(Closed) NWR: gifts for newspaper guy, USPS carrier, etc.?

posted 8 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I think it’s rare these people get gifts anymore, so I think they will appreciate anything you do. I actually think gift cards to places like Target, Kohl’s etc. would be great. OR homemade food items like cookies, jam, etc. I think $10-$20 is plenty.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

We gave our UPS guys (3 of them) here at work a jar of specialty pickels and a box of pecans.  We usually do a specialty jam/pickel every year with our company logo on it and we give those out to people when they stop by the office during the holidays.   We usually have bottled water year round in the fridge for the UPS guys that they help themselves too so I think they appreciate that.

I don’t do anything for the mail carrier at the house. I guess because I’m not home enough to see them.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

We gave our one dog walker a card with $20 and a holiday box full of spritz cookies from the dogs.  He only comes once a week so I think it’s appropriate.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

The best gifts are usually the ones you don’t expect from the people you wouldn’t think would get you anything! That’s when it really touches the heart so I think anything you gave him would be appreciated! Even if you just give him a card, at least that’s something. I doubt that he will get a whole lot from other customers.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee

I was a newspaper carrier for six years, and most of my customers gave me a healthy cash tip for the holidays.  Where I grew up, the winters were somewhat harsh and so a Christmas tip made a big difference.

One of the nice things about being a paper carrier is that you feel cheated, you can always start delivering their paper in the driveway instead of near their door!  I always considered door service something special – my brother and I would actually quietly tuck the newspaper inside of the screen door for our nicest customers.

As someone who has slogged it out door to door for years, I can safely say that nothing beats cash.  A thoughtful card is a wonderful extra touch – but if I had to choose between cash and a card, I would take cash every time!

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Oh boy…in NYC, you have to tip EVERYONE.  Super, handyman, mail carrier, petsitter, drycleaning guy, laundry guy, etc.

Nothing is more appreciated than cash ;oP

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

LOL – I probably sounded cheap! But here in OK, no one gets tipped except waiters 😛

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

I was thinking something like a $5-10 starbucks card.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

@hotchild, you tip your laundry and dry cleaning guy? do you mind saying how much? i never have and now i’m feeling guilty if that’s the expectation in nyc!

i do tip the super and dog walker… and my husband’s dad is a mailman, so i know how much they appreciate a little extra something (he likes cash and restaurant gift cards)

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

@Hannah: We just tack like an extra $5 or $10 on the last thing we pick up.  They remember things like that and always treat us well.

Then we’ve got the petsitter ($20), Super ($50), Handyman ($25) and usually we don’t tip the mailman but this year we got a card from them.  So now we have to!

At least we don’t have doormen.  My friend got her “list” the other day and she has like 8 people in her building to tip.  YAY for walkups!

Post # 14
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Sugar bee

My mailman refuses to climb the brownstone steps and put everyone’s mail in their mailboxes… instead he stuffs three apartments worth of mail into a box outside of our garden floor apartment.  Then WE have to sort everyone’s mail ourselves, and put them into boxes in the hallway.

I feel like our mailman owes us a tip!  I looked it up and apparently it’s a formal policy: mailmen refuse to climb stoop steps now.

http://gothamist.com/2006/09/29/some_mail_carri.php

Since my mail is consistently soggy and unsorted, I’m not sure if we should tip him at all…

Post # 15
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Wow i never thought twice about my mailman. Now i feel bad!

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Thanks, hotchild! Leaving an extra few bucks at the laundry place is an excellent idea. I used to get a list when I lived in a doorman building too. Thank goodness I’m slumming it now. 🙂

DH’s dad is a total old school mailman–he knows everyone on his route, stops and talks with the older people, knows when kids are graduating and getting married and everything… it doesn’t surprise me at all that his customers remember that during Christmas.

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