I’ve always wondered about holiday tipping. Savvy Sugar had a good article on holiday tipping. I know people tip and give holiday presents to those who do stuff for them all the time, such as hairstylist, garbagemen, mailmen, etc. Do you? I don’t think I ever have.
Here are the some tips:
- Give tips the traditional way. Give the money in cash and face to face.
- Make a list of who to tip. Could be your nanny, caregiver, hairstylist, personal trainer, the person who cleans your house, dog walker or garbageman. In the article it listed examples.
- “For a nanny, a week’s pay is appropriate. The cost of one session is a good benchmark for many others on your list, such as a pet groomer, weekend babysitter or weekly cleaning person.”
- You should know whom not to tip. Not everyone should be tipped. I’ve heard of people giving gifts to their mail carriers, do you do this? Do you give presents to anyone that does things for you? Such as a teacher, babysitter, etc.
Do you tip more around the holidays? What are your tips?
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Well Heeled Blog says
I don't necessarily tip more because I really don't have any service provider in my life that I see that much. I do tip more when I am out on Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Year's, just because it's the holidays and I know the servers probably would rather be at home with their families.
I don't think I'll be tipping anyone special this year besides my hairdresser and if I get my nails done or a massage! I will probably get little gifts for my boss and coworkers but not my mailman or anything!My grandma used to give food and soda to the mailman and the people who picked up her boxes to ship to the Philippines hehehe. She's so cute and thoughtful like that. Only one day I could hope to be that way!
I've been thinking about this lately as well because this year I have my daughters guitar teacher & my girls Sunday School teacher. I was thinking of a "movie night out" for the guitar teacher (gift card to cover 2 admissions & snacks), but I'm not sure about the Sunday School teacher… She has a new baby & I assume she doesn't go out much. Other than that, just friends & family.
At work, we do tip our mailman (he's the FIL of a coworker) and our FedEx/UPS guy. Every time they come they are a riot and very friendly, not because it's their job. We've had the same people designated to our area for years, so we feel close to them. As Well Heeled Blog said I don't really have any particular service providers, so I guess this is a no-issue for me.
I think a holiday tip is a great way to show a little extra thanks during the holidays!
My husband was a driver for a UPS type company for 30 years and never received a tip during the holidays or any other time. Since he is a teamster we have a lot of friends that are mail deliverers, garbage pick uppers etc. I think it is a middle class (privilege) myth that these people get tips during the holidays – it just doesn't happen (I don't tip them either!) Gina
Financial Independen says
We do give tips away to the normal people, i.e. post man. But we try to concentrate on those who are in need – giving away and make they life easier and comfortable, at least for a while. Every little helps, you know.