Gifts and Tipping

Too Many Presents/Gifts

Getting too many presents for your kids? Here's some ideas on how to decrease the consumerism.

Quick link: Looking to just get rid of stuff? see PSP’s list of places to donate any unwanted toys, gifts and household items

 

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Tipping Summer Camp Counselors

It's end of summer and what do you do when it comes to saying farewell to the counselors that kept your little tots busy & happy all summer long. 

This article offers advice on tipping summer camp counselors from neighborhood parents.

All camps are different, but here are some thoughts pulled from past posts & previous discussions across the PSP group.

 

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Nanny Goodbye Gifts (including final compensation and pay)

Parting is such sweet sorrow... Looking for a special gift idea to give to your nanny when saying goodbye?  Here are some member suggestions.

 

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TOP 10 Things to Think About When Moving (including what to tip movers!)

Moving can be a stressful time. But if you take steps to familiarize yourself with the way it is regulated and what rights and responsibilities you have, you'll likely have a much smoother move. Here are some things to think about as you prepare for your move.

 

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Tips on Tips

Park Slope Parents offers some suggestions on tipping over the Holiday season.

 

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Local Gifts That Keep Giving

Looking for Christmas or Chanukah Gift ideas this Holiday? Here are some suggestions for Brooklyn-based presents to give.

 

 

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Tip With Confidence: The PSP Holiday Tips Survey

 

Results of the PSP 2011 Holiday Tips Survey

 

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2012 Holiday Tips/Gifts Survey: RESULTS

How generous are people with holiday tips/gifts? Look at the results of the 2012 Holiday Tips/Gifts/Bonuses Survey!

 

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Holiday Tips Survey 2013: The Results are In!

Thanks to everyone who answered the survey! How much do folks spend on holiday tips/gifts?

 

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Year End Gifts for Daycare Providers

From a parent: "I posted a question last week regarding year-end holiday gifts for daycare providers.  I didn't receive many replies, but I have posted the ones I did receive below."

 

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Keep Money Local: Buy Memberships to Brooklyn's Great Organizations as Gifts

Okay, in our effort to keep dollars local I wanted to post about another idea: purchasing MEMBERSHIPS as GIFTS.

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2014 HOLIDAY TIPS SURVEY: THE RESULTS ARE IN!

Here are the findings of the annual Park Slope Parents 2014 Holiday Tips Survey.

 

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Homemade Gift Ideas

Whether it is for a grandparent or a teacher; a nanny leaving or for mom/dad - here are ideas parents have shared about making homemade gifts, tokens and momentos.

 

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2015 Holiday Tips Survey: The Results are IN!

Here are the findings from the annual Park Slope Parents Holiday Tips Survey.

 

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Mother's Day Gift Ideas

Mother's Day gift ideas from PSP members.

 

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2016 Holiday Tips Survey: The Results are IN!

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Here are the key findings from the annual Park Slope Parents Holiday Tips Survey:

 

  • The more the merrier - or poorer? Having a full-time nanny, dog walker, parking attendant and living in a doorman building with a super will cost you roughly $1500 extra if you tip the average amount as holiday gifts this holiday season.
  • You can’t go wrong with a personal touch. One in three (35%) are giving something more than cash (homemade cookies, treats, wine) to their service providers.
  • Power in numbers. Three out of four parents with kids in K-12 students contribute an average of $20 towards the class gift in lieu of gifting individually.
  • For daycare/preschool, you can’t go wrong with $50 for the head teacher and $25 for the secondary teacher(s). Six in ten (58%) families with kids in daycare/preschool give monetary gifts individually over a class gift.
  • For nannies, the standard holiday bonus is a week’s pay.
    Caveat: If your nanny hasn’t been working a year then you can give less (e.g., ½ week’s pay if they worked only 3 months) but do let the nanny know if you plan on giving more next year.

 

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How To Thank Teachers at the Holidays & End of the Year

So it's the Holidays or the end of the year.  And you are probably wondering what you should do about giving gifts to your child's teacher. What exactly is expected from parents? Do you go all out with something big or can you keep it small & more personal? You've even heard rumors that giving gifts aren't even allowed.  Park Slope Parents explores the dos & the not to dos of what to give teachers & discusses what exactly the rules are when it comes to gifting teachers in both NYC public & private schools. 

And we even have some advice from teachers too about what is cool (or not cool) when it comes to gifting.

 

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