Many of us will tip 20 percent after dining out, but during the holiday giving season, did you know 25 percent or more-- depending on your budget-- is more customary?
We found out the standard way to tip during the holidays, and just who we shouldn't forget on our list.
It's obvious the dogs love her.
"I’ve been grooming dogs now for 10 years," dog groomer Michelle Ensign-Jackson said.
Working in the service industry is nothing new to Ensign-Jackson...
“I was a waitress for thirty years, I wrangled horses for 10 or 15 years," she said.
With these service-related jobs, Michelle's noticed a trend around the holidays.
"It definitely gets better during the holidays."
She means the gratuity...
"Especially in this business, a tip really is a tip. I really don't expect it," Ensign-Jackson said.
But it's appreciated nonetheless. During the holiday season, etiquette consultant Diane Blecha says it's customary to give a little more.
"People you would want to tip or give a gift to would be those who provide a service to you," Blecha said.
Services professions like hair stylists, pet groomers, teachers, babysitters and newspaper deliverers are all to be thought of for an extra bit of holiday thanks. But many of us don't realize what's considered a proper tip.
For someone you know well, a personalized gift is thoughtful. But if you've received a service without meeting the face-- like a garbage collector or mail deliverer-- cash is an acceptable gift depending on your budget and the service you receive.
With the current state of the economy, it may be harder for some to give extra cash.
"I think with my mail carrier and those kinds of people a lot of times, we bake cookies for them. It's not always a monetary tip,” server Kelly Reuss said.
"Sometimes people will bring us a gift card like you said, or something from Enstroms, or something downtown. That's really nice," added stylist Megan McLaughlin.
And that causes the giving cycle to continue.
"As someone who lives off of my tips, I always try to tip a little bit extra, especially around the holidays," Reuss said.
No matter the type of tip, it means a lot to those who receive it.
Blecha also warned it is important to check with certain service providers before tipping. For example, those in the postal service are not allowed to receive cash tips.