Odd unwanted gifts for grabs on Trade Me

TOM HUNT
Last updated 11:06 26/12/2013

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A second-hand Christmas ham is among the peculiar unwanted gifts that has appeared for sale on Trade Me.

As the auction website anticipates a surge in listings of unwanted gifts today, spokesman Paul Ford has released some of the stranger items to appear so far.

Topping the list is a 4kg-or-more ''free range Harmony ham'', which remains  in its wrapper.

For a buy-now offer, ham lovers can get the hunk of meat but need to pick it up from One Tree Hill in Auckland. Also on the list is a 224-page book about Christchurch International Airport.

''This book will be enjoyed by everyone interested in New Zealand aviation, transport or the history of Christchurch,'' seller Phoebeblue promises.

A set of ''brand new, never worn, unwanted gift'' size 16 red and black lingerie also makes the list with a buy now of just $30.

Mr Ford said more than 200,000 searches for unwanted gifts were logged on Boxing Day last year.

"It's become a Kiwi tradition to check what is up for grabs on Trade Me on Boxing Day - a gift that missed the mark for someone elsewhere in the country could be that bargain you've been looking for.''

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