Learn the proper way to tip this holiday season.
Christmas is a time for giving, and it may seem like that list is never ending. Christmas is a great time to show your appreciation for those people who make your life a bit easier. Who gets tips, and how much should you tip them?
- Housekeepers- the cost of one cleaning.
- Mail carrier- A gift not exceeding $25
- Delivery persons- $20 each
- Newspaper delivery- $30-$50
A good rule of thumb for tipping people of these services is $20. For teams of people, $10 per person is acceptable.
- Hairdresser- the cost of one service.
- Pet Groomer- the cost of one visit.
- Barista, waiter, bartender- Make sure to include a tip in a card so that the right person gets the tip, and it’s not shared between the other servers. Of course, throwing a tip into the tip jar will always be welcome.
- Teachers. Cash gifts are not recommended unless the entire class goes in for a gift card. A cash gift from one person may seem like a bribe.
- Nannies/babysitters- the cost of one sitting, or a week’s worth of services.
Who not to tip:
It is not appropriate to tip doctors, vets, CPA’s, brokers, and lawyers because they have taken an oath to remain professional and unbiased, however, there are many other ways you can show your appreciation. You can buy lunch for the staff, send a gift basket, or send a plant for the office. This will show your gratitude and will not put anyone in a difficult situation.
If you are short on funds this year, think about who will benefit the most from your gifts, and give accordingly.