You are out, having fun, and had the best of service, what comes next is everything! The person behind the service needs to be tipped, it’s your way of saying thank you without the awkward hug!
For the person behind the counter, not only is your service excellent but if you use these tip jar ideas you might even score a better tip!
Use These Effective Tip Jar Ideas to Stand Out!
It’s summer and of course, we are out and all over the place. Let’s make money!
As we travel, we stop for ice cream, coffee, drinks, snacks, and often times we receive really great service! So those behind the service, cashiers, servers, hosts, etc. use a few of these simple tip jar ideas to get creative and make your own, to bring in better tips and as a reminder to all customers to TIP!
Reward great service with great gratuities. Earn The Change In Their Pockets!
Use these Tip Jar Ideas to earn the change in their pockets!
Convert the spare coin change to tips, make us empty our pockets, after all, great service is what brings us back, so tipping says, “Thank You!”
Tipping is one of the most awkward areas for most and it really is a ‘gray’ area for many. It does not matter which side of the tipping you are on, earning or giving it’s still difficult for many to figure out!
Just know this: There are no steadfast rules for every tipping scenario, but do tip!
We all know basic gratuity rules are 20% of any bill for great service, what do you tip for a quick drive-through stop for coffee or an ice cream shop?
Should we even tip? What about tour guides on trips? Thoughts on tipping are changing. Now, according to USA Today, gratuities may be going out of style?
Servers + Workers Behind The Counter: Solicit for Tips Using Tip Jar Ideas to Bring In the $$
Try this tip jar! It’s one of our faves.
For those of your working in an industry where you have to ask for a tip, it is always easier to be clever about this.
There’s more to acquiring a tip than just putting the words, “tips” on a jar! At the other end of every cocktail, food service, ice creamery, and the curtain call are YOU! You work hard to bring you a great moment to all of the patron, so collect that tip!
It’s all about the money honey!
Use Tip Jar Ideas To Earn For that Hustle
Here is a captivating phrase, now I want to give!
Tip-driven jobs often translate to, “hustle harder” to earn more!
When you work hard, you need to be rewarded. Pay per hour in the tip-driven industry is so much less. In order to pay those bills and earn, you smile, please, and then hope it all translates to cold, hard cash! Right?
Of course, you are not putting a tip jar in a restaurant, but at a drive-through ice cream place, and bars these are the norm!
Make them catchy, and fill that bucket up! Read on to learn how.
So how does one go about creating a very effective tip jar? Tip jars are everywhere, in fact, you probably see one each day, in all of your daily travels.
The thing is many of the jars don’t stand out, they just say, “Tips.” You got more in you than that show us!
However, the ones that do stand out are those that are very effective tip jars.
In fact, this one thing makes you definitely want to scoop into your pockets and let that tip Jingle or Crinkle, whichever you prefer.
Tip Jar Ideas Because My Kids Work In The Industry
One of my boys had started a job at an ice creamery and they just stuck out a paper cup with the word ‘TIPs’ on it. He was perplexed because he was not making the number of tips that the others were.
Want to know why? His cup was a paper ice cream bowl that looked like the bowls being handed to customers, unlike his co-workers with styled tip cups, he wanted to UP his tip cup game and we did!
Naturally, as a DIY Gal, all of this led me to think about how to help him create a tip cup that would help him gain money while being cool-looking.
Taking On The Tip Bucket Challenge DIY
As my son presented his challenge to me, he explained that many of the tip cups had fun stuff on them but he did not.
Some of the examples: “Nursing School” or ‘Going To College‘ but that is not his gig, so brainstorming again.
The race is on to meet the challenge of making Tip Jars so he could choose which was his comfort level so he was talking about how much he loves ice cream…
My daughter at the time, was also working there she also needed a tip cup and I did not want to create one, so she hopped on in and helped.
Essentially, this takes very little time, it’s a container and a phrase, but you want to get it right!
Just keep in mind that the tip cups need to stand out from the others and yet be personal without being Bigger in size. Simple, figure out how to put your personality on that tip cup!
A Candid Discussion With The Ice Cream Shop Owner
I wanted to talk to the Owner, of a local high-end ice creamery to see what she has seen in the tipping industry, the challenges, and the results of employees who get tipped.
“At our ice creamery, we encourage tipping. We find it entices our working teens to provide friendly, fast, and efficient service.
Providing a caring experience to our guests is a top priority since we so much sincerely appreciate them for choosing US to treat themselves!
They sometimes literally race to the window to get the customer.
This way it also instills a sense of budgeting.
They save their take-home check for college or cars etc, and just learn to spend the cash tips they get.”
The Difference In The Marketing Of A Tip Cup (and using tip cup ideas)
Really, it’s true, we tested it out, and the difference between a tip cup that just says TIPS versus a genuinely crafted tip cup can actually translate into hundreds of dollars.
If you see someone has put effort into the cup: “Sandy needs college books, Tony needs a new bike to keep getting here, etc” it is fun to see and you feel some connection between good service, gratuities, and giving back.
