Reddit Secret Santa 2013

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:

stanley

“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.

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If you can see past the censors, it’s a box approximately the size of my bedroom. The controller is for scale. It’s the biggest thing I had nearby when this first came in.

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Beneath the brown paper was another layer of wrapping. To heighten the anticipation, no doubt.

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On top of everything was an envelope…

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…with a wax seal on the back. Oh my goodness this is too cool for words.

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Look at all this stuff!

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An awesome Doctor Who stocking! I think I’m in for a few jealous siblings. It contained enough candy to last me until next Christmas.

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A magnetic whiteboard and some custom magnets featuring some of my favorite things.
Clockwise from top right: Snoo the Reddit alien, Adam Jensen from Deus Ex: Human Revolution, my name in fuþorc, the Mark from Dishonored, and Ezio from Assassin’s Creed.
And dry erase colored pencils! Why have I never heard of these before?

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The “Family Fun night care package”, consisting of a movie I’d never heard of, a game that we somehow don’t own, and enough popcorn for the whole crew. I’ll be putting these to good use for sure.

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A beautiful Hobbit-themed Moleskine journal and the tools required to use it.

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And last but not least, a snuggly scarf crafted by Mrs. Claus herself. I’ve never had a scarf before and I was missing out.

Wow.

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.