Who should get a holiday tip?
Those who help you the most day-to-day should be at the top of your list, says Sharon Schweitzer, the founder of Access to Culture. This could be anyone from a nanny to a housekeeper to a hairstylist. These are the individuals who work really hard to make your life more convenient and they deserve to be recognized.
When in doubt, ask
Some businesses have tipping and gift receiving policies—business ethics prevent government employees (although mail carriers are allowed to accept gifts and tips under $20) from receiving any holiday tipping—so if you have any reservations, holiday tipping etiquette is to ask about policies. If the business has a front desk, you can call to ask about their policy. Or, if you have a more informal relationship with one of your providers, the safest choice is to give a modest tip or small gift. Find out 32 secrets your mail carrier won’t tell you.