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What should I tip delivery people at Christmas? A UPS driver weighs in

posted by MaggieSlater on December 6, 2012 | print article | e-mail to a friend
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  • Marianne

    Thank you for your thoughtful and helpful article. UPS drivers, and other delivery personnel, work long, long hours. It is a tough job. Your man is very lucky to have such a loving and appreciative wife in his corner.

  • Audrey Novak

    I really appreciate this article and thanks so much for including my Reindeer Food tutorial! I honestly had never thought to leave gifts for our delivery drivers…shameful I now know! They work so hard, especially this time of year!
    Guess we’ll be making some EXTRA reindeer food this year…or maybe cupcakes 🙂

  • Sarah

    I never even really thought about this! It is quite perfect that I planned to make cookies for all my coworkers this year. I’ll have to make little bags for my UPS/FedEx/and USPS guys too!

  • Maggie Slater

    Thank you for these sweet comments! Honestly, it took me a while to think about giving delivery people gifts, so don’t feel bad, @facebook-1686866750:disqus! At least you can do it now with your yummy treat!

  • Liz A

    Thanks for that! Very helpful!! I always wonder, though….I have my “regular guy” but often, especially this time of year, there will be other drivers that deliver. How do I know when he’s going to come, or that he will get the gift I intended for him to get?

  • Buffy Goosev

    Hi, Maggie!

    I feel for ‘ya…I’m also the wife of a UPS driver! It can be hard on our little ones (and Momma & Daddy) during peak. They sometimes go a couple days without spending any time with him. We are ALL very happy to see January. LOL!

    It seems that the most gifted item on his route is food, too! And, like you, I don’t always see much of it! I’m sure he is also protecting me from the candy hangover.

    Hang in…only 8 working days left of peak! 🙂

  • Maggie Slater

    @b03abe51abe4052b4423bd5484e98058:disqus, Josh didn’t get home until 8:45 last night! Overall, this peak has been pretty good, thankfully! I’m always happy to see January, too, but I hate that I sometimes feel like I wish away the Christmas season.@257d68e757d8579bc68c905e4962ec96:disqus , You’re welcome! I understand what you’re saying. We don’t have our regular guy either. I recommend giving the gift to him before the holidays or after. This way you can guarantee that he gets it! I hope this helps!

  • Wilma Souza

    I feel so guilty tonight about this. I had not idea what to do, how much and driver delivered my stuff and got out while I was thinking. Then, I came to search and I feel sad about giving nothing for him. Hopeful same driver back tomorrow with more stuff and I will have a chance to say more special thanks!

  • Appreciative

    I love my UPS guy and I was wondering if I could give him something to show my appreciation for his hard work. Thank you for posting this article!

  • swedishbits

    Great article and information! Thank you very much 🙂 I missed Christmas giving this year (I’m sorry) but would love to use these ideas as a Happy New Year and Thank You in Advance kinda gift 😀

  • Melissa

    Thank you for the great insights! I have an amazing UPS driver that thoughtfully places items on my patio even though he has to reach over the fence to get to the latch. He has even hauled one of those ginormous storage shed kits back there. Since I almost never cross paths with my delivery hero, is there any way to drop off a seasonal gift at the UPS home base? I make fudge during the holidays and felt really guilty that he was left out because of this. I don’t want to be creepy showing up at UPS, but I also very much appreciate the care he takes in delivering my parcels.

  • Mike

    Trust me, my driver wants the alcohol

  • Doubtful

    You aren’t a real detective.

    Real detectives put themselves in harms way.

    you just ask your husband lots of questions.

  • Courtney

    I would be leery of accepting homemade food from people. You never know their sanitary practices. Thanks for the article and suggestions!

  • Jiminy Kricketts

    these guys are hourly (nice overtime pay this time of year), have a great pension,
    and a union to back them up….my only tip to our driver would be to find the light in christmas…everything else is worthless.

  • dittoheadadt

    That could certainly put her in harm’s way…

  • Lena

    I agree completely with the whole gift of giving food…yuck! LOL!!! I gave my driver a xmas card and $20 cash because I see him every month for a signed delivery. I know the article says they don’t recommend cash but it also says it’s up to the customers discretion. I don’t know his restaurant choices and cash is good everywhere! I hope $20 was enough. Today it feels like $20 buys nothing, but like the article says maybe he will be able to buy himself lunch. 😉

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  • Steave Makar

    interested article, very thx

  • lewtonia

    I live in a rural area with ALOT of gravel roads. The truck is not air conditioned, so in the summer our driver has to leave the door open or suffocate. He is often COVERED in dust as are the packages.Last Christmas I gave him a cooling cloth. This year I’m thinking heated socks because he is in & out of the truck so much it probably never gets warmed up in the winter.

  • lewtonia

    Describes my driver to a T! I also gave a cooling cloth year before last & a very nice insulated 16 oz cup last year. I was thinking heated socks or gloves this year, but I wonder how many others are thinking the same thing! I guess you cant have too many pairs of heated socks.

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