Holiday Tipping Guide

From Real Simple, here's a guide for tipping during the holidays.

  • Babysitter Cash or a gift equal to one or two night’s pay. A personal gift from your child(ren) is always appreciated as well.
  • Housekeeper Up to one week’s pay and/or a gift.
  • Dog walker One week’s pay and/or a gift. While tips are the norm, a down vest or good gloves for winter walks, a massage, and other spa treatments are all thoughtful gift options.
  • Pet groomer A tip or gift in the 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/yoga instructor/massage therapist Up to one session’s fee or a modest gift, depending on how often you see them and whether they comes to your home. (Avoid giving chocolate, cookies, or other unhealthy foods.)
  • Day-care staff A gift or cash tip in the amount of $25 to $70 for each staff member who works with your child(ren) and a small handmade gift from your child(ren). If only one person takes care of your kids, shoot for the higher end of that range. A gift certificate is fine, but take the time to include a hand-written card.
  • Personal caregiver Up to a week/month's salary and/or a modest gift.

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