The Giving Season: How much should you tip?

'Tis the season for giving, but holiday tipping has faced its share of challenges lately, from inflation to record credit card debt and remote work.
According to experts:
  • For a regular babysitter, tipping one night's pay is recommended.
  • A dog walker might receive up to one week's pay or an equivalent gift.
  • As for your barber, tipping up to the cost of a haircut is suggested.
  • For a trash and recycling collector, $10 to $30 dollars cash or a gift, if it complies with municipal rules.
  • For a handyman, $15 to $40 dollars or a similar gift.
These are guidelines — remember, it's the sentiment, whether in cash, homemade treats, a small gift, or just a card, that truly matters.