mailboxes photo: Olga Caprotti via flickr 

Through snow and rain, heat and gloom of night your local mail carrier delivers your letters directly to your door (or at least your nearest mailbox). Here are 3 ways to say thank you on National Thank a Mail Carrier Day, or any day of the week.

1. Write a letter! Even if you don’t know your mailperson by name, you can still address in a general way, such as  “Our Favorite Mailman” or “Our Faithful Carrier.” A simple note that says how much you appreciate the hard work they do (extra cute if your kids can write it out) will go a long way in making your postal worker feel special. Instead of stamps, use stickers.

2. As always, a thank you card is a lovely gesture. Let the kids draw a little picture or get creative or use a printable like this one to make a little note to attach to the flag of your mailbox. If you can afford it, add a $10 or $15 gift card for somewhere like Amazon or a nearby coffee shop in the envelope. Be sure and do something OBVIOUS to make it clear it’s not a regular piece of mail.

3. Leave cookies in the box or on the doorstep with a clearly marked sign. Be sure to seal them in something, even a ziplock or paper bag decorated with stickers works, and attach a note that says thanks! It’s a good idea to list the ingredients in case of allergies or food sensitivities.

4. Leave a bottle of water with a small ribbon and a thank you tag. All that walking makes mail carriers thirsty!

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5. Say it in person. If you are home when the mail comes, make sure to just say hello and thank you. Get the kids to chime in, too.

How do you thank your mail carrier on National Thank a Mail Carrier Day Day? 

—Amber Guetebier