Those of you who've participated in Secret Santa gift circles know that the presents can be less than stellar. Anonymity coupled with a low percentage of creativity in the population can yield some boring tie clips, awful handmade tree ornaments and suspiciously dog-eared books.
It stands to reason, however, that the larger the Santa circle, the higher the chance that someone will receive a knockout gift. So it went with this year's Reddit Gifts Secret Santa, which signed up a staggering 121,916 participants from 161 countries. Reddit user and graphic designer "sickgnasty" received an innocuous box from "crespokid," and after photographically documenting an unboxing like any you've seen before, posted the results, which swiftly went viral.
The initial opening didn't appear too auspicious, yielding a mere stuffed shark.
However, the attendant card hinted at more:
His suspicious aroused, Sickgnasty then anaesthetized the shark (presumably in case it was still alive), and prepared to investigate.
The shark, it appears, had had an appetite during its last hours in the water.
And the alligator it had consumed appeared to have a surgical scar.
Further surgery revealed the 'gator's last meal...
...and that meal's last meal.
One final surgery, and the lucky giftee arrives at the gift:
For those of you concerned about the number of animals required, fear not, they will not go to waste. "To all those asking about the animals," Sickgnasty writes, "they will be taken to the stuffed animal hospital tomorrow and sewn up and given to my 6 year old nephew for Christmas."
Click here to see Sickgnasty's full documentation and commentary.