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). In honor of National Thank a Mail Carrier Day, or any day, take a few minutes to thank the postal workers in your life. Here are 6 simple ideas.

  1. Write a letter!

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Even if you don't know your mail person 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. Put it in an envelope and use stickers instead of stamps. (After all, they love mail, right?) You can also nab this free, downloadable template if you need a little help!

2. Make a Thank You Card

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. Include a Gift Card

If you can afford it, add a $10 or $15 gift card for somewhere like Amazon or a nearby coffee shop in with the letter or the card.  Be sure and do something OBVIOUS to make it clear it's not a regular piece of mail. Mail carriers are not legally allowed to accept single gifts valued at over $20 so keep that in mind. 

4. Leave a Thoughtful Gift

A thoughtful gift (again, under $20) is another simple way to let them know you're thinking of them. Consider things like warm gloves, an insulated mug, cozy socks or a new water bottle

This year, a well-made mask and hand-sanitizer are welcome gestures, too. 

5. Bake Something Special

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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.

6. Say It Out Loud

Shout it out! If you're home when the mail comes, be sure to say, "Thank you!" Get the kids in the habit of saying it, too. You can always throw open a window and shout it out. A little gesture of kindness and gratitude like this can go a long way on a long day. 

—Amber Guetebier

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