Who do you tip and who do you skip? - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

Who do you tip and who do you skip?

Lauren Welker said she appreciates gifts from her clients as a sign of appreciation. Lauren Welker said she appreciates gifts from her clients as a sign of appreciation.
CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - The holiday season can pose a challenge when it comes to giving.

The question is, how do we show our gratitude to the people who help us on a regular basis?

Holiday tipping is customary for those who provide services throughout the year.

Here are some general guidelines:
  • Regular babysitter: Cash- Up to one evening's pay and a small gift from your children.
  • Day care provider: Cash or a gift for each staff member who works with your children. A gift from you or $25-$70 for each staff member who works with your children and a small gift from your children.
  • Housekeeper: Cash and/or a gift. Up to the amount of one week's pay and/or a small gift.
  • Personal trainer: Cash or gift. Up to the cost of one session or a gift.
  • Newspaper delivery person: Cash or small gift $10-30 or a small gift
  • Mail carrier: Small gift only per United States Postal Service rules, carriers can only accept small gifts worth $20 or less.
  • Doorman: Cash or gift $15-80. $15 or more each for multiple doormen, or a gift.
  • Trash/Recycling collectors: Cash or gift. Check city regulations if it is a municipal service. $10-30 each.
  • Yard/Garden worker: Cash or gift $20-50 each.
Experts say the gift should depend on how much the person has impacted your life.

"I think you need to look at how long has this service provider been working for you," Pamela Eyring said with the Protocol School of Washington. "Have they done special things?

Lauren Welker, a hair dresser at Belladona, said her clients have given her all sorts of things like an extra tip, baked goods or even a gift card.

Welker said it's a sign that she's been able to touch someone's life and not just by giving them the perfect cut and color.

"It's nice to feel, you know, because we are little in that group of people and it's nice for them to make us feel important," Welker said.

Other professions like the food industry also see an increase in generosity this time of year.

Jessica Leckrone, a waitress for Hot Shots, says one of her regulars bought her dinner and tipped her more than average the other night.

She said it's gestures like that she appreciates since the holidays can be a stressful time of year.

"It is very helpful because we, that's how we pay our bills so that's how it goes," Leckrone said. "But we know that it's a give and take and people give what they can so it's nice."

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