Holiday Tipping

I received a request from a reader named Sean to revisit the holiday tipping discussion. His building has suggested he make a contribution at a rate of 1/2 of his condo fees to a tipping fund. Is that appropriate?

Below is KimFromTheK’s post on Holiday Tipping from 2009. The comments of that post had some good discussion.

A recent thread has come across our condo’s listserv regarding holiday tipping. This is usually a touchy topic this time of year, as many people may be worried whether they tip on par with others, and tipping is certainly a personal choice.

Who do you tip during the holidays and how much do you give? Your doorman/concierge? Property manager of your building? Cleaning people? Hair stylist? Please share for those who are unsure who to tip and how much, especially given the anonymity of writing it here versus on your condo’s listserv!

Editor’s note: Please refrain from referring to any building employee by name

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    anon says

    I tip my concierge about $200 (she is great and does a lot for us), the maintanence guy about $100, my housekeeper gets double-paid for one visit, my dog-sitter will get an extra $50, and I give $125 to my child’s teachers combined. I would love to know what other people do and whether I should be doing something differently.

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    Paul says

    Our building only does individual tipping – no collective pool. I’ve budgeted about $100-120 dollars total to split across 4 or 5 staff members.

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    CJ says

    Our building pools together money, which makes things much easier in my opinion. A lot of staff do things day in and day out who you may not have much interaction with but are essential to keep the condo running like it should. The suggested amount in my building is a full condo fee but I usually give a bit more as it is split amongst a large number of staff. I also give the board members a really nice non-monetary gift as they put in a ton of their time answering e-mails daily, attending meetings, putting up with typical condo nonsense, etc., and receive absolutely nothing in return.