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Here's a holiday tip for you: Who, and how much, to tip people this season

Posted at 4:56 AM, Dec 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-14 06:45:04-05

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — “This is our biggest money-making time of the year.”  Maria Garvey, a self-employed hair stylist at Salon Lofts in St. Pete, says the holidays bring in a lot of clients...and a lot of potentially big tips.

She factors holiday tips into her potential earnings, and she knows a lot of stylists rely on seasonal gratuities to pay bills and feed their kids: “It’s not easy, especially this line of work, doing it on your own.”

Tampa Bay’s own etiquette expert Patricia Rossi, the author of best-seller “Everyday Etiquette,” says holiday tips should be a warm thank-you for hard work performed all year round. 

Cash should be given in an envelope with a thank-you note; cash should never just be handed over.

Here are some recommended holiday tips for people in the service industry:

-A hairstylist like Maria: $20-$50 of the price of a full session

-Favorite babysitter: an evening’s pay and/or a gift from the kids

-Regular yard workers and house cleaners: $20-$50

-Postal workers aren’t legally allowed to accept cash... but they can accept a gift that’s worth up to $20

-For a dog walker or groomer, standard tip is the price of one full session. But Jessica Montero, a pet sitter/dog walker with J.Tails Pet Concierge, also likes more thoughtful creative acknowledgment. “We become part of the extended family, so people leave us wine, lottery tickets.”