Holiday Tipping Guide: Who to Tip (And How Much?)

Holiday tipping for the people who’ve helped you throughout the year is important – but somewhat fraught. We’ve got guidance.

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Tipping is not a uniquely American practice, but we tip more often and in larger amounts than in just about any other country. The practice is so established that many workers’ wages are based on the anticipation of tips. Holiday tipping is also a traditional way to show gratitude to people who have provided you with a service throughout the year. And at a time when inflation is soaring (and recession is looming) you might need to adjust your giving a bit to compensate.

Read on as we run through 15 categories of people in your life who might deserve a holiday tip.