A lot goes into this — and by this I mean me. In addition to the very expensive lattes, I rely on other people for hair styling, fixing things in my townhouse, cleaning my townhouse…I’m really composed of other people. That’s why I love to give back to them at the end of the year.

There are countless holiday tipping guides online, but I thought I’d present it in a different way. Below you’ll find service providers sorted into their appropriate tipping amounts:

Up to $80

  • Newspaper delivery
  • Handyman
  • Superintendent
  • Yard workers
  • Doorman

The Cost of One Session

  • Baby sitter
  • Barber
  • Massage therapist
  • Pet groomer
  • Pool cleaner

One Week’s Wages

  • Housekeeper
  • Nanny
  • Dog walker

Up to One Month’s Wages

  • Personal medical worker

Tipping is Discouraged or Banned

  • Cable company workers
  • Postal Service employees
  • Waste management workers
  • UPS, FedEx, DHL
  • City, county, or state employees

Of course, tipping should not come at the expense of your own financial wellness. I know a few people who are on the receiving end of tips every year, and they swear that when a client doesn’t tip, it doesn’t bother them. While I suspect there may be more to that story, it at least shows that not tipping at the end of the year is also expected — and handled discreetly.