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When you're working on your holiday gift list, don't forget about your tip list. Need help figuring out who should get how much? Etiquette expert Cindy Grosso of the Charleston School of Protocol and Etiquette offers these guidelines, as well as a cardinal rule: Always give cash in a nice card.

Who How Much Keep in Mind
Nanny A week's salary Because you have a close relationship, put her tip in a decorative card with a handwritten note expressing your appreciation.
Paper carrier $10 As with all service tips, you want to give him something only if you feel the service has been good.
Mail carrier $20, the maximum she can accept by law Leave the envelope in the mailbox with her name on it, or try to catch her on a Saturday when you can give it to her in person.
Babysitter $10 to $20 A regular sitter should get the biggest bonus; a sitter you use occasionally can get a little less.
Housekeeper A week's salary If your housekeeper comes every other week or once a month, divide the fee by two or four, respectively, to figure out what a week would be.
Garbage collectors $10 per person Put your tip in your regular bill, or try to meet them when they come to pick up your trash � don't leave a cash gift outside.
Hair-dresser $10 to $50 If you see your hairdresser regularly for a hair coloring or other time-intensive treatment, tip her the maximum. If you just get a normal cut every six to eight weeks, your tip can be lower.


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Originally published in Working Mother magazine, December/January 2002. Subscribe today!

Source: Article Published in Working Mothers Magazine

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