Surviving the Season: Tips on Holiday Tipping

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    Jodi Smith tells us proper etiquette for tipping everyone in our life from postal carriers to teachers to hair dressers (Published Friday, Jan 17, 2014)

    (NECN) – It’s the holiday season, and we have tips on surviving this time of year.

    Holiday tipping is the topic, and Jodi Smith, of Mannersmith Etiquette Consulting, has the tips.

    Smith says you want to look at people who make your life easier all year round, this includes the people who do your hair, the people who do your nails, the people who mow your lawn, the people who walk your dogs and the people who clean your house.

    A great rule of thumb is the amount you pay per service should be given again at the end of the year.

    If you get your nails done on a regular basis, it’s $15-$20, in addition to the regular tips you give during the year, give an extra $15-$20 at the end of December.

    Smith recommends tipping at apartments, as well. If it’s your first year living at your apartment complex, she says you can ask your neighbors.

    What about teachers at school? Smith strongly recommends a group gift if you can get parents to pool money.

    Smith says you generally don’t tip skilled professionals like doctors, electricians and plumbers, but you can write a letter of appreciation and recommend them to your friends and family.

    As far as a postal carrier, he or she is a federal employee, so don’t give any cash. You can give a gift card or gift around the $25 mark.