Bill Gates' Secret Santa Gift Gives Reddit User Surprise of Lifetime

Friday, 20 Dec 2013 07:35 AM

By Alexandra Ward

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A Reddit user who was participating in the social news site's Secret Santa gift exchange was shocked this week to find out that her gifter was none other than billionaire Bill Gates, and what's even more bizarre is the gift the Microsoft founder got for the girl.

The user, identified only as Rachel, wrote about her experience in a Reddit posting and explained that she didn't realize her Secret Santa, signed "Bill," was actually Bill Gates until she was halfway through opening her two-part present.

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"Not realizing who was gifting me, I quickly opened ... the gift, which was an amazing and beautiful travel book, 'Journeys of a Lifetime.' I went on and on in my [online] likes and dislikes for my love of travel and seeing the world, and I cannot WAIT to read this. Not only that, but I love pictures and reading up on new places. This gift was perfect!" she wrote.

"I quickly flipped through it, missing the inscription, message, and signature from Bill on the first page and headed to the final part of my gift. Once again, 'To me, From Bill.' I opened this and it's a [picture of a] man holding a sign. Oh... wait...."

Gates had sent Rachel a photo of himself holding a sign that read, "My Secret Santa present to you is a cow! Don’t worry — you will not have to build a barn, This cow will be given to a family in need, in your name, through Heifer International. It will provide them with income and dairy products, and it will help them help themselves."

In a separate box was a stuffed cow.

"And then it finally hit me," Rachel wrote. "All the presents I just tore open, the charity, then everything — was from Bill GATES."



"My jaw hit the EVER LOVING FLOOR," she continued. "I went back to all the other gifts completely shocked. My god. Never in my entire life did I imagine, ever, ever, ever that Bill would get me. I am SO SO thankful for the time, thought, and energy he put into my gift, and especially thankful for him overnighting it … PS: Sorry for the Apple iPad on my wish list, that was really awkward."

It's not clear how Gates ended up participating in Reddit's massive online Secret Santa exchange, but the billionaire has been involved with the site before — he even hosted a Reddit "Ask Me Anything" online Q&A session back in February.

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