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Thinking of You Week centers on mail

Message Monsters stamps, released in 2021, and this year’s Thinking of You stamps are perfect on letters and cards for friends and family.

Thinking of You Week, a time when the greeting card industry urges people to put pen to paper to let their near and dear know they care, is Sept. 18-24.

The Postal Service has an ideal complement to those cards and letters: Thinking of You stamps.

Released last month, the stamps come in five designs with whimsical images of flowers, balloons, cute animals, sweet treats and symbols of good luck. The pane also has die-cut stickers that can be used to add even more panache to an envelope.

If that’s not enough Thinking of You for you, completists might want to consider the just-released USPS-licensed Thinking of You Stamp rollerball pen from Retro51.

USPS is also getting in the spirit by using a Thinking of You cancellation postmark throughout September.

Thinking of You Week began in the United Kingdom in 2014 and has grown into an international observance. The U.S. website for the week features an interview with Ellen Surrey, the artist who illustrated the Thinking of You stamps, and also spotlights the Message Monsters stamps released in 2021.