Kindness Ideas

Leave a surprise in your mailbox for your mail carrier
It could be anything from treats to an approved gift certificate to a simple note that says, “thank you!”

Imagine doing the job of your mail carrier—delivering an endless stream of letters, bills, magazines, and advertisements. Navigating traffic, mean dogs, the hot sun in the summer and cold rains or snow in the winter with tenacity and grit. No matter the obstacles, our mail carriers are out there delivering our mail day in and day out. Wouldn't it be nice to leave something for them in your mailbox to say thanks? It doesn’t have to be expensive—a quick note that simply says 'thanks for delivering our mail each day!' would be very appreciated. You could also leave a treat or an icy cold bottle of water on a hot day. (Maybe freeze the night before and leave it with a note. If you time it right, it will be the perfect bottle of slushy ice water by the time your mail carrier arrives).

If you're feeling extra generous, the U.S. Government Accountability Office says that your mail carrier is allowed to accept gifts of up to $20 in value (but not cash). This includes gift cards that are from a company like Amazon or your favorite restaurant. Imagine how good your mail carrier would feel to get something fun like that!

Thanks for Vicki for helping us refine this kindness idea!


I love this! I used to do this with my little brother when we would walk to and from town. We would leave flowers in mailboxes and on car windscreens. Its funny how you forget lovely little things like this when you get older. I will do this with my wee boy next time we are out walking xx
over 4 years ago

Our mail carrier works so hard and always leaves a treat for our dog Lucy in our mailbox! On February 4th for Thank a Mail Carrier Day I left her a cold drink, some candy and a thank you card which she really enjoyed. It was National Postal Worker Day on July 1st and I gave her a blue bracelet with an envelope charm on it along with a card :) It's nice to show appreciation to someone for a job well done, and I feel that they don't always get thanked or recognized for all they do. Love this idea!
about 4 years ago

Offer some cold water on a hot day
over 3 years ago

We do this all the time - A little edible treat, a bottled water, a gift card...
over 3 years ago

I left a clay envelope charm for my mailman to thank him for all that he is doing right now. Thank to Katie Wagner for your comment, bc that is actually what gave me the idea! 😊
over 2 years ago