How to Choose Christmas Gifts for a Hairstylist


It's tempting to sit back and relax while your hairstylist works her magic, but as the Christmas holidays approach, spend at least part of your time in the chair thinking about gifts to give during your last pre-Christmas appointment. Cash is a suitable choice for hairdressers, but noting her areas of interest helps you pick the right gift if you don't want to give money.

Cash Shows Gratitude

  • You can't go wrong with money as a Christmas gift for your hairstylist. Although the amount you choose to give depends partly on the care you receive during each hair appointment, Emily Post's etiquette website recommends giving as much as the usual cost of one visit to the salon. If you tip generously after each appointment, your gift of cash doesn't have to be as high as if you never tip. To increase the impact of your financial gift, pair it with a plate of homemade baked goods.

Ask About Interests

  • Get to know your hairstylist during conversations throughout the year. Casually ask him about his hobbies and what he enjoys doing in his spare time. If he enjoys cooking, a gift card for a kitchen store or a gourmet-food store is suitable. For a hairstylist who values fashion, consider a watch, a piece of jewelry or a gift card to an upscale boutique. A hairstylist with young children may appreciate a family pass to a water park or museum.

General Gifts Are Safe

  • If you have trouble getting to know your hairstylist or haven't visited her long enough to get to know her, a general type of gift conveys appreciation. Ideal general gifts include gift cards to commonly used locations in your city such as supermarkets, big-box stores and malls. A gift card to the stylist's favorite restaurant, coffee shop or movie theater is always appropriate. These general-themed gift ideas are preferable to cliched gifts such as hair-care and beauty products.

Add a Card

  • Pair your Christmas gift with a card to convey your thanks. Wish the hairstylist a "Merry Christmas," and include any relevant details to personalize the message. For example, tell him you hope he enjoys celebrating with his wife and three children. Thank him for his care throughout the year with a line such as "You always keep me looking my best." Reiterate your best wishes, and write that you look forward to seeing him in the New Year.

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