The expected ritual of holiday tipping need not be awkward, uncertain or stressful. Because many service people with whom we deal on a regular basis throughout the year expect to be recognized with cash, determining the correct amount can be tricky. All tipping should take into account length of time they have worked for you; frequency of their service (daily, weekly, monthly); quality of service and personalized attention; extra services they may provide, and-most important - your relationship with them. Your appropriate tip will, it is hoped, ensure continuing reliable service.
In general, cash is the most impersonal gift, a gift certificate is more personal, and the chosen, wrapped gift the most personal. A thoughtful gift not only says "thank you, but demonstrates that you have taken the time to know them as individuals.
Here are some tipping do's and don'ts from Qualipedia Founder Dawn Bryan.