Reddit facilitated its annual massive Secret Santa gift exchange, and one lucky woman got business magnate and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates as her “Santa.”
Gates is considered a very charitable person, and his gift-giving during Christmas exemplifies that persona — especially after Alicia, known as “Aerrix” on Reddit, received tons of thoughtful gifts from the tech entrepreneur.
“I’m a 30 year old female who loves all things Internet and video games! I absolutely love the Legend of Zelda series and everything Mario, I just love Nintendo in general. I also LOVE the The Little Mermaid, Harry Potter, League of Legends…video games!!,” Aerrix’s Reddit profile reads.
Alicia got uber-excited after opening the package, “I get the box open and there’s just bubble wrap EVERYWHERE, but under the first layer I see a picture…and my jaw. Just. Drops.”
“I….I’m just speechless,” she said on her reddit post titled “I WON SECRET SANTA…BILL GATES WAS MY SANTA!”
Inside the box was a picture of Gates in front of a Christmas tree, donning a red sweater and a festive hat. Gates sent a note to verify that he was actually her Secret Santa, and to tell Alicia that he made a donation in her name to “code.org” in order “to help give more students the chance to learn computer science.”
Gates made a “Harry Potter” reference in the letter, while also showing sympathy for Alicia since her Secret Santa partner last year didn’t send gifts like they were supposed to. (RELATED: Microsoft Sends Out Terribly Awkward Email, Clearly Wants To Sit At The Cool Kids’ Table)
She also opened personalized gifts that said “Aerrix’s Mittens” and “Clairrix’s Mittens,” which is a sort of a portmanteau reference to her dog named Claire. The mittens, both for her and her canine, were “Legend of Zelda”-themed, as was an accompanying blanket with intricate designs.
Other gifts included a Cajun cookbook (her profile says she’s from Southern Louisiana), three of Gates’ favorite movies on Blu-Ray, three limited-edition Xbox One controllers, an Xbox One Minecraft Edition, NES Classic Edition, “Ravenclaw” (of “Harry Potter”) slippers, a paper sword replica from Legend of Zelda, and a couple of other highly-prized video games.
The most interesting gift was perhaps the photograph of Alicia, her husband, and their dog, with a Zelda-inspired picture-frame. Gates “photoshopped” himself into the picture and put Santa hats on all of them.
“Come on now, that is the cutest thing! I just couldn’t get over it and my mom thought it was hilarious,” Alicia said.
“I’m just blown away by his generosity, which went even further than all these gifts because he submitted a donation toin my name to give more students the chance to learn computer science, which is AWESOME because it’s something near and dear to my heart as my husband is a programmer and my brother has a degree in computer science!” Alicia continued.
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