This is traditionally the time of year when we thank those who provide us services, but who should you tip and what is the appropriate amount? Determining who to tip can be confusing — each of us has a different idea about what constitutes good service and how that service should be recognized. While there are no hard and fast rules regarding an appropriate gratuity, here are some guidelines we hope you will find helpful.
Keep in mind that tipping amounts are influenced by the following factors:
- The quality, length, and frequency of service
- Your relationship with the service provider
- Where you live (amounts are usually higher in larger cities)
- Your budget
- The type of facility (deluxe vs. moderate)
- Regional customs
The United States Postal Service has the following rules regarding gifts:
Mail carriers may accept the following items as gifts:
- Snacks, beverages or perishables – gifts that are not part of a meal
- Small gifts – no more than $20 in value
- Perishable items clearly worth more than $20 (large fruit baskets or cookie tins) must be shared with the entire branch
Mail carriers may not accept:
- Gift cards
- Any form of currency
Another consideration: if you regularly tip at the time of service, you may forgo or give a more modest holiday tip.
Let common sense, specific circumstances, and holiday spirit be your guide. The gratuity amounts in this chart are merely guidelines, not rules. What to give is always an individual decision.
Happy holidays from the JDJ team!