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Quick Guidelines for Holiday Etiquette Tipping
Many of us want to show our appreciation to those special service people in our life at holiday time via etiquette tipping. However, trying to figure out what we should tip them is sometimes puzzling. No one wants to be a cheapskate, but over tipping can put a dent in our budget. Then there’s trying to figure out who we should tip.
According to Peter Post, director of the Emily Post Institute and author of Essential Manners for Couples, “You tip the people who perform services for you year-round, who are there for you when you need them and whom you have a valuable relationship with.”
Etiquette tipping experts generally agree that cash is the best way to say thank you during the holidays. However, you don’t need to break the bank to show your generosity. “Forget about what you ought to do. Do what you can, and do it in the nicest way you possibly can,” advices Post.
To make planning your tipping budget easier, here’s a quick holiday tipping guide:
Babysitter – 1 evening’s pay and small gift from child
Housekeeper – 1 week’s pay or more (depending on length of service)
Doormen - $25-$100 each (those who provide the most service for you should get more than those who you barely see)
Hairdresser – Cost of 1 haircut (or $20-$100); also small gift if you’re a regular
Dog groomer – ¼ or ½ the cost of 1 session and small gift
U.S. Mail Carrier – Gifts under $20
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