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Gifts for Letter Carrier and Others Who Help You (Day 8)

Gifts for Mail Carrier to Cleaning Person

The first step is to make a list of everyone who helps you. Our list gets shorter and shorter as the years go by and we no longer have a regular babysitter and have eliminated our newspaper in favor of online publications. Still, there is always the sanitation engineer and the letter carrier. We have a super nice letter carrier who really puts in extra effort to sort out packages that need signatures but I’m not home, and will also ask for our outgoing mail. I want to do something nice for him this year!

I don’t do the mani/pedi, get regular facials, have a dog walker or a personal trainer but I tried to make a complete list for mom friends that do.

  • Babysitters
  • Dog Walker
  • Personal Trainer, Fitness Instructor
  • Sanitation Engineer
  • Letter Carrier
  • Paper Delivery Person
  • Cleaning People
  • Hair Stylist
  • Facialist
  • Mani/Pedi
  • Gardener

I think it’s nice to give a handwritten card or your holiday card with a gift certificate. You can’t go wrong with gift cards for iTunes, Starbucks or Target. Women can always find a small indulgence at Sephora. Cash is also good if you hand deliver it. Capability:Mom has more ideas too!

The 12 Days of Shopping

Saturday, December 1:  Make Your Own Gifts with granola two ways. Hers and Mine.

Sunday, December 2:  Kids Make Gifts Craft, Clove Fruit and Crafts.

Monday, December 3: Personalized Gifts, Hers and Mine.

Tuesday, December 4:  Father-in-Law/Dad and Mother-in-Law/Mom

Wednesday, December 5:  Tutors/Teachers

Thursday, December 6:  High Tech/Low Tech

Friday, December 7:  Hostess/Doing Good

Saturday, December 8:  Sanitation Engineers, Mail CarriersHairdresser, Delivery People, Babysitter, Cleaning People, Dog Walker/Dog Trainer

Sunday, December 9:  Husband, Me (Our Own  List), CapabilityMom’s List

Monday, December 10:  Cats/Dogs

Tuesday, December 11:  Quick Gifts from Whole Foods and Gourmet Food Store

Wednesday, December 12:  ’Cause I Am So Together,  Last Minute Home Made Gifts, Homemade Ornament Crafts for Kids and Capability:Mom’s Homemade Gift

By Mia Wenjen, PragmaticMom


  1. Ellen

    Gifts to letter carriers are a violation of federal law.

  2. I have to add the milkman to my list! I was actually going to give my mailman a food gift, maybe that is acceptable??
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  3. If you go to “help” and the “frequently asked questions”, it’s the second question on the list or “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. You may find this rule here.” Thanks for clarification from Ellen!
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  4. Huh, I didn’t know the mailman rules! Great gift ideas, too – your Mod Podge link wouldn’t work for me?
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  5. Ann

    Helpful list, my list is short but there are a few and I definitely like to remember them during the holidays.
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  6. Very helpful! How do you decide on the gift value?
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  7. Love this, such a great idea!

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