Holiday Tipping Guide

DoSayGive’s Holiday Tipping Guide


holiday tipping

It’s that time of year when we need to start thinking how to thank the people that help us all year long. Today’s posts shares suggested amounts for holiday tipping plus who exactly you should be tipping!

Here are the people you might want to thank this year:

  • Housekeepers
  • Nannies, day care workers, adult caregivers, and regular babysitters
  • Hair stylists, nail technicians, and estheticians
  • Dog groomers and walkers
  • Mail and package deliverers
  • Yard and handymen
  • Trash collectors
  • Coaches and private trainers
  • Dry cleaner
  • Speech and occupational therapists

We created this handy holiday tipping graphic (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 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.
  • Pair with something small for a thoughtful gift.
  • Give cash if possible.

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

Pumpkin and Cinnamon Bread Mix
Make sure to catch this mix on sale!
Joy + Oliver Caramels
The most delicious way to say "Thank You!"
Sugarfina Candy Cube
These candy cubes are perfect for gifting to multiple people.
Christmas Beer Carrier
This comes in a set of four. Fill with a pack of Shiner holiday beer.
NEST Holiday Votive
Make sure to browse our whole post of gifts to break apart.
Christmas Trays
These are under $15!
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.
Merry Christmas Mug
Make sure to pair a coffee gift card with something cute like this mug.
Cookie and Spatula Set
This cute set is only $12!
Natalie Chang Christmas Coffee Cups
Gift a sleeve of adorable coffee cups.
Merry and Bright Gift Tags
Use our favorite JoyCreativeShop gift tags for a beautiful gift presentation

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 more great ideas!



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6 thoughts on “DoSayGive’s Holiday Tipping Guide

  1. Hi! Your site is so helpful! Have you ever done a gift guide for coaches? I’d love suggestions of affordable “happies” for my boys’ ball coaches!

  2. Hi Lee,

    What would you suggest for a child’s physical/occupational therapist? These people are integral to my child’s development and success and I want to make sure I show how much we appreciate them!

  3. Hi Lee!

    I love your tipping guide and refer to it every year! Thank you! As a child psychotherapist, there are certain laws surrounding gifts we can/cannot accept. The rule is less than $50, which is usually not a problem but has been known to cause some awkward moments in the past. Might be helpful to refer to certain restrictions for this group as well!

    Thank you so much!