As we head into Hanukkah (which begins on the 20th) and Christmas, let’s not forget to consider those who make our lives a little bit easier. Holiday tips are a nice way to show appreciation for the people whose services you regularly rely on, whether it’s a hairstylist or doorman.
First make a list of all the services/assistants you regularly rely on: dry cleaner, lawn service, babysitter, delivery person, postal worker, etc. If you’ve only used the service a handful of times and are not considered a regular customer, you should be exempt from any special tipping. For example, a flight attendant (who is trained to politely refuse tips) or a babysitter you’ve only used once in the past year would not need to be included.
For the rest, however, it is a nice (and often, expected) gesture to reward them with an end-of-the-year tip. It’s a way of thanking them for their service and smoothing the way for a stronger working relationship in the coming year.
Not sure who should get what? CNBC has a handy guide that breaks down the customary tip amounts for the various people in your life. There’s no need to flash the cash around. Tucking the money in an envelope with a holiday card or note thanking them for their service is best. Simply hand them the envelope and wish them a great holiday. Alternatively, you can send a check along with a note.
On that note, I hope you all have a wonderful holiday! Season’s greetings!