . . What present did Grandma receive? . .
It probably was a small gift from her Sunday School teacher or another church member. . . maybe something handmade.
The November, 1913 issue of Ladies Home Journal suggested a few small gifts that could be made for 25¢ to $1. The magazine probably was thinking about Christmas when they published the article, but many of the gifts would have been equally appropriate as graduation gifts.