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Holiday tipping could set up a happy New Year

Last Updated Dec 9, 2015 at 5:26 pm PDT

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VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — While the holidays are a generous time, when it comes to tipping, it could be a way to set up 2016 for success.

Konrad Philip, a Vancouver based etiquette expert, says it’s best to think about those that help throughout the whole year when setting a budget for tipping.

“Your postal worker, if you live in your apartment building, your concierge, all these people work around you year-round and you never know when you’ll need to ask them to go the extra mile,” Philip said.

Family Caretakers

In general, he said money gifts should be prioritized to anyone who takes care of the family.

“These would be babysitters, nannies, caregivers, pet sitters, teachers,” Philip said.  “For these people I would say one week’s pay, for a babysitter, maybe one night’s pay, and a teacher a gift worth around $20.”

Phillip discourages giving teachers or civil servants cash and even gift cards as some are not allowed to accept a monitory gift.

Home Caretakers

The second level of tipping priority would be to anyone who looks after the home, like a gardener.

“These people, usually you would want to give them, either in cash, or the gift equivalent of the cost of one visit.”


Philip says any leftover money in your tipping budget can then go to services, like a hair dresser.


If cash is short, a thoughtful card or note, no less than four lines long, is a suitable replacement.