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Holiday Tipping Guide
From your mailman to nanny, here’s a look at how much to tip this season.

Green Holiday Gifts

Who Gets How Much

‘Tis the giving season, and it’s important to show your appreciation to those who have helped you throughout the year. We talked to etiquette experts to find out who gets how much.  

Trash and Recycling Collectors

Trash and Recycling Collectors

Kiplinger.com’s senior reporter Joan Goldwasser suggests $10 to $30 per collector during the holiday season. But be sure to check the rules for your municipality, as some jurisdictions forbid workers from accepting cash.

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Doorman, Super or Handyman

Etiquette expert Lyudmila Bloch says $40-50 per person is appropriate. If you have a large number of employees, you only need to cover the people that have helped you throughout the year. She also says you don’t need to tip the super that tends to be covered by a co-op and or condo fund.

Dog Walker

A woman walking her vastly different sized dogs provides a study in contrast in downtown Washington February 25, 2008. On the left is her Chihuahua and on the right is her Bull Mastiff. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES)
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Nanny

Nanny

Etiquette expert Lyudmila Bloch recommends a week's salary, these people work very hard to make your life easier.

Teacher

Child’s Teacher

Kiplinger.com’s senior reporter Joan Goldwasser advocates a thoughtful gift accompanied by a note or drawing from your child to serve as a thank-you for an educator’s hard work. Be sure to first check the policies of your child’s school.

Tutor

Tutor

Since private tutors are not public school teachers and don’t receive pension benefits and paid vacation it’s important to remember them during the holiday season, says etiquette expert Lyudmila Bloch. She recommends tipping the cost of a session.

Cleaning Person

Cleaning Person

Kiplinger.com’s senior reporter Joan Goldwasser recommends tipping the cost of one visit. This amount is considered fitting especially if he or she visits weekly or biweekly. Increase the amount for someone who works more often. If you use a cleaning service that works as a team, a box of candy for the team is considered customary.

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Postman

Etiquette expert Lyudmila Bloch says there is a lot of confusion when it comes to tipping the mailperson. She suggests that if you have a hard-working delivery man that has gone above and beyond the call of duty $25-30 in a card is appropriate.

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Pastor

Etiquette expert Lyudmila Bloch discusses that may not be appropriate to give a monetary gift, but can give to organization on their behalf.

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Regular Hair Stylist or Barber

Kiplinger.com’s senior reporter Joan Goldwasser recommends tipping the cost of one visit. If you have multiple salon staff members who work on your ‘do, divide the cost of one visit between them proportionately. And consider including a small gift for a stylist who doubles as a confidante.

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Newspaper Delivery Person

Kiplinger.com’s senior reporter Joan Goldwasser suggests giving $10 to $30 during the holidays. Instead of cash, you can give a small gift, according to the Emily Post Institute.

Holiday Tipping Guide

From your mailman to nanny, here’s a look at how much to tip this season.

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