You’ve been shopping like a mad person, checking off one recipient after another on your list. But wait, did you forget something? What about all those people who do the things that you don’t have the time or the skill to do throughout the year, like perfectly manicuring your lawn or expertly covering your grey hair? We’ve compiled a how-to for thanking them all.
Full-Time or Live-In Nanny: One week’s salary and a small personal gift. If they’ve been with you for longer than a year or two, consider a larger financial gift.
Regular Babysitter: One evening’s pay and a small personal gift. One made by your child is a nice gesture.
Housekeeper: A cash gift equal to one house cleaning.
Lawn or Pool Maintenance: A cash gift equal to one session.
Building Superintendent: $20-$80 in cash or a gift.
Doorman: $20-$80 in cash or a gift. If there are multiple door persons, give $15-$20 per person or a gift that can be enjoyed by the group, like flowers or a food basket.
Handyman: $15-$20 (more, if they come frequently) or a gift.
Trash/Recycling collectors: Check with the town to see if gifts are allowed. If they are, give $10-$30 per person.
Home nurse or private nurse in a facility: Check with the agency for their policies. Cash gifts are sometimes limited or not allowed. If cash is allowed, give one week to one month’s salary. If cash is not allowed, consider a gift. For those in a facility, one that can be enjoyed by the group, like flowers or a food basket.
Regular Hair Stylist or Barber: A cash gift equal to one service or a gift. You can also give a small cash gift to anyone else that regularly works with you like the person who washes your hair.
Regular Manicurist, Masseuse, Facialist, etc.: Cash equal to one service or a gift.
Personal Trainer: Cash equal to one service or a gift.
Groomer: Cash equal to one service or a gift.
Dog Walker: Up to one week’s pay or a gift.
Parking Garage Attendants: $10-$30 or a small gift.
USPS: According to EmilyPost.com, mail carriers are not permitted to receive cash gifts. A small gift is appropriate.
UPS, FEDEX, DHL, etc.: If you receive regular deliveries, $20 or a small gift is appropriate.
Note: Gift cards can be given in place of cash, but make sure it’s a gift card that is very general, like to a local big box store or Amazon.
Also, this is not to say that every person on this list should receive something. If you receive regular, exceptional service, gifts are recommended and appropriate.