Holiday Tips: Who to Tip and How Much!

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CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Holiday tips are usually given to the people who perform services for you during the year. If you had some help, give a little back this year!

Who To Tip:

  • Tip your regular house cleaner the equivalent of one week's salary.
  • Tip your hairstylist or manicurist the amount you'd pay for one visit if you're a salon regular. If you only go a few times a year, doubling your usual tip on services for the holidays is fine.
  • Tip your newspaper carrier $10 to $30 if you have daily delivery.
  • Tip your dog walker the equivalent of one day's pay.
  • Tip your pet groomer the amount you'd pay for one grooming session.
  • Tip your regular trash and recycling collectors $10 to $30.
  • If you use a landscaper or gardener regularly, you should tip him one week's pay. If you use him occasionally, a $10 to $50 tip is fine.
  • If you have a regular handyman, you should tip him $15 to $40.
  • If you live in a building with a doorman, you should tip him between $20 and $100.
  • If you have a regular parking attendant, tip him $20 to $30.
  • If you have a nanny or au pair, tip her the equivalent of one to two weeks' pay.
  • You may choose to tip your babysitter (the equivalent of two night's pay) or your child's daycare providers (between $25 and $75). You can opt to give a gift to them instead.

Who Not To Tip

  • Don't tip your child's teacher; buy a present or gift card instead.
  • Don't tip your assistant; buy her a gift or give a gift card.
  • Don't tip home health employees or private nurses, who may not be allowed to accept tips. Offer a token gift instead.
  • Don't tip your mail carrier---he's not allowed to accept tips or gifts worth more than $20.

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