Deciding who to tip and how much to tip them can be overwhelming at this time of the year. But nobody wants to be the person that doesn't leave a good tip.

According to, here's a list of who to tip from the 'Complete Idiot's Guide to Etiquette':

  • Babysitter or nanny: One week's pay plus a small gift
  • Trash collectors: $15–$20 each
  • Paper carrier: $15–$25 for daily delivery and $5–$15 for weekend delivery
  • Mail carrier: As federal employees, mail carriers can't accept more than $20, so $15–$20 is fine.
  • Doorman: $25–$120, depending on if he works with staff or alone.
  • Hairdresser: The equivalent of one session (or $25 if you're not a regular salon-goer)