A holiday tip is a perfect way to show your appreciation to those who provide you with helpful service throughout the year. But, how do you know who to tip and how much?
Diane Gottsman is a national etiquette expert, sought out industry leader, accomplished speaker, author and the owner of The Protocol School of Texas. Diane says when deciding who you will tip, take into consideration the frequency of your visit, the personal attention you receive, and most importantly your budget. All holiday tips or gifts should be accompanied by a holiday card or note.
Some of Diane Gottsman’s tips for tipping during the holidays:
Apartment or House Tips
Apartment Doorman – A cash gift of $20 – $50 (some receive $100 upwards), depending on service provided throughout the year.
Building Handyman – A cash gift of $20-$50 if you see them on a regular basis.(Check out Tool Nerds to find reviews of various tools)
Garage Attendant (Building or Apartment) – Cash or gift of $10-$50, depending on the city and frequency of assistance.
Landlord or Building Manger – A cash gift or gift card of $50 upwards, depending on their level of annual support.
Housekeeper – Once a week, a cash gift equivalent to one day’s pay; weekly, a cash gift equivalent to one week’s pay.
Newspaper Delivery – A cash gift of $10-$30.
Pool Cleaner & Lawn Maintenance – A cash gift equivalent to one week’s service.
Trash Collector – Check local regulations for public service employees. If no restrictions, $10-$25 per person. If you miss them during the day, make arrangements to drop off the gift at their corporate office.
Tipping at the Office
Boss – It’s not necessary to give your boss a large or expensive gift. Consider an office gift “pool” or bring a tray of holiday goodies for the office.
Office Assistant – A “bonus,” gift card or small gift.
Tipping at School
Children’s Teacher – Contribute to a “class gift,” or give your child’s teacher and teacher’s aide a small gift.
School Lunch Attendant – A lunch attendant who is vigilant when it comes to your child’s food allergy is worth their weight in gold. Check the food service gift policy and give according to their guidelines. A gift card or small cash gift of $20 dollars per attendant is appreciated.
School Secretary – A small gift or gift certificate.
Miscellaneous Holiday Tipping
Hair Stylist, Manicurist, Personal Trainer, & Massage Therapist – A cash gift equivalent to one visit, or a gift.
Shampoo Attendant – A small gift or gift card of $5-$10.
Pet Groomer – A cash gift equivalent to one service and a basket of “people treats” from your pet.
Dog Walker – A cash gift equivalent of one day to one week’s service.
Babysitter – A cash gift equivalent to one night’s pay or a gift card.
Nanny – One week’s pay and a handmade gift from your child.
Private Health Care Nurse – A cash gift equivalent to one week’s pay, or a gift certificate.
Mail & Package Delivery Tipping
UPS – Mark Dickens, UPS Public Relations Representative says, “While our service providers appreciate the gratitude of their customers, we ask them to politely decline any material expressions, particularly of a financial nature.”
FedEx – Gifts and tips are not restricted, but the amount should not exceed $75.
USPS — No cash. USPS Ethics Council, “Letter Carriers are prohibited from accepting cash or a cash equivalent such as a Visa or Master Card gift card from Postal Service customers. You may give a gift to a Letter Carrier valued at $20.00 or less or a gift card to a specific retail venue valued at $20.00 or less (e.g., Starbucks gift card), as long as the aggregate value of gifts that you gave to the Letter Carrier do not exceed $50.00 in a calendar year. See 5 C.F.R. § 2635.204.” For more info: USPS Law Dept. Ethics Help Line at 202-268-6346 or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org
These holiday tip ideas were provided by Diane Gottsman. Diane specializes in executive leadership and etiquette training, with clients ranging from university students to Fortune 500 companies, and her seminars cover topics ranging from tattoos in the workplace to technology at the dinner table and the proper use of social media. Her advice is backed by a Master’s Degree in Sociology with an emphasis on adult behavior. Visit dianegottsman.com and www.protocolschooloftexas.com