Where would we be without our trusted mail carrier? They brave inclement weather to bring letters, gifts, and packages to our door. So showing your appreciation is the least you can do.
But you may not know where to find gifts for mailmen because your interactions with them are fleeting at best.
You don’t need to waste hours scouring the internet for the best gifts for mail carriers. We’ve got awesome picks for treats, gift baskets, and fun items they’ll prize. It’ll make your postal worker’s day to know how much you value their hard work.
Things a Mail Carrier Needs
Mailmen appreciate practical, affordable gifts that help them get through the day. Inexpensive treats to pamper them are also a favorite among mail carriers and delivery drivers.
Here are some starting points for suitable gifts for mailmen:
- Practical Gifts: Hand warmers, beverage tumblers, or touchscreen gloves make deliveries in cold or extreme weather a more comfortable experience.
- Gift Cards/Homemade Gift Baskets: Coffee, groceries, snacks, or sweets can usually produce a smile on a mailman.
- Postal-Themed Keepsakes: Christmas ornaments, stickers, or keychains can be added to their arsenal and bring them joy.
45 Unique Gifts for Your Mailman
Show your mailmen what rockstars they are with creative gifts for mailmen they’ll actually want.
Your mailman will appreciate the practicality of these touchscreen gloves anytime they’re out on deliveries. The winter gloves are textured, so their grip won’t slip. And the fingertips of the gloves still work on touchscreens. So they can keep the gloves on whether they need to check their phone or use a touchscreen pad for signatures.
Magnetic Pickup Tool
It doesn’t matter if your mailman works for USPS, UPS, or FedEx. They all lose things in their car, van, or truck. This magnetic pickup tool is an appropriate accessory for a driver who needs to locate things. The LED flashlight is powerful enough to shine into the darkest corners. And the magnetic capability will zero in on tools and other metal objects they need to find ASAP.
Christmas Mailman Mug
The holidays are a festive time to wish mail carriers and delivery drivers well with this funny Christmas mailman mug. The ceramic mug features an image of a USPS mail truck with a Santa hat. It reads, “I’m not saying I’m Santa. I’m just saying, I deliver more stuff than he does.”
With a gift limit of $20 or less, this inexpensive USPS keychain is a nice gesture. The mini keychain looks exactly like a USPS mail truck, right down to the tiniest details. This little mail truck will point out the way whenever they need to locate their keys.
Best Mailman Travel Tumbler
Mailmen need to stay hydrated throughout their long day, which this travel tumbler can help with. The stainless steel tumbler has an insulated lid to keep beverages warm or cold. The tumbler fits neatly into the cup holder in their truck or van and reads, “Best. Mailman. Ever.” The beverage accessory makes a thoughtful addition to their everyday items.
Your mail carrier can enjoy wearing these snazzy mailman socks without anyone even knowing it. They’re a fun accessory that will come in handy when looking for a pair of socks in their dresser drawer. The set includes two pairs of socks that each read, “Trust me / I’m a postman,” which was always the case.
Mail Lady Survival Kit
A mail lady needs a special place to keep all her small items. She can use this zip-up canvas bag that reads “Mail Lady Survival Kit” to keep makeup, toiletries, medications, or other accessories. It fits into her mailbag, purse, or backpack and can travel with her on her route throughout the day.
Designer Holiday Card
Whether you give your mail carrier homemade treats or a special message, this holiday card gets it done. The colorful Christmas greeting card has a festive mailbox with a red gift tucked inside. It reads, “A Christmas Greeting for a Wonderful Mail Carrier.” The card is a meaningful gesture that will touch the heart of the person who brings your mail.
Personalized Mailman Ornament
The holidays are ideal for getting personal to honor your mail carrier. This personalized ornament takes the time to customize the mailman figurine with their name printed on the mailbox he leans on. Gifts for postal workers that treat them as human beings are the ones they’ll remember for a long time.
Something as simple as this vinyl sticker can tell your mailman how important their work is to you. It can be affixed to their mail truck bumper, laptop, or anywhere they want to show it off. The decal displays a USPS mail truck, a collection of hearts, and the words, “Thank you for all you do.”
