Two new first class, “Forever” USPS stamps have been released for the 2021 holiday.
Otters in Snow was released on October 12, 2021. The watercolor art features 4 depictions of playful otters. The artist is John Burgoyne. They would be appropriate anytime.
The other new stamp is a Christmas stamp. Also a first class, “Forever” stamp, A Visit From St. Nick features 4 designs by artist Brad Woodard, inspired, of course, by the famous poem.
The stamps are sold in books of 20 for $11.60. The price of a single stamp is now 58 cents. Keep in mind that many contemporary holiday greeting cards are oversized, odd-sized and/or heavy. They require hand-cancelling and additional postage.
Many holiday favorites from previous years will still be available, including designs for Diwali, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, as well as additional Christmas stamps.
I send my cards right after Thanksgiving so I buy my stamps and cards early in the year. My post office sold me a book of the “wreath” Forever stamps left over from 2019 last week. Two of the wreaths are in earth tones so I will probably use those as my Thanksgiving stamps and save the red and green ones for cards. If there is a style you like, be sure to check your post office for availability!