Web site runs elaborate Secret Santa gift exchange


SEATTLE (AP) — ‘Tis the season for heart-melting tales of spontaneous good will among strangers, which, like the rest of our relationships, has gotten a lot more convenient since the advent of the Internet.

A few weeks ago, a seasonal discussion began on Reddit, where people post links and vote to move stories higher or lower in the site’s rankings.

Anyone interested in a Secret Santa gift exchange? Ho Ho YES, came the answer.

More than 4,500 Reddit members in 54 countries signed up.

Judging by notes and photos posted by recipients, Secret Santas did good. Many gift packages included items reflecting popular Internet topics such as bacon, narwhals and zombies. The suggested amount to spend was $15, but some Santas went far beyond that.