Good Housekeeping ran an article on holiday tipping that generated some good calls. Among the areas addressed:

  • Postal Service — Employees may receive gifts valued at $20 or less, per occasion. There’s a $50 annual cap per giver. The USPS frowns on cash gratuities.
  • Teachers — Giving money isn’t customary and many schools prohibit teachers from accepting tips. She recommends a gift to a teacher should be a personal expression of appreciation, something moderately priced that you and your child have selected.
  • Frequent baby-sitter — One or two evenings’ pay plus a small gift from your child.
  • Barber — Cost of one cut and maybe a small gift.
  • Beauty salon staff — $10 to $60 each, a larger amount and maybe a small gift to those who do the most for you.
  • Day-care providers — $25 to $70 each (on the higher end if only one or two providers) plus a small gift from your child.
  • Daily dog walker — One day’s pay.
  • Frequent housecleaner — One day’s pay.
  • Massage therapist — One session’s fee.
  • Newspaper deliverer — $10 to $30.
  • Private nurse — Gift, not cash.
  • Nursing-home workers — Gift, not cash.
  • Trash collectors — $10 to $20 each.
  • Frequent yard worker — $20 to $50. have &h�!;e��@` ; to worry. Accept your inability to control the outcomes, but recognize that you can control your reaction.