How Much to Tip for the Holidays

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what to tip for the holidaysIt’s that time of year! Our friends at SavvySugar have provided us with this incredibly useful guide to tipping all the helpers in your life. Check it out: 

Not only are the holidays a season for gift giving, but also tipping. The end of the year is always a good time to show someone you appreciate their service.

But the question that always arises in everyone’s mind is just how much should you be tipping? We have Consumer Reports to turn to for answers. Here’s what everyone is tipping, according to their survey results:

  • House cleaner: $50 was the median value of tips given to house cleaners. In the survey, 53 percent gave monetary tips, while 15 percent gave actual gifts. Only 36 percent of people did not tip their house cleaners.
  • Lawn-care crew: $25 was the median value of tips given to lawn-care crews. In the survey, 21 percent gave monetary tips, while four percent gave actual gifts. About 75 percent of people did not tip their lawn-care crew.
  • Garbage collector: $20 was the median value of tips given to garbage collectors. In the survey, seven percent gave monetary tips, while three percent gave actual gifts. About 90 percent of people did not tip their garbage collector.
  • Teacher: $20 was the median value of tips given to teachers. In the survey, 16 percent gave monetary tips, while 35 percent gave actual gifts. About 53 percent of people did not tip teachers.
  • Hairdresser: $20 was the median value of tips given to hairdressers. In the survey, 38 percent gave monetary tips, while nine percent gave actual gifts. About 54 percent of people did not tip their hairdresser.
  • Manicurist: $20 was the median value of tips given to manicurists. In the survey, 35 percent gave monetary tips, while four percent gave actual gifts. About 61 percent of people did not tip their manicurist.
  • Newspaper carrier: $20 was the median value of tips given to newspaper carriers. In the survey, 32 percent gave monetary tips, while three percent gave actual gifts. About 65 percent of people did not tip their newspaper carrier.
  • Pet-care provider: $20 was the median value of tips given to pet-care providers. In the survey, 29 percent gave monetary tips, while five percent gave actual gifts. About 66 percent of people did not tip their pet-care provider.
  • Mail carrier: $20 was the median value of tips given to mail carrier. In the survey, 13 percent gave monetary tips, while eight percent gave actual gifts. About 79 percent of people did not tip their mail carrier.
  • Barber: $10 was the median value of tips given to pet-care providers. In the survey, 35 percent gave monetary tips, while four percent gave actual gifts. About 61 percent of people did not tip their barber.

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  • KW

    What about doormen, supers, and handymen for apartment buildings?  That’s what I really need to know!

    • laurashin

      Hi KW,

      Here’s a chart we published last year that should be helpful to you: http://www.learnvest.com/2011/12/guerrilla-guide-to-the-holidays-end-of-year-tipping-explained/

  • rob

    What about the babysitter/nanny?  A week’s pay is standard tip/bonus, plus a week’s paid vacation.  It  is really a shame that so many parents are either ignorant of this, or don’t care to properly compensate the people who help raise their children, during the holiday season.