New Zealand has taken Secret Santa to the next level with thousands of people taking part in a nationwide Christmas gift exchange.
Twitter users began receiving gifts from their Secret Santas as part of a quirky nationwide social media campaign.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was among the 3623 other Kiwis registered for the Secret Santa campaign, which was run by the New Zealand Post.
Ms Ardern received a handmade Christmas tree decoration from her Secret Santa, opening her gift in a video posted to social media.
“It’s beautiful. It’s my first Christmas decoration,” Ms Ardern said.
“Thank you so much to my Secret Santa. This is really special.”
It's no secret that I'm a huge Christmas enthusiast, so I was super excited to take part in this year's #NZSecretSanta over on Twitter. Thank you, Secret Extra Santa, whoever and wherever you may be!!
Posted by Jacinda Ardern on Monday, December 18, 2017
Participants were encouraged to Twitter-sleuth their giftees to see what they liked before sending their presents to a central “Santa Storehouse” for distribution.
Some participants seemed to have gone well beyond the $10 suggested gift limit, with one woman posting with the hashtag #NZSecretSanta that she had received an iPad, apparently from telecommunications company Chorus.
But many participants did not plan on waiting for Christmas to open their packages, and took to Twitter to post photos and thank their anonymous gift giver.
— Keryn Dillon (@DillonRen) December 19, 2017
— Sarah🎄🦌 (@notsailingalone) December 19, 2017
#nzsecretsanta Thanks Secret Santa! My wife loves the new addition, and we don't even have that one yet! Cute fish ice cubes and the scarf will be great for the winter sports
Can't wait for the next one! pic.twitter.com/fadU8a9U6i
— Dylan Carruthers (@dylanc_nz) December 19, 2017
The plant is in one piece! Someone did some pretty good sleuthing! Must of found my insta & possibly my fb – not sure if they knew I had a botany degree aswell! I absolutely love my present, so thoughtful!! Thank you to my #nzsecretsanta xxx pic.twitter.com/4mGWHbaMKw
— Emma Burke (@burem845) December 19, 2017
— Jarred Wilson (@JarredSpec) December 19, 2017
Legitimate tears! I’m crying! Thank you, thank you, thank you! The kindness and thoughtfulness of a complete stranger has blown me away. I think we should be friends #nzsecretsanta @nzsecretsanta xxx pic.twitter.com/7RKaSgV4ta
— Jaime 🎄 (@jaimeparlett) December 19, 2017
— Alexa Zelensky (@alexa_ruthless) December 19, 2017
OMG MY SECRET SANTA. WHOEVER YOU ARE, YOU ARE FABULOUS! I almost cried. You've made my stressful week so much better. These treats shall keep me going with our move haha. Thank you, kind person.<3 #nzsecretsanta @nzsecretsanta pic.twitter.com/88uMgnuKdc
— Nat (@ScorpioNatalie) December 19, 2017
— SharqGirl (@LillianPak) December 19, 2017
— ☃️Frosty the SnowPAM ☃️ (@Pammygirl) December 19, 2017
— Jen Zindel (@jzindel) December 19, 2017
— Lana Dwyer (@LanaDwyer) December 19, 2017