Holiday Tipping Guide

dollar-163473_640 (1)The holidays are here. Whether you want to face it or not, we are smack dab in them now. Because of this, you may be thinking about doing some holiday tipping this week and next week.

Here are some things to think about when it comes to holiday tipping:

Can you afford to do holiday tipping?

Of course, the very first thing you need to do is to think about whether or not you can afford to do some extra tipping right now. However, if tipping is expected, then you should DEFINITELY do it. For example, if you are going out to eat at a restaurant, then you should of course still tip. If it’s not in your budget, then you shouldn’t be going out to eat.

However, this goes into further holiday tipping. Should you tip your doorman if you have one? What about the mailman, your daycare provider, nanny, dog walker, or someone else?

Where do you live?

Where you live definitely comes into play when it comes to tipping. If you live in an expensive area, then higher tips are usually given because of a more expensive cost of living. If you are tipping in a cheaper area, then a cheaper tip will most likely be reasonable.

How long have you been using the service?

How long you have been using the service also comes into play when it comes to holiday tipping. If you have been a customer for 20 years, then giving a tip can show that you still appreciate the valuable service.

If you’ve been using the service for a week, then a tip may not even be needed.

What is holiday tipping usually for?

Holiday tipping is usually given for many different things.

A dog walker is usually tipped around one week’s pay or just a simple and thoughtful present. A doorman is usually tipped around $20, depending on what kind of building you live in. A mail person can be given a gift of less than $20 in value according to the U.S. Post Office, and it can not be in cash, check, or gift card. A regular babysitter is usually tipped around one night’s pay. A nanny who lives with you is usually tipped around one week’s pay.

Do you tip extra around the holidays? What for and how much?


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