Not Sure How Much to Tip This Holiday Season? - Just Ask Yourself, "What Would Santa Do?"



    Don't Forget Service Workers and Other Professionals on Your
    Gift/Gratuity List, says BMO Bank of Montreal

    TORONTO, Dec. 20 /CNW/ - If you think Santa's Elves work for free, think
again. Even the jolly old man himself digs deep into his red velvet pockets
each year to say thanks to his army of toy makers for their year-long support.
In Canada, more than seventy-five percent of working people are employed in
the service industry and many are hoping their year-long clients, holiday
shoppers and restaurant revelers will also leave a little something extra in
their stockings to say thanks for a job well done.
    Nancy Marescotti, Director, BMO Mosaik MasterCard, says the Holiday
Season is typically a time when we extend a special thanks to the people who
have provided us with dependable service and quality care all year long but
whom we might not have tipped regularly throughout the year.
    "Service workers we've talked to all agree that they have heightened
expectations and hopes that their customers will be more generous at this time
of year," she said. "For many workers, tips are an important part of their
overall income that really help them meet the extra expenses of the holiday
season."
    Ms. Marescotti said that Canadians will typically show their appreciation
at this time of year with tips or gifts, depending on the nature of the
relationship they have with their service providers. "Obviously you're not
going to 'tip' your son's teacher or day care provider, but a personal gift
that shows you really appreciate their care and attention is always going to
be well received," she said. "And, if you're a rewards Collector, purchasing a
gift on a BMO Mosaik credit or BMO Bank of Montreal debit card can earn you
AirMiles, so you'd be treating yourself as well."
    "You don't have to overdo it," cautions Ms. Marescotti. "Be mindful of
what you can truly afford. If you can't afford a tip or cash gift, write a
personal note of thanks and give it with a smaller gift, perhaps something
homemade."

    
    Ms. Marescotti offered a representative list of service providers and
other professionals, and suggests a range of tips or gifts(*) to consider for
each:

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    Service Workers and
    Other Professionals            Suggested Gift or Gratuity
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    Baby Sitter                    A tip up to the value of one sitting and
                                   a small gift from child
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    Barber                         Double your usual tip or a gift up to the
                                   value of one haircut
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    Cleaning Lady/Housekeeper      A tip of up to the cost of one service
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    Condominium Staff (usually     Ask your condo association for guidance,
    pool contributions with other  but 10 - 20% of monthly condo fee is a
    tenants through condo          good rule of thumb for a building with
    association)                   full services
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    Day Care Workers               Small Gift from child with value up to
                                   $20
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    Dog Groomer                    Gratuity up to half the cost of the
                                   session
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    Dog Walker                     Gratuity up to $100
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    Fitness Instructors/Personal   A gift up to the value of one session.
    Trainers
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    Full-Time Nanny                Up to $200 and a small gift from children
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    Hair Salons (The stylist,      Double your usual tip or a gift up to the
    assistant stylist, such as     value of one visit
    the person who shampoos your
    hair, and colourist should
    all receive tips. It is
    customary to tip the standard
    15 per cent to everyone
    separately)
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    Letter Carriers                Gift of up to $20
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    Newspaper Carriers             Gift of up to $20
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    School Bus Driver              Gift of up to $20
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    School Crossing Guard          Gift of up to $20
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    Seniors Care Givers (in-home)  Up to $200.
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    Spa or Nail Salon Attendants   Double your usual tip or a gift up to the
    (manicures, pedicures,         value of one visit.
    facials and waxing - standard
    tip is 15 per cent, just as
    it is in the restaurant
    industry)
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    Taxi and Limo Drivers          More than usual 15% tip
    (standard 15 per cent)
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    Teacher                        A handwritten thank you note or a small
                                   gift or gift certificate - value up to
                                   $25
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    Tutors, Instructors, Coaches   A handwritten thank you note or a small
                                   gift from child with value up to $20
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    Valet Parking Attendant        More than usual tip
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    (*) based on a survey of Tipping Guidelines web sites
    





For further information:

For further information: Ralph Marranca, Toronto,
ralph.marranca@bmo.com, (416) 867-3996; Lucie Gosselin, Montreal,
lucie.gosselin@bmo.com, (514) 877-1101; Laurie Grant, Vancouver,
laurie.grant@bmo.com, (604) 665-7596; Internet: www.bmo.com


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