'Ugly' cheese knives top list of unwanted gifts

A set of "ugly" cheese knives are among 69 unwanted Christmas gifts Taranaki people are selling through online auction site TradeMe.

In what is an increasingly popular trend, many unwanted gifts are listed on Christmas Day itself, thereby selling in time for the New Year.

However, some Taranaki people are still listing their disappointing presents nearly two weeks after the big day and some aren't backward in coming forward about their reasons for selling.

On Sunday a Taranaki TradeMe seller with the user name aslan19 listed a set of four "ugly cheese knives" with "weird ceramic food on the handles".

Obviously not attached to them, the reserve price is $1.

Clothing is the most popular unwanted gift in Taranaki with 17 items listed.

In what may be a ploy to avoid hurt feelings, size issues are the most common reason for selling them rather than the dubious fashion taste of the gift giver.

Health and beauty products are next most unwanted with seven items listed, followed by kitchen gadgets on six. Many of the items, such as a Soda Stream, a mini hair curler and waffle maker are still in their boxes.

The most expensive Taranaki item is a games table "that probably weighs 13 kilograms".

The table is listed with the peculiarly precise starting price of $228.50.

As of yesterday, there were 6691 listings under "unwanted Christmas gifts" on TradeMe.

Taranaki Daily News