Results from the 2017 Holiday Tips Survey

Thanks to everyone who filled out the Holiday Survey!

Here are the key findings from the annual Park Slope Parents Holiday Tips Survey in which Brooklyn residents report their upcoming end of year gifts to service providers, nannies, and teachers.

  • 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 $1525 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 (34%) are giving something more than cash (homemade cookies, treats, wine) to their service providers. As is human nature, appreciation and recognition feel wonderful, so going beyond a monetary gift is always appreciated.
  • More than 9 in 10 (93%) nannies receive a monetary bonus around the holidays. 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. Erring on the side of generosity is always better if you can make that happen.
  • ALSO: Don’t assume a week off without pay is something that your nanny will appreciate. If they are available to work and you give them off without pay many would rather work for pay than miss out on money to support their family.
    • Parents with kids in daycare and preschool practice gratitude. Eight in ten (81%) parents give daycare and preschool teachers a monetary gift. Typical monetary gifts for head teachers is $50 and $25 for secondary teachers. Unlike K-12, parents typically give separately with only one in three (35%) giving a class gift.
    • Power in (organized) numbers. Eight in ten (84%) parents with kids in K-12 students contribute to a class gift.  The most frequently given amount to these teachers is $20 but 45% give more than that amount (most frequently $25 or $50).
    • Remember the little people. A kind gesture to the folks that support your life (e.g., crossing guards, lunch staff, accountants, after school staff, tutors, and therapists) love to feel appreciated too!




Personal Neighborhood Service Providers:

Home Related Providers

Average Tip/Gift





House Cleaner



Daytime Doorman



Dog Walker



Occasional Babysitter



Nighttime Doorman






Parking Attendant



Hair Stylist



Package Delivery (non-USPS)



USPS Mail Carrier



New York Sanitation Department Garbage/Truck Recycling






Daycare, Preschool, and K-12 Teachers

·        Over eight in ten (84%) give as part of a class gift to their K-12 teachers.  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




Is it against the DOE to give teachers’ gifts?
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.” Gifting too much, however, could get your teacher in hot water so avoid that!

*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.


  • Virtually everyone (97%) 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, 80% give a week’s pay, 19% give two week’s pay, and 1% give three week’s pay.
  • The average end-of-year bonus a nanny will receive is $762.
  • *A third (35%) of Brooklyn families with a nanny also give a non-monetary gift as well as a bonus. 

Nanny Situation

Average Amount 2017

Average Amount 2016

Average Amount 2015

Average Amount 2014

Full time (over 40 hours/week) (56% of respondents)





Part-time (16-40 hours)     (26% of respondents)





Part-time (up to 15 hours) (18% of respondents)





OVERALL Average for Nanny





Range $40 - $3,000.


503 responses were collected from November 17 - December 10th, 2016 via an online survey program ( 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 6,000 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, dads, working moms, bilingual, industry-related career, 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, Little Essentials, Sheltering Arms, and Lantern Community Services 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 (to support ongoing services like this Holiday Tips Survey). Membership includes discounts to more than 500 curated local products and services.

        Parents of school aged children who live in Park Slope or the surrounding neighborhoods can apply for membership here: