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Tipping Guide for 2011 Holiday Season
The economy may still be struggling to find its footing, but the holiday season is still a time to give thanks for those who have made our lives easier throughout the year. Check out our expert tipping guide on who gets how much this holiday season.

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Many of us are trying to pinch pennies this holiday season, but as the saying goes, it is better to give, than receive. Here’s a quick tipping guide to show gratitude to those who impact our lives on a regular basis.

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Teacher

Experts recommend a small non-monetary gift from parents and an additional present from the child for teachers that have gone above the call of duty.

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Doorman

It can be expensive to provide a tip for every doorman in a building, but experts say it is acceptable to divide and concur. You can gift $40-$50 for those who have helped you most throughout the year and $15 for the rest of the staff. If you are unsure about the building’s policy don’t be scared to ask long-time residents.

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Postal Worker

If neither rain, nor snow, nor sleet, nor hail kept your postal worker from delivering your mail this year and you want to show your appreciation, be sure to follow the law with your gifting. Federal law prohibits U.S. Postal Service workers from accepting cash and gifts valued over $20.

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Dog Walker

Don’t forget about those who take care of man’s best friend; up to a week’s pay is an acceptable gift.

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Hairdresser/Barber

Depending on the cost, a holiday tips should match the cost of a typical visit.

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Nanny

A week’s pay during the holiday is an acceptable gift; after all, it’s important to keep the person responsible for the care of your child feeling appreciated.

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Garbage Collector

Experts recommend $10 to $30 per collector during the holiday season. If the service is provided by the city, be sure to check your municipality’s rules before gifting.

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Babysitter

This can vary depending on how often you use the sitter, but you should look to match the total cost of an average evening.

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Housekeeper

Depending on the frequency of visits, the cost of one visit or a week’s pay if the person frequents the house on a weekly basis, is recommended to show your gratitude.

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Gardener

Experts recommend $20-$50 per crewmember, depending on the size of the property and amount of work required.

Tipping Guide for 2011 Holiday Season

The economy may still be struggling to find its footing, but the holiday season is still a time to give thanks for those who have made our lives easier throughout the year. Check out our expert tipping guide on who gets how much this holiday season.

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