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Old 07-10-2017, 08:31 PM
 
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I'm going to India in a few months and would like to take a bunch of small "thank-you" gifts for hotel employees and guides who go over and beyond their designated jobs. Would tips of money be better? Money would be a lot more convenient, but I know in some cultures, tipping is considered an insult and I sure wouldn't want to insult anyone. If money isn't the proper thing, what small items would be appropriate?


I will be with a tour group and I know that monetary tipping is appropriate for our tour guide and bus driver and leaving a tip for the hotel maid, but I'm talking about something for over-and-above assistance/help/kindness.
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Old 07-11-2017, 05:53 PM
 
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You can buy almost anything in India and money is always appreciated so that may be best. It might be nice to include a hand-written note if possible. It is not insulting to tip in India. If it's someone you are already tipping (such as a guide) you can either increase the tip or include something personal from your hometown/state.

As difficult as it is do not give money to beggars and no candy for children. Enjoy India!
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Old 07-12-2017, 11:45 AM
 
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I'm going to India in a few months and would like to take a bunch of small "thank-you" gifts for hotel employees and guides who go over and beyond their designated jobs. Would tips of money be better? Money would be a lot more convenient, but I know in some cultures, tipping is considered an insult and I sure wouldn't want to insult anyone. If money isn't the proper thing, what small items would be appropriate?


I will be with a tour group and I know that monetary tipping is appropriate for our tour guide and bus driver and leaving a tip for the hotel maid, but I'm talking about something for over-and-above assistance/help/kindness.
You can leave tips for Room Service, Food servers and wait staff and drivers. If you are tipping , make sure you are leaving cash so that they pick it up personally. I do not know if the tips you pay with credit card are duly given to them.


If you are not sure, just say Thanks. That small courtesy makes them happier than money, even though they make peanuts. Since many people don't even treat other people with respect and politeness.
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Old 07-19-2017, 11:33 AM
 
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Most of them will appreciate the money tips,but i would suggest small items like anything made in america ,it still carries some importance.
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Old 08-06-2017, 12:18 PM
 
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Tipping will be more appreciated then "Thank-You Gifts". Money is the biggest Thank You. As Indians seldom tip, they look at Foreigners for tips.
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Old 08-06-2017, 12:27 PM
 
Location: Tulsa
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Tipping will be more appreciated then "Thank-You Gifts". Money is the biggest Thank You. As Indians seldom tip, they look at Foreigners for tips.
Yes, most Indians working in service sector are quite poor and I'm sure they'll appreciate cash more.
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Old 10-09-2017, 10:17 AM
 
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See It all depend on you either you pay money or gift one of the best things from your country.
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Old 10-09-2017, 10:32 AM
 
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Cash for sure - DO NOT overtip by the way, a frequent mistake for Americans - you don't won't tour guides and hotel clerks making more money than teachers and doctors.
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Old 08-26-2018, 04:41 AM
 
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Old 08-26-2018, 08:09 AM
 
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Also, a good review naming an individual would help in such a competitive country as India.
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