With Christmas just around the corner, I though now would be a good time to talk about holiday tipping. To be perfectly honest, our holiday tipping has been somewhat hit or miss over the years, in part because we’re never sure who to tip or how much we should be giving them.
What follows are some tipping recommendations from Emily Post:
- Nanny: One week’s pay
- Regular babysitter: One evening’s pay
- Day care provider: Gift of $25-$70 plus a small gift from child
- Live-in help: One week to one month pay plus a gift
- Housekeeper: Up to one week’s pay
- Barber: Cost of one haircut or a gift
- Personal trainer: Up to the cost of one session or a gift
- Massage therapist: Up to the cost of one session or a gift
- Pet groomer: Up to the cost of one session or a gift
- Dog walker: Up to one week’s pay or a gift
- Paperboy: $10-$30 or a small gift
- Mail carrier: No cash; can’t accept gifts valued over $20
- Doorman: $15-$80 or a gift
- Handyman: $15-$40
- Trash collectors: $10-$30 each
- Lawn/garden workers: $20-$50 each
- Teachers: Small gift from you and/or child, no cash
Interestingly, according to Consumer Reports, the service position that is most often tipped during the holidays is a housekeeper, and the least commonly tipped is the trash collector. I guess we’re atypical, because the trash collector is the one person we’ve made a point of consistently tipping.
Some other considerations, again from Emily Post:
- Don’t feel obligated to tip beyond your budget
- If you can’t afford a tip, consider a homemade gift
- If you tip throughout the year, a holiday tip might not be necessary
- Base your tip on the quality and frequency of service that you receive
- Always accompany your tip with a short, hand-written note of thanks
What about you?
Do you tip around the holidays? If so, who do you typically tip, and how much do you give them? If not, why not?