Ditch the excess gifts

By Brendan Manning


Put it online


According to Trade Me figures, thousands of New Zealanders will be heading online to hock off unwanted Christmas presents before the turkey's even gone cold on Christmas Day.

Trade Me spokesman Jeff Hunkin says more than 18,000 items were listed on the online auction website after lunchtime on December 25 last year, with a noticeable surge in listings between 7pm and 11pm.

The most popular items on-sold included linen, stationery, electric shavers, DVDs, ties, chocolates and kitchen appliances.

"The search term 'unwanted gift' goes nuts from around Boxing Day [with] buyers keen to find hidden gems among the new listings.

"Sellers of unwanted gifts should use this term in the listing description to generate more buyer interest."

Is it morally corrupt?


It's probably not advisable to let your mother-in-law know how you really feel about that hand-painted garden gnome she stuffed in this year's Christmas stocking.

But there's bound to be someone out there who wants it, so why not turn the trashy keepsake into hard cash?

Hunkin says selling on Trade Me reduces the awkwardness factor of trying to give the gift back, and provides the opportunity to get your stuff in front of a much larger audience.

What do people try to hock off?

You wouldn't believe some of the stuff that loved ones try to pass off as presents. Tea towels, socks, even Barry Manilow albums sometimes find their way under the tree.

However, the golden rule is to always remove the Christmas card with your name on it and never sell an item with an inscription or a personal message, Hunkin says.

Can I 're-gift'?


Absolutely. If you don't like your Christmas present, fear not - there's probably some poor sap you can pass it off to next year.

It's a great money saver. Just make sure you don't try to re-gift to the original gift-giver or things can get awkward.

What about the Christmas spirit?


Good point.

Those who are less monetarily inclined can rest with a full belly and clear conscience knowing their unwanted treats will be happily accepted by needy families in the New Year.

Auckland City Mission fundraising team leader Liam Willis says the charity would be "absolutely delighted" to receive any donations of Christmas presents, even if they came after the big day.

"We'll be able to use them for families throughout the year, for kids who might not have [a present], and also for the Christmas after as well - we'll be able to stockpile."

The Mission will have given out 20,000 presents by the end of December, the last of them distributed at a Christmas lunch for 2500 on the day.

Salvation Army Lower North Island store consultant Gareth Marshall expects the Salvation Army stores to be "very busy" with incoming donations.

"How many of them are Christmas presents I couldn't tell you because most of them aren't wrapped up."

- Hamilton News

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