Lucky Redditor Lands Secret Santa Bill Gates

Microsoft bazillionaire does not fail to impress her
By Linda Hervieux,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 20, 2016 3:33 AM CST
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Secret Santa Bill Gates sent a giant box filled with gifts to one lucky Reddit user.   (imgur)

Bill Gates might be one of the world's richest men, but he's also one of the world's best Secret Santas according to one grateful Reddit user named Aerrix who appears pretty excited after a "GIANT" package was delivered Friday from the Microsoft guru. For the past four years, Gates has participated in Reddit's gift exchange, surprising lucky recipients with a splashy mix of presents tailored to them. The billionaire philanthropist's latest effort did not disappoint, reports IGN, which confirmed the Santa was really Gates. Aerrix Laurel writes on Imgur that when the package came she tore open the box "and my jaw. Just. Drops." Inside under bubble wrap and glitter was a photo of the Microsoft founder holding a personalized note. "BILL GATES IS MY FREAKIN SANTA!!!!!" she writes. A "flabbergasted" Laurel immediately called her husband at work and started snapping photos for her mom.

The goodies included an XBox with custom controllers and Zelda-emblazoned mittens for Laurel and booties for her dog; the video game character (Laurel is a fan) also adorns a beaded picture frame with a doctored photo of Gates with Laurel, her husband, and dog wearing Santa hats. “Come on now, that is the cutest thing!” she writes. Gates also made a donation in her name to the charity "to give more students the chance to learn computer science," Laurel writes, "which is AWESOME because it's something near and dear to my heart." Now, Laurel is wondering what to do for Gates. "I would love to send a thank you card or some kind of something to him," she tells the Huffington Post. Then speculating on whoever ends up as Gates' Santa: "You DON’T get something for the man that has everything, you make something!" (New Zealand really gets into the spirit of Secret Santa.)

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