Thank Your Delivery Drivers During the Holidays w/ this Free Printable Sign

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How to Thank Your Delivery Person During the Holidays

Did you do some online shopping during Black Friday and Cyber Monday?

If you’re like me and do the majority of your holiday shopping online, before you know it the packages will start piling up. Today, I’m sharing a fun and easy way to say THANK YOU as a way of giving back to those hardworking delivery drivers! They’re an important part of making the holidays run smoother for everyone, and they definitely deserve our appreciation and a nice shoutout. ❤️


basket of snacks outside door for delivery drivers

Thank a delivery driver with some snacks!

Consider putting a small basket of refreshments, such as individually wrapped snacks, on your doorstep for a delivery person to grab and go as they drop off packages at your home. I’ve even designed a cute FREE printable sign you can place in the basket that lets delivery drivers know to take a snack.

basket of snacks outside door for delivery drivers with sign

It’s just a small act of kindness that can brighten someone’s day and can help fuel a driver’s energy.


delivery driver basket of snacks year round

We have two designs for you to choose from!

On top of our Christmas version of this sign, we’ve included a separate one to use year-round, so even after the holiday season, you can continue this fun tradition all year if you’d like.


Some Hip Tips for creating this Thank a Delivery Driver basket:

  • If you’re concerned about small animals getting into snacks, consider using a small cooler instead. You could also use a small cooler for cold drinks if you’re in warmer weather like me.

basket of snacks for delivery drivers


Delivery Drivers Thank You Snack Basket

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Supplies Needed

Directions

1

Print either the holiday thank you sign, or the year-round version and place it into your storage basket.

2

Fill your storage basket with a selection of snacks and drinks or bottled water.

3

Set outside your porch, patio, or entryway so that delivery drivers may select their snacks on the go!


How to Thank Your Delivery Person During the Holidays

My basket is always a success, year after year!

I’ve offered this basket of snacks each year and every delivery person has taken a snack! This one as you can see was around 8 pm. He dropped off the box and took a snack and drink. It’s actually been really FUN to watch and hear on our outdoor Nest camera. One FedEx person kept saying “WOW!’ and “Thank You!” 😍


Use our FREE printable Christmas bucket list this season with your family!


Lina has a Bachelor's Degree from Northern Arizona University with 10 years of blogging and photography experience having work featured in Today.com, Martha Stewart, Country Living, Fox News, Buzzfeed, and HGTV.


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  1. Kim

    I’ve been putting treats and water bottles on my front step for several years now for UPS, FED EX, USPS and also Schwan’s. I put the basket out daily between Black Friday and Christmas Eve. My sign isn’t as pretty as yours, but my drivers were pretty shy about taking stuff, and in past years they have taken very little. So this year I amended my note to tell them to help themselves as often as they’d like. A lot more treats are being taken this year and I love it! I try to notice what they take the most so I can have things they enjoy. Beef jerky is by far and away the biggest hit with my drivers!!!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      That’s so wonderful!

  2. VB Vee

    I am home for 99% of our home deliveries. If UPS and Fed Ex Knock, I tip them right then and there if they haven’t left before I get to the door. I appreciate them knocking cause I live in an apt building and it’s less stressful not having to wonder “what if” someone takes my packages. Our mail carrier will get they appreciation gesture from us at Xmas time. We’ve had a wonderful carrier for some time now.

    • Trineke

      UPS, FedEx, and USPS can not take tips or they risk being terminated. I know the UPS allows small gifts under $20 one time per year, but other than that it’s completely against their rules for employees.

  3. ChrisDan

    I FINALLY printed your sign and put out drinks and snacks. THANK YOU for such an awesome act of kindness! I appreciate all of your hard work. Blessings to you all this holiday season!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh that’s so neat! Thanks for sharing, and for the sweet comment!

  4. katie

    I remember seeing a post like this last year and I read through the comments and I was shocked at how mean people were. Saying why should they get a treat, they are just doing their job. As a wife of a UPSer it is so stressful and crazy hours and yes, we all signed up for this – but kindness matters. And it goes a long way. I am glad drivers get recognition, I wish they guys in the office did too. Thanks for all you kind words this year. We love our delivery people!

    • Sarah

      Wife of a UPSer here too. It’s such a hard job and yes they get paid, but those little pick me ups during the day helps them get through each day and the season.

  5. Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

    Thanks Katie! I agree, this is so small, but could make someone’s day!

  6. Ash

    I would totally do this if they brought my packages to my house instead of leaving them on top my mailbox and everyone else’s! That’s a great idea!

  7. Layner

    Not sure if this has already been asked, but has anyone had animals get into the snacks they leave out? I’m not home during the day, so I want to be able to leave a basket out during the day, but I’m afraid critters may get into the snacks. We have a lot of groundhogs and possums in our area and I dont want them getting into it. I want to display the items in a basket where the delivery drivers can just grab and go because I feel like they may not bother if it’s all in a tub with a lid. Any thoughts??

