2016 Holiday Tips Survey: The Results are IN!

Categories:: Gifts and Tipping Holidays and Special Events Christmas

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





Personal Neighborhood Service Providers:

Home Related Providers

Average Tip/Gift

Mode*(Most frequently mentioned amount)




House Cleaner



Daytime Doorman



Dog Walker



Occasional Babysitter



Nighttime Doorman






Parking Attendant



Hair Stylist



Package Delivery (United Parcel Service, FedEx)



USPS Mail Carrier



New York Sanitation Department Garbage/Truck Recycling







Daycare, Preschool, and K-12 Teachers:

  • Three in four (78%) give as part of a class gift to their K-12 teachers. One in four (22%) give individually. K-12 teachers typically receive $20 per family. Some parents use websites and apps like Frumus, Venmo, Payit2 and Signup Genius to organize and pool donations.

Type of Teacher

Average Tip/Gift


Preschool/Daycare Head Teacher



Preschool/Daycare Secondary Teacher



K-12 Teacher*



Special Services Teacher



Afterschool Service Providers




NOTE: It is not the case that Department of Education K-12 teachers cannot receive gifts. Department of Education policy states: “Teachers may accept class gifts as long as parents are not asked to contribute more than a small amount of money towards the gift and all parents are given an opportunity to sign the card, whether or not they contribute to the gift.”

*Learn more about holiday gifts for teachers, including do’s and don’ts, in the Park Slope Parents’ website article, How to Thank Teachers at the Holidays & End of the Year.    




  • The vast majority of employers (99%) use the holidays as an opportunity to give a yearly bonus and gifts.
  • 82% of employers give amounts incremental to a week’s pay. Of these, 77% give a week’s pay, 21% give two week’s pay, and 2% give three week’s pay.
  • The average end-of-year bonus a nanny will receive is $760.
  • A third (35%) of Brooklyn families with a nanny also give a non-monetary gift as well as a bonus.

Nanny Situation

Average Amount 2016

Average Amount 2015

Average Amount 2014

Full time (over 40 hours/week) (59% of respondents)




Part-time (16-40 hours)     (30% of respondents)




Part-time (up to 15 hours) (10% of respondents)




OVERALL Average for Nanny





Range $25-$3,000.




507 responses were collected from November 29th - December 13th, 2016 via an online survey program (surveymonkey.com). The survey was distributed online through the Park Slope Parents website, their email groups and social media outlets, online blogs, and other online parenting/ neighborhood groups. The results are based on tips and gifts in Brooklyn only.




  • Park Slope Parents (PSP) is a community in Brooklyn, NY of more than 5,500 local families who offer each other support and community throughout the parenting experience.
  • PSP online resources include a public website with member reviews and parenting advice, online forums including an Advice List (exchanging information about parenting and community issues), a Classifieds list (a local buy/sell/trade group for swapping kid gear and finding nannies), and a Career Networking Group which connects parents to jobs and professional resources. It also has over 75 subgroups including pregnancy and new parent groups, dads’ group, working moms, bilingual groups, industry-related career groups, and more.
  • PSP offers offline, in-person events including parenting workshops, clothing swaps, community fundraisers, and networking events.
  • PSP also partners with nonprofits such as the Brooklyn Family Justice Center and Little Essentials to provide donations to those in need.
  • PSP also sponsors community events such as the Celebrate Brooklyn Concerts and Brooklyn Volunteer Fair.
  • Park Slope Parents is open to all parents in Brooklyn and requires an annual membership fee of $40 (to support ongoing services like this Holiday Tips Survey). Membership includes discounts to more than 1,000 local products and services.
  • Parents who live in Park Slope or the surrounding neighborhoods can apply for membership here.