The holidays are a time for showing your appreciation—and in many cases, that means gratitude of the monetary kind. But how much is appropriate to give? And who in your life deserves a little acknowledgement?
Short answer? Common sense, specific circumstances, and holiday spirit should always be your guide. But of course, there's a longer answer too.
First, consider these factors, courtesy of the Emily Post Institute:
- The quality and frequency of the service you receive.
- Your relationship with the service provider.
- You location—tipping averages tend to be higher in larger cities.
- The number of years you've been using the service
- Your budget: You should never feel obligated to go beyond what you can reasonably afford.
- If your budget does not allow for tips, consider homemade gifts (yes, gingerbread cookies count) or a genuine and heartfelt thank you note.
- Any gift or tip should always be accompanied by a short handwritten note of appreciation.
- Do you already tip regularly? If you tip at the time of service, you may forego an end of the year tip, or give a more modest holiday thank you.
- Don't buy into the thought that if you don't tip you won't get good service for the coming year. If you think you've had bad service for this reason, that's a sign you need to make some changes.
Below, a handy guide to holiday tipping using information gleaned from the Emily Post Institute and Sharon Schweitzer, an etiquette expert, author, and the founder of Protocol & Etiquette Worldwide:
Full-time household help (cook, nanny, personal caregiver, or butler): between a week to a month's pay, plus a gift
Housekeeper: if they come once a week: equivalent of a day's pay. If they come daily: equivalent of a week's pay, and possibly a gift
Babysitter: up to one evening's pay and a small gift from your children
Teacher: consider a group gift with parents pooled funds
Gardener: equivalent of a week's pay
Pool Cleaner: equivalent of one session, divided among the crew.
Garbage/Recycling: P100 to P300 each for extra holiday effort
Doorman: between P500 to P1000 each, or gift, depending on extra duties
Newspaper Delivery Person: between P100 to P300, or give a small gift
Pet Groomer: Up to the cost of one session or a gift
Personal Trainer: Up to the cost of one session or a gift
Massage Therapist: Up to the cost of one session or a gift
Barber/Hairdresser: Up to the cost of one haircut or a gift
And here's you could skip without--send a holiday card instead:
- Doctor, Dentist
- Executive Coach
- Members, Board of Directors or Trustees
- Seamstress/ Tailor
This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.