The Tipping Point

The Tipping Point

Did you question how much to tip 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 is always appropriate.

Babysitter – One evening’s pay, plus a small gift from your child(ren)

Barber/Hair stylist – Cost of one haircut or a gift

Child’s teacher – Check the school’s policy. If allowed, give a small token gift of appreciation, not cash

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

Pet groomer – Cost of one session or a gift

Personal fitness trainer – Up to the cost of one session

Housekeeper/maid service – Up to one week’s pay or a gift

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

CRS Your Home Newsletter, December 2012

Tammy Fadler