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Ya most people with critters are saying they use a little cooler or tub with lid. Sorry if that’s not helpful, but maybe others will have another idea.

    • Ann

      For us, Critters come out at night. I place outside during the day and take it back in at 8pm.

  8. tinawall

    I had one Amazon delivery guy tell me he wanted to hug me but said he wasn’t going to because it was raining and he was soaking wet. Not sure I am going to go out and hug the delivery person (LOL) but I thought it was sweet. He was so excited to get a pack of chips and a granola bar. My husband even commented on how nice the sign was compared to my hand written one I used last year. He thought I made it but I had to fess up and give Hip2Save the credit.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh I love everything about this! How fun- thanks for sharing!

  9. Bunny

    This is such an excellent idea, particularly in light of the coronavirus with folks staying home now. Maybe even provide a container of wipes or hand gel dispenser for the drivers as well.

    • Susie

      Snacks were a great idea when this was originally posted in December, however, with the Coronavirus outbreak I would change the items offered a bit. Perhaps wipes, hand sanitizers, and bottled drinks…nothing they will be touching with their hands and then putting in their mouths. Keep in mind that washing their hands often is not an option for delivery drivers.

      • Mario

        Well people tough stuff in the stores too. You just have to wipe off your packages. I am sure they have wipes in their truck.

  10. ImThatJennay

    This will be my project today. I’ve been meaning to do this for forever! Thanks!

  11. Heidi

    I do this every year for the drivers and they absolutely LOVE it! I have also now started to include the local law enforcement as I live in a same town—- not only does this bring them in your neighborhood but they also appreciate being appreciated too!

    • Jennifer

      Hi. 🙂 I love the idea of extending this to police but I can’t picture how this works. Please help me understand how your police enjoy these snacks. Are they walking by your house and see them from the sidewalk? Truly appreciate your response. Thanks! 🙂

    • Tig

      I would like to hear more. Thanks!

  12. Jstbeachy

    Thx for updating the sign I have a post it note for On Trac delivery drivers too Those drivers bring the Ulta & Sephora deliveries!

  13. kateparker

    THIS IS SO STINKING COOL! How thoughtful and rad! We need more posts like this with easy access to save and print. Thanks so much!!!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh good! Thanks for the feedback ❤️

  14. Mara

    I’m a UPS driver in Indiana and We All appreciate the snacks and water you all have left out!! It made me feel connected to y’all when I saw the hip 2 save sign too!! 😊

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh yay!! Yes I love hearing that 🥰 Thanks Mara!

  15. Michele

    The baskets are a great idea. Also go to the street after dark and see if your address is visible. Too often people pain their houses and forget to put their numbers back up, or hang decorations over the address.

  16. jjs061881

    I am a whole Foods/Amazon delivery driver! Even though I don’t always take an offering, its greatly appreciated and does make us smile! Thanks for showing this mainstream!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh I’m so glad! Thanks for sharing!

    • rebecacha

      I am an Amazon Flex driver and I LOVE the snacks and I always take a little something. It truly warms my heart. I would love to thank the person back and I didnt know how. I am thinking I should carry a little note pad and leave a note to show the customer how much I appreciate their act of kindness! 🙂

      • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

        Oh how wonderful!! Yes that be nice. 👏

      • Amber

        This site often posts deals for personalized thank you notes and such. I would keep some of those handy or you can even grab a pack of about 8 at dollar tree.

  17. desiree

    Does no one live in an area where people will just steal the whole basket? I love the idea, but I’ve had so many things stolen right off my front step that it’s pointless. If I catch them in person, I offer but it’s not quite the same

    • roz

      I was thinking the very same thing. You’d have to sit on your porch with a stun gun guarding the goods…

  18. Танюшка

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  19. Cathy

    I added imperfect foods to my sign because they deliver to my house now!!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh good thinking – thanks Cathy!

  20. Karen Kopetic

    I do this every year however, I include the recycle and sanitation workers. I leave a sign that says thank you all for your help throughout the year. They thank me often. I also leave cold gatorade on my recycle and garbage cans when it’s hot. Enjoy!!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh that’s a great idea! Thanks

      • Kate D

        I edited mine to say delivery drivers and vendors. We have lots of critters so since Covid I order small Purell hand sanitizers from Amazon. So far I’ve given away 540 bottles.

    • marie

      I do too! I hate it when I miss our trash people. They really are awesome. When I catch them we always run good and drinks out to them. I was just talking to my husband the other day about when to set this up this year!

  21. Evie

    We just tip at Christmas. No one works harder than the mailman. They are short staffed and many mothers had to quit to educate their children. Give cash tips or giftcards!
    The rest make over $15 an hour.
    This is a much easier job than a cashier or trashman.
    The risk of Covid is from co workers, not delivering.

