Community holiday gifts

Do you get your mail carrier and trash collectors gifts for the holidays? Looking for ideas and how to leave it for them? How would they know it’s for them?

  • Julie
    Nov 29

    Hi Lizzy, it’s true about the monetary gifts if it’s a real US postal carrier or a tax-paid garbage collector. I don’t think it’s actually paid attention to or followed. Growing up we always have the mail lady money as a gift as well and she would always make a joke, “thank you so much for the CARD! Oh wow look! I just found $25 on my seat!” With a smile and a wink.

  • Anonymous
    Nov 29

    Just depends. Our garbage guys are so awesome, my son loves watching them go down the street and the guys always honk for him and wave and it’s just thoughtful in my opinion so we gave them some snacks and Gatorade :) my neighbor knows the mailman a bit better than us and she made him a pie lol We waited until we saw them to give to them! They usually come at the same times, so we knew when to be ready

  • Anne
    Nov 29

    Where I grew up it was pretty customary to tip both postal officers and garbage collectors $50 for the holidays. We always just handed them cash.

  • Anthony
    Nov 30

    Growing up, we were very friendly with our mail carrier, Jerry. But I had no clue this was a thing. Though it might depend on where you’re from. Growing up in Boston, we lived in an apartment building.

  • Koryn
    Nov 30

    My oldest son drove a truck in Sanitation for 10+ years before changing jobs. He received all kinds of food goodies, small gift cards and cash during the season. The delightful homemade goodies were always enjoyed. The thoughtfulness that goes into those things are why many employees do little extras for those who need it on their route.

  • Heather
    Nov 30

    I made some yummy treats and put them in the mailbox with a note, napkin, fork, and candy canes :)

  • Eric
    Nov 30

    I am a mail carrier and I would like everyone on Winnie to know that holiday gifts are GREATLY appreciated. Although the USPS website says carriers cannot accept cash/gift cards, it IS NOT AN ENFORCED RULE. Many carrier select routes based on neighborhood and holiday gifts alone. Our salary is not paid by taxes, it is paid by package and stamp sales.

  • Mar
    Nov 30

    We always leave our mail carrier a card with a gas gift card and hand/feet warmers- just to show appreciation :) and the same for our garbage guys... its always just nice to give, esp during the holidays! :)

  • Kelly
    Nov 30

    UPS can’t accept tips either. I have no doubt that some of them probably take them though!

  • Patty
    Nov 30

    I’m a federal employee and every year we get ethics training and reminders around the holidays about gifts. If you work for an agency in the executive branch, like the post office, you can only accept a gift up to $20 in total value, and that limit applies whether to the combined total, whether your gifts are cash, gift cards, merchandise, or homemade. So be generous, but stick with that limit, because a mail carrier who accepts a $50 check has broken the law, and can be fired for an ethical violation. Plus, checks are traceable.

  • Julie
    Nov 30

    @Eric, that’s what I remembered as well!! It’s like stop signs in parking lots. It’s not an enforced rule. Lol. I’m actually also the anonymous poster from earlier who has a terrible mail person so I don’t give gifts. My neighbor (who just moved in about 1.5 years ago!) told me that she actually left the mail lady a bottle of wine and a $20 gift certificate last year and she gave it back!! 😂. She told my neighbor that she prefers to be grouchy and doesn’t want to feel like she has to be nice😂😂. I can’t make this stuff up, Lolololol.

  • Julie
    Nov 30

    But I will for sure leave gifts for the garbage collectors. Usually a bag of chocolates and a Target gift card.

  • Trisha
    Nov 30

    We never have the same UPS or trashmen. We do have a terrific mailman. Hubby picks him out a bottle of Harveys. He is most appreciative!

  • Barbra
    Nov 30

    We have different mail carriers and UPS people all the time. Hard to give a gift to anybody when staff is constantly changing.

  • Zyzzy
    Dec 01

    FROM USPS.COM: 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.

  • Anonymous
    Dec 01

    I have never heard of tipping the mailman or garbage collector. It’s their job... tipping has gotten out of control. Do I need to tip my grocery bagger too?

  • Diane
    Dec 02

    Trash is weekly and I have three garbage collectors on the truck. I give $10 apiece. Recycling is every other week with three people and I do the same. I give $20 to the mail carrier.

  • Diane
    Dec 02

    Oh- I leave envelopes in the morning of trash pick up taped with masking tape to lid of trash can. They come early in the morning so I am not concerned about theft. Same for taping envelopes to lid of recycling can. Envelopes clearly labeled in large lettering for Trash or Recycling holiday Thank you. And I also put "from with my name and house number" on the envelope. For the mailman, I address a card to the Postal Carrier and leave on top of my mailbox- again with my name and house number on the card.