Warning! It’s Illegal to Tip Your Mail Carrier

Mail carriers work tirelessly to delivery our letters and packages — day in and day out — especially around the holidays. It can be rough out there for postal employees if their route happens to be in an area that experiences a lot of inclement weather or any number of other obstacles. If your mail carrier has been serving your neighborhood for a long time, you may even know them on a personal level. Whatever the situation, there are rules about expressing your appreciation for your mail carrier. The U.S. Postal Service spells out the limits within which postal employees may accept an offering. Under the federal regulations, carriers are permitted to accept a gift worth $20 or less from a customer per occasion, such as Christmas. No employee may accept more than $50 worth of gifts from any one customer in any one calendar year period. So, what else can you to do thank your carrier? The top gifts given to mail carriers include insulated travel mugs and gloves. Of course, there’s always the standard chocolate chip cookies or other holiday goodies. Finally, nothing goes as far as a sincere compliment. Mail carriers love getting compliments from customers, and if you go the extra mile and send a letter of commendation to the Postmaster General, you will be one of your carrier’s favorite customers.