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5 Mail Carrier Gift Ideas

5 Mail Carrier Gift Ideas

Looking to give a tip, or gift of appreciation to your mail carrier?  They work long hours, have to deliver even in the snow and ice, and don’t get many thank yous throughout the week.  

Can I give my mail carrier a gift?

Yes. If your mail carrier does a good job it is appropriate to give them a small gift during the holiday season.  First, let’s look at the guidelines for gifts received by a mail carrier.  They are a federal employee so there are a few rules to be followed.

Coffee Mug with the unofficial USPS postal worker creed and a mailbox
Mail Carrier Coffee Mug Gift Idea

This is taken straight from

Employee Tipping and Gift-Receiving Policy

All postal employees, including carriers, must comply with the Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Exec­utive Branch. Under these federal regulations, carriers are permitted to accept a gift worth $20 or less from a customer per occasion, such as Christmas. However, cash and cash equivalents, such as checks or gift cards that can be exchanged for cash, must never be accepted in any amount. Furthermore, no employee may accept more than $50 worth of gifts from any one customer in any one calendar year period.

What is a good gift for a mailman?

  • Baked Goods (Homemade or Store Bought) to be shared with there fellow postal workers.
  • Gifts Valued at $20 or less
  • A Greeting Card
  • Handmade Items
Download these FREE gift tags to add to your gift.

Tom Murse from wrote this:

Perhaps the best gift for your mail carrier is simply a heartfelt card saying “Thank you.” To step it up, you may want to show your appreciation by actually penning a letter of appreciation addressed to the postmaster of the particular office that your mailman works at. 
In your letter, you can outline the countless times your mail carrier has gone above and beyond the call of duty to make sure your mail gets to you in one piece and on time. Your letter of appreciation is then added to your mailman’s personnel file once it has been read by their superiors.”
Murse, Tom. “How to Pick the Right Gift for the Mail Carrier.” ThoughtCo, Jul. 15, 2019,

Here are two options for Christmas cards for your mail carrier.

Christmas card for mail carrier with mailbox full of presents           Holiday Thank you Card for Mailman with brick mailbox and poinsettias

Gift Ideas

  1. Heating pads for their hands and a pair of gloves. It gets cold riding around with your windows down.
  2. Hand or Body Lotion. I would stick with something in a natural scent (ex. aloe, honey) or unscented.  
  3. A handmade item or drawing from your kids.
  4. A Coffee mug or thermos with a packet of hot cocoa or tea.
  5. A festive treat like candy or Christmas cookies.
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