Holiday Tipping: Who & How Much?

By: Brock Bergey Email
By: Brock Bergey Email

Think about all the people you rely on throughout the course of year. Now, think about dishing out extra dough to all those people. It's a process called holiday tipping.

They do the little things in our lives that make a big difference. And, etiquette tells us they all should be thanked.

"I would say 90 percent of my clients give a little more for the holidays." Hairstylist Tina Madsen doesn't expect a holiday tip, but says it's nice to get one.

"Some people do an extra 5 dollars which is nice I don't expect any more than that, but then there's always people who will give 50, 60, 70 dollars for a tip," says Tina.

The recommended tip for a hairstylist or barber is the cost of one visit. The same is true for a babysitter. A housekeeper should be given an extra week's pay. So should the person who walks Fido. Gifts are appropriate for teachers and nursing home workers. Daycare providers fall in the 25-70 dollar range--that's per child.

"There's a point where it takes it to the extreme, with the suggestions to tip everyone you ever come in contact with." Bradley Cotharn is a Financial Representative. He says people need to be smart with their hard-earned dollars.

"If you have to make a decision between buying groceries or tip the mailman, I think it's a pretty easy decision to buy the groceries," says Cotharn.

The mailman--U.S. regulations prohibit letter carriers from accepting cash, but a gift under 20 dollars is welcome.

The suggested tip for your newspaper carrier and parking garage attendant is 10-30 dollars. That's also true for your garbage man.

Joe Oakley makes around 300 stops a week. Last year, he only got one tip, but it was a big one--100 dollars!

"He said I see you out here rain or shine it doesn't matter, you're just out here breaking your back and I told him it's my job," says Joe.

And it's your job to decide who you're going to tip, if anyone at all.

It's never really expected from anybody," says Tina. She appreciates the gesture, but says there's one person on her list that doesn't make the cut.

"Garbage man, no. He leaves garbage all over my neighborhood--so not him," jokes Tina!

The tip recommendations are from the Emily Post Institute, which specializes in nationwide etiquette practices.

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