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Christmas - How Much Should I Tip

Updated on December 10, 2017
Candy Wreaths made on wire coat hangers
Candy Wreaths made on wire coat hangers
Holiday Cookie Gift Tins
Holiday Cookie Gift Tins
Small tin of cookies
Small tin of cookies

Every year the question comes up, "What should I give to the service people that I use throughout the year?"

This year is no different; or is it? The economy has been one of the worst recessions that we have seen in recent years. This year even if you are lucky enough to have a job, you may not be earning as much as you were a year ago. More and more people are being forced to take lower income jobs or part-time jobs in which the hours don't allow for family budgeting. In some families both parents not only work but one or the other works two jobs.

All of these things have to be taken into consideration. Everyone is feeling the pinch of not as much to go around as in the past. Be realistic. Give what you can not what you feel you should give. Instead of giving the trash collector that $20 bill which is what we are told to give, you may want to cut that in half or maybe just give them a box of your home-made cookies. I know I don't have to mention this but don't leave the cookies with the trash. Make the effort to be up or at home when the trash is collected and give them a wrapped box or a Christmas tin.

If you are in the habit of giving home-made cookies, buy smaller tins or use smaller boxes this year. The thought is what counts not how many dozens of cookies you packed to be given to the people you normally tip.

If you are lucky enough to be working and going to the beauty shop, be sure to give the stylist a bigger tip than usual. The guide suggest the cost of one visit to the shop. Again, don't be embarrassed to wrap a special home-made gift if you are a crafter or again that box of cookies.

Another area of service are all those people who clean homes and apartments. If you have a maid you can probably afford to give them an extra day's wage. If not, give what you can. These people know that you are feeling the pinch and I'm sure they are grateful for whatever you can afford.

It is wonderful to be on the receiving end of all those cash tips, but service people need to realize that this season is different from the years in the past. Service people need to be grateful to their patrons for going the extra mile to give them something when they may not have as much to come and go on.

Remember we are celebrating the birth of Christ and he taught us to share what we have with one another. You don't have to give until it hurts, you just need to show appreciation for all those people who make your life easier.


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