Americans usually figure out how much to fork over in tips for day-to-day services such as meals and drinks, but year-end tipping can be harder to put a dollar to. This holiday tipping quiz should help you figure it out.
When you do a holiday tip, consider:
The nature of your relationship with the tipee.
How often you use the person's service
How pleased you are with the service
All of the above
A holiday tip is NOT customary for which of the following:
Your house cleaner
The UPS guy who brought your mail-order holiday presents
When tipping, the green stuff -- that is, cash:
Is always appropriate
Can be (believe it or not) unwelcome
Put a $25 gift in an envelope for your letter carrier, and the Postal Service employee should:
Kiss you on both cheeks.
Lose the envelope.
Slap the cuffs on you.
Do I stuff a holiday envelope with cash for my chiropractor, doctor and dentist?
Nope. White smocks disqualify them for holiday tips.
Certainly. Boat payments don't just make themselves, you know.
When tipping a babysitter, nanny or cleaning person, the general guideline is:
$25-$50, plus a card
A day's wages if you pay by the day, a week's wages if you pay by the week.
A cool-looking e-card you downloaded.
The newspaper delivery person should get:
$10 to $20 with a card, if the paper has been consistently delivered, almost always dry and almost never hurled so hard it lands on the roof or hits the door.
Zip. Those whom I don't know and don't see, I don't tip.
-- Updated: Dec. 1, 2005