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Holiday Tipping–Naughty or Nice?

Posted by gratrueities on December 23, 2008

Given that we are neck-deep into the holiday season,  I’ve been rushing about finishing up last minute errands, gathering up gifts, wrapping, writing cards and checking my list, twice.

Part of all this activity is figuring out my annual holiday tipping strategy. It takes a lot of thought. Who to tip? Who not to tip? Will it be cash or candy?  (See’s or Peppermint Bark?) Or something else? How do I catch them? I.e., if it is the post-person, how do I get the tip to him?  Or the gardener? And, then, eckkk…is it all too much anyway? Maybe the idea is just to give up and not tip anyone?

That’s definitely not Nice.  This is no time to be naughty; in the spirit of the holidays, it is time to be generous and thoughtful.

Today my gardener, Luis and his crew came by. I stuffed $30.00 in an envelope with a big Feliz Navidad on it, and asked Luis to take everyone to lunch, on me.  Yesterday, I sent cash tips to both of my newspaper carriers. They definitely deserve it. I don’t have a doorman here at home (that would be me) so that’s one tip I don’t need to stress over. But, if I did have a doorman, I would go with the “tip big and tip early” approach. This year I tipped my garbage man, and of course, my postpeople.

I confess I did not tip my hairdresser but with good reason, I think. Firstly, she owns the shop and in general, it’s acceptable to not tip the shop owners unless there is some outstanding reason to do so. And, second, she and I are just figuring each other out. Her prices have been fluctuating which gives me pause. I’m going to wait one more visit and see how things go before establishing a tip expectation.

So, I think I’m pretty much on top of the holiday tipping for another year. Phew…

For all of you still trying to figure out your personal holiday tipping strategy, here’s an interesting list from Yahoo! news.

Good luck and Happy Holidays!


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