Just this week I had my first holiday freak out when I realized I'd totally forgotten about end-of-year tipping. I don't have that many people that provide me services throughout the year but where would I be without my faithful dog walker and fabulous hairdresser? I certainly wouldn't be as Fab. So here's a little guide to answer those emergency tipping questions. The queen of etiquette herself, DearSugar, has one for you too!
- Dog groomer: 25% of one session
- Dog walker or sitter: A bottle of great hand cream or one week's pay.
- Apartment building superintendent: $50-200. (Tip less if you tip throughout the year).
- Apartment doorman/concierge: $10-$80 or more each, depending upon building. Those who serve you more should get a bigger tip.
- Apartment building handyman: $15-$40 each
- Maid: One week's pay — if you use a service and never know who is cleaning, don't tip at all.
- Teacher: $25-$100. A gift certificate is always appropriate. If you know the teacher's hobbies or interests, then a gift certificate would be nice.
- Baby sitter: One night's pay, plus a small gift from your child.
- Full-time nanny: One week to one month of pay based on tenure, plus a small gift from your child.
- Day care service: $25-70, plus a small gift from your child.
- Hairdresser/stylist: 50% of one session
- Shampooer at the salon: $10
- Manicurist/pedicurist: 50% of one session
- Massage therapist: 50% of one session
- Personal trainer: $60-$100 upon reaching goal, or 50% of one session
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