Who to Tip During the Holiday Season

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During the Holiday season, it can be difficult to keep track of who to get a gift, who to send a card, and who to just give a "happy holidays" tip of the hat to. There are a handful of people, however, whose job it is to make your life just a little easier. These people deserve a thank you tip anytime of the year, but since it is the giving season, make sure you don't forget them. Here are some ideas on what to get them and how much to spend.

Who to Tip & What to Give:

  1. Babysitter: Babysitters look after your kids so you can have free time to enjoy yourself, so it makes sense to give your babysitters something they can use in their personal time. If they like to read, give them a book with a fun bookmark already placed inside, or perhaps a journal where they can record their thoughts is more their style. Either way, you can personalize the gift by writing a small thank you on the front page. Expect to spend about 15 to 20 dollars on the gift.

  2. Mail carrier: The holidays are the busiest time of year when it comes to mailed letters and packages, and it can get cold walking around out there delivering all those holiday greetings. Let your mail carrier know that you appreciate their hard work with a pair of gloves or some hand warmers. Either gift is a thoughtful present. Look to spend about 20 dollars or less on this gift.

  3. Trash collector: Everyone loves a treat once in a while, and who deserves it more than the person who helps keep your home free from garbage? This season, brighten your trash collector's day with a candy gift basket. You should spend between 10 to 20 dollars on this gift.

  4. Day care provider: Their days are spent taking care of your kids, so your day care providers definitely deserve a tip this season. Give them a bright accent to place in front of a window, like a vase or other colorful decor item. You can also show them how grateful you are by giving them a cookbook and baking them one of the recipes in it. You should expect to spend between 25 and 50 dollars.

  5. Delivery person: Most people love coming home and finding a package on their doorstep. Those mostly invisible delivery people bring us joy throughout the year; this is a great time to thank them for their work. Like mail carriers, delivery persons find themselves out in the elements, and a scarf or pair of gloves is a fantastic gift to help keep them warm. Another idea is a nice pen set. Delivery people need to keep pens on hand for all those deliveries that require signatures, and an extra pen or two is always nice to have. Look to spend between 10 and 25 dollars.

  6. Beauticians: Your hairstylist, nail technician, massage therapist, or esthetician keeps you looking and feeling good all year long. Say thank you with an extra holiday tip on top of the one you give for services, and spend about the same that you do for a service tip. A bottle of wine is a lovely gesture, and a gift card is always an excellent gift.

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