KOMPAS.com - A New Zealand woman has solved the mystery of what gift to get for the person who has everything. But she's raised a whole lot of other questions in the process.
Avie Woodbury claimed she was so tired of being haunted that she called in an exorcist to rid her house of two ghosts. The exorcist trapped the spirits in bottles of holy water - which Ms Woodbury has now put up for sale on internet auction site TradeMe.
'The holy water dulls the spirits' energy, sort of puts them to sleep' she said.
Ms Woodbury added: 'We have had no activity since they were bottled on July 15th 2009 . So I believe they are in the bottles.'
Bids on TradeMe have already shot as high as NZD$2,000 (£923).
'I just want to get rid of them as they scare me,' Ms Woodbury, from Christchurch City in Canterbury, wrote on the site. 'But someone might like these to play with.'
For the ghosts can be released from the bottles, she explained.
'To revive the spirit, I have been told that you pour into a little dish and let it evaporate into your house,' she wrote on the website.
The bottles are carefully labelled so users can tell which ghost they are releasing, she claimed. Ms Woodbury said she had managed to identify one of the ghosts as a man named Les Graham, who died in her house in the 1920s.
The exorcist, from a spiritualist church, told her that Les likes to spook people - but is a weak ghost. The other spirit, that of an unidentified little girl, is far stronger, the exorcist claimed.
She 'likes to move things and turn things on and off,' Ms Woodbury said. The auction has drawn plenty of interest - not the least from sceptics.
'What do you reckon would happen if I were to pour these into a shot glass and drink them?' one user wrote. Another wanted to know if the little girl does anything 'constructive, like put the dishes away?'
Others drew the inevitable comparisons to the hit 80s movie Ghostbusters, warning Ms Woodbury not to 'cross the streams' if she were to capture any more ghosts. A final user quipped that he, also, was the proud owner of two spirits in bottles - adding that their names were Jim Beam and Johnnie Walker.
But, with two days of the sale still left to go and the price tag swiftly approaching £1,000, it seems it will be Ms Woodbury who has the last laugh. The sale closes on Monday.