If you’ve been wondering how much do I tip at the holidays, don’t stress: I’ve put together an easy-to-understand list of holiday tipping etiquette based on the most common people you’re likely to tip at the holidays.
Hope this helps you figure out which people to tip this year and how much to give.
- Mail carrier/UPS driver/FedEx delivery person: $10 to $20
- Newspaper carrier: $10 to $20 (they’re not supposed to accept gifts over $20, I believe.)
- Apartment building staff: $50 to $100 per person (ouch, yes I know) DealNews suggests you tip service workers you deal with on a regular basis at least $20.
- Cleaning person: extra day’s pay
- Receptionist: gift card or treat person to lunch
- Hairstylist/barber/manicurist: double what your normally tip this person for a one-time service
- Dog walker/pet sitter: extra day’s pay
- Trash collector/recycling pickup: $10 to $20 per person on the truck
- Lawn service: extra day’s pay
- Babysitter/nanny: extra day or week’s pay (based on how you pay the person), plus a gift(s) from your child/children.
- Teacher: Avoid apple-themed anything or world’s greatest teacher mugs and go with a gift card. Also, check out these frugal teacher gift ideas.
Of course, if you prefer to hand out gift cards over cash, you can usually earn free gift cards when you buy gift cards at the holidays, thus saving you money in the process.