Amazon Gift Card
Postal rules dictate that you shouldn’t offer more than a $20 gift to your mailman. This holiday-themed Amazon gift card for $10 may be the nicest way to wish them the very best. It’s a good gesture that allows them to pick up a quick lunch on you. Or they could splurge on a super fancy cup of coffee to warm them up.
LED Beanie Hat
LED beanie hats like this one were made for your local mailman or delivery driver. It’ll keep them warm in the colder months and on early morning mail runs. The LED headlamp can keep things clear and visible, especially if they’re working in the dark on their walking route. Help them stay nice and toasty to let them know how much you’re thankful for them.
Essential Burt’s Bees Kit
People who deliver packages and mail for a living are always exposed to the elements. This kit of Burt’s Bees essentials can pamper them in between and during shifts. The soothing set includes soap, cleansing cream, hand salve, body lotion, and foot cream. They’ll be soft and supple from head to toe, thanks to you.
Mesh Sun Hat
You can protect your mail carrier’s head from the harsh sun with this mesh sun hat they can wear while they work. The hat has a neck flap, so they don’t get unwanted sunburn on their route. It ties around the chin and has a wide brim to offer them tons of cool shade. The hat helps keep moisture at bay, so they can concentrate on the work at hand.
This adorable beverage koozie works well for the water bottle, coffee cup, or soda your mailman drinks while at work. It also fits in as a koozie for the beer they might enjoy once home after work. The handmade koozie is mail carrier-themed, with the words, “I’m not saying I’m Santa. I’m just saying, I deliver more stuff than he does.”
Your dedicated mailman will enjoy putting his cash and cards into this unique minimalist wallet. The aluminum wallet has RFID technology to block hackers from digitally breaking into their private financial information. It has a money clip for cash and expandable layers for their various credit cards, IDs, and gift cards they may collect this holiday season.
Crossbody Fanny Pack
Mail carriers and drivers always have their hands full, which means this crossbody fanny pack may become their best friend. Despite its compact size, the fanny pack has various zippered pockets to keep their important items inside. They can wear it around their waist or over their shoulder, so they can work with peace of mind.
Postal Worker Bracelet
This attractive postal worker bracelet makes a cute addition to any gift basket you offer your mail carrier. The bracelet is adjustable and shows off a variety of small charms, including an envelope, postcard, and “First Class Mail Lady” charm. Whether your favorite mail lady needs a break or is about to be retired, she’ll love this delightful keepsake.
Funny Mailman T-Shirt
A funny t-shirt like this one can put a big smile on your mail carrier’s face. The cotton shirt is comfortable enough to wear when relaxing off-duty. It features a detailed design of an astronaut on the moon who is delivering mail to a mailbox.
The shirt proves the old adage, “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.”
Christmas Movie Night Gift Basket
Though your mailman is often out on their route, this Christmas movie night gift basket is for their home time. This thoughtful holiday surprise is full of awesome snacks to set the scene for entertainment. It includes hot chocolate and mini marshmallows, along with popcorn, pretzels, cookies, candy, stickers, and fun figurines.
Postage Stamp Puzzle
This beautiful postage stamp puzzle honors the long history of stamps your postal worker is very familiar with. The puzzle details a variety of animal-themed postage stamps from across the world. The 300-piece puzzle is a great way for a mailman to unwind at home after a long day delivering for you.
Mini Cervical Massager
Anyone who delivers mail or packages for a living could use this soothing mini cervical massager set. The two-piece set can be affixed anywhere pain starts, from the neck to the legs or arms. It’s long-lasting to assist sore muscles and can be charged up with a USB charger for more therapy.
This waterproof poncho is one of the most practical gifts for mail carriers they can hope for. It easily pulls on and continues to offer lightweight protection in inclement weather. The poncho has a hood so they can continue their work with both hands while staying dry the entire time.
Car Trash Can
Mailmen may not realize how much they need this car trash can until you gift it. The waterproof trash bin attaches to the back of a car seat, a headrest, or anywhere it fits. They don’t have to worry about spills or trash cluttering their vehicles throughout the work day. The useful car accessory can make their car rides cleaner and neater, from top to bottom.
