Holiday Gift Etiquette: Who To Cash And Who Not To?
Boss:When it comes to gifting the higher ups, Dana suggests taking one of two routes depending on if you work for a more serious boss or one that can take a joke: "You can either go the lighthearted way to keep the mood fun or get a more serious gift. You definitely don't want to spend more than - on your boss, but you have to consider your office. If you're a hedge fund trader then maybe you do."
Dana also says that a simple card thanking your employer for being a good boss (without kissing up too much of course) will be equally as appreciated. If youareblessed with a more fun boss, though, consider these Bucky Balls as a lighthearted gift to inspire some office fun.Bucky Balls, .99, at
Assistant/Intern:According to Dana, spending or more is an appropriate budget for gifting your assistant depending on your status level at the company and how long they've been working for you (if you're the President with a long-time assisstant, that number should be much higher).
Dana says, "since your assistant does all the work for you, this would be a good time to show him or her that you've been paying attention. You want to avoid things that are too personal like perfume or clothes, but you also want to avoid something that's too practical since they're practical all year for you." She suggests a accent like this one from Saks, or a gift certificate to a nice local restaurant.Nambé Butterfly Bowl, 5-150, at
Postman:By law, you can't give civil service workers cash, so tipping your postman is a no no. "Give them something worth up to ," Dana suggests, "but if you want to give a gift, gift cards are always great for a coffee shop nearby so they can warm up along their route or get them a like a scarf or gloves something to get him through the cold weather months."Merino Wool Gloves, .50, at
Personal Trainer: While it may seem obvious, Dana says to stay away from gifts like chocolate or candy and instead stick to tips somewhere between -0 or the cost of one session. But if you feel strongly about giving something more substantial, gift cards are always a good way to go or give your trainer some customized .
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Dog Walker:For a dog walker, the budget is about 1-2 weeks pay. "A great way to show your walker that you feel her pain, is to include a gift certificate to a or some sort of reflexology session."SpaFinder Gift Certificate, , at
Babysitter:For gifting the babysitter, Dana says that you can get away with cash (adding up to one or two nights pay), but gift cards are an awesome way to go. Dana's suggestions: Fandango and iTunes gift cards, or if she's college bound, you can't go wrong with a gift ceritficate to Bed, Bath and Beyond or Target. "Get her something that shows her you know her interests. Another cute touch is a from your child, like a little ornament," Dana suggests.Fandango Bucks, , at
Teacher/Professor:"You want to spend to 0, depending on your relationship with the teacher. A unique house plant is something beautiful and something they can enjoy while grading papers. Or you can get the class to chip in on something more personal like cooking classes or an ." Before gifting your teacher, however, first check the school's policy on gift giving because it might be against school rules. Dana also adds, "If you have many teachers, you are not obligated to buy gifts for them all."Potted double stem white orchid, .99, at
Building Employees:For people who work in your apartment bulding, like a super or door man, tips are always appreciated, but here's something to keep in mind: "The IRS considers tips income, so it's best to tip them in cash and let them decide what they want to do with it," says Dana.
The budget range is pretty broad, but expect to tip anywhere from to 0 for a door man depending on how close you are, but don't think that you have to spread the tips equally. "Those who serve you more should definitely get a bigger tip!" says Dana.
Hairstylist/Beautician:As a holiday sentiment, expect to tip your stylist approximately the cost of one session, however, if you've been visiting the same person for years, a more personal gift is also appropriate.
Something to keep in mind: "If it's the owner that does your hair or nails, they might refuse a cash tip, so a gift might be better if you're working directly with the owner," says Dana.
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