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Ho Ho Ho! Holiday Tipping

Posted by gratrueities on November 27, 2009

Well,  ’tis the season and that means we need to start thinking about the annual bout of holiday tipping for those who provide services throughout the year, or even just occasional services. 

At GraTRUEities we know that many of us share the confusion that often comes with holiday tipping: who should we tip?  How much should we tip? When should we tip? Should we tip with cash or a gift?

One general guideline we like to keep in mind is this: tipping is a personal expression of thanks between you and the service provider. 

Only each of us  knows how much a particular service throughout the year means.  For instance, our hairstylists. How many times have we called at the last-minute to say we are running “ten minutes late”? How many times have we  had to cancel an appointment completely? I know I’ve done this more than once this past year.  An accommodating stylist should be rewarded for the times when they’ve had to switch around their  appointment book to accomodate our scheduling mishaps.

How many times have we all left ‘extra’ garbage by our curbs, just knowing our pick-up crews will haul it away without a word said? Again, this thoughtfulness can be acknowledged at the end of the year with a small token of appreciation.

Keep in mind some service providers, like U.S. mail carriers, cannot accept cash. But, I know that my mailman loves the tin of Peppermint Bark I hand him in late December every year.

So, start jotting down your list and thinking through how much these service providers actually do to accomodate us throughout the year. And, let our words and deeds of thanks reflect that.

To help guide you through, we’ve created a special page here on GraTRUEities with helpful links to sites and articles with all kinds of Holiday Tipping advice.

We’d also like to hear from you.  If you’ve got any specific questions about holiday tipping or bits of advice you’d like to share, please do. And, in the meantime, happy shopping, happy holidays and happy tipping!

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