Should you tip your service provider?

Author: Jodi Mohrmann, Managing editor of special projects,
Published On: Dec 18 2013 02:51:38 PM EST   Updated On: Dec 23 2013 05:40:00 AM EST

Tipping is a topic many of us wrestle with throughout the year, and especially during the holiday season.  Trying to figure out who to tip and how much can be confusing.

Should you tip your plumber? What about your dog walker? Do you just pull out a bit of extra cash for every service company that comes to your house? What about giving a gift card or making a homemade treat instead? Do contractors expect tips? And finally, where does it all end?

Angie's List asked highly rated service providers to weigh in.

When tradespeople do get a tip, cash is the most-common gratuity offered. Other gratuities can come in the form of food and drink, gift cards, personalized gifts, referrals, and letters or reviews.

Angie’s List Tips for Tipping:

Angie’s List offers the following tipping advice to help consumers get through the holiday season.

Holiday-related services:

Year-round services: