A “Secret Santa” gift exchange can be a fun way to spread holiday cheer among your family, circle of friends or coworkers. We’re doing one right now in the Komando office! But if you don’t know anyone who wants to participate then look no further than Reddit.
The Reddit Secret Santa gift exchange started in 2009 and last year, over 120,000 people from 150 countries participated. The site assigns participants a Reddit username and participants look through their profiles to see hobbies and interests. Based on this information, they give a gift they think they’ll enjoy.
One Reddit user got the surprise of a lifetime when she realized who her Secret Santa was. I’ll give you a hint! He’s the richest person in the world, currently worth $84.2 billion. You guess it, none other than Bill Gates! Reddit user Aerrix received an Xbox One Minecraft edition with three special-edition wireless controllers, a Nintendo entertainment system classic edition, a pair of slippers, a Zelda tie blanket, matching Zelda mittens for her and her dog, and Gates’ favorite DVDs.
One of her Reddit posts mentioned that she missed her Uncle’s Cajun cooking so he got her a Cajun cookbook too. He also donated to an organization that helps children learn about computer science. The gift wouldn’t have been complete without a note from the man himself.
“I can’t believe your Secret Santa left you hanging last year. To ensure you don’t lose faith in the Reddit Community I’ve enclosed several gifts that I hope you enjoy. There are a few video games for you to play, some things to keep you warm, and three of my favorite movies to watch over the holidays.
“I’ve also made a donation in your name to Code.org to help give more students the chance to learn computer science.
“With Best Wishes from Seattle, Bill Gates.
“P.S. I won’t be able to consult with the Sorting Hat but I can tell that you are quite clever – so I got a pair of Ravenclaw slippers from Hot Topic.”
Gates even photoshopped himself into a holiday picture with a Zelda frame. Aerrix posted about the gifts and her gratitude on the site Imgur.
Bill Gates has been participating since at least 2013. Each year he sends the Reddit User some amazing gifts and donates to a charity on their behalf. Other gifts from previous years include camping gear for a Reddit user who is an avid hiker and a horned helmet like the one the character Loki wears for a Reddit user who is a fan of the Marvel heroes.
Other celebrities that have participated in the Reddit Secret Santa gift exchange include Shaquille O’ Neal, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Snoop Dogg! I don’t know about you but this makes me want to participate next year!
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