Thursday, December 2, 2004
More Bang for Your Buck: Holiday Gift Giving
Every holiday season, we debate what to give the people who make our lives a little easier. But who should be on your gift list and how much should you spend? Seven's Lynn Martinez joins us with tonight's "More Bang For Your Buck."
WSVN -- From postal workers to pool cleaners, hair stylists to housekeepers. There's no doubt, life wouldn't be the same without them.
Jacqueline Whitmore: "I generally tell people to use there common sense. If someone does something extraordinarily nice for you or helps make your life easier. That person probably deserves a gift."
But how do you know how much to give for a job well done?
Etiquette expert Jacqueline Whitmore says make a list starting with the people you most rely on.
Jacqueline: "Give the gift that's going to be used, that's going to be appreciated and something's that's practical."
In most cases, practical means cash.
Jacqueline: "Most times people appreciate money."
To keep your nice hair dew, tip your stylist the cost of one cut.
Your fitness trainer the cost of one or two sessions.
But for the person who delivers your newspaper, the trash collector, even postal workers - about $10 or $20 dollars will do.
Jacqueline: "You might want to get them something small just a token of your appreciation."
When it comes to the baby-sitter, the rule of thumb is one or two evenings pay plus a small gift from your child.
The same goes for daycare providers.
But nanny's should receive about a week's salary.
In the classroom - a $20 dollar gift is perfect for the teacher. But before you buy, check the school's policy. You may just need to donate for a group present.
Jacqueline: "I think it's always safe to give a group gift because it makes everyone feel included."
But you don't have to be a big spender.
There are many like Jolly Saint Nick who enjoy simple pleasures like cookies are milk.
Jacqueline: "When it comes to gift giving it doesn't necessarily mean giving money or giving a gift. Sometimes it can mean giving of yourself."
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