A look at the holiday tips people give

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Posted: Nov 18, 2009 1:26 PM

Here's a look at what holiday tips people gave last year, when the economic downturn was already in full swing. Consumer Reports, which conducted the study, expects giving to hold steady or decline this year.

Cleaning person

None: 29 percent

Cash, check or gift card: 58 percent

Gift: 17 percent

Median Value: $50

Child's schoolteacher

None: 44 percent

Cash, check or gift card: 20 percent

Gift: 38 percent

Median Value: $20

Hairdresser

None: 54 percent

Cash, check or gift card: 36 percent

Gift: 11 percent

Median Value: $20

Manicurist

None: 62 percent

Cash, check or gift card: 33 percent

Gift: 5 percent

Median Value: $10

Newspaper carrier

None: 69 percent

Cash, check or gift card: 30 percent

Gift: 2 percent

Median Value: $15

Pet-care provider

None: 69 percent

Cash, check or gift card: 26 percent

Gift: 8 percent

Median Value: $25

Barber

None: 71 percent

Cash, check or gift card: 26 percent

Gift: 3 percent

Median Value: $10

Gardener/lawn-care

None: 77 percent

Cash, check or gift card: 18 percent

Gift: 5 percent

Median Value: $30

Mail carrier

None: 81 percent

Cash, check or gift card: 13 percent

Gift: 7 percent

Median Value: $20

Garbage/ collector

None: 92 percent

Cash, check or gift card: 6 percent

Gift: 2 percent

Median Value: $20

Source: Consumer Reports

The poll is based on telephone interviews with more than 1,800 U.S. residents conducted in the first week of January.