Proper holiday tipping etiquette

- Figuring out who to tip can bring a lot of added stress this time of year.

The air is crisp, the decorations are up, and the hands are out for the annual holiday tip.

For many New Yorkers, paying all of your bills is already a challenge.

During this time of year, you're expected to tip your doorman, hair stylist, mailman, even your parking attendant.

“A good gage for a parking attendant and building staff can range from $25 to $100,” said Lena Koropey, etiquette expert and founder of Gramercy Protocol.

 “These tips are not expected per se, but they are certainly appreciated. It’s a nice way to say thank you,” she said.

When it comes to your building superintendent, the etiquette expert said it should be at least a $100. As for your nanny- the gift should be one week's pay.

Most importantly you should try to personalize your gift.

“Beyond the money, be with the person, express to them ‘thank you for helping me out,” Koropey said.

A question many have when it comes to tipping: “What if you can't afford to tip everyone according to proper etiquette guidelines?”

Lena said you can also write a heartfelt note, that human element speaks volumes.

Also focus on the service people that matter.

“They take care of you, you take care of them,” said one tipper.

Because if you just ignore holiday tipping altogether, there's a good chance your service won't be as good as it used to be.

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