The holidays are the time of year
to share your love and appreciation to the most important
people in your life. For many, that includes those people
who provide support and services throughout the year.
From your favorite babysitter, housekeeper or the hair
stylist who always gets your cut just the way you like
it, a tip - enclosed in an envelope with a handwritten
note - is sure to be appreciated.
But how do you know how much to tip?
Holiday tips will vary according to your means, the
city in which you live and the type of relationship
that you have with the person being tipped. That being
said, here are some general guidelines for a few of
the outstanding individuals who might be on your list:
* Newspaper person: $15-$25 for daily, $5-$15 for weekend
* Doorman: $25-$100
* Building Custodian: $20-$30
* Building Superintendent: $30-$100 depending on building
* Housekeeper: A week's pay or more
* Babysitter: Two nights pay, or a small gift
* Hair stylist: The cost of a session, plus a small
* Personal Trainer: $50
* Parking Attendants: A half-month's garage rate divided
among attendants; or $10-$20 per person
If giving cash doesn't feel quite right, is too formal,
or policy prohibits it, why not give a small gift? Of
course, the challenge of finding a gift for someone
you might just know professionally or see only occasionally
is you might not know what one item they would appreciate
Gift certificates are a versatile and personal way to
show your thanks. And while the USPS does have a policy
against monetary gifts to postal carriers, nobody said
that you can't put a gift certificate in the mailbox.
But how do you decide from which store to buy their
Imagine giving a gift certificate where your recipient
can choose the store! GiftCertificates.com offers a
SuperCertificateŽ that lets the person receiving your
gift pick from over 200 top stores, restaurants, spas,
jewelers and more. It's the gift that's always appreciated
because it also gives the gift of choice.
Other people who might enjoy a SuperCertificateŽ include:
* School Crossing Guard
* Mail carrier (USPS Policy: "Cash equivalent can't
* Your Administrative Assistant
By giving the gift of choice, you can make the holidays
shine bright for someone special with your goodwill.
Those who work so hard all year to make you smile are
sure to appreciate and remember your generosity.
About the author:
An avid gift giver, Daniel edits gifting advice for
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