There’s nothing more embarrassing than ending up in a situation where you don’t know how to tip, so we’ve turned to etiquette expert and all around lovely lady Karen Cleveland for advice. We tapped the Finishing School editor for her insights on who to tip and how. From baristas to shoe shiners, here is your ultimate guide to giving gratuities.
Haircut and Blowout
The Advice: "Anywhere between 15 to 20 per cent is typical for beauty treatments like facials or treatments, and anyone touching your hair. If different people are doing your shampoo, cut and colour, they should each be tipped separately."
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The Advice: "Hotel staff are the unsung heroes of hospitality! They get none of the showmanship of serving a meal or drink. Tip hotel cleaning staff $2 to $5 per night, be sure to tip each morning, in case your room is cleaned by various people. Bellhops should get $1 or $2 for each bag they help you lift, and you can give concierges 15 per cent on the value of what they hook you up with. For example, if they help you get two sold-out concert tickets for $100 each, a $30 gratuity would be appropriate."
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The Advice: "As most manicures are woefully cheap, tip cash and give 20 per cent to the person who did your nails. For medical-based treatments, like a registered massage therapist, no need to tip."
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The Advice: "Fifteen per cent on the total bill is standard if they are on time. Check that your order is right before they leave."
The Advice:"The standard of 15 per cent on the total bill still holds true for the most part, though if the service is outstanding, your tip should be, too: 15 per cent for good service, more for excellent service, and 10 per cent for service that you didn't love, as you still want to be politely Canadian."
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Shoe Shiners and Seamstresses
The Advice: "Don’t forget about coat check attendants and shoe shiners! Between $2 and $5 is standard."
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The Advice: "Tipping the conventional 15 per cent on a drink isn't much, and some cocktails take a really, really long time to make (much longer than the time it takes for your service to travel from the kitchen to your table, and your bartender is making that drink). Feel free to round up, generously, and you'll likely get served the second round quicker than the rest of the bar."
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The Advice: "There's no obligation to put cash in a tip jar, though for karma benefits and future friendly service at the coffee shop you swing by every morning, you may want to slide your barista a few bucks from time to time."
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General Service Staff
The Advice: "For service people who make your life easy, but aren't necessarily in service-proper, like your dog walker, babysitter or handy person, treat them to an extra special something over the holidays—a nice gift or a tip equivalent to the value of one service."
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