Holiday Tipping Etiquette
Christmas is the season for giving. The giving is all about feeling good. It can also be about feeling bad if you forget someone. Make a list and make sure you don't have to feel bad.
Who do you include on the list? And how much do you give them?
First, how do you determine who to tip? The experts say make a list of people that regularly impact your life in positive ways. Also, consider your relationship with each one.
How much do you tip? The following suggestions come from the Emily Post Institute:
- Regular babysitter: Cash- Up to one evening's pay and a small gift from your children.
- Day care provider: Cash or a gift for each staff member who works with your children. A gift from you or $25-$70 for each staff member who works with your children and a small gift from your children.
- Housekeeper: Cash and/or a gift. Up to the amount of one week's pay and/or a small gift.
- Personal trainer: Cash or gift. Up to the cost of one session or a gift.
- Newspaper delivery person: Cash or small gift $10-30 or a small gift
- Mail carrier: Small gift only per United States Postal Service rules, carriers can only accept small gifts worth $20 or less.
- Doorman: Cash or gift $15-80. $15 or more each for multiple doormen, or a gift.
- Trash/Recycling collectors: Cash or gift. Check city regulations if it is a municipal service. $10-30 each.
- Yard/Garden worker: Cash or gift $20-50 each.