Nuts & Fruit Gift Basket
You can thank your postman with the tasty goodies found in this nuts and fruit gift basket. It’s not as expensive as other gift baskets, but it still promises a delightful variety of snacks. The set has nuts like cashews, pistachios, and almonds, plus dried fruits such as plums, apricots, and peaches. They may not choose to wait to dig into this super snack mix.
Hand Sanitizer Bottle Holder
It’s the little things that make mail carriers happy. This set of hand sanitizer bottle holders comes in a three-pack and can attach to their keys while they work. With all the mail, packages, letters, and puppies your mailman may touch, some sanitizer could come in handy.
Starbucks Gift Cards
This multipack set of Starbucks gift cards can make anyone’s holiday. Because of the rules that limit mailmen gifts to $20, you can split this set of four $10 Starbucks gift cards. You can give $20 each to cover two postal workers. Or you can give increments of $10 each to cover USPS, UPS, FedEx, and other delivery drivers.
Snack Care Package
Every mail worker might find themselves in need of a snack mid-journey. This snack care package is the ultimate way to say thank you for everything they do. The set comes with 15 treats varying from nut mixes and granola bars to candy and popcorn. Whatever their taste buds crave, they’ll likely find it in here.
Healing Hand Cream
Sometimes, the smallest gesture can make your mail carrier feel thankful. This high-powered healing hand cream offers a way for them to keep their hardworking hands moisturized. It’s fragrance-free and won’t make their hands greasy while they work. All they can expect is a pair of hands that deliver every time (and feel super soft).
Delivery Driver Wall Decor
This hanging piece of wall decor can take your appreciation for your mail carrier home with them. They can hang the wooden plaque on a wall or display it anywhere they like. It displays a mail truck design and reads, “One delivery short of crazy.” The decor proves that postal workers have a wonderful sense of humor.
Mail Carrier Tote Bag
This mail carrier tote bag is made with a vast array of female mail ladies in mind. It’s perfect for them to use for everything from groceries to errands on their days off. The bag includes the words, “Only the strongest women become mail carriers.” They can also take it with them on their route to let everyone know how proud they are to be a mail lady.
Portable Coffee Cup Holder
This portable coffee cup holder is ideal for mail carriers to keep in their truck or vehicle. The dividers can keep various beverages from spilling or getting knocked around during the ride. It’s ready to keep them sorted from their morning coffee to their late afternoon green juice. The cup holder is both stable and stylish, so they make it through their day with all beverages intact.
You would think that finding your mailman something that soothes their feet after a long day is a hard feat. But these acupressure slippers make foot therapy totally workable and affordable for you. The nodes use acupressure points on the feet to stimulate bodily function where needed. They can help with things like migraines, digestion issues, or plain old tired feet.
Caramel Popcorn Scented Candle
A candle is a kindhearted gift to give to your local mailman or mailwoman. This soy wax candle takes it up a notch by filling the air with the scent of caramel popcorn upon lighting. Few things help a postal worker chill out, like 20 hours worth of the sweet aroma of popcorn flavored with caramel.
Natural Fruit Bar Box
Not many gifts for mailmen will come in handy as much as this box of natural fruit bars. Your delivery person needs nutrition to get through a long day of bringing letters and packages to you. The box has 12 mango fruit bars to provide the energy they need to do an awesome job once again.
Inspirational Notes Jar
Even the best mailmen need inspiration, which they’ll find in this jar of unique notes. The keepsake is a meaningful way you can continue to let them know what a great job they do. The jar is filled with encouraging quotations to motivate them during the harshest winter or hottest summer.
Weather-Proof Spiral Notebook
Mail carriers may appreciate a set of spiral notebooks in your next homemade gift basket. They’ll be even more excited when they find out the notebooks are weather-proof. The set of three mini notebooks can be used to keep track of their postal journey or to write out a grocery list. The pages are water-resistant, so they won’t lose any of their words if raindrops fall.
Vintage Stamp Collection
It may have been a while since your mailman saw vintage stamps, but this collection is a fun way to re-inspire them. The set comes with 75 commemorative stamps in great condition they’ll enjoy looking through. They’ll see famous stamps from the 1930s to the 1960s and may become official collectors before too long.
