The Easy Holiday Tipping Guide for the Season of Giving


We all want to give with our hearts, but our wallets may not have gotten the memo. If you plan on showing your appreciation this holiday season in the form of a monetary gift, then this post is for you. My holiday tipping guide will help you stay within an appropriate range without being cheap or going overboard!

  • Babysitter: 1 evening’s pay
  • Nanny: 1 week’s to 1 month’s pay
  • Daycare providers: $25-$70/each
  • Child’s teacher: Gift (but check school’s policy to see if it’s allowed)
  • Housekeeper: 1 week’s pay or more (depending on length of service)
  • Trash collectors: $15-$20 each
  • Gardener: $20-$50
  • Doormen: $20-$100 each (those who provide the most service for you should get more than those whom you barely see)
  • Superintendent/custodian: $30-$100 (closer to $100 if there’s no doorman and few staff)
  • Porters/handymen: $10-$50 each
  • Hairdresser: Cost of 1 cut (or $20-$100) if you go frequently
  • Manicurist: Cost of 1 session (or $10-$50)
  • Personal trainer: $25 up to 1 week’s pay (or cost of 1 session)
  • Dog groomer: Small gift + ¼ to ½ the cost of 1 session
  • Dog walker: Cost of 1 session up to 1 week’s pay
  • U.S. mail carrier: Gifts under $20*
  • UPS & FedEx: $15 (if you get regular deliveries)
    *Civil servants are not allowed to receive cash tips. But if you wish to recognize your mail carrier, the U.S. Postal Service asks that your gratuity not exceed $20 in cash value.

 Have I forgotten someone? Let me your tipping suggestions to make the season bright!


Sherita Rankins
Sherita Rankins

Detroit born, NYC based Model, Actress & Host, is the Editor-in-Chief of Busy Wife Busy Life. This fashion expert and former finance professional loves to travel and is a total foodie. When she is not staying “busy” she loves to cook, play tennis and relax on the beach.

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  1. December 5, 2016 / 10:44 am

    This is a great list. Sometimes it’s hard to figure out what I should be tipping for the holiday’s and this helps a lot!

    • December 11, 2016 / 11:54 pm

      Glad I could help you out. It’s sometimes a touchy subject and you never want to seem like you don’t appreciate those people who do so much for you during the year.

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