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Rules of Proper Holiday Tipping Etiquette

by BROOKE GOLD HASSON | Nov 06, 2013

waiter-300x199The holidays are right around the corner  and many of us have people in our lives that we may consider tipping during the holiday season. While tipping anyone is not required, People’s Trust have put together a guideline to help you should you feel that some people in your life have gone above and beyond. Remember that extraordinary holiday generosity is great, but etiquette dictates that tipping isn’t meant to put you into debt. From babysitters to hairstylists, we’ve broken down the rules of proper holiday tipping etiquette. 

  • Include a short thank you note along with your gift or cash and thank them for their hard work.
  • Tip in person whenever possible.

 Who to tip and what to tip?

  • Your Server - If you frequent the same restaurant for breakfast/lunch on a daily basis and see the same barista every day that knows your order and has it ready for you before you have to say good morning - it may be a good idea to acknowledge them.
  • Babysitter - One evening’s pay. You don’t need to give an occasional sitter a holiday tip.  If you feel they have gone above and beyond than you can reward them for their hard work.
  • Full Time Nanny - One Week to One Month’s Pay, based on tenure. You can either choose a personal gift or a tip. The personal gift should be something they would not get themselves and avoid kid oriented presents like a new baby carrier or a diaper bag. You want to reward your nanny, not add to her workload. 
  • Daycare providers – $20-$70 each and a small gift (such as a hand drawn picture from your child.) Cash and gift cards are the best and easiest choices for day care providers. 
  • Child’s Teacher - Budget between $25- $100. Remember your child’s teacher is working hard to take care of your child and ensure they have a good education despite budget cuts. Don’t feel obligated to buy presents for everyone at the school.  
  • Housekeeper - Up to one week’s pay. If you use a cleaning service and don’t know who cleans your home tipping is not necessary. But if the same housekeeper comes every week and does a great job, let her know with a great holiday tip.   
  • Hairdresser/Manicurist - (If you regularly go to them) cost of one service- typically acceptable to tip in cash. If the person who does your nails or hair is the shop’s owner, they may refuse your cash tip - but either way, they will appreciate the gesture.
  • Dog Walker/Dog Sitter – One week’s pay.
  • Postal Carrier - A small gift under $20 should you feel the need to recognize them. Civil servants are not allowed to receive cash tips. The U.S. Postal Service asks that your gratuity not exceed $20 in cash value. Gift cards are allowed.

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