How Much Should You Tip for the Holidays

How Much Should You Tip for Holidays – Do you tip extra? Or, give a small gift? Holiday tipping guide for how much extra money should be tipped for teachers, the mailman, hair stylists, etc. Personally, I feel I already tip very well for regular services, I don’t see a need to go that much above and beyond when it comes to someone I see (and tip) regularly (like my stylist). I found helpful guide from www.realsimple.com that I used when I originally wrote this article for Oakland County Moms back in 2010 and I’m updating it and brining it back.

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How Much Should You Tip for the Holidays – Babysitter

Tip or Gift? Gift and tip. For a regular babysitter, cash or a gift equal to one or two nights’ pay. For a nanny, one to two weeks’ pay plus a gift, ranging from something your child made to a generous present.
What to Consider: Give a gift she wouldn’t buy for herself, like a designer handbag, says Patricia Cascio, president of the International Nanny Association.

How Much Should You Tip for the Holidays – Boss

Tip or Gift? Gift. What to Give – It’s not necessary to give your boss a gift, says Klinkenberg. But if you do, make it small and simple (less than $50), like a cookie jar you found on eBay if he is a fan.
What to Consider – Give a group gift instead. “I prefer that everyone chips in a small amount,” says Klinkenberg. “Then it’s a token of appreciation, not a bribe.” Take him to a group lunch at his favorite restaurant.

How Much Should You Tip for the Holidays – Stylist or Salon Staff

Tip or Gift? Gift and tip. What to Give – If you’re an infrequent customer getting a holiday trim, double your usual tip. If you’re a regular client, give a tip or a gift equal to one visit. What to Consider – If your stylist is a friend, give a more personal gift. “I’ve gotten wine, baked goods – even silver and crystal,” says Mark Goodman, owner of Hair Designers salon, in Hilton Head, South Carolina.

How Much Should You Tip for the Holidays – Teacher

Tip or Gift? Gift. What to Give – A handwritten thank-you note or a small gift costing less than $25. Gifts are less common in middle and high school, because students tend to have five or more teachers. What to Consider – The national PTA interviewed teachers and found thank-you notes ranked as their favorite gift; edible treats were the least desirable. Gift cards for bookstores and coffee shops also rated well.

How Much Should You Tip for the Holidays – Mailman

Tip or Gift? Tip. What to Give – You’re not expected to give anything. But if you have a personal relationship with your letter carrier, or frequently receive packages from the same courier, give a small gift or a gift card for $20 or less. What to Consider – U.S. postal carriers cannot accept cash or checks in any amount or gifts worth $20 or more. FedEx doesn’t allow cash or a gift worth more than $75. UPS does not have a policy on accepting tips.

How Much Should You Tip for the Holidays – Personal Trainer

Tip or Gift? Gift and tip. What to Give – A tip or a gift equal to the cost of one session, if it’s someone you see regularly (especially if she visits your home). If you take group classes or go infrequently, you don’t need to tip.

For more on how much do you tip for the holidays, and other great stuff… visit www.realsimple.com.