Giving Time

A pandemic holiday tipping guide

The pandemic has reshaped many things in our lives, including holiday tipping. This year, if you have the means, you might want to tip more people, or simply give a bit more to those who you normally tip. Here’s a quick guide to holiday tipping this year.

Mail Carriers:

Chances are, you’ve been getting more deliveries this year because of the pandemic. Now is a good time to reward those who are tasked with bringing things to your door. Here’s a breakdown:

  • USPS: Mail carriers aren’t allowed to accept cash gifts or gift cards, but you can give them items worth up to $20. Cookies are never a bad idea.
  • FedEx: FedEx drivers are also barred from accepting cash or gift cards, but they can accept items valued up to $75.
  • UPS: Delivery drivers can accept small gifts.
  • Restaurant and grocery store drivers:

    As US News notes, most restaurant and grocery store delivery drivers are able to accept tips, so give 20 percent or more. Remember, if a service charges a delivery fee, that usually isn’t going to the driver. Make sure you add a tip.

    Babysitter and nanny

    For a regular babysitter, you should tip either one night’s pay or one-and-a-half night’s pay. For a nanny, you should tip one week’s worth of pay.

    Hair Stylist

    If you have a regular hair stylist, you should tip them the equivalent of one visit.

    Dog walker and dog groomer

    For a dog walker, tip one week’s pay. For a dog groomer, you’ll want to tip the equivalent of one visit.

    Chris O'Shea

    Chris O'Shea