Official issuer of New Zealand stamps & commemorative coins

Christmas 2021

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Christmas is celebrated by many New Zealanders, and each year people send well wishes by post to friends and family in New Zealand and around the world.

Issue information

With a contemporary approach to the Nativity story, the Christmas stamps for 2021 feature colour-blocked gradients that evoke stained glass windows. Simple forms, shapes and profiles in both the characters and the landscapes they occupy bring the meaning of each character and the warmth and connection of Christmas to life.

Single stamps

Single stamps in this issue are:

$1.50 Angel

The Angel Gabriel appeared before the Virgin Mary and said, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.” The angel told her that she would conceive a son, and she would call him Jesus.

$2.80 Baby Jesus

The Nativity story tells us that Mary and her husband Joseph traveled to Bethlehem, where Jesus was born in a humble stable.

$3.60 Shepherd

Meanwhile in the hills outside Bethlehem, an angel appeared before shepherds who were watching their flock. The angel said the son of God had been born, and they would find him in Bethlehem.

$4.10 Wise Man

A bright star appeared in the sky to signal that a great ruler had been born. Three wise men followed the star to Bethlehem, taking with them gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.

Product listing for Christmas 2021

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Image Title Description Price
Christmas 2021 First Day Cover | NZ Post Collectables First Day Cover First day cover with four gummed stamps affixed. Cancelled on the first day of issue. $12.50
Christmas 2021 Miniature Sheet First Day Cover | NZ Post Collectables Miniature Sheet First Day Cover First day cover with gummed miniature sheet affixed. Cancelled on the first day of issue. $12.50
Christmas 2021 Self-adhesive First Day Cover | NZ Post Collectables First Day Cover First day cover with three self-adhesive stamps affixed. Cancelled on the first day of issue.


Technical information

Date of issue: 3 November 2021
Number of stamps: Four gummed, three self-adhesive
Denominations: Gummed: $1.50, $2.80, $3.60 & $4.10; Self-adhesive: $1.50, $2.80, $3.60
Designed and illustrated by: Cam Price, New Zealand Post, Wellington, New Zealand
Printer and process: Southern Colour Print, New Zealand by lithography
Number of colours: Four process colours plus spot UV
Stamp size and format: Gummed: 35mmx 45.6mm (vertical); Self-adhesive: 25mm 30mm (vertical)
Miniature sheet size and format: 150mm x 90mm (horizontal)
Paper type: Gummed: Tullis Russell 106gsm red phosphor gummed stamp paper; Self-adhesive: Arconvert - (FSC) Securpost MC 90/Cprint100 P11p - Non Soak Off
Number of stamps per sheet: 25
Perforation gauge: 14.286 x 13.895
Special blocks: Plate/imprint blocks may be obtained by purchasing at least six stamps from a sheet. Barcode blocks are available in A and B formats.
Period of sale: Unless stocks are exhausted earlier, these stamps will remain on sale until 2 November 2022. First day covers remained on sale until 2 January 2022.