Tis the season to thank those who have helped you throughout the year! Holiday tipping is common for families and individuals who want to acknowledge a babysitter, mailman, hairdresser or other service provider. But holiday tipping is something small businesses can do, too, to thank those who have made a difference to their business. So what are the guidelines for small business holiday tipping?

The Emily Post Institute offers guidance on holiday tipping in general, and the first bit of advice they give is this: while cash is the most popular tip by far, you should not go outside your budget simply because you feel compelled to tip. There’s no sense in putting yourself in debt just to offer a seasonal thank-you. That said, handmade gifts (baked goods especially) can make affordable tips, even when money is tight. And of course, all tips should come with a handwritten personal note of a few sentences that offer your thanks to the recipient.

So how do you decide whom to tip? Look at the services you regularly use, how often you use them and how long you’ve been using them. Consider your location (big cities tend to mean larger tips) and any regional customs. Be aware of any rules regarding tips that the service provider may impose (mail carriers cannot technically accept cash, for example). And above all, consider your relationship with the service provider – a personal relationship should mean a bigger tip.

Business Know-How suggests that figuring out your small business holiday tipping will have a lot to do with where you work; if you work from home, you might deal with different service providers than those you’d encounter when working from a rented or owned office space. In fact, in a home office setting, many of your everyday service providers might be doing twice the work, delivering extra loads of mail to your home or bringing more packages to your door. Keep that in mind when working out your tips.

Here are some general guidelines for tipping amounts, if you’re struggling to determine how much to tip. This list might not cover everyone who provides your business with a service; if you have a company with fleet vehicles, for example, you might want to tip the gas station attendant who regularly pumps all your company’s gas. And remember, no matter what the averages or guidelines say, do not tip more than you can afford! Most service providers are grateful to be remembered, and the amount of your tip doesn’t matter as much as the fact that you thought of them during the holiday season.

Building janitor or handyman: Suggested tip is $10 to $25.

Computer support person (if you have a regular computer person who comes out to help you with your system a few times a year or more): Suggested tip is $30 to $50.

FedEx delivery guy: FedEx’s official policy is that non-cash gifts that cost $75 or less can be accepted once a year by FedEx employees. Suggested tip for your regular delivery person is a non-cash gift valued at $10 to $30, depending on how many deliveries you get.

Food delivery guy: Do you use the same take-out place for weekly lunch meetings? Do you get the same delivery guy almost every time? Suggested tip for that guy is $10 to $30 on top of a regular delivery tip, depending on how much take-out you eat.

Garage or parking lot attendant: Suggested tip is $10 to $30 per attendant.

Office cleaning staff: If you have an offsite office and use a cleaning crew to keep it neat, tips are a good idea. Suggested tip is roughly the amount of one week’s service, which will of course vary depending on how much you pay to have your office cleaned.

UPS delivery guy: UPS drivers are encouraged to decline cash gifts, so a non-cash gift is a good idea if you get a lot of packages delivered. Suggested tip is a non-cash gift valued at $10 to $30.

Postal Service mail carrier: Official policy for postal carriers is that they can accept only non-cash gifts valued at less than $20. That said, this policy isn’t strictly enforced, and I know there are many mail carriers who value small cash gifts as year-end bonuses. Whether you follow the rules or not is up to you, but on the record, I encourage you to give a non-cash gift of $10 to $20 value.

Matre’d or Waiter: If you have a lot of business meals at a particular restaurant, consider tipping your regular waitstaff. After all, they probably know your drink order before you even sit down! Suggested tip is an extra $20 to $40.

Trash collectors: Suggested tip is $10 to $20 each, or a comparably-valued gift.

Water delivery: If your workplace has a water dispenser and you have a regular delivery guy hefting those big bottles of water, consider tipping him for his hard work. Suggested tip is $10 to $20.

Remember, it’s great to be generous and thoughtful, but stay within your means. Happy holiday tipping!