    • PrincessMom

      It’s not about how much money they make, and the postal carriers I know make way more money than the other delivery people. It’s about giving them a little token of appreciation. This time of year they all have a really hard job with the added volume and the fact that it’s getting dark earlier and it’s getting cold in some areas.

      As a side note, USPS carriers are prohibited from accepting cash gifts and any gifts must be $20 or less in value. (We usually leave our mailman a Dunkin gift card.)

  22. Ana

    I so want to do this but I’m afraid the super tall dogs that roam around my neighborhood might just take those snacks instead.

    • Gramma C

      I would work on getting rid of the super tall dogs 🐕 wandering your neighborhood. Doesn’t sound safe. Pets owners…. please take care of your pets responsibly. We have a lot of loose dogs in our town as well. It’s a problem.

  23. loretta

    We sat our goody box out yesterday. It’s seriously the highlight of my day watching them all on camera. I love to see them smiling!! It’s fun to see what everyone will choose. We do combos, chips, peanut butter crackers, slim Jims, cupcakes, twinkies, cookies, chocolate candy bars, and bottled waters. ❤❤❤

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh that’s so awesome 👏 yep I love it too! Thanks Loretta for sharing ❤️

  24. Laura

    I’ve been doing this for some time now since I first saw this on H2S, but none of my delivery drivers ever take anything. Its so disappointing.

    • Megan

      Maybe try and catch them and ask what snacks they would appreciate? I’ve noticed the slim Jim’s/jerky and Gatorade are the first to go from my box so I try and get more of those. Last year we had a guy who loved the chili Fritos so I always had those too.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Really!? Aw I’m sorry 😞

    • Amymae1100

      I live in the country and really don’t have anywhere to put a basket of things so I decided to print these and just cut the top off and made small baskets for each one individually. They were all very appreciative. Ibotta has a few sodas free after cash back too I added. I put jerky sticks, small hand sanitizers, granola bars, etc. I figured if there was stuff they didn’t want they could give it away. TY H2S got this!!!

      • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

        Wow that’s so generous and neat to hear! Thanks for sharing <3

  25. PrincessMom

    I try to keep an eye out for them in the summer and I’ll race out the door with a bottle of cold water or gatorade. They’ve been really surprised and happy to accept a cold drink on a hot day. 🙂

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      That’s so thoughtful!

  26. Jenna

    How funny, I just put mine together today and my sign had been ruined in the rain so I was going to make a new one. This one is so much nicer! I put our food and drinks in a small cooler to protect them from the elements (we are in NH). I try to buy snacks and drink in bulk (from this site of course). I could use some gum too, come to think of it.

  27. Jenna

    How funny, I just put mine together today and my sign had been ruined in the rain so I was going to make a new one. This one is so much nicer! I put our food and drinks in a small cooler to protect them from the elements (we are in NH). I try to buy snacks and drink in bulk (from this site of course). I could use some gum too, come to think of it.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh good, thanks for sharing Jenna!

  28. Kimberly McGraw

    I found your idea last year and loved it so much we are doing it again this year. I love how you have added tips and your pictures look awesome! Thanks for your free printables, too!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh thank you so much! I’m glad you like them!

  29. Sharron

    This is so sweet to do, they are so tired and busy, So thoughtful!!!

  30. Cindy

    Thanks for sharing this cute printable! We tip our mailman every year but never figured out a way to thank our package deliverers since its not always the same person. This is a wonderful idea. Box was halfway done towards the evening I’m so happy it was well received!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh yay!!! That’s the BEST! I’m so glad <3 Thanks for sharing Cindy!

  31. Bonnie

    Thank you so much for creating this sign and giving me the idea to do this! I put out a basket of snacks and drinks yesterday. My husband commented on how nice the sign looked (which I put in a page protector so it wouldn’t get wet & also added OnTrac). We only had flavored sparkling water, so I went to Grocery Outlet today and found a variety of drinks for 50c each–no soda, but Izze juice, plus cold brew coffee & soy milk. They also had mini Kind bars 8/$1, plus boxes of candy canes for 50c. I didn’t spend very much, and it feels good giving back to the people who work so hard delivering our packages!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Aw that’s so great to hear! Thanks for sharing, and I agree they work so hard. 👏

  32. Nic

    Thank you so much for the idea! We put our drinks and snacks in a storage tote to prevent animals from getting in. I printed the signs on bright green paper and had them laminated at the UPS store. I used packing tape to secure one sign on top and one on the front. Everything has held up great considering I live in Buffalo.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Yay!!! That’s so awesome 👏 thanks for sharing Nic!

    • Lana

      A storage tote will not stop them. Squirrels will chew it up and we have bears and have had a mailbox destroyed because there was a sample of crackers.

