Every situation is different, so let common sense, specific circumstances and holiday spirit be your guides. The following tip amounts are merely guidelines. What to give is always an individual decision.
Au pair/Nanny - A gift from your family (or one week’s pay), plus a small gift from your child
Babysitter - One evening’s pay, plus a small gift from your child
Barber/Hairdresser - Cost of one haircut, and/or gift
Child’s Teacher - Give a gift, not cash (gift certificate for coffee shop, book store, restaurant or joint gift with other parents and children)
Day Care Providers - $25 to $70 each, plus a small gift from your child
Housekeeper - One day’s pay
Mail Carriers - No cash, gifts worth up to $20 each
Pet Groomer - One session’s fee, and/or a small gift
Pool Cleaner - Cost of one cleaning
Yard/Garden Worker - $20 to $50 each
How do you express your appreciation during the holiday season?