questionswhat do you gift a delivery driver?

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I don't have suggestions, but am anxious to hear. My mail lady is awesome! I order my canned catfood from Amazon and she delivers heavy boxes every month in addition to all of my other crazy orders. Sometimes my little table on my porch is covered with boxes (especially after a wootoff). I definitely need to get her something. I was thinking of a gift card to the local salon for a massage or pedicure or something, but maybe that is too personal. Other thought was a WaWa gift card and maybe some hand warmers since she does some of the route by walking.

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We do restaurant gift cards. I prefer the kind that are "corporate" cards such as Darden Restaurants, which are good for three or four different restaurants.

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Excellent question! I've been abusing -- I mean, ensuring steady work for -- my UPS driver for some time now, especially when Amazon and/or Walmart.com run good deals on cat litter and bottled water. Last week he even pointed out a banged-up package and suggested I refuse delivery, which I might not have noticed in my onslaught of online Black Friday purchases. Even though I've only interacted with the guy a couple times (usually at work when he comes), I want to do something. Gift certs are an idea, I'll be looking for others too.

Semi-on-topic -- every year I leave a case of beer for the garbage men, and have yet to be charged extra for a large pickup. Learned it from my parents who've got a decades-long track record of no extra charges. :)

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@mkdr: Ahh, my fellow mid-Atlanticean, you speak wisely. Wawa! That's an excellent idea.

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I agree with the gift card idea, preferably to a coffee-ish place nearby, such as Dunkin Donuts or WaWa. It's useful, and there won't be any conflict should UPS have a "no money tips" policy like USPS does.

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Thanks for the responses! A coffee-ish gift card sounds good. I thought of it, but it almost seemed... too easy? And how much? Is $20 too much? Aiii, please don't tell me it's one of those "only you can know what the appropriate amount is" mysterious social things! Sigh. I'm a dunce when it comes to non-restaurant service gifting/tipping.

Just for the sake of diversity, got any other ideas, you lovely, wise wooters?

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I posed this question to my card club a couple of weeks ago and every one of them said cash. So that's what I did. I had suggested Starbucks and they said, maybe the guy doesn't drink coffee or doesn't like Starbucks. Since I don't like Starbucks, I agreed with them.

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@goldenthorn: My wonderful mail carrier gets a $25 gift card. He deserves it. When I can, I also take advantage of the reward points I earn on my credit card to buy the GCs I give away, so in a sense they're free to me.

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I sometimes give them boxed chocolates. I wouldn't give a large gift card, but something like $5 seems reasonable, especially for the UPS guy that sometimes brings my 50lb boxes of dogfood. But catching them is a challenge, they usually just leave my stuff while I am at work. I could leave something in the mailbox for the mailman, who brings me hundreds of tiny padded envelopes full of jewelry-making supplies from China every year.

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I agree with @curli76 if you live in the midatlantic region you can't really beat a Wawa gift card. Idk of anyone who can't find something they like to eat or drink at Wawa.

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Last year I had a nice shiny $20 bill sitting by the front door for my UPS guy. Sadly, every time he would deliver the packages he must have run back to his truck as fast as he could because by the time I got to the door he was already zooming up the street. I tried 3 times and finally gave up. I cannot catch my elusive UPS guy.

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I give $10 or $15 worth of scratch-off lottery tickets. (Do they have them in every state?) You can get the seasonal ones and present them in a greeting card.

Side note: is it possible that I avoided Woot for 5 months and I'm still at 92%?