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Here’s how to turn old stamps back into money
Not sure what to do with used postage stamps from Christmas cards? Why not spread a little love this season and donate them to charities where they will be turned into much-needed donations.
Stamps are sold by weight, meaning that many charities can turn old ones into funds to help their ongoing work. Simply cut the stamp off the envelope, making sure to leave approximately 1cm of envelope bordering the stamp, and post to the correct address.
With many organisations struggling as a result of the ongoing pandemic, this festive season is set to be harder than ever before — and something as simple as a stamp could be just what they need.
“This Christmas, collect stamps and make a difference to blind and partially sighted people,” the team at RNIB say, while urging people to save their stamps. “We will recycle them into much-needed funds for our services, such as our Letter from Santa in accessible formats for children with vision impairment to help them feel included at Christmas.”
To make a donation, simply head over to your chosen charity and you will find an address. Most charities accept all stamps including new or used, first or second class, foreign, first day covers, presentation packs or albums. Make sure you double-check before posting them.
Not sure which ones to donate to? Some of the charities accepting stamps include:
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This set of 10 chew toys for dogs has been designed to distract anxious pups. Each pack includes a variety of rope toys, including a fun carrot-shaped tug and pin teddy bear.
Give your furry friend somewhere warm to hide with this gorgeous house-shaped kennel made from rattan.
Created for comfort, this waterproof dog bed has a cushioned design filled with a plumped microfibre material to make it extra cosy. Thanks to its wipe-clean fabric, you can easily wipe away mucky stains and mess.
We think your four-legged friend will love this jolly festive stocking. Featuring a beautiful embroidered design, each stocking arrives with a suede toy, pocket treat tin and treats to go inside. So sweet!
With rainy weather here to stay, this waterproof dog coat from Regatta is what every pet parent needs. The stylish blue check design will make it easier to spot your pup when out and about.
We think these delicious biscuits from Lily’s Kitchen would work wonderfully in your dog’s stocking. Make sure you’re quick, because they’re only £2 in the Black Friday sale!
Train your pup over the holidays with this clever enrichment set. The perfect sensory activity for keeping dogs engaged, each pack comes complete with a mat, tube of liver paste and one tub of liki mat sprinkles.
Looking for a stocking filler for your pup? These tasty doggy treats look too good to eat. Shaped like a bone, they come in a small tweed bag.
This blue jumper for dogs is ideal for all-over coverage against the wind and rain, as well as for wrapping up warm at night. Lightweight and soft, it’s ideal for furry friends to enjoy when running and playing outside.
Keep your furry friend safe and secure with this soft dog harness. Now just £21.99, it has a scratch-resistant outer layer, nylon webbing to ensure good visibility at night, a sturdy handle, and a comfortable and ergonomic design. It’s available in five different sizes.
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With energy prices continuing to rise around the UK, this super soft pet blanket is perfect for keeping your pup warm when the temperatures tumble. We think it would make a wonderful Christmas present.
Keep your pup warm on your next winter’s walk with this adorable mini Barbour dog coat. Constructed in medium weight waxed cotton for robust water resistance and protection from rough terrain, this stylish dog coat features lightweight wadding for extra warmth.
Perfect for dark winter walks, this light-up dog collar will keep your pup safe and seen. It works for over 8 hours of lighting per full charge and is available in a range of colours.
In bright red, this toy is ideal for dogs who like to chew while also playing. Perfect for keeping aggressive chewers occupied.
Give your dog something to chew on with this fun orange ball. It’s the perfect stocking filler for your pup.
Buzzing with bees, this khaki-hued small dog bed is the perfect place for pooches to recline on. Will you get it for your pup this Christmas?
Want to treat your pup to something luxurious this Christmas? Aesop’s animal range includes this gentle fur cleanser for pampered pets.
In a smart grey, this ceramic pet bowl is available in two sizes for furry friends big and small. The minimalistic design will complement every interior scheme.
This gorgeous personalised dog stocking is such a lovely way to include your pet in the all-important Christmas traditions. Fill with their favourites treats.
This smiley green turtle might look cute, but he is double stitched with an extra thick black lining, making him very tough and durable. Perfect to keep active pups entertained for hours.
Who says perfume is just for humans? Well, Barbour’s dog cologne helps to refresh and soothe your pet’s skin while also helping them to smell fresh.
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