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.
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.
Beneath the brown paper was another layer of wrapping. To heighten the anticipation, no doubt.
On top of everything was an envelope…
…with a wax seal on the back. Oh my goodness this is too cool for words.
Look at all this stuff!
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.
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?
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.
A beautiful Hobbit-themed Moleskine journal and the tools required to use it.
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.
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.