Holiday Thank Yous and Who/How to Tip

Showing appreciation for the people in your life will take you far. I know from experience. There truly is no better feeling than someone letting you know how much you are appreciated. The holidays are a time to spend with friends and family, and remind them of how much they mean to you. Making it the perfect time to say “Thank You”. Thank you to the people who help us get through, not only the holiday season but, our daily lives.

Almost everyone could quickly jot down the people who fall into this category. But since I love a list, here’s a list to remind you of all the people, outside of your family and friends, you probably appreciate the most. If you are in the financial position, holiday tips and/or gifts are always smart. If you’re on a budget, do what you can and get creative. Even a handwritten note goes an incredibly long way.

Give a tip to your:

  • Building Superintendent – $20 to $100 depending on how helpful they have been.
  • Doorman – $20 to $100, if there are multiple door men, $15 or more for each is fine, if you have only one, the higher end of that range is more appropriate, especially if he is friendly and does a lot for you. The average holiday tip is $50.
  • Elevator Operator/Building Staff – $20 to $50. Check with your building association to see if there is a holiday tip pool that is shared by all of the building’s employees.
  • Landscaper/gardener – $20 to $50. If he or she comes frequently, give up to a week’s pay.
  • Pool cleaners – For a regular crew, the price of one cleaning, to divide among themselves. If a different employee shows up each visit, holiday tipping is unnecessary. Click on this site for checking the background of a candidate employee.
  • Newspaper carrier – $10 to $30, or the equivalent of one month of the subscription price. Sometimes you can include a tip when you pay your bill. Remember that adults usually do this job these days.
  • Handyman – $15 to $40, depending on how much work you’ve had him do.
  • Trash/recycling collectors – $10 to $30 for private service. For public service, check your local municipality for regulations as some areas may not allow tipping.
  • Christmas Tree carrier – A $20 cash tip is appropriate for home delivery. $10 for an attentive carrier who offers service while you choose a tree. $5 if the person has just helped you bundle it up and load it onto the car.
  • Mechanic – if you go regularly for service, tip $20.
  • Gift wrapper – if tips are allowed, go with $1 to $2 per package, up to $10 total.
  • Doctor/therapist – cash gifts are generally prohibited. Check with each institutions policy before giving a gift to a medical professional. At some nonprofit institutions, a donation may be made in honor of an employee. Platters or cookies or fruit are thoughtful gifts that benefit the entire staff.
  • Day-care staff – a gift or cash tip in the amount of $35 to $70 for each staff member who works with your child/children and a small handmade gift from your child. Make sure to include a handwritten note.
  • Dry cleaner – since it’s a team effort, consider dropping off a box of donuts or a basket of fruit for the whole staff to enjoy.

Buy a gift for your:

  • Assistant – in addition to any end-of-the-year bonus, give a gift or gift card worth at least $50, depending on your position in the company and the assistant’s length of service. Avoid perfume, clothing or anything that could be perceived as too personal.
  • Boss – while not necessary, a simple gift if a nice gesture. Talk to coworkers to see if they’d like to chip in to buy a gift card or restaurant gift certificate.
  • Teacher/tutor – don’s spend more than $25. Assuming the school allows gifts, give something such as a restaurant gift certificate, a coffee shop or amazon gift card, or a homemade gift from your child, accompanied by a hand-written thank you note. Gifts aren’t as common at middle schools and high schools where each child has five or more teachers.
  • Home health employees/private nurse – a modest gift that shows your appreciation. Cash is not a good option. Be sure to check with the agency first, as some prohibit gifts.
  • Nursing home employees – check company policy. Cash is not appropriate, but something that can be shared among the staff like chocolate, cookies or flowers, is a great idea.
  • Letter carrier/package courier – while nothing is expected, if you have a friendly relationship with the person, then a small gift or gift card in the $20 range is a nice gesture. Anything more valuable than that is prohibited by the US Postal Service. FedEx allows tips or a gift worth up to $75, UPS does not have an official policy.
  • Nanny/au pair – a tip equal to one or two weeks pay, plus a personal gift from your children, such as a framed picture showing the child’s appreciation. Avoid kid-oriented gifts. Depending on how personally you know their taste, a stylish gift like a handbag might go far.

Give a tip or a gift to your:

  • Babysitter – cash or a gift equal to one or two nights pay. A personal gift from your children is always appreciated.
  • Cleaning person(s) – up to one week’s pay and/or gift.
  • Dog walker – one week’s pay and/or gift. While tips are the norm, a scarf, massage or other spa treatments are thoughtful gift options.
  • Pet groomer – a tip or gift int he ballpark of the price of one session.
  • Hairstylist/manicurist/barber – the cost of one visit, or a gift of equivalent worth. If you deal with more than one person at a given establishment, give cash so they can split it among themselves.
  • Personal trainer/fitness instructor/massage therapist – up to one session’s fee or a modest gift, depending on how often you see him/her and whether they come to your home. Avoid chocolates, cookies or unhealthy treats.
  • Personal caregiver – up to a week’s salary and/or a modest gift.



One Reply to “Holiday Thank Yous and Who/How to Tip”

  1. Great list!! You’d be surprised how far $20 per person will go for the next year for your Trash/recycling collectors. They will really go the extra mile to neatly place your cans or even run them up your driveway.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *