{Day 4} 12 Days of Holiday Prep | Tips for Tipping

by Mindy Lockard on November 12, 2013


Now is the perfect time to start planning for Holiday tipping. A time when we give a little something to those who serve us on a regular basis.  People such as our hairdresser, housekeeper, gardener, mail carrier and garbage collector to name a few. After all, where would we be without our garbage collector? Yeah, just the idea is messy and stinky.

But before we get totally overwhelmed at the idea, remember we don’t have to financially overextend ourselves to show value to those we are grateful for and provide basic services for us throughout the year. We simply need to plan ahead. Holiday tipping is a long tradition of saying thanks to those people whose daily lives are about providing basic services—not to mention those who don’t typically receive year-end or holiday bonuses.


To get started on Holiday Tipping:

1. Make a list of your service providers, check out our gracious suggestions below.
2. Pick-up a gift card or two when you are at the grocery store or start to set aside a little cash.
3. Take time to research the names of those providers (example: garbage, recycling, mail carrier don’t forget that it’s illegal for mail carriers to accept cash but they can accept gifts with a $20.00 value or less)
4.  Write Thank-You notes or have your children color pictures to send along with the tip.
5. Pop the thank-yous in the mail or even hand deliver them if you have the chance and enjoy the spirit of giving to those that’s business is serving us on a regular basis.

Here is a list of people to keep in mind:

$5 to $20

  • Postman or woman: It is illegal for a US postal worker to receive a monetary gift or anything above a $20 value. In thanking them, think beyond the holiday fudge. A gift card for a cup of coffee or tickets to a movie is a great way to say, “Thanks for my mail!”
  • Newspaper delivery
  • Regular delivery service (grocery, dry cleaning, etc.)
  • Sanitary collection team (recycling, garbage, yard debris, etc.)
  • Regular babysitters
  • Parking attendants

$20 or equal to one service/visit and up to monthly service (If you have a long relationship and they are like family, the amount should be doubled or tripled.)

  • Housekeepers
  • Nannies/Sitters
  • Hairdresser
  • Manicurist
  • Massage therapist
  • Personal trainer
  • Gardener
  • Pool care
  • Pet care (walker, groomer, sitter, etc.)
  • Caretakers
  • Technology support

Apartment or condo living—$10 to $100 each, depending on the style and services provided. If you have questions, ask your neighbors.

  • Manager
  • Doorman
  • Concierge
  • Superintendent
  • Elevator staff

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