With the holiday season in full swing many are contemplating what to do to say “thank you” to those that that make their day go just a little bit smoother. Whether it is the mailman you see rain or shine, your weekend babysitter or the doorman who greets you every morning, holiday tipping is a great way to show your appreciation.
I searched through some great resources and have compiled some resources and ideas to consider when making your holiday tipping list this year.
Housekeeper- One week’s pay
Garbage collector- $15-25
Mail Carrier- USPS regulations state that only non-cash gifts not exceeding $20 in value are allowed.
Newspaper Delivery Person- $15-$25
Day Care- gift worth $25 in value
Babysitter- One night’s average pay
Nanny- One week’s pay
Coaches, dance instructors, tutors, music teachers- a small gift & card
School teachers- gift worth $25-$50 in value
- Consider your teacher’s interests and needs and buy a gift card that they could use
- It may be best to contact your school’s principal to see what their rules are in regards to teacher gifts.
Parking attendant- $15-$25
Office assistant- gift worth $25 in value
Personal trainer- $20-$50
Hair stylist/ Barber- Double your normal tip, or take the total amount of what you normally spend on services during one visit and divide it among those stylists that help you
Tipping Etiquette “Tips”
A Note is Key: Whether you are tipping or not a small note of appreciation still shows that you still took the time to say thank you for their services.
Tip Discreetly: Always give someone a monetary tip in a card & envelope- do not hand them cash. Give to the person by saying “thank you”, no need to tell them out loud that you are handing them a tip.
When to Give: The best time to give your tips is during the month of December before the week of Christmas.
Remember that the true meaning of holiday tipping is to show your appreciation. If your financial situation is such that you are not able give the normal monetary amount this year- don’t worry. Reduce the tip amount and combine with a small gift or search online for some great DIY gifts to give.
-Courtney Ranson Licensed in the State of Colorado
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