My lamp is bottom right in the pic as I write this.
As if shopping for friends and relatives over the holidays wasn’t stress enough. Then there’s deciding who in your life should get a holiday tip. You didn’t know tipping extra over the holidays was customary?
I didn’t know you were supposed to tip for service even if you thought it was lousy, but that’s a debate for another day.
Who you tip and how much boils down to three things: how often you receive the service, how much you can afford and etiquette. So let’s start with etiquette. It IS considered proper to tip people who give you services, such as hair dressers or personal trainers. It’s NOT considered in good taste to offer cash to any government worker or teacher — although I tried while in school and it didn’t work.
But small gifts, food, or gift cards will always work if you’re not sure gifting your local police officer, politician or judge with cash is the best plan. For the record it isn’t a good plan.
Here’s a list if people and suggested tips from the Emily Post Institute. If you go to their website they will actually tell you how much you should give each of these people this holiday season. I’m glad I don’t have most of these people in my life, otherwise all I would have left for my own family would be a couple of coloured rocks, a Christmas orange and a broken candy cane:
After all they’re taking care of your most precious giftyour kids.
especially if they do that pile of dishes while I’m out.
And tip the pal who referred you to a place that actually had a spot.
Home health employees
Especially if they "talk you up" in front of Grandma.
Housekeeper or Cleaner
For keeping the secret of how dirty things truly are.
I’m a sheep dog that comes in oncs every quarter. I owe him.
Beauty salon staff
They listen to your "bla bla bla" and smile. Pay ‘em.
Just tip him/her with your junk food money. It’s a win-win.
Don’t do this in any other country but Canada. Trust me.
This is one Ruff job.
Tip big for doing only the repairs you ACTUALLY need.
Newspaper delivery person
Unless your name is Glen Parker. Then you get a coffee.
Tipped last year, still bringing bills. Not gonna tip this year.
I’ve seen Desperate Housewives on TV. Don’t let your wife give the tip.
Bottom line — Tipping is a way to thank the people who take care of you all year round. But you know, you should never feel bad if you can’t afford a tip. You should feel bad, though, if you don’t at least say "Thank you" or maybe make a nice note.
Here’s who’s tipping in your neighbourhood:
Elise Polding: As attendants out in the cold, & anyone who is genuinely friendly & helpful.
Brenda Myran: Me too, gas attendants, and accepting and helpful people.
Natasha Marshall: I tip my hair and nail girls, I tip waiters, cab drivers, bartenders and babysitters. I am not an all the time tipper. I tip when it’s earned and I tip very well, usually $10.00+
Kara Lang: My hairstylist and RMT get 15% tip at every visit (every 4-6 weeks) so they actually get a gift from me. When my mail got delivered to my door, I would gift the postman a travel mug with a selection of hot chocolates.
Kim Breneman: I tip everyone who offers service and gift those who usually don’t receive tips like teachers and co-workers - who I don’t tip are places where it’s self service (isn’t it me doing the work after all?)
Jillian Vanderheiden: I tip gas attendants, massage therapists, servers, bar tenders, hair stylists, dog groomers, kennel attendants, babysitters, taxi drivers... short term direct customer service people (even some cashiers, but it’s more sporadic). I gift to teachers, school bus drivers, daycare workers, home care workers, nurses... those long term direct care people.
WOW Jullian. I gotta work my way into your service group somehow.
Here’s a real tip for you! Now that daylight savings is over and sunlight is hard to come by, some people get depressed. I am one of them, and thankfully, there are products out there that claim to help with Seasonal Affective Disorder, or … SAD. One of them is my Phillips golite sun lamp. It lights up a bright blue to emulate natural sunlight so you feel "energized and invigorated."
I’d rather be on a beach somewhere with a mojito and hot sand, but I have to tell you my sun lamp this time of year is my best friend. I find I have to reach for it at the end of November/start of December as the sun slides behind the horizon for its final three weeks of decent before the days start to slowly get longer again — yes I keep track of these things.
I got the lamp as a Christmas gift a couple years ago and LOVE IT.
So if you have someone complaining about winter 24/7 it may not be just the cold. Consider getting them a sun lamp for Christmas. Before I start the radio show each morning, I’m baking for 30 minutes while my office temperature is up around 100. It’s what puts me in a good mood before I can help others start their day of darkness!
Now if my boss would just let me crank some Spanish music and allow me a margarita maker I’d be set.
Tanya Dawn Wieler
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition December 7, 2013