Kiwi’s certainly know how to pull off a gift exchange. As Travel + Leisure reports, the island nation is entering the seventh year of its Secret Santa program, and this time even the Prime Minister is taking part. The gift exchange started in 2010 when Twitter user @WebSam posed the idea on his page. Anyone who wanted to participate could connect through Twitter, then look up the profile of their assigned person for clues revealing their taste in gifts. The event proved so popular that in 2013 New Zealand’s postal service signed on to sponsor it.
Now, there’s an official New Zealand Secret Santa Twitter handle (@nzsecretsanta), a hashtag (#nzsecretsanta), and a physical warehouse that handles the flow of packages. This year, over 3600 kiwis will be taking part, including Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern who has shared that she’ll be shopping for one lucky citizen this December.
The recommended budget is set at around $10, and Secret Santa’s have until December 10th to mail their packages to the NZ Post, so it arrives to its intended recipient by Christmas.
Image source: https://twitter.com/nzsecretsanta?