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 |
|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:
- School Crossing Guard
- Mail person (USPS Policy: "Cash equivalent can't exceed $20")
- Your Administrative Assistant
Give the gift of choice, and let the holidays shine bright!