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Angie's List: Holiday Tipping

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Tipping is a topic many of us wrestle with throughout the year, and especially during the holiday season. Trying to figure out who to tip and how much can be confusing. In this Angie's List report, we asked some highly rated service providers to weigh in.

'Tis the season for giving.

"The general rule with tipping at a salon is that there are no rules about tipping, in general. We are similar to the restaurant business where around 20 percent is generally what's accepted. But I would say that tips often reflect how well we do our job," says Jennifer Barker, a salon owner.

Tipping is pretty standard in the restaurant and personal services industries. But what about people who help with your home, like your plumber or handyman? do they expect tips?

"I would say maybe a quarter to a half of our business that gives us either my company or my workers tips. It's not expected necessarily, but we always appreciate it," says Ryan Curry, a landscaper.

You don't always have to give a gift of cash to show your gratitude.

"I've had customers cook us dinner, we've been given sports tickets," says Curry. "The best form of appreciation that customers can show me is by having me back for more projects at their own property in the near future and also just referrals to friends, family, neighbors."

"If you are working so busily from morning till night sometimes that extra homemade Christmas candy is just what the doctor ordered when it comes to 4 o'clock and you haven't had lunch," says Barker.

"I think one of the most powerful ways to say thank you to a provider to write a nice letter to their company telling them what great service they provided to you throughout the year," says Angie Hicks, founder of Angie's List.

You should never feel obligated to tip, but if you do decide to tip your trades person this holiday season, talk with the company owner first to make sure it's okay. Some companies don't allow their employees to accept tips.