Like many people, I see my mail carrier five days a week and have come to enjoy a quick conversation with her. She even knows my children's names, she's awesome like that. So, without question, she makes it on the list of people I need to grab a gift for. What do you get a mail carrier?

The first thing to come to mind would be some sort of gift card. Maybe a $25 iTunes gift card or a gift card for coffee? Would she prefer $25 cash and a greeting card? Unfortunately, none of those gifts are acceptable. No, literally. those gifts are actually against USPS federal regulations (a.k.a against the law). Crazy, right?

... 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.

No gift cards. No cash. Well, there go all my ideas. Oh, and as we all ponder on what to get our hardworking mail carrier there's one more thing in regards to gift-giving rules for United States Postal Service mail carriers and it involves math. They can't exceed $50 worth of gifts in a calendar year.

Furthermore, no employee may accept more than $50 worth of gifts from any one customer in any one calendar year period.


So, choose wisely when deciding what to leave your friend that drops off your Amazon package every day of the week snow in rain, heat, and gloom of night. Just make sure it's less than $25 and not cash or gift cards. #nomorefun

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