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 you might need to adjust your giving a bit to compensate.

With just a few days until Christmas, it's time to finalize your Nice List; decide whom to tip and how much to give them. Read on as we run through 15 categories of people in your life who might deserve a holiday tip. 

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Emma Patch
Staff Writer, Kiplinger's Personal Finance

Emma Patch joined Kiplinger in 2020. She previously interned for Kiplinger's Retirement Report and before that, for a boutique investment firm in New York City. She served as editor-at-large and features editor for Middlebury College's student newspaper, The Campus. She specializes in travel, student debt and a number of other personal finance topics. Born in London, Emma grew up in Connecticut and now lives in Washington, D.C.


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