If you are fortunate enough to live in an area served by a milk delivery person, it is customary to tip at Christmas. The holiday season is about giving, and it gives you the opportunity to express your appreciation for consistent, year-round delivery of dairy products. Not everyone's budget allows for tipping milk deliverers and others who provide consistent home deliveries. Alternatively, a homemade gift such as Christmas cookies, knitted hand warmers or a craft is a nice way to express appreciation.
Knowing exactly how much to tip presents a dilemma. A safe option is to tip between 15 to 20 percent of the cost of a one-week milk delivery. Place the money in a Christmas card, and include a note thanking the delivery person for the unstinting service throughout the year. Provide an extra large tip if your milk delivery person is friendly and cheerful.
Christmas tips don’t necessarily have to be monetary. The person who delivers your milk is just as likely to appreciate a home-baked cake, cookies or festive mince pies. Even if you are on a budget, it doesn’t cost much to bake cookies, and your milk delivery person will still feel appreciated.
Christmas tips for the delivery person can be determined by how well you know him. If you chat regularly and know something of his likes and dislikes and family background, it's appropriate to give him a more personal gift. If gardening is a passion, for example, give an evergreen plant. If your milk delivery person has young children, a toy makes a nice gift. And if your early rising delivery person is nostalgic like the service itself, give an alarm clock with a rooster theme -- some look like roosters and awaken the sleeper with a "cock-a-doodle-do."
If you are giving edible gifts, wrap them in festive paper. If you’ve never met, make a point to learn your delivery person's name, and write it in the Christmas card. This adds a pronounced personal touch, making your delivery person feel even more appreciated.