December brings the annual ritual of panicking about holiday tipping—doormen, babysitters, housekeepers, dog walkers, deliverymen, barbers, handymen, and the list goes on. Who gets what? Who gets snubbed? There are plenty of guides with suggestions on who, and how much, to tip.
But what's the data say on what people actually do?
According to a survey of 1,300 people released last week by care.com, only 69 percent give holiday tips at all. Of those who do tip, 42 percent will do so without a budget—something they may regret when they do eventually get around to checking their bank balances.
Why don't some people tip? About 10 percent say they simply forget. But the bulk of non-tippers simply decided against it with most saying they don't think it's necessary (35 percent) or just can't afford it (28 percent).
Gender also plays a role in how much people tip—and how they feel if they don't. About 52 percent of men said they will spend more than $150 in total, according to the survey, compared with 44 percent of women. Yet women were more likely to feel guilty than men about skipping the tip altogether (54 percent versus 39 percent). Given that, it may not be much of a surprise that 15 percent of respondents said they argue with their partner about tipping.
Tiffany Smith, a senior associate editor at care.com gave a breakdown for how much people will spend: