Perhaps you have never known who and what to tip during the holiday. While there is no law about who and what to tip, this article will give you some helpful ideas about tipping traditions even though the rules are constantly changing. While some people tip their barber, hairdresser, hotel staff and others during the year, the holiday season is an opportune time to give a little extra to those who have provided service for you during the year.
Most people don’t know that there are some service people you should not tip. For instance, federal employees and postal workers are prohibited from receiving cash, or gift cards in any amount. Neither are they to receive any gift worth more than $20. While you might mean well, if he accepts cash or gift cards in any amount or a gift worth more than $20 from you, the federal employee or postal worker could get into serious trouble. He or she knows the rule, so don’t think the worker will think hard of you if you don’t tip.
Don’t tip the owners of establishments or salaried employees. For instance, you can tip the pizza delivery person, but not the owner of the pizzeria. You can tip the workers in a hair salon or barber shop, but not the owner even if the owners perform a service for you.
Do not tip the Uber driver, but tip the cabdriver. Uber makes it clear on its website that there is no need to tip drivers.
Tip more at restaurants during the holiday season. Tip your doormen. If the doorman provides extra services throughout the year, like bringing up your groceries, you can tip around $5 per trip.
Do thank housekeepers and house cleaners. If someone cleans your house on a weekly or biweekly basis, then thank them with a gift equivalent to one house cleaning.
Tip those who do personal services for you such as your hair stylist, fitness trainer, massage therapist and other service providers but not your doctors. Consider giving a tip equal to the value of one visit.
Tip newspaper deliverers with a gift between $10 and $20 or more in an envelope to help show your appreciation for all those cold and rainy mornings they delivered your newspaper to your door.
Most people don’t do this, but you should tip garbage collectors. A suggested tip for each garbage worker is at least $20. If you leave extra garbage any time throughout the year, then leave an additional $10 to $20 for their effort.
Don’t feel obligated to tip, but remember that tipping is a way to say thanks for service provided throughout the year. If you tip regularly during the year, don’t feel that you have to go overboard at the end of the year.
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