My husband and I spent a few minutes yesterday discussing the Other People who are on our holiday list of gift recipients.
Namely, my hairdresser and the driver of the car service I use for work travel.
I usually give my hairdresser a check in the amount that I would normally tip her on a cut and color. I don’t know her all that well… I know she had a baby a few months ago and she likes dark and disturbing memoirs (the hairdresser, not the baby… at least, as far as I know)… That’s about it.
And I’m sort of stumped as to what to do for the driver.
Food is out, for various reasons. I’m not sure how I feel about giving him wine. And while I know a lot about his family – and how much he adores his grandkids (a three-month-old and a three-year-old) – I honestly don’t know what restaurants he frequents or what music he enjoys or anything that would help me get him a more personal gift.
I think we settled on giving him a Visa gift card for the amount of a trip to the airport.
But man, I feel like checks and Visa gift cards are kind of boring.
Do you have any rockin’ ideas for what I could do instead? Or in addition? I feel very strongly about thanking these two people in particular. I deal with them both several times a year and they are excellent service providers. They deserve a lovely (or thoughtful) gift.
Also, do you normally tip your mail carrier?
We got a note in our mailbox last December from our mail carrier, sort of insinuating that we should give her a gift. Which I was HAPPY to do. Lord knows she works hard and has a pretty thankless job – and I’m sure the recession hit mail carriers pretty hard.
We gave her a Target gift card. Kind of lame, I know, but it was the only idea we had.
I guess what I am curious about is two-fold:
- Do you do any holiday tipping? If so, who do you tip and what do you tip them?
- And – whether you are a holiday tipper or not – how would YOU feel about getting a boring old check/Visa gift card… and if you would hate it, what would prefer instead? (Remember, food is out.)
Of course, if you have other Strong Feelings about holiday tipping, please let me know. I strongly want to know them.