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What do you give your postman, garbage men, gardener etc. for Christmas?

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What do you give your postman/woman, gardener, hair dresser etc for Christmas?

Our postman/woman (it changes) we leave either a box of See's candies or a card with $20.00 in it. Same with the garbage men. But I'm thinking of this year either doing a gift card to Starbucks or McDonald's?

Our gardeners we tip them through out the year and they don't come to our home during the winter so I always wondered how to give them a gift?

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ratdog1111286140320.5514924 PostsRegistered 10/27/2008

Nothing - same thing they give me.

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SilverDiva1286140426.4871181 PostsRegistered 1/1/2007

I pay taxes so that covers my mail person. My gardner gets me wrapped in a big bow every year (he's also my husband). My garbage collectors come too early for me to run out there to give them anything, but I do send them nice thoughts once a week when I'm trying to figure out where in the heck my trash can lids are!

If Lassie had been a Sheltie Timmy never would've fallen into the well.
Yeah, but mine's a Silken Windhound...

Melly1231286140508.1172547 PostsRegistered 2/2/2008

I have children and they do the gardening. I have a post office box so noone delivers to me, but I am usually good for a nut roll to the girls in the post office. My trash man...oh the trash man...He's absolutely GREAT! During the year, if I have a whole pile of trash, I'll leave an envelope with a couple bucks tip for him. He'll take anything I put out...anything. At Christmas, he gets a nut roll also with a prepaid visa. Last year was $40...this year I think I'm going with the prepaid cards again, but my bank issues free mastercard gift cards so that's what it'll be. And since they are free...I'll probably give him 4 or 5 $10 cards. That leaves the opportunity for him to regift if he likes.....Go trash Guy!

crdlb1286140526.40713066 PostsRegistered 6/24/2009So. Cal.

I give Starbuck's cards. At holiday time, Costco sold them for $80 for 5/$20 cards.

barbados1286140537.12314405 PostsRegistered 5/21/2007
On 10/3/2010 ratdog215 said:

Nothing - same thing they give me.

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You beat me to the same response.

Melly1231286140615.2172547 PostsRegistered 2/2/2008

Oh...and I gift the school bus driver also. She's actually concerned about the safety of my kids and has gone above and beyond for them. She's got a sweet tooth, so the trusty nut roll, a box of fancy local chocolates and the MC gift cards....

hopefulhea­rt1286140664.60797 PostsRegistered 5/21/2009Georgia

I don't give anyone a special tip. I just wish them a Merry Christmas.

snocool1286140681.0332542 PostsRegistered 12/25/2004

I give them all a gift card to Dunkin Donuts or Starbucks..seeing they are all men. THey do not want candles and this way they can get coffee or goodies (I don't bake either and I find a lot of people now do not "trust" baked items from people they really do not know.... becuz of all the different flus, infections, etc that have been prevalent in the past few years)

autumnsuns­et1286140769.5772388 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

Nothing. I just wish everyone a Happy Holiday.

Melly1231286140769.662547 PostsRegistered 2/2/2008

We own a restaurant so people seem to appreciate our baked goods.

swissmiss1286140784.0372226 PostsRegistered 10/3/2005

Our garbage collector is award winning in our area--no kidding. He is just great and leaves our can (or cans if I have more than one out) neatly right by our garage door with the lid on. He is neater than me. Also, he happily takes our "extra" stuff (but still within the rules). I give him a generous amount of cash each December--it is well worth it.

I also give our recycling collectors cash--they also do a good job (but they get less than the gentleman above).

Our Postal Carrier changes from time to time so I am not sure what I will do this year. I do know they have restrictions as to what they can accept (you can look those up online). I would be inclined to give a small Starbucks card or something like that.

We use a lawn service and a lawn mowing service--a couple or large crews and not always the same people. If we had a dedicated gardener I would definitely give him/her cash or a nice gift card.

I give our house cleaner(s) a larger tip at holiday time--and I do the same for my hair stylist and nail techs. They all do a great job and I am happy to reward them. I could see giving them a gift card in lieu of cash.

ratdog1111286140828.77714924 PostsRegistered 10/27/2008

I know where this thread will go ... so I may as well be the one to start the trouble ...

Why do we tip these people in the first place?

Should I also tip the cashier at the grocery store where I shop?

Should people Tip DH at Christmas because they go to his office a few times a year?

Tipping at the holidays is something that needs to stop. I have never started (much to the shock of my neighbor!)

We don't even do "corporate" gifts for the vendors we deal with or other professionals in the area which supposedly means we will be out of business soon because no one will give DH referrals if we don't send gift baskets!

Employees get paid time off at the holidays (this is in addition to their regular vacation time) as their yearly bonus.

waterbaby1286140829.4934305 PostsRegistered 7/27/2006Georgia

ATL is the "Home of Chick-Fil-A" and it is very popular place to eat. So...

Gardener- Chick-Fil-A gift card so he can take his family there to eat.

He has a regular employee that we also give a gift card to (just less $).

