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Tipping Guide for the Holidays

Tipping Guide for the Holidays

It’s hard to know what to tip those people who provide services to you throughout the year as you budget your Christmas gift-giving.

Diane Gottsman runs the Protocol School of Texas and is an etiquette expert.  She offers the rules of the road:

Babysitters – a cash gift equivalent to one night’s pay

Teacher – something small, and don’t forget the teacher’s aid.

Mailman – government regulations prohibit mail carriers to accept cash gifts.  A small, non-monetary gift is best.

Hairstylist – a cash equivalent to one visit

Housekeeper – if they come once a week, equivalent to one week’s pay.  If they come daily, cash equivalent of one week’s worth.

Pet groomer – a cash gift equal to one service

As for work, that can be a landmine, says Gottsman.  “The protocol is that you don’t have to gift your boss.  Now, that sounds a little bit cold except that you tend to gift down rather than up.”  Gottsman recommends bringing in something for the entire office like your favorite fudge.


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