If I'm receiving a service from someone, I almost always tip. Servers, bartenders, my hairstylist, nail tech, barista, etc. You get the idea. But during the holidays, are there extra people you should be tipping? Should you tip the people you usually tip a little more?

Your Holiday Tipping Guide

What I keep reading is that it all depends on how often you see this person and the relationship you have. If you see them a lot and it's become almost like a friendship you may want to consider getting them a gift instead of or on top of an extra tip.

It also depends on your financial situation, of course. If you have someone who you see a lot (maybe a babysitter/nanny/daycare person) and you want to get them a gift but you don't have the money, consider baking them something.


Who to Tip and How Much During the Holidays

These tips for tipping I've gotten from Real Simple.

Babysitter: Tip valued at one or two nights' pay.

Daycare Staff: $35-$70 per person that works with your kid(s). A handmade gift from your kid(s) would be a nice touch too!

Dog Walker: Tip valued at one week's pay.

Hairstylist, Nail Tech, Barber: A tip valued at one visit.

Handyman: $15-$40 depending on how much you've used their services.

Housekeeper: A tip of up to one week's worth of pay.

Landscaper/Gardener: $20-$50 depending on how often they come to take care of your yard.

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Mail Carrier: This can get tricky because there are rules with this. USPS says:

carriers are permitted to accept a gift worth $20 or less from a customer per occasion ... However, cash and cash equivalents, such as checks or gift cards that can be exchanged for cash, must never be accepted in any amount. Furthermore, no employee may accept more than $50 worth of gifts from any one customer in any one calendar year period.

So no cash or gift cards, but a gift valued at $20 or less is ok!

Mechanic: $20 is what Real Simple recommends but for me this is complicated. I go to the same shop every time but it's not always the same person. So maybe gifting everyone there a box of donuts to share in that case would be best.

Nanny: Gift a tip that's equal to one or two weeks of pay.

Personal Trainer, Massage Therapist: Tip up to one session's cost.

Pet Groomer: Gift them a tip of about the cost of one trip to the groomer.

Teacher/Tutor: A gift valued at $25 or less. Maybe a gift card to their favorite coffee shop or restaurant.

Trash and Recycling Collectors: $10-$30

Some of these depend on your relationship, though. If you have a close relationship with your personal trainer or housekeeper, etc. it may make more sense to give them a gift.

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