Looking for a way to support the United States Postal Service? Consider buying some delightful USPS merch.
As the U.S. Postal Service fights to survive the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic and active efforts from President Trump’s administration to cut their funding to prevent mail-in ballots, they need all the help they can get.
Some impactful steps you can take, such as contacting your congressional representatives or protesting, require a bit more effort. But if you’re looking for a quick, easy way to lend support to the agency, do a little online shopping.
The online USPS store sells a variety of stamps, shipping supplies, cards and envelopes, collector’s items, and other business supplies that you can purchase to help fund the USPS. But the store also has a gift section that features 133 pieces of USPS merchandise that you can rep to show your support.
The gift shop includes everything from official stamp dispensers and bags, to fun stuff like apparel, pet supplies, and toys. It’s worth browsing the entire online store to see what’s right for you, but if you’re looking for a peek at the goods, here are 12 of our favorite items for sale.
1. Mini USPS uniforms
Looking for the perfect way to stand in solidarity with the U.S. Postal Service? Buy a mini uniform for a child or pet in your life. The USPS sells Halloween costumes for toddlers, kids, and dogs, but you definitely don’t need to wait until October to dress up and pretend to deliver mail.
2. Toy USPS vehicle
Toy USPS vehicles like this 2018 Ram Promaster Van for $16.99, or this 1971 USPS Jeep for $5.99 are great buys, too. There are a few other vehicles for sale as well, in case you’re looking to collect them all.
3. A stamp puzzle
Puzzles are all the rage in quarantine, which makes a USPS puzzle like this Presidential Stamps Puzzle a win/win. Not only will you be showing the U.S. Postal Service support in this difficult time, but you’ll also be investing in a quality self-care activity.
4. A USPS-themed bag
If you’re jealous of the child and dog Halloween costumes above, fear not. There’s authentic-looking USPS swag for adults, too. You can purchase a USPS backpack for $34.95 or a Mailbag Tote for $54.95.
5. Celebrity USPS merch
Some people already know that USPS has a lot of celebrity-related keepsakes, but for aspiring collectors, USPS celeb merch might be worth checking out. Singers like Marvin Gaye, for instance, have entire folios (for $35.95,) which include stamps and more. Check out the store for additional celebrity merch.
6. A USPS magic kit
For $34.95 you can support the USPS while also learning a few magic tricks. The U.S. Postal Service partnered with magician Mac King to create a creative magic kit that will teach you five exciting card tricks. The Art of Magic kit also includes a set of unique magic-themed stamps, which feature categories that correspond to the tricks. (Production, prediction, levitation, vanishing, and transformation.)
7. USPS ornaments
Uhh, these USPS glass Christmas ornaments (ranging in price from $15.95 to $16.95) are genuinely gorgeous. Who wouldn’t want one?
8. Framed stamps
Calling all collectors and sentimental people looking for new wall art: Buy some framed stamps! The USPS online store sells a bunch of great-looking framed stamps related to all sorts of interests. From Bugs Bunny and Sesame Street, to presidents, dinosaurs, Woodstock, and more. There’s something for everyone.
9. A reusable tote bag
If you’re looking to add some variety to your reusable tote bag collection, the USPS has got you covered. Their totes come in packs of five and range in price, but they’re no more than $15.95. (Spoiler alert: The USPS loves a good holiday tote.)
10. A leather passport wallet
If you’re in need of a new passport holder the USPS online store is offering these sleek and simple black or brown leather passport wallets for $16.99 each.
11. An American Postal Portrait: A Photographic Legacy
If you’re looking to learn more about USPS history, splurge for a copy of An American Postal Portrait: A Photographic Legacy. Per the USPS website, the $15.95 book features “the first-ever photographic history of the United States Postal Service” along with some behind-the-scenes stories.
12. A stamp dispenser
This $14.99 Metal Stamp Coin Dispenser isn’t just a genuinely helpful way to keep your rolled stamps in order. It’ll also look cool on your desk.
To learn about more ways to support the USPS and why it matters, check out our full guide.