Gift a Stranger

Gift a Stranger, an interactive Christmas site, was designed by Happiness Brussels for people everywhere to share Christmas with strangers and spread a little more happiness by sending presents to unknown recipients around the world. The site, online at, uses Google’s Reverse Geocoding functionality to randomly select an address anywhere in the world which becomes the happy recipient of a surprise Christmas present completely out of the blue and from someone they have never met. Users enter their name, address, their gift and a photo or picture of their gift. Google randomly generates an address which the user can either accept or reject with a request for another address.

Gift a Stranger site

Gift a Stranger attracted users from around the globe, with gifts being sent from Australia to Mexico and from the UK to Africa. Visitors to the site can see who has sent what present to whom.

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The Gift a Stranger site was developed at Happiness Brussels by creative manager Karen Corrigan, creative manager/creative director Gregory Titeca, creatives Ramin Afshar, Tom Galle, Cecilia Azcarate Isturiz and web developer Tom Scott.

Filed under: Christmas, Interactive



  • Michael

    Nice idea, and understood that Brussels folk have English as a second language, but….”gift” is a noun. You can’t “gift” a stranger. You can give a stranger something. Like a book on English language.

  • Kelly

    Actually, that’s not entirely true. You can use gift as a verb… but in that particular sentence, you’d be giving the strangers as the gifts.

    Can’t imagine the strangers would be too happy about being given to other strangers. Just sayin’.


  • T

    Can’t you guys just be happy with one more nice thing created to make this world a bit nicer to live in? Who cares if the name is right or not.

  • I had never heard of this website before; I would be most happy to receive any nice gifts from strangers if this is not too strange a thing?. I donate to my local community charity shops, so it would be great to get something for free from beautifully generous strangers!.