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Angie’s List: Holiday Tipping

(WGGB) — Tipping is a topic many of us wrestle with throughout the year, especially during the holiday season. Trying to figure out who to tip and how much can be confusing.

‘Tis the season for giving…and the time of year to tip your hair dresser, newspaper carrier and the like.

Most people think they need to pay cash, but there are other options.

“What they don’t realize is there are lots of other options. For example, I think one of the most powerful ways to say thank you to a provider to write a nice letter to their company telling them what great service they provided to you throughout the year,” says Angie Hicks from Angie’s List..

Tipping is standard in the restaurant and personal services industries, but what about people who help with your home, like your plumber or handyman?

Do they expect tips?

Ryan Curry, a landscaper, adds, “It’s not expected necessarily, but we always appreciate it.”

You don’t always have to give cash to show your gratitude.

“If you are working so busily from morning until night, sometimes that extra homemade Christmas candy is just what the doctor ordered when it comes to 4 o’clock and you haven’t had lunch,” says Jennifer Barker, a salon owner.

Here are some tipping guidelines:

  • Bag boys, who help carry your packages to your car: a tip of $1 per package/bag may be in order, though probably no more than $5.
  • Babysitters: the recommendation is a gift at the holidays from your kids, plus one or two nights’ pay.
  • Standard child care providers: a gift at the holidays and $25 to $75 each.
  • Mail delivery: though the Postal Service frowns on gratuities for mail carriers, authorities request that the gift be $20 or less.
  • Daily newspaper delivery: a holiday tip of $15 to $25 is appropriate.

You should never feel obligated to tip, but if you do decide to tip your tradesperson this holiday season, talk with the company owner first to make sure it’s okay. Some companies don’t allow their employees to accept tips.

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