Hi Dansays ~
Tipping at this time of year can be stressful. How much is 'enough',
or how much is 'too much', either of which can put you in a difficult
You mentioned that you recently moved into the building, which can
make it even harder.
There is some information online which I think can help.
1. Findalink.Net's "Tipping Etiquette"
Scroll down to Christmas Tipping Etiquette:
"Christmas is a great time of year to remember those people
who serve you regularly. Since it only occurs once a year,
Christmas tipping can be a source of holiday stress, but
it need not be so. I recommend a gift or a tasteful
Christmas card with a tip inside. Delivery should occur in
the month of December prior to Christmas day...
*Doorman/concierge - $50-100 or more, depending upon
2. From the mouth of Bob Hale, security/concierge of condominiums in
Coral Gables, Florida:
"people usually slip him anywhere from $25 to $40 as a
holiday bonus -- in excess of the money the building
collects for a holiday fund that's divided among building
personnel. [from an article by Cindy Krischer Goodman
dated December 1, 2002, FortWayne.com, "Tips on tipping:
A guide to holiday gratuities"]
3. Emily Post's "Tips on Tipping, 2003"
The recommendation is $20-$80.
So How Much Should You Tip?
You have a fair idea of an amount range from the above, and you should
take Ms. Post's advice to heart:
"Tip amounts and/or gifts vary widely. Make your own
modifications based on:
* how pleased you are with the service
* your relationship with the service provider
* the frequency of the service or how long you have
* your budget
* your regional customs
* the type of establishment: a deluxe or moderate beauty
If the building is taking up a collection, $40 would be a fair amount.
If you are unaware of any such collection, $50 would be fair and would
insure a good relationship for next year.
But that's just *my* opinion, and your mileage may vary.
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