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    Kate

    If you don’t have a regular manicurist or massage therapist or eyebrow person, I don’t think you have to worry about it, just tip well each time. I always tip the nail techs a lot more than 20% and pay cash.

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    Jimmyjamm

    If you can’t afford your holiday tips than you can’t afford your lifestyle.

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    ktfran
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    Thanks @kate. I need to up my holiday tipping game a little bit. I didn’t realize it was the cost of the service. I always doubled or a little more than doubled my usual tip.

    We have a regular Saturday breakfast waitress and tipped her generously for the holidays.

    I started with the Pilates instructor in September when my regular instructor moved to the suburbs. She’s been really good about fitting me in and has a full schedule usually. I def want to be one of her good clients because she’s a great instructor. Good to know you should do something per the article.

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    Ele4phant

    For me it’s not about the expense but it seems confusing and inconsistent.

    Why are should some workers get tipped twice, first at the time of the service and then again a larger amount at the end of the year, while other types of service workers only get one large tip at the end of the year?

    And then if I have a favorite restaurant I frequent, should I be going and giving the waiters an end of the year tip? Or for them is it fine to just tip at the end of the meal?

    Why do some service workers essentially get tipped twice while others don’t? Maybe if I have a regular hair stylist, are you supposed to stop with the every service tip and just do the end of the year tip (that doesn’t seem right)?

    According to Forbes I’m wrong here and I accept that, just saying here it doesn’t really make sense to me…

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    Kate
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    I haven’t really seen guidelines on favorite restaurants, but yeah, if you have the same server or bartender all the time, and you’re in there a lot, I’d give them something extra.

    “Maybe if I have a regular hair stylist, are you supposed to stop with the every service tip and just do the end of the year tip (that doesn’t seem right)?” No, you tip on each service and also a holiday tip.

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    juliecatharine
    Juliecatharine

    Timely discussion. I always find tipping guides helpful. Thanks!

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    ktfran
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    I’ve always tipped my hair stylist, I go every six weeks, and my cleaning person, she comes once a month the day of the service and then more at the end of the year. I think of it more of like a bonus for services provided. They make my life easier so I’m showing appreciation during the holidays.

    Since this is the first year I saw a regular person that I don’t normally tip, the instructor, I wanted to make sure it wasn’t weird to get her something. And it’s not, so good!

    We tipped our regular waitress better this last Saturday because she literally serve us breakfast every Saturday we’re in town. We wanted to show our appreciation. She always seems happy to see us. Or she’s a good actress. I’ll take it though.

    My dad is a barber and some people always brought him end of the year gifts or tipped more. I guess I grew up knowing this was something people did.

    To sum up Forbes article, continue tipping the people you normally tip throughout the year. If there are people you use on a regular basis, including those you tip, it behooves you to give a holiday “bonus.” My regulars are my hair stylist, my house cleaner and my Pilates instructor. And the waitress at the diner down the street. I don’t have a regular manicurist. I rarely get the same person two visits in a row, unfortunately.

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    TheLadyE
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    I am tipping my hairstylist, my housecleaner, and my dog walker. I got my hairstylist several personalized gifts based on what she likes and her salon (which she owns), because it’s her birthday on Monday, plus the holidays, plus she is amazing and does a lot for me for extremely low cost or free. I’m tipping my dog walker 1.5x the amount of one service via a gift card to a store I know he and his girlfriend will use, and I also got him a small gift. For my housecleaner, I left him a card with a tip inside that is part of what the usual amount is for one service. I can’t really afford to double the amount I’m paying the housecleaner this month, so this will have to be enough. I talked to a friend of mine who also uses him and she’s not tipping him at all because he owns the business (that’s her reasoning) so I feel like I’m at least doing better than she is.

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    LisforLeslie

    My hairstylist is the owner so I don’t tip him, but I give the hair washer a generous tip on my 2x yearly visit.

    Doorman tips are done for the year. Only thing left is a bagel breakfast for the guys at Hertz. Thanks for the reminder!

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    Kate
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    My hair stylist is the owner now but I do still tip her. Part of it is, I’ve been seeing her for almost 20 years since we were both in our 20s, and while she’s obviously raised her prices over time, she doesn’t charge me (and I’m sure other longer term clients) anything like her new-client prices. Also, I know they say don’t tip the owner, but she’s always super appreciative. She definitely doesn’t say, don’t tip me I’m the owner.

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    ktfran
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    My dad owns his shop and is always grateful for the little extra things people do this time of year, whether it’s a gift or some extra money or a gift card.

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    Kate
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    My husband needs to holiday tip his barber.

    @ktfran, we’re at another Secrets. It has trance music and a swing bar.

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