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‘Tis the Season for Holiday Tipping
December 15, 2014
Zagat is out with the results of its 2014 Holiday Tipping Survey, revealing that generosity is at an all time high. More than 800 respondents nationwide came to Zagat.com to tell us who they tip, how much they give and why they are shelling out this holiday season.
At this time of year the most common tip to give is money followed by gift cards, a bottle of wine/spirits and baked goods. The average reported cash tips across a variety of service personnel are the highest they’ve been since 2011 - steadily rebounding from a dip in 2012. Thirteen percent say they are planning to tip “more” this year vs. only 3% who say “less.”
When asked about the reasoning behind who and how much they tip during the holidays, respondents say “based on wanting to express gratitude” (53%), “where it’s deserved for work and assistance” (29%), “obligation” (14%), “fear of negative consequences if I don’t” (2%), and other reasons (2%).
And if you’re giving something other than cash, be careful of what you choose -- 27% of surveyors admit to re-gifting non-cash gifts.
Posted by Tiffany Herklots, Zagat
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