How to Tip During the Holidays

Advice on how to show gratitude to those who help you day to day. 

The Christmas season is a time to show gratitude and give back to those we work with and interact with all year. From the mail person to the cleaning person and the dog walker and dry cleaner. And don’t forget teachers! But who do we prioritize and how much do we give? It can feel daunting wondering if we are doing the right thing and giving the right amount. For some people it is a sweet gesture, for others it is a much needed additional financial boost. 

To make this easier, here are our tips for tipping this holiday season:

Make a List

First off, make a list (like Santa!) of all of the people you would like to gift this season. Do you have the budget for all of those people? Also, put the monetary amount next to each person’s name to help you really see what amount of money you would be giving. 

Pro Tip: Consider doing this in the fall so you are prepared by the time Christmas rolls around. A housekeeper should probably get more than the pet groomer. Here is a list of people who are often considered for holiday tipping:

  • Newspaper carriers
  • Hair stylists/barber
  • Babysitters
  • Housekeeper
  • Doorman 
  • Personal Trainer
  • Dog Walker
  • Pet Sitter
  • Pet Groomer
  • Maintenance people (repair person, pool person, gardner, landscaper)

How Much?

Once you tally up your list, the fun begins. Can you afford this? If so, great! If not, how about half get cash, the other get cookies? Just remember, someone who works closely with you such as a housekeeper, barber, babysitter or personal trainer probably deserves (and expect) money over cookies. When it comes to the pet groomer? Tip them their normal amount for Fido’s grooming, but bring along a little bag or box of cookies or candies to show your appreciation. As for teachers and others you may ‘share’ with others- pooling for a gift, gift card or simply cash with others is a great way to really give them something they will appreciate. 

Who to Skip

There are people we work with and value that don’t necessarily need a gift. We would consider that list to include:

  • Doctors
  • Lawyers
  • Veterinarian
  • Bankers
  • Seamstresses
  • Accountants 
  • Board Members