Kindness is reciprocal; you want to be nice to him because he's been nice to you. A super would certainly appreciate a cash gift but I'm sure also appreciates the courtesy of a greeting when you see him or a slice of homemade cake if you bake. Making a concerted effort to express your gratitude verbally as well as other forms goes a long way in our fast paced world. I woudn't suggest that you base your gift on what others think is "appropriate"... consider your pocket 1st then give from your heart :-)
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You can always give him a nice gift for the Holidays as most everyone feels good about that type of approach.
Some people give Starbucks cards or some other store cards but you got to know if they like these stores, etc. There are some discussions on the i-net about what is the appropriate amount of tip to a building super but the main thing is - it should be an amount that is comfortable to you
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I recommend getting to know him a bit, find out what he enjoys and offer him a gift along those lines. Maybe he likes a sports team an you can find inexpensive tickets to a game, possibly a cool antique item or something like that. Food is alway great too but just try to make it a personal gesture, he will appreciate and remember it much more.
Fixing a slow drain is part of his job, which is why he probably didn't want to take anything from you. Putting your table together, however, is above and beyond his normal job, so tipping him was appropriate.
The amount you give for the holiday may depend on the building and the amount of services you have received.
Is it a large, luxury building, or a small, walk-up building?
Do you have doormen and porters, too, because they will also expect something at Christmas, so that will make your outlay of cash higher?
If not, and it's only the super, then you can , in my opinion, be more generous....he sounds like a nice man....I'd say $100- $150 minimum if it's only him.
You can always check with a neighbor to see what they do.