The Postal Service is a reliable source of gifts for family and friends of all ages this holiday season.
There are a variety of USPS-branded toys, apparel, home decor and collectibles.
For those tackling gift lists, there is an array of popular licensed products — most under $100 — from The Postal Store, part of usps.com, and other retailers.
• The Great American Mail Race Board Game by Big Potato Games ($34.99) is sold by Target. The game is designed for kids 10 and up, adults and postal aficionados, as players race around the United States delivering parcels.
• U.S. Stamps of the ’80s Puzzle by The Op ($17.99) is available at The Postal Store. This 1,000-piece puzzle takes philatelists back to the 1980s with collections such as 1981’s Desert Cactus Plants, the 1984 Olympics, 1987’s Special Occasions and 1989’s Dinosaurs.
• Monopoly: U.S. Stamps Edition by The Op ($44.99) is also available at The Postal Store. This take on the classic game has players travel the board with USPS-inspired tokens such as a mailbox, roll of stamps, an eagle and more, to buy, trade and sell the most memorable stamps from U.S. history.
• The USPS Love Stamp ($58) and Dragons Stamp ($76.50) rollerball pens by Retro 1951 are both available at The Postal Store. These pens pay homage to previous stamp releases and will glide across the page of holiday cards, stationery and letters.
• USPS Post Office Tent by Kid Trax ($44) is recommended for ages 3-7 and is available for purchase at The Postal Store. The play tent is designed like a real Post Office and features a roll-up front door, window and rear dock loading door with an attached mail collection box.
• U.S. Mail Carrier costumes are available at The Postal Store for both kids ($24.95) and pets ($17.99).
• USPS Collectible Bobblehead Set ($119.99) is a fun way to display postal history. The four-character set includes Mr. ZIP, an eagle representing air mail and one representing the Pony Express, and a bear dressed as a mail carrier.
Some of the featured products are available while supplies last, and shoppers should consult mail-by dates to ensure delivery in time for the holidays.
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