When Bill Gates Is Your Secret Santa

Published On January 9, 2018 | By Carrie Buchanan |

There’s a good chance you’ve experienced the “Secret Santa” gift.  But have you ever received a secret santa gift like THIS one? This Reddit user was surprised to find out Bill Gates received her name and he didn’t just give her something small and impersonal. It was completely the opposite.

Reddit has hosted a huge online Secret Santa project since 2009.  And every year, total strangers sign up to give a gift to someone in the online Reddit community and yes, Bill Gates has participated for a few years now.

This year, the lucky recipient was Megan Cummins. And she was in total shock. Thrilled is an understatement.

She wrote all about her reaction in a post titled, “What To Do When Bill Gates Sends You A 30 LB Pusheen.”  I had to Google it too – (For those who don’t know, a Pusheen is a cartoon cat that’s developed a loyal online following.)

In the post, she describes the necessary steps of how to handle yourself when, if ever, you find yourself receiving a gift from the Microsoft co-founder himself.

“Step 1: Have an awkward moment with your FedEx guy, staring at him pushing a small refrigerator box up to your door. Offer to help,” she writes. Her directions are hilarious and prove that a gift of this kind will cause anyone to “burst out loud laughing and crying simultaneously.”

So what did she get?   It wasn’t a blank check. Nope. Bill is a great gift giver. He gave this a lot of thought. Megan’s dream is to one day open a no-kill cat shelter, so Mr. Gates donated $750 to various cat shelters as part of the gift!  He also got her a business book, a giant stuffed toy of the Pusheen cat character, a cross-stitch of the Redditor and a friend surrounded by cats, which read, “Live Life in the Meow” and more. Clearly, every detail was given great thought—right down to the cat designs on the tape that was used wrap the gifts:

And to prove it was really from him, Bill Gates posed with the giant Pusheen so she knew it was coming from Bill himself.  In fact, she said that was the best part of it all.

“The best part?… Knowing that at some point during my workweek, I was drinking coffee, writing a boring email, and Bill Gates was somewhere having a professional photo taken with a jumbo Pusheen and writing me notes about cats,” she wrote.

She even filmed a video to show Mr. Gates her gratitude. Pretty sweet.  I wonder how many people will sign up next year for the chance.  Even better, I wonder who got his name and what they got for the man who really does have everything?

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