I don't just mean holiday tipping towards those who keep you beautiful, I mean holiday tipping in general (to the mailman, the trash men, etc.), I honestly didn't know.
I think it was Martha who tipped me off. Pun intended.
So, not to call anyone out, since I myself was once blissfully clueless, but this is your friendly reminder not to forget a little something extra for the beauticians in your life.
Now, if you're a pro-cuts-whenever-the-mood-strikes kind of person, then this might not apply to you. But if you've seen the same person throughout the year to touch up your hair, give you pretty nails, or wax parts of your face, then make sure that you bring some cash to your December appointment.
Emily Post (and Martha!) says that your holiday bonus to these folks should be the cost of one appointment. In certain cases, that can get really steep so just use your best judgement. (Read: your generous judgment.) If a little something extra isn't in your beauty budget this year, then at the very least consider bringing some homemade goodies or a thankful card. And then remember to add that padding into your beauty budget for next year, or possibly in the summer when spending isn't so concentrated. I assure you that, like any other person in a service industry, they will appreciate your gift now matter how or when it comes.
Throughout the year I get a myriad of beauty treatments. The ones I show extra holiday cheer to are: my hair stylist, my favorite nail technician, and my, er, waxer. I like to write them a little card with it, if possible.
Martha's site defends several of the arguments against giving holiday tips, and I agree with her, especially the part about it being a "city thing." The three or four beauticians that I tip around the holidays won't get corporate bonuses, their clients make or break them. I use the holidays to say, "Thanks for accommodating my being ten minutes late every time" or "Thanks for getting me in at the last second always" or "Thanks for keeping me at my prettiest all year long."
Holiday tipping is for the people in your life who are indispensible. Who are your Christmas cheer priorities?
ps - both Emily Post and Martha say that you shouldn't tip the mailman or the garbage man in cash, and I'm sure they're probably not supposed to take it. But we do, and I think everyone on my street does, so...is this the great hush-hush or no?
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