It's a question that comes up every year: How much should you tip for the holidays, and who needs a gift?
When your list includes a mailman, babysitter, hairdresser and a group of teachers, that gift list can get quite long. But, with a little creativity you can thank the people who provide you with services without blowing your budget.
Patty Hunnewell of Etiquette Atlanta says etiquette is simply being kind. During the holidays, you've got to be kind to the people who provide you with services year round.
When it comes to your child's teacher, you should get them a small gift. She says elementary school teachers are the ones you want to focus on, because they only have one or two teachers. Hunnewell says you should focus on the teachers that really help your child, and if there are a few, just get creative. She says cookies, ornaments, or even movie passes are a great suggestion.
You can give your mail carrier cash, but the U.S. Postal Service says you should offer no more than $20. For people like your hairdresser, barber, and nail technicians, Hunnewell suggests giving them an extra tip. That could be an extra 3%, or if you always tip them a little extra, add $10 to it. You could even get them a small gift card instead.
If you have a nanny or a babysitter, don't leave them out. For a nanny who works every day, Hunnewell suggests giving them extra time off—be it a day, or whatever you can afford.
Simply showing the people in your life that you care is what is key, according to Hunnewell. She says you can't put a price on being grateful.
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