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Hi there,

Summer is fast approaching, and that means Christmas is just around the corner. Bring on BBQs, paddling pools and ice creams.

Do you love Christmas but always get stumped on what presents to buy for people? Introducing the Trade Me Gift Finder...

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It's bursting with ideas and is an easier, niftier way to find your Christmas gifts, all in one place. Every item is brand new and has a Buy Now price (no bidding needed).

From outdoorsy blokes, to little girls who are always on the go, we've blitzed the stress out of gift-buying with heaps of ideas for you that match the person you're buying for. This will leave you more time to concentrate on the big questions like "Who's bringing the potato salad?" and "Which pants have enough stretch to withstand a third helping of pavlova?"
Find a gift now
November... It's time to Movember
Yes it is hairy-slug-on-top-lip time again. The Movember Foundation challenges Kiwi men to grow moustaches to spark conversation and raise funds for the Cancer Society, Mental Health Foundation and Movember's Global Action Plan.

Keep an eye out for Movember-inspired listings onsite, or donate to the Trade Me crew doing their bit for this hairy cause.
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Win a block of cash with Trade Me Property
Keen to get your hands dirty or pondering over that next project? We're jumping on the home renovation bandwagon and helping you kick-start your reno aspirations.

Just take a photo of a room you'd like to makeover, upload the photo and briefly tell us how you'd work your magic. You'll then be in the draw to win $1,000 cash to get you started*. Piece of cake!
Upload your pic now & go in the draw
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Racing via motorcycle, horse or car
Trade Me is a decent place to trawl around if you have a need for speed.
By car

David Di Somma's yarn about the 2KCup car racing events reaching the South Island caught our eye. As organiser Chris Dunn put it: "The basics of it is that you can take mum's car, put a fire extinguisher in it, and have some fun." The good news is there are thousands of cars for under two grand onsite right now. (And fire extinguishers too.)
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A fair few horse racing winners have been bought and sold on Trade Me over the years – but it's hard to beat the recent story of Wee Biskit.

She came from "out of the shadows" to win the $100,000 Schweppes Great Northern Hurdles – after being purchased via Trade Me for just $200.
By motorcycle

Late November is the time for the Burt Munro Challenge Rally – the southern hemisphere's largest motorcycle rally. It's all about great southern hospitality in honour of the legendary Southland inventor – for trained professionals and weekend warriors. Burt Munro is regularly hat-tipped in listings onsite too: a true Kiwi legend.
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Top 10 summer searches
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1     Chilly bin
2     Paddling pool
3     Jandals
4     Togs
5     Fishing rod
  6     Sunblock
  7     Waterslide
  8     Pohutukawa
  9     Tent
10     Picnic basket
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Cool Auctions
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Slightly used space ship
Calling all space cadets – your dream transportation awaits. While it may be lacking jet propulsion, add some rocket thrusters and you'll be away. Need a float for this year's Christmas parade? We've got you covered.
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Create your own gelato
Goodness, gracious, great balls of gelato! Ever wanted to create your very own dessert? Now's your chance. Think back to your childhood and the quintessential Kiwi summer, and turn those memories into a taste explosion.
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Primo panel van
This '60s classic is bound to turn some heads this summer. Whether you've got a large family of dogs, or you and your mates want to do a surfing roadie in the warmer months – there's plenty of room for everyone.
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Trade Me in the news
Every month we spot cool stories about the weird and wonderful things that go on in the Trade Me community. Here's our top four from the past month:
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'Priceless' book used
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Diners get up high in Up Town
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Getting a buzz out of driving
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Art of bed design helps charity
We want you!
Keen for a fresh new job for Christmas? We're proud to have been finalists for the sixth year running in the 2014 IBM Kenexa Best Workplaces competition, and maybe you'd be a great addition to our team.

Last month Daniel, Julia, Josephine, Michael, Anna, Lian, Nickle, Benjamin, Zachary, Georgina, Kris, Darragh, Thahaseen, and Alesana came on board and we're looking for developers, testers and analysts to join them. Head on over to our careers page and have a look.
Check out our new vacancies
Have a cracking November folks – see you next month!
From Madeleine and the Trade Me team
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P.S We support the State Oceanswim series, which sees over 8,000 New Zealanders getting wet and active every year. If you're keen to get involved, sign up using the promo code "TradeMeFriend" for a 10% discount.
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