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I find the whole idea of tipping at Christmas confusing and bad ass difficult to figure out. There are people who support my life that I really need to tip because if they didn’t like me, I would have to find someone else to do what they do so well. But there are those that you’re stuck having to tip.
Who do I tip and how much?
–HG, Miami, FL
- What does the service of a full time domestic, such as a nanny, personal caregiver, cook, butler, housekeeper, mean to you? It could be worth anywhere between a week and up to a month's salary, plus a small gift.
- Although, if you're just tipping because it is expected, apparently you can squeak by with a $50 holiday tip.
- When there is a long running history of care, loyalty and devotion, then $250 would be appropriate.
- Then factor in your location, because workers commuting in dense urban locations are apt to have a more lengthy and expensive commute.
- Homemade gifts, such as propagated plants, baked goods, or homemade jam, are charming and show your sincere appreciation when your budget doesn't provide for end of the year tipping.
- Already readily tipping your hairdresser, manicurist, masseuse/masseur, or trainer per service? Then your holiday tip doesn't have to be as generous.
- Mail carrier, paper deliverer, garbage collectors, etc., who may or may not be the same person every day or week.
- Doormen and building janitors are usually tipped once a year by the resident and not on a daily basis