Holiday tipping time is here. If you’re looking for advice on how much to give and who should be on your list, we’ve got you covered.
We asked experts including Diane Gottsman of The Protocol School of Texas for some guidelines. Plus, what to do when you can’t give as much as you’d like.
Click ahead to see who gets what.
By Heesun Wee
Posted 18 November 2011
Full-time babysitters should get one week of pay. Babysitters you use less frequently should receive a tip equivalent to the amount of time you use them per week. You can also add a small gift from your child.
If you see your hairstylist or colorist frequently, tip the equivalent of one service, or whatever you can comfortably afford.
From the doorman to the handyman, the tip depends on how much you’ve used them during the past year. City dwellers will likely give more than suburbanites. Elevator operators should get between $20 and $50.
Offer the equivalent of one week’s service and/or an inexpensive gift.
If there’s a team, consider giving $10 to $20 each depending on the service and relationship.
United States Post Office workers aren’t allowed to accept cash. Consider a small gift or home-baked treat worth less than $20.
The size of the tip depends on how often you use them, and if you visit the same person with each visit.
Tipping factors include how often you go, and if you visit the same professional.
If you get a newspaper delivered daily, consider $25. If you receive a newspaper less frequently, offer $10 and/or a small gift, depending on the quality of service.
A private home nurse, working for an agency, may not be able to accept cash, so check with the agency first, Gottsman said. For nursing home staff, consider a gift such as food that everyone can share and doesn’t favor only one attendant.
If you’ve worked with a trainer regularly for at least six months, the tip can range from one session to one week of service.
Teachers get their share of body lotions and candles. Be creative and uncover the teacher’s favorite restaurant or shop and offer a gift card accordingly, said etiquette expert Gottsman. And accompany the gift with a handwritten note from your child.
Different rules may apply for public service workers so check first to be safe.
Offer the equivalent of one week's pay, plus a gift if the housekeeper has worked with your family for years.