How Much to Tip: Small non-cash gift worth less than $20
InvestorPlace’s Take: While this holiday tipping guide is mostly suggestions, the U.S. Postal Service actually has official rules about how much to tip:
“Carriers are permitted to accept a gift worth $20 or less from a customer per occasion, such as Christmas. However, cash and cash equivalents, such as checks or gift cards that can be exchanged for cash, must never be accepted in any amount. Furthermore, no employee may accept more than $50 worth of gifts from any one customer in any one calendar year period.”
With such strict tipping guidelines in place, the mind automatically goes to foods. But don’t forget to consider allergies. To play it safe, chat up your local carrier about his favorite treats a month or two before the holidays.