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Daily Q&A: What holiday tips are appropriate?

How do I know what to give for tips during the holiday season for those who have provided service throughout the year?

Appropriate tips are important, not just for etiquette but also because many people who receive tips as part of their income do not make much money at all.

So it's a good idea to help a person out when you can.

As far as how much, Emily Post recently released its holiday tipping guide. Here are some suggestions from emilypost.com:

• Your budget: First and foremost, you shouldn't feel obligated to go beyond your personal budget. If your budget does not allow for tips, consider homemade gifts.

• Do you already tip regularly? If you tip at the time of service, you may forgo an end of the year tip, or give a more modest holiday thank you. You may also choose to give a small gift instead.

• When in doubt, ask: Call the front desk and ask what is 1) accepted by the company, and 2) typical for what they see from other customers.

Read the full post here: emily post.com/everyday/holiday_tip ping.htm

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Daily Q&A: What holiday tips are appropriate? 12/14/09 [Last modified: Monday, December 14, 2009 12:19pm]
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