Holiday Etiquette: Don't Forget To Tip Those Who Served You This Year

Life & Love | Gerren Keith Gaynor | 12/22/2014 | 04:00 PM EST

It's not just your family and friends you should be worried about this Christmas--your hairdresser and company need love too

While you may have been running around trying to nab the perfect holiday gift for your loved ones, there are a few people in your life you may be overlooking. Those who provide frequent services for you such as the hairdresser, manicurist, doorman, assistants, nannies and others deserve a little holiday love too.


Before you check out to vacation with family and friends, be sure to shell out a little extra cash for those who make your everyday life more functional and a lot less stressful. It’s the least you can do.


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Though the art of holiday tipping seems to have been lost over the years, it’s a novelty that practices kind gesture, good karma and, more importantly, proper etiquette. Emily Post says it’s the equivalent of saying thank you, and is most especially needed for those who may be going through tough economic times. In case you need a little guidance on how to tip or what’s an appropriate tip or gift for those who’ve served you this year, Centric has some fast tips for you to live by this holiday season.


Notes


Any gift or tip should be accompanied with a short handwritten note. This is a great opportunity to express your gratitude.


How Much to Tip


Tipping is contingent upon various factors like how long they’ve provided you with service and the nature of your relationship. Generally, you want to tip your barber the cost of one cut, while for your hairdresser you give the amount of one visit divided by each staff that works with you. Also, give live-in nannies, butlers, cooks or housekeepers up to one week’s pay, plus a gift, and for personal trainers, give the amount of one session or a gift. For babysitters, the cost of one night is appropriate and for any other servicers like the doorman, mail deliver, handyman, personal trainer, etc, $10-$40 tips are most appropriate or a gift equivalent.


Set a Budget


The most important thing is to remember that you should give within your budget. Don’t feel obligated to go above and beyond. It’s the thought that counts.


Who to Tip


Here’s a general list of people who should receive a holiday tip: hairdresser, barber, babysitter, nanny, cook, butler, housekeeper, doorman, personal trainer, daycare provider, mail carrier or deliverer, home nurses, massage therapist, pool cleaner, superintendent, handyman, trash collectors, gardener, newspaper deliverer and dog walker.

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