While you should never feel obliged to give an extra holiday gift, particularly if the service doesn't warrant it, Post says that any gift, be it a handmade item, purchased gift, or cash tip, should always include a brief handwritten note expressing your appreciation. For beauty salon staff, give a gift or cash, the amount depending on how well you tip after each service. Not sure how much to give? According to Post, the general guideline is: "The cost of one salon visit divided for each staff member who works with you." There you have it. Now it's your turn to dish. Do you dole out a little something extra for your stylist during the holidays?
When it comes to etiquette, there are some obvious rules. Offer up your seat on the bus or train if the person standing next to you is on crutches, for instance. But when it comes to holiday tipping, the "rules" are a little more blurred. This is where I choose to consult the guru of all manners, Emily Post. "In these tough economic times it’s important to remember that holiday tipping is truly about saying thank you. With a little creativity you can accommodate everyone on your list this year without blowing your budget," Post explains in the Guide to Holiday Tipping 2009 featured on her website.