It’s hard to know what to tip those people who provide services to you throughout the year as you budget your Christmas gift-giving.
Diane Gottsman runs the Protocol School of Texas and is an etiquette expert. She offers the rules of the road:
Babysitters – a cash gift equivalent to one night’s pay
Teacher – something small, and don’t forget the teacher’s aid.
Mailman – government regulations prohibit mail carriers to accept cash gifts. A small, non-monetary gift is best.
Hairstylist – a cash equivalent to one visit
Housekeeper – if they come once a week, equivalent to one week’s pay. If they come daily, cash equivalent of one week’s worth.
Pet groomer – a cash gift equal to one service
As for work, that can be a landmine, says Gottsman. “The protocol is that you don’t have to gift your boss. Now, that sounds a little bit cold except that you tend to gift down rather than up.” Gottsman recommends bringing in something for the entire office like your favorite fudge.