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DoSayGive’s Guide to Holiday Tipping


It’s that time of year when we need to start thinking about how to thank the people who help us all year long with holiday tipping. With everything that 2020 has thrown at us, considering these people in our lives is more important than ever. Today’s post shares suggested amounts for holiday tipping, plus who exactly you should tip and when a gift is more appropriate!

There is no doubt that everyone’s holiday is going to look a little different this year — and it’s more important than ever to remember the people who help us. Some of these people may be putting themselves at risk, all to make our lives a little easier.

This is a fun idea for package carrier- pick up in store at Target!

For many of us, we haven’t seen the people we normally would — like hairdressers, nail technicians, and other service providers — but it’s important to remember that they have been suffering the effects of the pandemic, many having been laid off or furloughed. If it is possible for your family to tip anyone you used to see regularly, please consider doing so or even giving a little more than you normally would. 

If tipping a bit extra is not in your budget, consider writing a note from your family or having your children make cards to let people know you are grateful for all of their service. 

Here is a list of people you might want to thank this year:

  • Housekeepers
  • Nannies, day care workers, adult caregivers/nursing home workers, and regular babysitters
  • Hair stylists, nail technicians, and estheticians
  • Dog groomers and walkers
  • Doormen/Country club staff that help regularly
  • Mail and package deliverers
  • Yard and regular handymen
  • Trash collectors
  • Coaches and private trainers
  • Dry cleaners
  • Speech and occupational therapists 
  • Curbside service providers 
Idea for treats for delivery workers.

We created a handy holiday tipping graphic below (pin it to remember it!) with suggested tipping amounts and when it’s appropriate just to give a gift.

In many cases, we suggest graciously tipping up to the amount equal to one service or one week’s pay (see below). Of course, anything is appreciated but think of these tips as part of the person’s year-end bonus!

A few gracious suggestions:

  • Write a note of thanks along with a tip
  • Give cash when appropriate
  • Pair with something small for a thoughtful gift

Here are a few of our favorite gifts to pair alongside a tip or gift card:

NEST Holiday Votive
Make sure to browse our whole post of gifts to break apart.
Sugarfina Candies
Love these festive candies!
George & Viv Holiday Bar Soap
I love the idea of pairing these soaps with a gift card.
Face Mask Santa Ornament
These have been so popular this year! Find them under $10 here.
Microchip Cookies
So delicious and so cute for gifting!
Cookie and Spatula Set
This cute set is on sale today!
Christmas Coffee Cups
Gift a sleeve of adorable coffee cups.
Truffle Pouch
Lots of colors available!

For more ideas on how to gift a gift card, check out this post. See this post for more budget-friendly gifts that are perfect for pairing with a tip!

Visit DoSayGive’s Holiday Gift Guide for even more great ideas! Make sure to browse the Under $30, Gourmet, Teacher and Neighbor guide for gifts for the helpers on your list.  

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