Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Tipping Guidelines this Holiday Season

There are no hard and fast rules on holiday tipping, experts say. How much to tip, or whether to tip at all, depends on several factors, including the quality and frequency of service, the relationship you have with the provider, how long they have worked for you, where you live (since amounts can be higher in large cities), and your budget. 

The Emily Post Institute offers the following guidelines for holiday tipping, but also advises consumers to let common sense and the holiday spirit be your guide. If financial circumstances limit what you can give, a handwritten note or something homemade (when appropriate) is suggested. Remember, these guidelines are for service providers that you use on a continually basis. If you see a massage therapist once or twice a year, tip at your own comfort level.

• Babysitter - One evening’s pay, plus a small gift from your child(ren)
• Barber/Hair stylist - Cost of one haircut or a gift (gift card)
• Child’s teacher - Check the school’s policy. If allowed, give a small token gift of appreciation, not cash. School supplies or items for the classroom are usually appreciated.
• Day care providers - $25 to $70 for each staff member, plus a small gift from your child for providers who give direct care to your child(ren)
• Dog walker - One week’s pay or a gift (gift card)
• Pet groomer - Cost of one session or a gift (gift card)
• Personal fitness trainer - Up to the cost of one session
• Housekeeper/maid service - Up to one week’s pay or a gift (gift card)
• Doorman - $15 to $80
• Garage attendant - $10 to $30 
• Massage therapist - Up to the cost of one session or a gift
• Handyman service - $15 to $40
• Yard/garden worker - $20 to $50 per worker 

Happy Holidays (and Tipping)!

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