For the uninitiated, Redditgifts is an unofficial extension to the Reddit community. Every year, thousands of strangers send each other gifts as part of a holiday tradition called Reddit Secret Santa. This was my first year participating. Just like everyone else, I got linked to two other users; one to send a gift to, and one to receive from.
I’m generally a terrible procrastinator, but I got my gift wrapped and sent before the deadline hit. It’s a really cool feeling to send a present to somebody you’ve never met, and I was waiting eagerly to hear news of the gift that was coming for me.
Unfortunately, Christmas came and went with no sign of my Santa. I was pretty bummed out. On the website, I confirmed that I hadn’t gotten a gift and made my peace with it.
A few days later, I got this in my email:
“Who could this be?” I thought. “I don’t have any friends with that name.”
I scrolled down a little further.
Your Secret Santa (Rematch Edition!),
Hi there! This is just a little warm-up present to keep you tied over while I come up with goodies for the main event! Cheers!
The main event? Not necessary. The warm fuzzy feeling I got from opening this email more than made up for the disappointing results of the main exchange.
Then yesterday I got something in the mail.
My expectations were completely blown away. I’m having trouble articulating just how special this felt. Thank you, Santa, from the bottom of my heart.