2021 Holiday Tipping Guide: 18 People You Should Remember

Service workers deserve special recognition for the help they provide during COVID. That makes holiday tipping all the more important this year.

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The widespread availability of COVID vaccines and the desire to return to normal life this year renewed relationships with regular service providers for many. At the same time, the delta variant and lingering COVID concerns posed challenges to service industry employees racing to meet demand. Given these issues, holiday tipping is especially important as a way of showing our appreciation to essential workers this year.

“Tipping around the holidays is really about trying to say thank you to the service providers in your life,” says Lizzie Post, great-great-granddaughter of Emily Post and co-author of Emily Post’s Etiquette. The quality of the service provided and your personal budget will dictate the amount you give, Post says.

Of course, not all professionals can accept tips. And sometimes, a tip may be seen as inappropriate or demeaning. Read on to identify 18 categories of people in your life who might deserve a holiday tip.

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.