I came across a pretty interesting press release at BMO Bank of Montreal, which from I can see, can definitely help a lot of people determine their holiday budget.
Staying on budget is a lot harder, especially in the holiday season. That being said, as we are human, we can easily overlook the people who provide reliable service and quality throughout the year.
That being said, BMO has provided a list of services and other professionals that should be considered within your holiday budget, and a suggested gift/ gratuity.
I went through the list from BMO and chose to kept the various ones that I felt were important.
|Service Workers and Other Professionals||Suggested Gift or Gratuity|
|Aesthetician - (standard tip is 15 per cent, just as it is in the restaurant industry)||Double your usual tip or a gift up to the value of one visit.|
|Baby Sitter||One evening's pay and a small gift from your child(ren).|
|Building Superintendent||$20-80 or a gift.|
|Cleaning Service||A small gift or the equivalent of a week's service.|
|Day Care Workers||A gift from you or $25-$70 for each staff member and a small gift from your child(ren).|
|Doorman||$15-80. $15 or more each for multiple doormen, or a gift.|
|Fitness Instructors/Personal Trainers||A gift up to the value of one session.|
|Full-Time Nanny||One week's pay and a gift from your child(ren).|
|Hairdresser/Stylist||Cost of one haircut or gift.|
|Hotel Service||More than usual tip; 20 per cent should suffice.|
|Restaurant Servers||More than usual tip; 20-25 per cent.|
|School Bus Driver||Gift of up to $20.|
|School Crossing Guard||Gift of up to $20.|
|Taxi and Limo Drivers (standard 15 per cent)||More than usual tip; 20 per cent should suffice.|
|Tutors, Instructors, Coaches||A handwritten thank-you note or a small gift from child with value up to $20.|
|Valet Parking Attendant||More than usual tip; 20 per cent should suffice.|
Do I need to pay anyone anything?
Giving someone a gift or gratuity for the level of service they have provided to you in my opinion all depends on the person and your financial standing. If you can budget it accordingly, then it would be a nice gesture. It is not something that HAS to be done, but it is something that IS done because it shows that person that you appreciate everything they have done throughout the year, and look forward to the new year.
In all honesty, the guidelines above are strictly guidelines, they do not have to be followed perfectly. If you are in a budget constraint, but you want to give a gift, then consider giving something small, a homemade item could work.
When you do give your gift, be sure to include some sort of hand written note; you do not want your gift to come across as a mundane task that you are doing because you feel obligated to.
Again, the table above is only a suggestion, in the end it is what you can afford and to people you feel you should be giving something to.
How do you tip in the holiday season?