As the Christmas holiday draws near, many may be wondering: Should you tip your mailer carrier?

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You can give gifts to your mail carrier as a holiday thank you, but, as federal employees, they have certain rules to follow regarding receiving gifts. United States Postal Service.

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Bottom line: less is more.

FILE – A US Postal Service (USPS) employee wearing a protective mask and Santa Claus hat pulls a carriage of mail through the snow in New York, US, Thursday, December 17, 2020.

$20 or less

According to the USPS, under federal regulations, you can “tip” your mail carrier with a gift that costs $20 or less, this includes Christmas.

Federal employees are not allowed to accept gifts from any customer in the value of more than $50 during a calendar year period.

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no cash

According to the USPS, you cannot tip cash and cash equivalents, such as checks or gift cards, that can be converted to cash.

So if you’re planning on showing your appreciation for your mail carrier during this holiday, which has proven extra tough for frontline workers everywhere, consider a small gift.

Other Tips

a survey conducted by found that trash collectors and mail carriers are tipped an average of $20, but only 19% of adults plan to tip their waste management staff.

Housekeepers and childcare providers are the most tipped at an average of $50. Forty-seven percent of adults plan to tip their homeowner and 41% plan to tip their childcare providers.

Landscapers are tipped an average of $30, while teachers are tipped $25.

Restaurant wait staff will experience it most, with 27% of people planning to tip them more than usual. Hairstylists and barbers follow at 19%, food delivery personnel at 16%, bartenders at 10%. The coffee shop barista expects to earn at least 9%.

“All of these service providers face unique challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic, and many are likely to lose earnings,” Ted Rossman, senior industry analyst at, said in a statement. “If you can afford to do so, giving a little extra around the holidays can make a big difference.”

Businesshala Business contributed to this report.