I give our dog walker some sort of gift card or small gift. I mean, she's in our house 5 days a week, so I feel like she's almost family! The gift card is normally $25 or something like that, small potatoes when you compare it to how much it is worth to come home to a calm, exercised labrador!
If you have one cleaning person, then yes, but if you use a service, then I probably would not tip. It doesn't have to be anything big, but just little things make a huge difference. When she shows up to clean, just send her home (with her pay) and a starbucks gift card to enjoy. Tell her to take a day (or morning) off on you. I guarantee it will make her day! In fact, it will make you feel great too (that is until you realize you have a house to clean now - Ha Ha)!
Sadly, I don't have cleaners, but I know my mom pays hers double for the last cleaning they do before Christmas.
Yup...it is customary to do a week's worth of cleaning here in my area...or basically one 'paycheck'. but only if you've had her for a while- let's say for 4-6 months at least
I give my housekeeper one week's pay - in cash - in an envelope plus the past two years I've purchased about one week's pay in groceries so she can have a decent family dinner over the holidays. I bring my hairdresser some sort of little something - a nice bottle of wine, a scarf, earrings... And I give our regular babysitter a gift certificate for a massage.
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