Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Tip or move to Europe!

Blueprint (my favorite magazine) is all about the holidays this month. It has a very useful guide on holiday tipping. Fortunately for me - I moved from a building that had 4 doormen, 2 porters, 1 super and 1 mailman to one that has a locked lobby door (if I'm lucky!)

So what's up with the whole tipping thing anyway?
Ms. Judith Martin (aka Miss Manners) and Thomas Blaikie author of To the Manner Born: A Most Proper Guide to Modern Civility state it perfectly - "Historically, tips helped lower-paid workers meet the extra expenses of the holiday season," The custom has endured as a way to acknowledge those whose efforts are often much grander than their hourly rates: from the doorman who signs for your packages to the house cleaner who saved your relationship. So beat back your inner Scrooge. "We must acknowledge that some jobs are inadequately compensated because of the expectation that the customer will make up the difference," says syndicated columnist Judith Martin, aka Miss Manners. (source: Blueprint)

Here are some highlights from the TIPPING LIST...

Holiday Tipping Guidelines:

Assistant: gift (varies based on corporate culture and how long he's worked for you)
Boss: small gift (if it's customary in your workplace) or holiday card

Babysitter: up to two nights' pay
Day-care worker: up to $75 gift
House cleaner: one week's pay (if you use a service that sends a different person each time, skip the tip)
Nanny/au pair: one week's to one month's pay, based on length of tenure and regional customs
Newspaper deliverer: $10 to $30
Mail carrier: up to $20 gift. Government employees are not permitted to accept anything higher than $20.
Dog groomer: cost of a visit
Dog walker: one week's pay
Dentist/doctor: holiday card

Doorman: $20 to $100 (ask around your building, and tip those who help you the most more generously)
Building superintendent: $20 to $200 (ask around your building)

Facialist: cost of a visit
Hair stylist: cost of a visit
Massage therapist: cost of a visit
Manicurist/pedicurist: cost of a visit
Personal trainer: the cost of a session (if she's affiliated with your gym, you don't need to tip, but you could give a gift)

>> See more... (gardener, lawn-care worker, pool cleaner etc)
>> Download the Blueprint clip and give guide


The Cooking Ninja said...

Do you have to tip these people every day or only just year end? Thank goodness, I don't need to tip in France or else I would go broke every month.


These larger one-time tips are reserved for the end of the year (thank goodness!)

But, it is customary to tip hairdressers, car garage attendants, masseuse/manicurist every single time (usually 15-20%). You are very lucky indeed!