Holiday Etiquette: Giving is Up to the Giver

(WTNH) — ‘Tis again the season of giving but the same old dilemma always occurs: there’s a certain person, like a mailman, hairdresser, or teacher that you don’t know if you should get a gift for or what you should get them. Fortunately, Certified Etiquette Coach, Karen Thomas, is here with some tips about that persistent dilemma.

Ms. Thomas suggests that most people usually expect a little something extra around the holidays but it is important to remember that giving is up to the giver. Thinking about what to give these people ahead of time can be a very advantageous budgeting strategy even though in the fast pace of the everyday, it is easy to lose track of time.  So, here are some of Ms. Thomas’ quick tips for the common professions that cause others confusion:

  • Hairdresser: Tip in the amount of at least half of the service cost or offer a token like a bottle of spirits or certain items that pertain to things they like.
  • Mailman: Under federal law, a postman cannot receive cash so a gift card, or something similar, works best.
  • Teacher or School Paraprofessional: Be sure to check school’s gifting policy beforehand. Collective gifts from the whole class are a great way to save money.
  • Bus Driver: A small gift can go a long way with someone who holds a large responsibility over your child’s safety to and from school
  • House Keeper: Additional week/visit’s pay or a small token
  • Home Aids: Small monetary bonus or gift

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