A Holiday Tips Guide

Holiday tips guide, Santa counting cash for holiday tips

In December I found a holiday tips guide to help decide on year end tips for the people whose services are so important to my everyday life. Tips or small gifts and a thank you note are appreciated by many service providers. Especially these days, when so many have suffered financially during the pandemic. How much to give depends on your budget and how happy you are with the service. I’m generous with tips during the year, for my hairdresser, for instance. So I reserve holiday tips for service providers I don’t see regularly – the sanitation worker and newspaper delivery person, for example.

Personally, the “jury is out” for my newspaper delivery person. He tucks a Christmas card and self addressed envelope in the paper every year. And every year I return the envelope with $10 and a request that he not leave the paper right on the threshold of the front door where I could trip on it, which he ignores. I’m thinking of skipping the tip this year and returning the card with another reminder not to leave the paper where I can trip on it. Is that mean? Let me know what you think in the comments.

Meanwhile, here’s a list of service providers who would appreciate a holiday tip or small gift.

Service Providers to Consider for Holiday Tips

You don’t have to give a holiday tip or gift to all of these people (although if you enjoy a lot of these services you can probably well afford it!) If holiday tips aren’t in your budget, consider a simple homemade gift. Also, in some cases workers aren’t allowed to accept tips or gifts of any kind. Check with your childrens’ schools, for instance, to learn their policy regarding gifts for teachers. For a more comprehensive list of service providers to consider for holiday tips and suggested amounts, see EmilyPost.com.

  • Au pair or nanny
  • Babysitter
  • Barber
  • Beautician
  • Day care provider
  • Dog walker
  • Dog groomer
  • Doorman
  • Gardener
  • Grocery deliverer
  • Hairdresser
  • Handyman
  • Housekeeper
  • Live-in help
  • Mail carrier (no cash)
  • Manicurist
  • Nanny
  • Newspaper delivery person
  • Package deliverers (no cash)
  • Personal trainer
  • Pool cleaner
  • Sanitation worker (Formerly known as the garbage man…)
  • Teacher

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