How This Little Boy Bought His Mother an $80 Gift for Only $20 Is Best Thing You'll Read All Day

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Children really make Christmas magical. Christmas is special in its own right, but having kids around and seeing the wonder and excitement in their eyes seriously bumps up the holiday spirit.

Plenty of kids focus on what presents under the tree have their names scrawled across them, but there are those who do find that there is joy in giving.

Since most kids aren’t loaded with cash, their presents are usually handmade works of art, ornaments or other tokens of affection that parents and grandparents deeply appreciate.

But not for a young man named Gabe. Gabe had his eye on just the thing for his mom, and he knew she had to have it.

His mother, who goes by El Marie on Facebook, posted an account of their unusual shopping trip on Facebook the day before Christmas. They’d gone to Target on the morning of Christmas Eve (a brave endeavor in itself), and Gabe went off to run his own errand while she shopped.

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When she pulled up to a checkout lane, a woman stopped her. “Your son is something special,” she said. “He is an absolute angel!”

“Then, as I approached the checkout, I noticed three or four employees scurrying around, and giving me sly looks,” the mom recounted in her post. “One was carrying a roll of wrapping paper. Gabe comes running over to me with ‘Mom, don’t look. Dont come yet. I’m not through with your gift yet.'”

Confused, she asked her son where he thought he was getting the cash to pay for anything.

“What are you talking about, Boy?” she asked. “You dont have any money.”

“I just need that $20 I made from working at your job last week,” he replied, and so she handed it over while onlookers smiled knowingly. Everyone seemed to understand what was going on except for her.

When it was her turn to check out, the cashier told her she had an amazing son. Still confused, the mom finished up and met her son at the door. He was carrying a big, wrapped box.

“Mom, I heard you say you wanted this,” he said. “I hope you love it when you open it on Christmas.”

“Gabe. . How did you pay for this? And. . . Target doesn’t wrap presents. How did you get this one wrapped?”

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“I didnt want you to see it so the people wrapped it. I want it to be a surprise.”

Still not sure how Gabe managed to pay, mom was shocked at his explanation and wrote that “this is when I lost it, emotionally.”

“Gabe: When they rang it up it was $80,” he said. “I didnt have that much, and I told them I wanted to get you this surprise, so a lady in line behind me paid the other $60.”

“Me: Wh. . aat, Gabe? What lady? Did you know her? Did you thank her?”

“Gabe: (nonchalantly) Yes, Mom. . I hugged her, I thanked her a whole bunch, and I said ‘God bless you.'”

On Christmas day, Gabe filmed his mom opening up the much-anticipated gift. It turns out that he had noticed his mom’s winter coat was a little worse for wear. He must have overheard her comments at some point and located the new one she wanted at Target.

“I certainly underestimated my Gabe,” the overwhelmed mother wrote on Facebook. “I would really like to thank the woman who showed my Chocolate Drop love in action, and renewed my faith in people. Please share our story in the hopes that it might reach her, allowing me the opportunity to thank her in person for her kindness.”

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Amanda holds an MA in Rhetoric and TESOL from Cal Poly Pomona. After teaching composition and logic for several years, she's strayed into writing full-time and especially enjoys animal-related topics.
As of January 2019, Amanda has written over 1,000 stories for The Western Journal but doesn't really know how. Graduating from California State Polytechnic University with a MA in Rhetoric/Composition and TESOL, she wrote her thesis about metacognitive development and the skill transfer between reading and writing in freshman students.
She has a slew of interests that keep her busy, including trying out new recipes, enjoying nature, discussing ridiculous topics, reading, drawing, people watching, developing curriculum, and writing bios. Sometimes she has red hair, sometimes she has brown hair, sometimes she's had teal hair.
With a book on productive communication strategies in the works, Amanda is also writing and illustrating some children's books with her husband, Edward.
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