It’s common courtesy to give service providers a little something extra for the holidays, but how much is enough? An etiquette guru weighs in on what’s appropriate for everyone from your doorman to your hair stylist.
As the holidays approach, Americans must face the annual question of whether to give a little extra something to the service providers who help us all year long. According to a recent Consumer Reports survey, more than half (54%) of Americans said they didn't tip at least one person whose services they used last year, and 38% didn't tip any of the providers Consumer Reports asked about. Of the people who did not give tips, 48% said it was because their budgets were too tight. If you do have the means to tip, though, you always should, says Patricia Napier-Fitzpatrick, founder and director of The Etiquette School of New York in Manhattan. "It’s a great way to show our gratitude for all the hard work service providers have done in making our lives nicer,” she says. But tipping isn’t purely altruistic – it can also butter up service providers so they’ll continue to give us the same quality of help next year, she adds. Photo Credit: Getty Images