Good Housekeeping ran an article on holiday tipping that generated some good calls. Among the areas addressed:

  • Postal Service -- Employees may receive gifts valued at $20 or less, per occasion. There's a $50 annual cap per giver. The USPS frowns on cash gratuities.
  • Teachers -- Giving money isn't customary and many schools prohibit teachers from accepting tips. She recommends a gift to a teacher should be a personal expression of appreciation, something moderately priced that you and your child have selected.
  • Frequent baby-sitter -- One or two evenings' pay plus a small gift from your child.
  • Barber -- Cost of one cut and maybe a small gift.
  • Beauty salon staff -- $10 to $60 each, a larger amount and maybe a small gift to those who do the most for you.
  • Day-care providers -- $25 to $70 each (on the higher end if only one or two providers) plus a small gift from your child.
  • Daily dog walker -- One day's pay.
  • Frequent housecleaner -- One day's pay.
  • Massage therapist -- One session's fee.
  • Newspaper deliverer -- $10 to $30.
  • Private nurse -- Gift, not cash.
  • Nursing-home workers -- Gift, not cash.
  • Trash collectors -- $10 to $20 each.
  • Frequent yard worker -- $20 to $50. have &h�!;e��@` ; to worry. Accept your inability to control the outcomes, but recognize that you can control your reaction.