Modern Etiquette: Tips for holiday tipping and gifts

Mon Dec 3, 2012 11:34am EST
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By Pamela Eyring

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The holidays are a time for sharing goodwill and expressing gratitude.

One of the most appreciated expressions of gratitude to those who support and assist you in your life all year long is the holiday tip.

Whether it's your doorman, a favorite server at a restaurant, or the person who shovels or plows your drive so you can get to work every day, a holiday tip is the perfect way to say thank you.

Given in the form of cash or a gift card, the amount of your tip should be based on several factors including:

The quality of the service received.

The length and nature of your relationship with the individual.

The value you place on the service (think nanny versus newspaper boy)

The following is meant to guide you in determining who to tip and how much.   Continued...

Jaclyn Michalos takes an order at her family's restaurant Toast of the Town in Randolph, Massachusetts November 9, 2011. REUTERS/Brian Snyder