Your regular bartender
How much to tip: 100% of your next tab
Why you should tip: If you’re a regular at a bar, the bartender is your best friend/therapist/drink dispenser. That’s a lot of good qualities for a person to have; he's basically the human version of one of those sweet, crunchy oat clusters you find in a bowl of Honey Bunches of Oats. How can you not be happy to see him? Tip him an amount he's not expecting for the holidays, and he should keep you nice and boozed up for the next 365 days. Note: if you’re tipping them on Christmas Day or at a New Year’s party, add a few more bucks to that tip.
How much to tip: A small gift or something homemade
Why you should tip: You should never tip a teacher, because in many countries that’s known as bribery. That includes this country. Instead, bake Teach something delicious (hell, you can do it in the same batch as what you make for the mailperson, and no one will be the wiser!) or buy something nice and not too expensive. The best teachers stay with you the rest of your life, so a tiny token of appreciation is literally the least you can do.
How much to tip: A pile of cookies and milk
Why you should tip: You really wanna piss off Santa? Dude sees everything.
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Lee Breslouer is a senior writer for Thrillist, and thinks giving feels pretty good. Follow him to tipping etiquette: @LeeBreslouer.