Truly, people like people when they can uncover them without getting too personal.
In fact, more people are LIKELY to tip if they know a bit about you.
Not a generic ‘Tips Please’ that is just like a person holding a cup saying donate.
What you want to do is encourage someone to understand why they should part with the change or dollars in their hand and how their money is going to work!
That’s it! Brilliant right?
Rhyming tip jar ideas include plays on words, but each tip jar should be particular to the industry one is working in.
How do you create the most effective tip jars? Using tip jar ideas as a springboard and then incorporating your own ideas too!
In fact, tips jars are that are a bit decorated and offer more than the word “TIPS,” are eye-catching, fun, and may yield a bit more tipping gain!
Give the customer a reason to want to give you a tip, beyond that paper cup!
Basic Tip Cups Suck so try my very effective tip jars ideas instead
Basic Tip cups suck and don’t effectively tug at my heartstrings to dig in and give. In many cases that plain tip cup is like the service, bland, so spice it up!
Now, think about the creative tip jars you have seen, buckets, cups, slogans, don’t they match the person and the service? The answer is most likely, YES!
Consider Starbuck’s drive-thru tip jars. It’s just a basic cup with the word ‘TIPS’ written on it – boring yet Starbucks coffees are anything but boring. SPICE that up and use tip jar ideas to spur on your crafting of a more ‘descriptive ask.’
Let me know where the tip is going(or where it was intended to go) and you feel more like giving that tip, right? Help me help you, and these remind us to TIP!
Using My Tip Jar Ideas Create Your Own. The How To (DIY Part)
- Step One: a trip to our local big-box retailer to grab some $1 tin pails. These little pails are so cute and so perfect for tip buckets! Don’t you agree?
- Step Two: Creating sayings that would be ‘asking’ without being ‘entitled’ or obnoxious, yet catchy enough to attract a read from someone. Make it snappy, involve YOUR personality.
- Step Three: simply craft the sayings onto labels with cool looking font and print the labels.
- Step Four: once done, simply put them on the pails. Easy right?
The biggest challenge you will face is yourself. Do you have the ability to tell the world, what you need in a ‘cool’ yet practical way?
Share your story: The first vacation ever fund, or Baby on the way fund, and you might be surprised at the cha-ching that comes on in!
Tell people a little bit about your life and what you are doing, College, car savings, etc. Let go of the pride, and let your life out just in a sentence.
No begging, just light information! Keep reading, I will show you more!
Do You Need Effective & Fun Tip Jar Ideas?
Choose what makes you happy and what best suits the person you are.
Stickers ‘Seal the Deal’ for Tip Jar Ideas
Now, remember, you are going to need stickers as well.
Make sure to purchase the proper stickers that match your printer, laserjet, etc.
If you purchase square or rectangular, try to find one with a black frame outlining, to make your writing more focused on!
Another great option is oval stickers. They fit the pails so well and allow you to write enough without overwriting.
Remember, people will glance at this quickly and then gravitate. Not too wordy, please!
Words & Creativity Matter When It Comes To Effective Tip Jar Ideas
Do you work in an ice creamery? There are cool ways to ask for tips!
Cool is a great word to use on ice cream tip jars! “Tips Are As Cool As Ice Cream!” and I’d tip for that, wouldn’t you?
Don’t forget to add on a ‘hand-written’ thanks’ for each person donating to your cause. When the label gets a little worn, effortlessly print it with a new label.
Personalizing makes your cause real. Reality is what we all respond to.
The Winning Moment & Our Formula for Tip Jar Ideas
Yes, I work in marketing every single day, so does this formula that I am sharing work? You tell me, ready?
The proof is in this little conversation I overheard at the local farmer’s market so close to the ice creamery. A customer began questioning the cashier as to where her tip cup was?
Stating, “it is a shame you all don’t get tip cups we just saw some really cute ones down the road. We know that every time we give him our change, he is putting it towards a new bike to get to work.
Knowing our tips makes a difference makes a difference in getting to know all of you. You think we are not interested because we are old, but we are. As old as we are we still want to know you all.” (Yes, a winning moment, and I grinned!)
Use these tip cup ideas to spur on your own creativity, making them a bit more personal, tell a story in a few words. Simple. To the point. Natural. Telling.
All things that convey your need for that extra change or those ones you just handed over! Make your case, clear, concise, and honest.
Here are some Tip Jar Ideas you can use for Ice Cream Shops or any from the images above!
- 1) Cold Cash is Like Cold Ice Cream, always perfect!
- 2) Tips Are As Cool As Ice Cream
- 3) Ice Cream Barista’s 401K
- 4) Ice Creamista’s College Bound 529
- 5) I’m Swirled With Excitement From Your Tip
- 6) Jingle Jingle Thanks For my Tip Can Tingle
- 7) College Fund
- 8) Tipping is Cool Like Ice Cream
Grab your labels, and those little tin pails that you see in all the dollar bins, and get ready to start earning tips. Good luck! ~ Dana Xo