Trash pick-up - employees change frequently on each route so we don't know anyone.

Mail carrier- A CFA gift card, he stops by there before work to get coffee and a biscuit so he loved it. He takes good care of all my QVC pkgs!

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barbados1286140925.8214405 PostsRegistered 5/21/2007
On 10/3/2010 ratdog215 said:

I know where this thread will go ... so I may as well be the one to start the trouble ...

Why do we tip these people in the first place?

Should I also tip the cashier at the grocery store where I shop?

Should people Tip DH at Christmas because they go to his office a few times a year?

Tipping at the holidays is something that needs to stop. I have never started (much to the shock of my neighbor!)

We don't even do "corporate" gifts for the vendors we deal with or other professionals in the area which supposedly means we will be out of business soon because no one will give DH referrals if we don't send gift baskets!

Employees get paid time off at the holidays (this is in addition to their regular vacation time) as their yearly bonus.

Very well said!!!!

Melly1231286140995.3432547 PostsRegistered 2/2/2008

Employees get a weeks' pay as a Holiday bonus...and of course I stick the check to a turkey.

I tip the service people because I'm pleased with their service. Trash guy and Bus girl go way beyone their job descriptions for me.

winamac1286140997.9219053 PostsRegistered 8/21/2005Carmel, Indiana

Postlady gets $20 and newspaper person gets $15 as we only got the paper one or two days a week. WE don't get the paper at all anymore so I won't be tipping this season . We canceled it awhile ago. I also give the postlady at least $20 or $25 and usually some candy/choc/sweets.

Noel71286141018.0834868 PostsRegistered 8/8/2007

Same thing, a card with a twenty.

Studies show most people never use their gift card, and unless you know them well, you wouldn't know if they even drink coffee. Just my opinion...

I really enjoy tipping the mailman, he's a nice guy and always goes the extra mile for us.

"Oh, mother country, I do love you."
John Stewart

PpprMintPa­tty1286141024.5318674 PostsRegistered 8/7/2007Outside our Nation's Capitol

Our mailman in Newport was really good....and we had a lot of bad weather. I gave him a Starbuck's card and a bag of cookies...he was very happy and talked about the cookies every time he saw me.

I always did my own lawn until we moved here but I don't have any idea who does it, I'm sure the community pays him rather well.

The hairdresser is a tough one for me....I mean I pay $140 to $160 every time I go plus a tip. Fortunately we move around enough so I never get too close to anyone.

~Formerly known as Danny~

Talidog1286141038.313763 PostsRegistered 8/9/2007Heart of Dixie

Nothing....postman/woman is different everyday, the "gardeners" that are hired by our townhouse sector, which we pay dues for, are mostly all illegals who can't speak English, and the garbage men, I will "pay" when they return my garbage can back where they got it and not in the middle of my garage door so I have to move it to get into my garage. Moving the can is esp. fun when it's raining. K {#emotions_dlg.thumbdown}

War Eagle!

ratdog1111286141146.5214924 PostsRegistered 10/27/2008

Our garbage collectors have a new truck and we all got new containers. Now the truck has a robotic arm to pick up and dump the container and return it to the curb. The guys never have to leave the truck now.

gidgetgoes­hawaiian1286141229.41310059 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004
We give cash to the woman who delivers our newspaper. She does an exceptional job. We also give to our hairdresser-usually the cute figural soap from B&BW and cash or a gift card. Mail deliverer, usually a small Target gift card. Our trash company is a large company and I wouldn't know how to give to them.

10grands1286141236.5472094 PostsRegistered 12/3/2005

Letter carrier and newspaper dellivery person each $20.00. Never thought about the garbage collectors, and I have never had a gardener. Starbucks - I am not sure how many people in the service industries go there. It's too pricey for me.

Noel71286141344.53734868 PostsRegistered 8/8/2007
On 10/3/2010 ratdog215 said:

I know where this thread will go ... so I may as well be the one to start the trouble ...

Why do we tip these people in the first place?

Should I also tip the cashier at the grocery store where I shop?

Should people Tip DH at Christmas because they go to his office a few times a year?

Tipping at the holidays is something that needs to stop. I have never started (much to the shock of my neighbor!)

We don't even do "corporate" gifts for the vendors we deal with or other professionals in the area which supposedly means we will be out of business soon because no one will give DH referrals if we don't send gift baskets!

Employees get paid time off at the holidays (this is in addition to their regular vacation time) as their yearly bonus.

"Why do we tip these people in the first place?"

TIPS = To Insure Prompt Service

I tip people that, as I said, go the extra mile or do an above average job.

No one says you have to.

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"Oh, mother country, I do love you."
John Stewart

roseleigh1286141411.3191 PostsRegistered 10/1/2010

I give the garbage man $20 every year and he remembers it. When my children were little they would leave him cookies also.

My postal person $20, can't give over that amount

Must think about the UPS person now with all of the QVC boxes coming my way:-)

sylviahome­atlast1286141440.2538299 PostsRegistered 6/9/2008CO

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'Tis living --hurts us more--
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