      • Nic

        Aww that’s too bad , Lana. We’ve had squirrels chew on the edge of it but they were not able to get inside. It does help to use a heavy duty tote. Hardware stores such as Home Depot, Lowes, etc. carry them. A regular tote would not hold up well especially if you have a variety of animals.

  33. Bree

    I wanted to thank you so so much for these adorable printables and such great ideas for giving. It really is so much fun and I kick myself when I forget to leave the basket out!!!

  34. ienotaryservices

    They work so hard to deliver our “stuff” I started doing this last year ! I add drinks and snacks ! I wrote an thank you note but now add this will add “Instacart “ 😂. Thank you to all !!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh good thinking! There are so many now! lol

  35. Lana

    We have bears here and putting food out is asking for trouble. We had our mailbox torn apart because we had a sample of crackers come in the mail. Just be smart.

    • NikkiLLM5

      Wow! Proud we don’t have bears! But we do have ants so I put our snacks in ziplock bags. I don’t know much about what you can and can’t do with bears but I do know they have amazing sniffers! Would something like a ziplock keep them from smelling the snacks if you did that and put them in a cooler? Just wondering.

  36. Ron

    These signs are great and well appreciated. As a delivery driver (mailman) I really am thankful for them and the snacks too!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh yay that makes us super happy! Thanks Ron for all your hard work!

  37. Susan

    I have been doing this for almost a year straight now. I have a styrofoam cooler with a lid because I live in FL. I put a couple ice packs on one side each morning and lay the drinks on top of the ice packs. I put the snacks on the other side- Oreos seem the be the favorite around here. I used packing tape to put the sign directly onto the lid of my cooler and covered to entire sign to make it weather proof. After the first couple months of doing this I added another smaller sign asking to please knock or ring the doorbell. I get fresh produce delivered twice a month and it would just sit on my porch in the heat if I didn’t know it got delivered. With the sign I get a door bell about 85% of the time now:) My mail carrier was so excited about the cooler she tried to give me money to pay for her snacks. I politely declined and explained that would defeat the purpose of the cooler if she was paying for her own snack.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Wow you are dedicated! How awesome Susan🙌💕

  38. Pat

    I guess i live in the wrong place because not one of them will ring the doorbell or knock. They throw and go, had an expensive item stolen from my porch last week and it won’t be replaced by the company because Fed Ex isn’t responsible since the company didn’t ask for a signature.

  39. NikkiLLM5

    I’ve done this for my mailman. I’ll use one of the kids small school lunchboxes that came with a backpack to put an ice pack in and 2 bottles of water. I do include different flavors of drop ins because out of 7 of us only 1 likes plain water. Then I’ll put a sweet junk food type snack, a piece of fruit, and either a bag of chips or peanut butter & crackers (in the south we refer to these as nabs. You have peanut butter nabs and cheese nabs. They are a staple because they are quick, easy, don’t melt, and will tie you over till you can get a real meal! 🤣) in a ziplock bag. I left a note the first time telling him that me & the kids wanted to leave him a happy but we weren’t sure if he liked plain water or what flavors he likes so we included a few of our favs. And we left snacks but we hoped he wasn’t diabetic so hopefully there is something he can eat if he is. Or if he’s on a diet, has to watch what he eats, etc. We hope there is something here that he likes and can have. We also told him if he didn’t have any diet restrictions and liked them all to please feel free to take it all and we really appreciate him delivering all of our mail in good and bad weather! But please stay safe! When we checked our mailbox that afternoon he had taken it all which made my kids super happy! He did leave the lunchbox. So don’t forget your regular mail carriers! They come to you almost everyday!

  40. Michelle

    I had originally intended to remove my basket after the holidays. As we continued to have items delivered, we left the baskets out and just change the decoration for each season. We have one basket for drinks and snacks and one basket for safety items (tissues, hand sanitizer, wipes). One delivery guy rand the bell to tell us that they appreciate the snacks as they are working longer hours and cannot always get to a restaurant to grab a bite. My baskets have now become fixtures.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      That is so nice of you Michelle! Thanks for doing that!

  41. Amy Joan

    I just started this tradition this year, now that we own our own home. I’ve been privileged to be in the living room when they stop by and can hear how happy they are. It feels good to bless someone else!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Aww yay! I agree! Thanks Amy for sharing. Also congrats on the home 🙌💕

  42. scombro01

    I did this last year! Now just need good deals on snacks! Thank you

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Yay! Okay I’ll pass that along. Thanks for sharing!

    • willowcat

      Ditto on everything she said!!

  43. Sister Sledge

    Could you put together a list of some good deals on some goodies we can put out for the delivery drivers?
    I found some blueberry breakfast biscuits with 9 packs in each package at the dollar tree… they taste just like the belvita ones but less expensive imo.

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