Remember last Winter when you caught a horrible case of flu, and, your dog walker drove through a wicked snowstorm just to make sure your dog got out to relived himself (and then she caught the flu from you.) Or how about your hair stylist who keep the shop open an extra hour just for you so you could look terrific on that first date? And, how many times did your building doorman sign for packages for you during the year while you were out of town? All these reasons and more are why we give generous tips to those in service industries during the holiday season. It’s a way to say “Thank You” for going above and beyond. And, let’s face it, those in service industries aren’t getting rich on their salaries, and, holiday tips help them get financially through the year.
What stumps most people is how much to tip. This is really a personal matter, but, there is a great website called tipping.org that breaks down what to give based on National averages, however, be advised these guidelines do not apply to New York City. Tips in New York City are far higher simply due to the cost of living. If you are a New Yorker and need help regarding who to tip and how much about.com has an excellent guideline to follow that is specifically for New York City.
Some people refuse to tip or think they should only tip people who actually did something for them during the year. The problem with this logic is that just because someone didn’t help you this year, doesn’t mean you won’t need their help during this coming year. Additionally, you should be aware that many service people such as doorman (doorperson) keep records of who gave tips and how much, and, that can also effect the type of service you receive during the upcoming year.
So, instead of making enemies, put a crowbar in your wallet Mr. Scrooge, and, give a nice tip — even to those who never do anything for you. After all, it’s the holiday season and it is a time for giving and not complaining!