By Jim Donovan

By Jim Donovan

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Tipping is something that most people do year-round, but during the holidays, it can get more confusing. It’s a topic that comes up every year, and as 3 On Your Side Consumer Reporter Jim Donovan tells us, it still leaves many scratching their heads.

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To tip or not to tip, that’s the question. But who gets what? Here are some guidelines from The Emily Post Institute to help you out this holiday:

– At your hair salon, the cost of a normal visit would be a nice tip for a stylist that you see on a regular basis.

– Your babysitter? One evening’s pay plus a small gift from the kids. The babysitter will appreciate the extra cash and the kids will feel that they’re involved too.

– Newspaper carrier? Ten to thirty dollars in cash or a gift, unless you tip through the year. In that case a few extra dollars is sufficient.

– If you have a housekeeper/cleaning person, tip the cost of one visit.

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– For a personal trainer, tip the cost of one session.

– Cash isn’t really appropriate for a child’s teacher. You can, however, give them a gift card.

– Some workers aren’t allowed to receive monetary gifts by law. Postal Carriers, for instance, can accept gifts worth up to $20, but they’re not allowed to accept cash.

To avoid getting caught empty-handed if you forget someone that provides great service to you year-round, I like to keep some small, wrapped items at home. Cookies, candles, bottles of wine, all work great in a pinch.

For an expanded list of tipping guidelines, visit:

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