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
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.
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.
Etiquette expert Lyudmila Bloch recommends a week's salary, these people work very hard to make your life easier.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Etiquette expert Lyudmila Bloch discusses that may not be appropriate to give a monetary gift, but can give to organization on their behalf.
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.
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.
From your mailman to nanny, here’s a look at how much to tip this season.