Say thank you to your delivery drivers with snacks. This free snack sign printable will help you create a thank you basket for delivery drivers.
Why I Started Leaving Snacks for Delivery Drivers
Why should you leave treats out for your delivery men and women? I started when I was working from home with three young kids, and there were weeks when I rarely left the house. So making a “quick stop” at the grocery store or swinging through Target wasn’t happening. So I ordered items online A LOT. That also means we got tons of deliveries and had a lot of recycling.
I decided I needed to devise a thank-you idea for delivery drivers and sanitation workers to show them how thankful I am for them! I mean – their jobs are crazy hectic – especially in December! So I began leaving out sodas, water, and snacks with the following sign. (I love sharing free signs – you can view more of them here)!
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Well, the reaction was huge! Everyone took one or two snacks and was so grateful. It made my heart so happy that I couldn’t give it up come January. I kept it going, off and on, ever since. How do I do that without breaking the bank? Great question! Here are a few of my secrets. Want more free resources? Check them out here.
Tips for Leaving Snacks for Delivery Drivers
Shop the deals for great snacks
I keep an eye out for weeks when snack foods are on sale. Gushers, granola bars, bags of chips, and such are frequently on sale. I stock up or grab a few when they are and keep them all in a tub to keep the supply always stocked. I don’t hesitate to purchase off-brands or shop around. I always check prices on Amazon and at my local grocery before purchasing. See my favorites below!
Choose a spot that is easily accessible for the delivery driver
Many people will only take something if I have a sign out! For the garbage and recycling men and women, I leave a post-it on our bins that says, “Thank you so much for your hard work! Please always help yourselves to snacks on our porch! Thank you” And then they even BRING IN OUR GARBAGE AND RECYCLING BINS. Y’all!! That may be the entire reason I keep this up. It’s amazing! After one or two weeks, I take the post-it away, and they know to help themselves.
Handy tip: Just leave everything sitting on the ground
It’s simple and keeps me from cleaning a container every few weeks. The more accessible, the better for me. I’ve never had any issues with bugs AT ALL, and we live in the South, where the bugs run rampant!
And most importantly…
This is a NO STRESS situation: If the snacks don’t get restocked before garbage day, I refuse to be bothered by it. I’ll try again next week, and that’s that. This is supposed to bring joy to me too. If it’s not bringing me joy, I let it slide for as long as I need it. That’s okay. Please be sure to give yourself grace.
How to afford snacks for delivery drivers
If you’re wondering how to afford to leave treats for your delivery men and women, you’re not alone! Just type SNACKS into Amazon’s search bar, and you’ll find a large assortment of treats in all price ranges. These Cheez-Its provide you an excellent bang for your buck.
I buy soda when they’re 3 12-packs for $9 or something! (Keep an eye on your local deals) I grab an assortment of caffeinated and decaffeinated. The most popular for me are Sprite and Root Beer. Coke and Dr. Pepper do well, too – but I always grab Sprite and Root Beer if it’s on sale!
During the Summer, I switch from soda to water. I also leave out little flavor packets to add to their water, like these sweet tea packets or these Jolly Rancher packets. I don’t bother to put the water bottles on ice – mainly because I need more time or energy to remember that every day!
Spread Joy by Leaving Snacks for Delivery Drivers
Once you get started leaving snacks out for your delivery drivers, it’s addicting! Sharing kindness with strangers is a great way to spread joy. What do you do to spread more joy? I’d love to know! Leave a note below with your routines and traditions so I can try them out too! And if you’re looking for a FREE PRINTABLE to share snacks with your delivery drivers, grab them below!