American Express Gift Cards are currently available for purchase at Post Offices. Four new holiday-themed designs, including two with Holiday Baubles stamp art, are available for sale in $25 and $50 fixed amounts, as well as variable dollar amounts between $25 and $100. American Express Gift Cards are accepted everywhere as cash and not limited to merchants who accept American Express credit cards.
Gift cards are the most requested gifts during the holidays, and 80 percent of holiday shoppers will buy at least one card this season. Customers can purchase and mail this popular item from their local Post Office. No sales tax is charged for Post Office purchases.
The Postal Service offers special Priority envelopes for use in sending gift cards. Never send a gift card through the mail in regular envelopes. Use the Priority Mail gift card envelope or a padded envelope. Most Post Offices sell greeting cards as well for your convenience.
Help children with their
holiday mail to Santa
Again this year, Santa has asked the Post Office to share these easy tips with children and families to help their letters get to him as quickly as possible.
Children should ask their parents for help addressing and placing stamps on letters. This can avoid misspellings, which can slow down letters, or using too much or too little postage.
Like all mail, it s important that letters to Santa include a complete, legible return address.
Santa enjoys candy canes and cookies and reindeer enjoy fresh hay. But because the treats can be damaged or crushed when sent in a regular envelope, Santa says it s better to leave them out on Christmas Eve than to mail them.
No extra packaging material, such as string or tape, is needed on a letter to Santa. The glue on the envelope flap is all that s needed.
A self-supporting government enterprise, the U.S. Postal Service is the only delivery service that reaches every address in the nation, 150 million residences, businesses and Post Office Boxes. The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses, and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations. With 32,000 retail locations and the most frequently visited website in the federal government, usps.com, the Postal Service has annual revenue of more than $67 billion and delivers nearly 40 percent of the worl' s mail. If it were a private sector company, the U.S. Postal Service would rank 29th in the 2010 Fortune 500. Black Enterprise and Hispanic Business magazines ranked the Postal Service as a leader in workforce diversity. The Postal Service has been named the Most Trusted Government Agency six consecutive years and the sixth Most Trusted Business in the nation by the Ponemon Institute.