Midtown is hustling and buzzing with shoppers, the beautiful Rockefeller Christmas tree is lit and the City is as sparkly and romantic as it gets. There is no doubt, the holiday season has arrived in New York.
While enjoying this wonderful time of the year, it is also customary – though certainly not required – to show appreciation to those who have made our lives a little bit easier throughout the year. As we receive many inquiries regarding the American “tipping” culture, we’ve compiled a short list for you.
Building Staff Holiday Tipping Guide 2016
Especially larger buildings in the city often have a lot of staff which can make tipping difficult. There is no general rule, but it is not uncommon to hand over one envelope to the building manager with a tip to be distributed among the whole staff. You are free to then give extra tips to people who have been very helpful. City dwellers will likely give more than suburbanites.
Building Staff general: $20 to$100
Super, resident manager: $75-$175 on average (broad range: $50 – $500)
Doorman, concierge: $25-$150 on average (broad range: $10-$1,000)
Porter, handyman: $20-$30 on average (broad range: $10 – $75)
Garage attendant: $25-$75 on average (broad range: $15-$100)
Elevator operators: $20-$50 on average
Brickunderground.com have done a tipping poll in 2015 for more insights.
Non-building Workers Tipping Guide 2016
The below tips often highly depend on how often you see the person. In general, the more frequently, the more likely and higher the tip. You should also consider a more personal gift for your nanny or housekeeper in addition to the holiday tip.
Cleaning person/housekeeper: One to two weeks of pay.
Nanny: Full-time nannies should get one week of pay.
Babysitters: Consider $25 to $50 in cash or a gift card
You can also add a small gift from your child.
Barber/Hair Stylist: One Visit’s Pay
If you see your hairstylist or colorist frequently, tip the equivalent of one service, or whatever you can comfortably afford.
Manicurist: Cost of One Session
The size of the tip depends on how often you use them, and if you visit the same person with each visit.
Dog Walker: One Week’s Pay
Offer the equivalent of one week’s service and/or a small gift.
Landscaper/Gardener: Cost of One Visit
If there’s a team, consider giving $10 to $20 each depending on the service and relationship.
Mail/Package Delivery: Gift
United States Post Office workers aren’t allowed to accept cash. Consider a small gift or home-baked treat worth less than $20.
Massage Therapist: Cost of One Session
Tipping factors include how often you go, and if you visit the same professional.
Newspaper Carrier: $10 to $25
If you get a newspaper delivered daily, consider $25. If you receive a newspaper less frequently, offer $10 and/or a small gift, depending on the quality of service.
Nurses/Private Caregiver: Gift or One Week’s Pay
A private home nurse may not be able to accept cash, so it is best to check with the agency first. For nursing home staff, consider a gift such as food that everyone can share.
Personal Trainer: Cost of One Session
If you’ve worked with a trainer regularly for at least six months, the tip can range from one session to one week of service.
Teacher: Gift/Gift Cards
Teachers get their fill of body lotions and candles. Be creative and uncover the teacher’s favorite restaurant or shop and accompany the gift card with a handwritten note from your child.
Trash collectors: $10-$20 each
Different rules may apply for public service workers so check first to be safe.
Usually a tip is given in cash, but if you feel more comfortable providing a check that is also possible. Consider adding a personalized holiday card a small gift for child carers or housekeepers.
Have a Happy Holiday Season!