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With the holidays come opportunities to thank those in our lives who provide year-round services. Unfortunately, it’s sometimes difficult to know how much of a “tip” to give a person or what makes an appropriate gift. So to help, we’ve created this simple tipping/gift guide.

Please know that these are just suggestions and not hard and fast rules. If your budget does not allow for tips, a homemade gift or even sincere kind words are also great ways to express your thanks.

Regular babysitter – A cash gift in the form of one evening’s pay and a small gift from your child or children is an easy and friendly way to say thanks.

Day care provider – Depending on the amount of hours and the amount of staff members who work with your child or children, cash or a gift for each staff member is acceptable. Gift value or cash gifts generally start around $25.

Housekeeper/Cleaner - Cash and/or a gift is acceptable. Consider giving an amount of one week’s pay and/or a small gift.

Barber/Hair stylist – Cash or gifts depend on how well you tip after each service. If you go to the same person regularly and are happy with the service, usually cash or a gift that equals the cost of one visit is appropriate.

Newspaper delivery person - Cash or a small gift in the $10-$20 range is acceptable.

Mail carrier – Mail carriers working for the United States Postal Service are NOT allowed to accept cash gifts, checks, gift cards, or any other form of currency. However, these gifts are acceptable:

  • Snacks, beverages or perishable gifts that are not part of a meal
  • Small gifts that have little intrinsic value (travel mugs, hand warmers, etc.) and are clearly no more than $20 in value
  • Perishable items like large fruit baskets or cookie tins are allowed but must be shared with the entire local branch