Tipping During the Holiday Season

By: Aaron Luna Email
By: Aaron Luna Email

For many its that little extra that makes the most difference especially those that live off of tips and some say that little more is becoming less in tough economic times.

Making tea taking orders and delivering food is not as easy as it looks, and for most servers it's the tips that pay the bills. "Typically the standard is 15–20 percent of the sales on the ticket," says I-HOP server Chris Lawrence. Lawrence says the holiday season can be up and down. "I've seen some that give a little extra because they see servers working extra hard during the holidays,and I see others that do actually hold back a little more because they're trying to save more for the holidays."

So who should you tip a little extra to during the busy holiday season?Etiquette experts say to tip anyone who you couldn't have made it through the year without for some that includes those that cut, curl and blow dry.

Estilos II stylist Alex Mier says, "Usually if they are your regulars they give you quite a bit extra which is always nice during the holidays."

For others it's the bringer of beer. Kersea Broonda works at Old Chicago. "It makes you fell good cause you know that your giving them good service and taking care of them and they recognize that and appreciate it." Broonda says, "Even just saving because January and February are our slower months so you know that little extra helps if you want to put it away just in case."

Other areas where holiday tips might be appropriate include baby sitters, day care providers, and personal service providers like dog groomers and landscapers.

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