Best. Secret Santa. Ever.
If you’ve never heard of Reddit’s annual Secret Santa program, here’s the skinny: every December, participants join together to create a record-breaking Secret Santa program. You draw a name, and mail them a gift. You answer a few questions about what you like, and you get a gift. It’s that simple. And it gives you a chance to meet some nice people.
This year was the first year in which I participated (being relatively late to the Reddit scene). I was matched up to a great individual, a very active redditor, and did my best to live up to the hype (and, honestly, thought I did a pretty great job).
Then, my Secret Santa‘s gifts started arriving, and I realized that I was an amateur. A package arrived before Christmas, which was thoughtful and personalized. I also received a message from her that another was on its way, just a bit delayed. Naturally, I promptly forgot having received that message, and considered my Reddit Gifts trial a success.
Then, last week, this arrived:
Thank you for reading (and hopefully being able to oblige)
And, inside the package:
Holy. Effing. Crap.
Here’s what I took away from this experience:
- I will participate in every future Reddit Gift giving event which my wallet allows, until death takes me or death takes Reddit.
- I need to seriously step up my game for next Reddit Gift’s event. What a cocky rookie I was.
- My Reddit Secret Santa is January’s hero.
- Brandon Sanderson personally reads emails that fans send him (not shocking – he’s a really down-to-earth guy).
- Brandon’s assistants (particularly Kara) are thoughtful and generous.
- While it is better to give than to receive, receiving can be pretty freeking satisfying.