(Closed) Holiday Tipping?

posted 7 years ago in Home
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I’m curious too! We just moved into a new house, and we never tipped when we lived in an apartment. I’m not sure what or how to do it! 

Post # 4
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1798 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Personally, I refuse to participate. These people get paid salaries to do their jobs, so I don’t feel the need to pay them extra. I only give gifts to close family members.

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper

We did $20 for the trash collectors and $20 for the mail carrier. I know you aren’t supposed to give cash gifts to the mail carriers, but what the heck else are you supposed to get them?? So we just put $20 in a card for both.

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I don’t really have anyone I tip, but I know a lot of the guys I work with get tips when they go out for service calls on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, which I know is much appreciated because they are giving up the time they have to spend with their families to make sure people have heat and hot water.

ETA: Not that that answers your question in any way, sorry! I’m really not sure how much you should tip.  The guys I work with get anything from a bottle of wine, to $10, to $100.  It varies a ton.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee

I give the mailman and paper guy a gift card to dunkin donuts or home depot. when its raining or wicked snowy the paper guy brings it up to the door instead of leaving it at the end of the driveway. The mailman will get out of the truck to put the mail in the box if the plows don’t push the snow up far enough for him to get the truck to the box or if someone parked thier car too close to the box. Neither one has to do that, they are nice enough to do it. I think giving them a gift card and a card is a way to say thank you for going that extra mile when you don’t actually have too.

Post # 8
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1660 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I was wondering about this the other day. We have a dog walker that comes once a week, sometimes twice a week. I ended up giving her a gift bag with peppermint candies, a little candle, and a card with $20.

I didn’t get anything for our mail carrier though. Our mail is deliver to one mailbox station in our development, so I’ve never met him/her… I’d be more inclined to give a tip/gift if I knew him or her…

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

I live in a full service doorman building and am about to tip the entire staff, so I have researched this greatly, lol!

For us, the entire annual tip is going to be approximately 20% of our rent, divided up proportionatly to about 30-40 staff members. I bolded annual because we have only been living here for 6 months, so we will tip based on that timeframe. The people who get the biggest tips will be the doorman and concierge (except for one who is really mean who we probably won’t tip) because for the most part we have the most interaction with them and they frequently help us with packages, unloading our car, getting a taxi, etc. So they will get anywhere from $60-75 annually. Then there are a ton of mainentance worker and security, we have been told to tip those people about $20 each on an annual basis, but there are a few who always go above and beyond for us (escorting food delivery people to our apartment, running right up when we call about a clogged drain, etc.) so we might just throw those guys the full $20 instead of giving half.

I hope that helps!!

Post # 10
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1944 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I do not tip any of them. I have 2 different mail carriers and I’m sorry but the UPS guy is an ass. I’m also not getting up at 5 am to tip the garbage men who take 2 seconds to empty my trash. I don’t see the point these days in tipping them.

Post # 11
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1568 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I tip the following every December:

My nail girl, she gets a card and I tip her an additional $20 on top of her normal tip my last appointment before Christmas.

My hairdresser owns the salon, I know many people say you don’t need to tip the owner, but I always do the norm 20%, at Christmas I get her a bottle of wine for around $20 & a card.

I have 2 UPS guys that come to my office everyday, twice a day. I get each of them a $25 gift certificate. I get one for the local movie theater b/c I know his kids and wife like to go and I get the other one a Dunkins gift card, though this year I may to a Home Depot or Lowes’s.

My Mail lady I usually tip her $15-$20. I don’t see her much since I do my shipping with UPS.

I think thats all =)

 

Post # 13
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Bumble bee

@dagret: i never thought about tipping the garbage people. I never see them and now the truck has an arm that picks up the can and dumps the contents into the back, so now they don’t even have to get out of the truck. Maybe I will think about tipping them.

Post # 14
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5977 posts
Bee Keeper

@dagret: We live in a relatively safe neigborhood and just tape it to the front of the can for them to see after all of the kids in our neighborhood have left for school. My younger brother doesn’t live in as safe of a neighborhood and sort of tracks them down when he hears them.

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