Dec 17, 2021 - News

Holiday tipping tips in Tampa Bay

How much do you tip?
Chart: Kavya Beheraj/Axios

The results are in: Tampa Bay has (mostly) good tippers.

State of play: 87% of 101 readers who responded to our tipping survey said they tip service workers for the holidays.

  • 13% of you are grinches.

Most popular people to tip:

  • 📬 Mail carriers: 76%
  • ✂️ Hairdressers: 65%
  • 🧹 House cleaners: 47%
  • 🗞 Newspaper deliverers: 41%

Other recipients: Sanitation workers, landscapers and pool cleaners.

Bonus: For extra holiday tips on top of what you normally tip, you gave an average of $42.

What you give: Cash and gift cards were the most popular responses, with a few suggestions of cookies and other baked goods.

  • "For people who drive all day - box candy / brownies and homemade banana breads / gourmet coffee," one reader suggested. "When in a vehicle all day you like to nosh."
  • "Teachers are critically underpaid," one teacher wrote. "Gift cards please. I give my kid's teachers between $50 - 100 each. Anything less is cheap. If you can, please send your teachers generous gifts. NOT cookies for crying out loud."
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