10 months ago
Last edited at 12:13PM on 7/9/2012
You might want to check with the particular company's policies first, as many companies do not allow employees to accept "gifts". Which even though you are leaving it as a tip, the company may not count it as such since it is not being left via a normal currency type (cash, check, credit).
Otherwise I guess it would be up to you, but unless it was a Visa gift card, or something else that could be used more or less universally (or at least at a variety of places), I don't know how appreciative someone would be. I mean as a last resort... sure - something is better than nothing, but I know in the food industry, many employees who rely on tips, are paid less than minimum wage, because their tips are factored in as a part of their wages. If you leave a gift card to some place that they can't use, or that they don't shop at, then it would be somewhat useless to them, and then they are short money that they might have needed to pay their actual expenses.
Guess it would really depend on exactly what type of service you are leaving the tip for as well.
You can give someone a gift card instead of a gratuity which will show some appreciation of the service that he or she may have offered to you. However, in some circumstances like working in the U.S government, it is considered illegal to receive any gratuity. Visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tip_(gratuity) for more details.