November 27, 2017 at 12:17 pm #727729
It’s that time of year, and now that I’m (supposedly) an adult, I figured I should do some holiday tipping this year. The internet has so many conflicting opinions though, so I wanted to run it by here and see if anyone had any thoughts. Here’s what I’m thinking:
* dog walker – one week’s worth of walks, rounded up (he works for a company, not himself if that matters)
* cleaners – cost of one cleaning, rounded up (there’s a team, but it’s a sole proprietor business and she comes and cleans as well)
* mail carrier – $20 gift card (per USPS regulations)
* garbage collectors – $20 cash
* recycling collectors – $20 cash
The ones I’m most not sure of are the trash and recycling guys. Internet says $10-30. Does $20 make sense? Is that enough? And my biggest question is… how do I get it to them. Do I just… tape them to the tops of the cans and hope they see them?
Also, when should I start leaving tips? Is it too early?November 27, 2017 at 12:17 pm #727730
tip bumpNovember 27, 2017 at 12:36 pm #727737
That sounds about right. I holiday tip my hairdresser too.
We see our garbage guy because he comes into the building to get our trash and take it out to the dumpster. If you never see yours, I don’t know how you’re supposed to tip them… you’d need to be around on the day the truck comes by. Taping money to the lids sounds like a bad idea. I’d probably let it go.November 27, 2017 at 5:58 pm #727822
Thanks Kate! Yeah I agree the taping to the garbage cans sounds like a bad idea. I just feel bad because I want to tip, just not sure how.November 28, 2017 at 10:47 am #727937
I’m embarrassed to admit I’ve never tipped anyone for the holidays. (Aside from my hairdresser if I get my hair did around the holidays.) How do you typically tip your mail carrier? I’d like to do that. I live in an apartment building — would it be appropriate to tip our handy man? I rarely see him, but he’s a nice guy and I know our on-site engineer makes him do all the work.November 28, 2017 at 11:22 am #727940
Yup, it’s customary to tip your building super or custodian. There are guidelines and amounts here:November 28, 2017 at 11:24 am #727941
I don’t tip my mail carrier, but:November 28, 2017 at 12:22 pm #727949
Yeah I never see my garbage men either, they come while I’m at work. And my mail carrier and delivery services (like FedEx) same thing. I feel like a lot of these guidelines work really well for families like my parents where the wife stays home all day every day and interfaces with all these people, and not so much for dual income houses where both people are gone all day.November 28, 2017 at 12:48 pm #727957
I haven’t tipped my mail carrier, or garbage people, but I’ve also never seen them! I’m never around when they’re come by. I mostly get junk mail at home anyway, and the occasional invite or card. I have all my packages come to work. Speaking of, maybe I should give the two office people here who deal with mail a holiday gift card or something… Hmm.
I do tip my hair stylist. I usually double her tip. We hired a cleaning person that comes once a month, so I’ll tip her too. She already receives a generous tip from us because I rounded to the nearest 0, but I’ll probably double hers as well.
This is the first year I have direct reports. There are six of them, with 4 being in other cities. Should I do something for them? If I do, it will come from my own $, the company won’t do anything and I won’t be able to expense. Thoughts?November 28, 2017 at 1:11 pm #727959
I never had a boss give me anything at the holidays – have you? I’ve had people I made look good give me a bottle of wine or amazon card… but not a direct boss.
I don’t plan to give my direct reports holiday gifts. I did give them out of pocket gift cards when they busted their asses to get a report out to the client like 3 weeks after starting.November 28, 2017 at 1:20 pm #727961
ktfran, being in different cities is tough. Would be very easy if you were all in the sameplace to give everyone candy or baked goods and call it good. I think if you really want to give them something, then a $10 starbucks gift card or similar is a nice gesture, but that’s not an insignificant amount of money.
Maybe just a card thanking them for their hard work and wishing them a happy holiday?November 28, 2017 at 1:22 pm #727963
I should have added.. only if you want to. I’ve had managers who gave us little tokens like candy or small gift cards and ones who didn’t do anything.