Best Gifts For People Who Help You All Year
For people who help you during the year, cash is king. I think the rule of thumb is 2 weeks of what you pay them for a holiday gift. In the case of people you don’t normally pay — Sanitation Engineers, Newspaper Delivery Persons, Mail Carriers, etc. — I like to enclose the money in a holiday card. How much for them? I checked with Capability:Mom who really knows this stuff and she wanted to point out that mail carriers can’t accept gifts over $20 and that some towns and cities have ordinances about that.
I actually had no idea that I was supposed to tip my garbage man and she, of course, has been tipping hers (which is also mine as we live on the same street) for YEARS! Her husband either stands out at the curb waiting for them to come or they tape an envelope to the trash can. This year will be a curb side wait as our trash cans now get picked up with a robotic arm off the garbage truck.
Gift Card Pairings
Sanitation Engineer with … iTunes (notice how they always seem to have ear buds in their ears?)
Mail Carrier with … iTunes (same reason as above)
Babysitter with … grocery store if in college. Whole Foods for vegetarian or vegans.
Babysitter with … Staples if in middle school or high school
Cleaning Person with … cash (2 weeks pay)
Dog Walker with … cash (2 weeks pay)
Newspaper Delivery Person with … cash ($5-10)
The 12 Days of Shopping
I will be posting The 12 Days of Shopping jointly with Capability:Mom. Please visit her blog to see the other half of each post.
Dec 8: Sanitation Engineers, Mail Carriers, Hairdresser, Delivery People, Babysitter, Cleaning People, Dog Walker/Dog Trainer, etc. (a.k.a. who else did I forget?) and Emily Post’s Etiquette on this subject.