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It’s time to make a list and check it twice. Whether you live in a house or apartment, there are people you rely on who help make living there a little more pleasant. A nice gift is a great way to show your appreciation and encourage them to continue doing terrific work for you. 

Here is a guide on who to tip:

Trash Collectors
If your sanitation professionals do a terrific job of taking your refuse, they deserve some appreciation. Perhaps they take care to put your empty cans somewhere they won’t blow away on windy days, or maybe they hauled away a big item, like a sofa, recently.

Mail Carriers
They’re actually not allowed to accept cash gifts and can only accept gifts that are worth less than $20. If your carrier is reliable and puts your Amazon packages in a safe place, show him or her a little gratitude at this festive time of year.

The Doorman
Essential to people who live in city apartment buildings, doormen open doors for you, hail cabs and help guests find your apartment. They also greet you with a smile every day, so return all that good will with a holiday gift.

Building Staff
These are the people who accept your packages, maintain common areas, make repairs and keep your apartment building secure. If they don’t do their jobs well, your home wouldn’t be as nice, so say thanks to them this holiday season.

What to Give:

You can’t go wrong with a cash gift, especially in buildings where some staff members are counting on tips this holiday season. If someone went above and beyond, maybe a handyman who made a repair on a Sunday, then make the gratuity a little bigger.

Adding a wrapped present to your monetary gift is a great way to spread some holiday cheer. It doesn’t have to be fancy, but put some thought into it. During this cold time of year, a doorman will appreciated a scarf or some gloves. And if you know someone who recently became a parent or grandparent, a picture frame is always appreciated.

Something Homemade
If you love to bake, holiday cookies are sure to bring smiles to people’s faces. Or  have your younger kids make a card with a drawing.

There are people who work hard all year long to make your life a little nicer. Now is the time to make their holiday season bright and merry.