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Holiday Tipping: What and How Much

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By: Leah Uko

luko@kptm.com

OMAHA (KPTM) – Between the person who delivers your paper, to the one who styles your hair, this time of year can be pretty confusing deciding who to tip and how much.

Etiquette experts suggest different ideas, dollar amounts and gestures for people to show appreciation for the people who make their lives easier and better all year.

Danyelle Westbrook works year long to make her clients look good. The stylist at Gossip Hair N' Works near 56th and Ames streets said she sometimes goes out of her way to accommodate her clients' wants and needs like squeezing appointments in at the last minute.

"When providing a one–on–one service they're going above and beyond to be particularly nice to you—kind of treat you like a queen because they're providing a service for you," Westbrook said.

Westbrook said she appreciates when her clients show her they notice her hard and quality work.

"One of my clients, she bought me a make up bag," Westbrook said her client noticed she had been using an old one for a long time. "So she brought me a make up bag one time. I appreciate it I love it. I still use it to this day."

When tipping your hairstylists, experts suggest—if you have money to spare—tipping $50 to $100 or giving a nice gift if you have a nice relationship.

Your regular trash collectors and mail carriers, they suggest, giving an extra $10 to $30 depending on the service.

You might also consider a tip for teachers, personal trainers and housekeepers.

If you have a nanny or care provider who works for you on a regular basis, experts say try to tip an extra week's worth of pay.

It's not just hair stylists, manicurists or the mail carriers who appreciate tips. Professional tattoo artists do also.

Gooch at Quality Ink Tattoo in Bellevue said he appreciates the tip not only for monetary reasons, but it also lets him know he did a good job.

"You've got somebody putting something on your body for life. If you trust them that well to do a good job, I think they kind of deserve a tip."

Owner of Quality Ink Tattoo, Leon Alderette said when customers tip, he's able to use the money to buy more materials for the shop or buy his family necessities he usually can't throughout the year.

"We're not like the rock stars that everybody thinks we are," Alderette said. "We actually go home at night and hang out with out kids and have a good time. A lot of tattoo artists spend over 15 hours a day at their shops. People don't understand we do spend a lot of time here."

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