Holiday Tipping Cheat Sheet
Are you a lousy holiday tipper? Did you even know you were suppose to tip those who keep your life moving smoothly throughout the year come the festive season?
Well, now you do! So here’s a little guide, a cheat sheet to help you brighten up the holiday season for those who help brighten up your year.
Tipping shows your appreciation but tips aren’t mandatory. If you’re on a tight budget go for a for a small memento and a card.
And if you’re not sure if a person is allowed to receive tips, phone the company.
Oh, and the best piece of advice, hand-deliver your tip before December 25, not after!
Manicurist: $25 to $50 or a gift
Hair stylist: $50 to $100 or a gift
Barber: No more than the cost of one haircut or a gift
Personal trainer: No more than the cost of one session or a gift
Housekeeper: No more than the cost of one visit
Au pair or live-in nanny: One or two week’s pay and a gift from your children
Teacher: A gift card or gift certificate for up to $25, or pitch in with some of the other parents and buy a more expensive gift certificate
Day care provider: $20 – $70 each, plus a small gift from your child
Babysitter: An evening’s pay, plus a gift from your child
Massage therapist: No more than the cost of one session or a gift
Superintendent: $20 to $80 or a gift, depending on how helpful your super has been to you
Doorman: $15 to $100
Mail carrier: Small gift or gift card up to $20
Newspaper carrier: $10 to $30
Sanitation worker: $10 to $30 each for private service; check your local municipality for regulations, as some areas may not allow tipping
Yard or Garden Worker:$20 to $50 or a gift card
Handyman: $15 to $50 or a gift card
Pool cleaners: No more than the cost of one cleaning or gift card
Dog walker: No more than one week’s pay or a gift
Pet Groomer: No more than the cost of one session or a gift