Do you have a hard time figuring out the appropriate tip or gift for the people who help you out over the years?
Kimberly Schlegel Whitman has great tips on tipping!
Tips on tipping from Kimberly Schlegel Whitman’s blog:
Babysitter: One night’s pay or two nights if she is really awesome and you want to keep her around and a small gift from your child.
Nanny: One week to one month’s pay depending on how long they have been caring for your child and how many children you have and a personal gift from the kids.
Day Care Staff: If there is one staff member that clearly takes care of your child more than the others you might consider a tip of $25 to $75 or a gift card. If there is a large team of caretakers, consider spreading that out among them and taking in a tin of baked goods that they can snack on in their break room.
Coach or weekly instructor: Don’t give a tip but present a small personal gift from the child valued under $25.
Teacher: Don’t give cash to a teacher but instead write him or her a note of appreciation and present them with a gift card. In my son’s classroom, all of the parents pooled together a little fund and the room mom purchased a gift card to a book store for the teacher. A small personal gift from the child is a nice touch too but don’t let it take the place of a gift card. Teacher’s get so many little nick-naks!
Mail Carrier: Civil employees are not allowed to accept gifts with a value over $20 but consider a small gift card to a local coffee shop or book store. If you really want to do something special for them, write a note of praise to their supervisor!
Hairstylist: If you go to the same hairstylist often or if you hairstylist also plays the role of therapist in your life then consider generously tipping the cost of a haircut. If you haven’t been going long, doubling your typical tip is a nice gesture. Salon owners are not meant to accept tips so if your stylist owns the salon you frequent, take a nice gift instead that is the value of one haircut. Don’t forget to double the tips of the assistants and helpers in the salon too!
Housekeeper: One weeks pay is a nice tip for a housekeeper. Write a note of appreciation and include the cash tip inside.
Newspaper Delivery: My newspaper delivery service provides an envelope with the name of my delivery guy. Anything from $10 to $30 is appropriate.
Here are a few more tipping rules:
-Always put it in an envelope with a note. Even if the note is a really short “With thanks from the Whitmans” it is better than just handing over cash.
-Don’t give as much to someone who is new to your life because you haven’t developed a relationship with them yet.
-Whenever you feel inclined, a nice bag of hot chocolate or baked goods to go along with your tip as always appreciated.
Watch a movie about appreciating the people in your life with the Christmas classic It’s A Wonderful Life trailer: