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The World's Greatest Secret Santa

Every year, thousands of people participate in reddit's Secret Santa gift exchange. The gifts are always fun, but every year one lucky recipient gets a gift from Bill Gates. This year, that honor went to Aerrix, who was left "speechless" by what she received, but still managed to talk about it. Gates has participated in the Secret Santa exchange since at least 2013. This year, 118,000 redditors were in the pool. So what did Aerrix get?

Aerrix walked away from the exchange with a significant haul. Take a minute or two of meditation before reading this list, however—it's a doozy: two pairs of The Legend of Zelda mittens, one for her and one for her dog Claire; one Minecraft-edition Xbox One; three special-edition wireless Xbox One controllers; the Halo 5: Guardians and Rise of the Tomb Raider games for Xbox One; one year's worth of Xbox Live gold membership cards; and a Zelda blanket.

"I love my Xbox and thought you might like one too -Bill," Gates wrote on a sticky note attached to the Xbox One packaging. And that was that.

Haha, just kidding. There's literally still half the list left: one pair of Harry Potter slippers; Kevin Belton's Big Flavors of New Orleans cookbook; a life-size paper replica of the Master Sword from The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword; DVDs of The Martian, The End of the Tour, and Believe: The Eddie Izzard Story; a Nintendo NES Classic edition; a donation in her name to Code.org, a computer science nonprofit for women and minority communities; and a Zelda-themed picture frame made of Perler beads, which contained an edited photo of Aerrix, her husband, her dog, and Gates, all wearing Santa hats.

A good time was had by all -especially Aerrix.


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