Let me start off by saying this headline may come off as "scroogey," (is that a word) but I bring this up because it puts your postal worker in a tough spot.

We're all checking our tip lists with days until Christmas. Many may think it's a good idea to give your mail carrier cash or a gift card, but it's actually against the law and could get them in trouble.

Right on the USPS website, it states:

Under these federal regulations, carriers are permitted to accept a gift worth $20 or less from a customer per occasion, such as Christmas. However, cash and cash equivalents, such as checks or gift cards that can be exchanged for cash, must never be accepted in any amount.

I'd like to take this opportunity to say this federal regulation is BS. Normally I would say in the most festive way possible, screw the Government. But, it's law. Additionally, I would hate to get my mail carrier (who is awesome by the way) in hot water.

So now instead of giving the traditional cash tip, we have to get creative. Under $20 creative.

Does anyone have any good ideas?

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