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Does holiday tipping make you tense? Join the club. Last year 11% of Americans admitted in a Consumer Reports survey that they dreaded handing out year-end gratuities.

But with a few simple guidelines and a slight shift in perspective, you can manage this situation with grace.

Think honestly about what you can afford

“Holiday tipping is really holiday thanking,” says manners maven Daniel Post Senning, co-author of “Emily Post’s Etiquette,” 19th edition. “The principles of good etiquette are consideration, respect and honesty, and part of that honesty is honesty with yourself about what you can afford.”

Aim for this tip amount

  • Babysitter: One evening’s pay plus gift from kid(s)
  • Barber: Cost of one visit or gift of equal value
  • Day care worker: $25-$70 each plus small gift from kid(s)
  • Dog walker: Cash gift equal to one day (or one week) of service
  • Doorman: $20-$100 each (all the same amount)
  • Hairstylist: Cost of one session or gift of equal value
  • Housekeeper/cleaner: At least one week’s pay
  • Massage therapist: Cost of one session or gift of equal value
  • Nanny: At least one week’s pay plus gift from kid(s)
  • Personal trainer:  Cost of one session or gift of equal value
  • Pet groomer: Cash gift equal to the cost of one session
  • Postal worker: Small gift or gift card worth less than $20
  • Yard/garden workers: $20-$50 each

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