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  1. This site is about gift membership but occasionally I like to throw in news of memberships which may be of interest to people who aren’t necessarily looking for a gift for others. help thousands of their members turn clutter into cash every month.  It’s amazing what’s sold on there, from space hoppers and sailing boats to classic cars and camping gear.

    Preloved began in 1998 and it is now one of the largest classified advertising sites in the UK.   Its six million registered members buy and sell every week in over 500 categories.  

    One of the things Preloved particularly wants to do is to reduce the quantity of potential landfill. So it’s very easy to become a member of the Preloved community – you can list items for sale and find second hand items to buy.

    And on Sunday 19th August, Preloved have a Restoration Day.  This is where they are celebrating things which are second-hand and which have been restored to their former glory.

    The number one restored item...

    Members have sent Preloved the things they have restored and you can find a list of the top ten here.

    Here's a restored amp

    So if you’re thinking you’ve got stuff you could turn into cash, take a look at

    If you’ve seen something on Preloved and you’re thinking of restoring it to its original beauty but you don’t know where on earth to start, the Preloved blog has lots of handy hints and tips from Preloved members.

    There are different levels of membership, depending on how frequently you want to sell and buy stuff.  It doesn’t cost anything to get started but if you want to get more serious, then there are different memberships you can take up… and here are some special offers to take a peek at...

    Exclusive Restoration Day Discount Code
    12 months Full Membership for £3!
    Valid 18/08/2018-20/08/2018

    3 Months Full Membership Free (15 months for £5)
    Valid 01/08/2018-02/09/2018
    30% Off Premium Membership (12 Months for £10)
    Valid 01/08/2018-02/09/2018




  2. How about giving a nature lover a gift membership to the Wetlands and Wildfowl Trust?

    Wetlands are critical to all our wellbeing, wildlife and people.  There are always lots of wildlife around wetlands – it’s where land meets water – so they are great places to get close to wildlife.  Water always has a very relaxing effect on people – it’s helps you really feel chilled and that you’re at one with the world.

    Wetlands are vital because they supply our drinking water and help clean it before it goes into rivers and reservoirs for drinking;  they can also protect us from flooding as they store rainfall and buffer us from the sea.  Over half the world relies on wetland-grown rice as their staple diet.

    The big problem wetlands has is that many people see their area as wasted land.  They are destroyed or filled in as people don’t realise how important they are to plants, animals and people.

    However, thanks to new technology, WWT can actually create wetlands in a few months or years  - so this is where support really can make a difference.

    They currently have a 25% offer for Life Memberships, starting off at £637.50 for a joint senior membership.  But there are also other Memberships as well for a year which may be more in line with your budget.

    There are a number of wetland centres around the UK – you can find the one nearest to you here.  One of the member benefits is that you have unlimited free entry – fantastic!  

    Member benefits include:

    • Support conservation
    • Unlimited free entry
    • Waterlife magazine, four times a year
    • Beat the queues
    • Start visiting today

    There are a couple of extras with the Life Membership and you need to sign up by 28th September 2018 to enjoy the 25% off.   To do this, you need to call the Supporters Team on 01453 891196 and they will help you.

    Give a gift membership to WWT and help them help my friends and I

    Memberships help save wetlands and wildlife in the UK and abroad, so when you are enjoying a day out, you know your membership is making a difference.

    Find out about their latest projects in the UK and abroad here.(that’s including a project to help the Madagascar Pochard, a duck).

    If you don’t fancy a membership as a gift, why not adopt an animal from the WWT and support them in that way?  

    You could Sponsor a Spoon-billed Sandpiper
    Click here to fly away to the WWT Website



  3. I know this website is about Gift Memberships but I just wanted to pass on this rather lovely offer from Virgin Experience Days who list a lot of gift experiences. 

    And they are offering 15% off full price experiences between 30 July 2018 and 5 August 2018 if you use the code G1E23JN.

    Among them there are plenty of gifts if you’re looking to surprise a history lover or someone who loves to visit gardens, or enjoys a day out.

    Gift experiences for motor enthusiasts

    Some of the history gift experience ideas for history lovers include

    • A Tour of Bodmin Jail in Cornwall
    • A tour of a historic prison – there are 3 locations to choose from (Somerset, Shropshire and Gloucestershire)
    • A visit to Bletchley Park in Buckinghamshire, Britain’s top secret code breaking HQ during the Second World War
    • A visit to the Churchill War Rooms beneath the streets of London’s Westminster where 115 Cabinet meetings were held during the testing times of war in this wartime bunker
    • A Morgan Motor Company Factory Tour and Afternoon Tea for Two in Worcestershire
    • Visit to Donington Grand Prix Collection for Two Adults in Derbyshire
    • A Visit to Warwick Castle where you can experience over 1,100 years of jaw-dropping history in Warwickshire
    • Visit to The Historic Dockyard Chatham in Kent with Cream Tea for Two where you can explore over 400 years of British Naval history through exhibitions and restored warships
    • A Jack the Ripper Walking Tour in the east of London where you’ll learn about the crimes, victims and theories
    • There’s an Edinburgh History of Whisky Tour
    • Visit to The National Motorcycle Museum for Two Adults
    • Visit to Household Cavalry Museum in London which could be just the thing for Horse lovers
    • Lots of falcony experiences so that you can discover all about this time honoured tradition

    What is the inside of a prison like?

    There are also English Heritage memberships you can buy for history nuts in your family too.

    Oh and don’t forget their steam train experiences to take you back in time.

    There are also vintage flights, including a 30 minute Tiger Moth Flight & Duxford Museum Entry, De Havilland Rapide Flight over London and Spitfire experiences.

    So why am I telling you this now? 

    Because the lovely people at Virgin Experience Days are giving 15% off Full Price Experiences (so not valid on special offers etc) from 30 July 2018 to 5 August 2018.  Use the code  G1E23JN

    Terms and conditions: Now this code cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer and it doesn’t apply either to excluded products which can be found here

    Click here to go to Virgin Experience Days

  4. Do you know of someone who loves seahorses and the sea?

    If so, you could give them a membership to the Seahorse Trust or adopt a seahorse for them to help the Seahorse Trust. 

    Based in Devon, this UK registered charity that was set up as 1999.  It was established as an umbrella organisation to preserve and conserve, especially the marine environment.  It works with many organisations worldwide, and Seahorses are the flagship species of the Trust.

    Seahorses occupy the coastal areas - and sadly it is these areas which are greatly under threat, as they are vulnerable to human and natural interference.  Boating activities for instance can damage the sea grasses on which seahorses depend.   

    There's just been a key decision for seahorses in Studland Bay where the UK government has thankfully overlooked the objections of boating people and made imposed anchoring restrictions on boast in the area;  the anchors can destroy the seagrass.  This ban will give the seahorses there a chance to recover.

    You can join the Seahorse Trust for £25 a year.  You could also Adopt a Seahorse as a gift for just £4 a month. 

    Find out more about joining the Seahorse Trust and adopting a seahorse here