The Monday after Thanksgiving means it's that time again: the kick-off to holiday tipping season. Residents of the city's walk-ups, take the next month to consider yourselves luckier than your friends and neighbors in doorman buildings. Everyone else, it's time to think hard about just what to give your building staff this year. Every year since 2005, we've re-run the tipping guidelines issued by a Two Trees Management Super (the original is here, and past Curbed tipping discussions are here). But a memo dating from before the recession can only take us so far in this debate.
Luckily for us, in what is becoming as much an annual tradition as the Two Trees memo, Brick Underground has put together a thorough holiday tipping guide. Their suggestions:
Super, resident manager: $75 -$175 on average (broad range: $50 - $500)
Doorman, concierge: $25-$150 on average (broad range: $10 - $1,000)
Porter, handyman: $20 - $30 on average (broad range: $10 - $75)
Garage attendant: $25 - $75 on average (broad range $15-$100)
As usual, cash is preferable to checks, and building staff prefer to get their tips in the beginning of December to help with their holiday shopping. This year's suggested tip range skews a bit lower than last year's, and Brick U's informal survey of doormen suggests they're expecting tips to be flat or lower this year. Does that sound right, commenters, or do you have other tipping plans?
· BrickUnderground's 2011 Holiday Tipping Guide [BU]
· Tipping Point coverage [Curbed]