Your Holiday Guide to Tipping

Your Holiday Guide to Tipping

Are you curious about the tipping etiquettes during the holidays — whom to tip and how much?

The shopping bug has bit most of us and we’re in the spirit of giving — along that giving spree we are also thankful. Thankful for the little things that get us through each day, like my doorman and how he always signs packages for me or my hairdresser who treats my hair better than I treat it myself. Believe it or not, there is a proper way to tip and below are your answers! But keep in mind, that this is not suppose to break your bank or have you going out of your budget means.

Reporter Jonnelle Marte notes that “If you aren’t sure how much to tip, a general rule of thumb is to give as much as the cost of the service or of one week of pay, depending on the person.” I also like to note, gifts are acceptable too!

Image by thegoodrichwife

Image by The Goodrich Wife

Here are some suggestions from the Emily Post Institute (the mother of etiquette) on your holiday tip guide:

Gardener: $20 to $50 each

Trash collector: $10 to $30 each

Doorman: $15 to $80 (If you have more than one, give $15 each or a small gift.)

Newspaper delivery person: $10 to $30

Dog walker: Cash worth up to one week of pay or a gift

Personal trainer: Cash up to the cost of one session or a gift

Hair stylist: Cash up to the cost of one visit, divided among the staff; if you tip regularly, consider a small gift instead

Barber: Cash up to the cost of one haircut or a gift

Housekeeper: Cash up to one week of pay or a small gift

Day-care worker: A gift or $25 to $70 for each person who works with your children

Baby sitter: Cash up to one night’s pay with a gift from your children

Live-in nanny: Up to one week of pay and a gift from your children

If you have any additional tips or questions feel free to comment or shoot me an email at