When you can’t bake some cookies for the postman yourself, this set of thank-you cookies gets it done. The thank-you box comes with four sugar cookies, each decorated colorfully to impress. The cookies each say things like “Thanks,” “Thanks a bunch,” and “You’re Appreciated.” They’re sure to make your mail carrier smile all the way home.
Mail Envelope Earrings
Your mail lady will be charmed by these mail-themed envelope earrings. She’ll enjoy wearing them while working hard to bring precious deliveries to you. The dainty handmade earrings display all the detail of snail mail envelopes that she carries to different homes every day. They’re a fun way to celebrate her work and all she does for you.
Insulated Lunch Box
What hardworking mail carrier wouldn’t love to have this insulated lunch box so they can enjoy a homemade meal? Its stylish design allows them to carry it in their vehicle or while they walk. The lunch bag has different waterproof compartments for snacks, beverages, and other portions of their midday meal.
It may not seem super festive to give your mailman this portable charger. Believe it when we say they’ll get loads of use from it. The powerful charger is lightweight, so it won’t make their already heavy bag any more cumbersome. It can charge two devices at once, so they’re always connected to friends and loved ones.
Portable Neck Fan
Summers are not always a great time for your local delivery people and mail carriers. This portable neck fan can easily help them beat the heat on their route. It comfortably wraps around their neck and uses three speeds of cool air they can adjust as needed. They’ll be able to complete their entire shift with a gentle breeze making the work day better.
Meat & Cheese Gift Box
This delectable meat and cheese gift box is a heartfelt way to spread joy to your mailman. It comes with a tasty array of summer sausage, cheddar cheese, and toasted crackers. There’s also sweet hot mustard to keep things interesting and strawberry BonBons for a sweet finish. The gift set is the perfect antidote to being stuck on deliveries without sustenance.
Hot Chocolate Bomb
Nothing warms a mail carrier’s heart (and belly) like this set of hot chocolate bombs can. The treat package includes four hot chocolate bombs of varying flavors.
There’s Double Chocolate, Peppermint, Salted Caramel, and the original hot chocolate bomb that’ll warm them from the inside out. They make the most comforting after-work beverage, especially during the holiday season.
Dos and Don’ts for Gifting Mailmen
Mailmen (and mailwomen) appreciate fun gifts like everyone else. When buying gifts for mail carriers, keep the following in mind:
- According to federal guidelines, you can give a postal worker a gift worth $20 or less. The USPS states that mail carriers are not allowed to accept gifts worth more than $50 from a customer per year.
- Postal workers (this includes FedEx delivery drivers) cannot accept cash gifts of any amount, including gift cards that can be exchanged for cash (1).
- Make sure to keep an eye out for your mail carrier and hand the gift to them yourself. It’s not safe to leave gifts in your mailbox, and it lacks the warmhearted feel that a face-to-face exchange has.
Do You Tip Your Postman At Christmas?
Federal regulations prohibit giving a cash tip to your postman at Christmas. You are allowed to offer them a gift worth up to $20, with a total of $50 per year. These guidelines aren’t as stringent in Europe and other countries, although smaller gifts and handwritten notes are still encouraged (2).
Can I Leave a Gift for My Mail Carrier In the Mailbox?
While you can leave a gift for a mailman in a mailbox, it’s not preferred. The mailbox is not a fully secure place for a gift or gift basket. When you personally hand your gift to the mailman, you’re able to thank them yourself. They’ll not only appreciate the gift, but also the added personal touch.
What Do You Say In a Thank You Card to a Mailman?
You can touch a mail carrier’s heart at Christmas or any time of year by simply letting them know how much you appreciate them. By saying “thank you” and using words like “the best,” “favorite,” and “hardworking,” you can tell them how awesome they are in your everyday life.
How Many Miles Does a Postman Walk a Day?
The average postman walks seven miles a day. That’s 14,000 steps! Some postal workers can walk up to 12 miles a day, but they are sometimes offered vehicles when covering long stretches. Either way, your mailman surely has a super comfortable pair of shoes to get them through their mail route.