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Tipping season is upon us. Who should you tip? And should you give money or a gift?

For a doorman, $100 is about right.

Patricia Napier Fitzpatrick, the founder and owner of the Etiquette School of New York, says the going tip rate for your doorman is somewhere between $25 and $150.

But not everyone gets a tip; you don't tip anyone you actually pay for merchandise.

How much do you tip your mailman? Correct answer: $20.

The babysitter and the dog walker should get at least the cost of one visit.

The live-in nanny gets at least one week's pay.

The newspaper delivery person gets $25.

So when are you supposed to divvy out all these tips? Fitzpatrick says do it by the end of the first two weeks of December.

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