The official etiquette for tipping at Christmas.



Do you still tip the postman and binmen at Christmas?

Many people have now stopped tipping those people who do thankless tasks over Christmas. It is the season of goodwill but how much if anything do you tip our very reliable postal workers and binmen who are out in all weathers?

Across the UK it has been a long-held tradition to tip the paperboy, window cleaner or milkman. But it is a tradition which seems to be fading. In a survey by This Is Money it showed that just over a fifth of people tip their hairdresser at Christmas.

The next most likely to receive a tip at Christmas is the postman with 22 percent, then bin men 15 percent and window cleaners 12 percent. Milkmen are at the bottom of the list but many people get their milk from the supermarket now so that could be the reason.

Debretts an authority on tipping etiquette suggests the following:

Nannies/au pairs_Equivalent of a week’s wages, and a present from the children. Milkmen-A fiver wrapped up in a note saying thanks and happy Christmas, Postman-Some people feel obliged to reward a regular post worker £5 would be generous, Dustmen- Some councils have banned it but many people still stuff a fiver in the binmen’s hand so they can buy a pint for themselves.

People over 55 are more likely to tip than younger people.

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