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Local etiquette specialist gives tips of holiday giving

Last Modified: Wednesday, December 12, 2012 7:23 PM

By Lance Traweek / American Press

It’s important to remember those who make your “day in and day out” lives better with a gift of appreciation, said etiquette specialist Rose Klein of Lake Charles.

If you hire people to regularly tend to your property, a nicely worded letter to the company, commending the workers, would be appreciated and appropriate, she said.

“If you have an individual who mows your lawn, weeds the flower beds, etc., then a monetary gift of $10 or more would be appropriate depending upon how much you pay weekly or monthly,” Klein said.

When it comes to the person who regularly cleans your home, gifts and gift cards are always appreciated, Klein said.

“However, if you know your housekeeper can use the money, tipping what you pay per visit is standard,” she said. “You don’t want to forget this person.”

If you choose to give a holiday tip, then doubling your usual tip is the standard for your hairstylist, Klein said.

“Keep in mind how long you’ve had this relationship, how often you change your appointment, and how many special favors you’ve asked of him/her during the year,” she said.

When it comes to your child’s teacher, Klein said, you should first find out what is customary at your child’s school.

“Although many of us teach our children not to succumb to peer pressure, this is one of those situations where you may rethink that position as an adult,” she said.

“At most schools, elementary teachers are remembered at this time of year by many parents, and if there is a favorite in the upper grades, then a child may wish to give a gift.

“As a friend of mine once told me, if there are multiple siblings who might have the same teacher, then it is wise to remember those teachers.”

Baked goods or gift cards to a favorite coffee place or even to a teachers supply store are a nice idea particularly since many teachers pay for supplies personally, Klein said.

But before you buy anyone anything special, she said, keep in mind that this season of gift giving is not intended to cause hardship.

“We all have families and dear ones whom we wish to remember,” Klein said.

“Often, when we add up baking and gifting and tipping for those outside that inner circle, the cost becomes overwhelming. A personal note of thanks and well wishes at this holiday season is always a lovely touch and greatly appreciated.

“A written message can be reread and kept as a lovely reminder.”

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