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Winter Holidays Gift Ideas

General Tips

Perhaps reading about all of the different holiday traditions has gotten you in the gift giving spirit? Whether you are inspired to give or make something that is specifically related to Hanukkah, Christmas or Kwanzaa; or would rather give a present that celebrates the simple joy of winter-time giving, take a look at some of our other ideas.

Gift Ideas
  • Cookbooks
  • Gourmet Popcorn & electric popper
  • Scrapbook-making kit
  • Fresh pears
  • Velvet scarf
  • Handknit mittens
  • Velvet slippers
  • Faux-fur throw
  • Decorative pillows
  • The latest hardcover
  • Tickets to an event: a play, a concert or the movies
  • Cashmere hoodie
  • Portable CD player
  • iPod
  • Holiday CD
Gift Certificate Ideas
Frequently Asked Questions

What about holiday tipping?
When budgeting and preparing a holiday gift list, it's common to include people who provide support and services throughout the year. From your favorite babysitter, housekeeper or the hair stylist who always gets your cut just the way you like it, a tip - enclosed in an envelope with a handwritten note - is sure to be appreciated.

How do I know how much to tip?
Holiday tips will vary according to your means, the city in which you live and the type of relationship that you have with the person being tipped. That being said, here are some general guidelines for a few of the outstanding individuals who might be on your list:
Newspaper person: $15-$25 for daily, $5-$15 for weekend
Doorman: $25-$100
Building Custodian: $20-$30
Building Handyperson: $20-$30 each
Building Superintendent: $30-$100 depending on building
Housekeeper: A week's pay or more
Babysitter: Two nights pay, or a small gift
Hair stylist: The cost of a session, plus a small gift
Personal Trainer: $50
Parking Attendants: A half-month's garage rate divided among attendants; or $10-$20 per person

What can I give in addition to a tip?
Our SuperCertificate is the perfect solution for everyone on your list.

Cash doesn't feel quite right. Can you suggest a substitute?
If cash feels too formal (or perhaps policy prohibits it), holiday gift certificate bundles are an personal way to show your thanks! And while the USPS does have a policy against monetary gifts to postal carriers, nobody said that you can't put a gift certificate in the mailbox. Right?

Other people who might enjoy a SuperCertificate include:

  • Teachers
  • School Crossing Guard
  • Mail person (USPS Policy: "Cash equivalent can't exceed $20")
  • Co-workers
  • Your Administrative Assistant

Give the gift of choice, and let the holidays shine bright!

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