Not ready to bid farewell to the holiday season just yet? Thanks to YouTube — and thousands of videos featuring delighted gift recipients — you don’t have to.
The latest viral “best gift ever!” video: This clip of diehard University of Alabama football fan Don Buckhannan, who was nearly moved to tears when his son Daniel surprised him with tickets to next month’s BCS National Championship game against Notre Dame. Daniel filmed his father being shocked speechless when he discovered the ticket inside another gift; the resulting video has already racked up nearly two million views on YouTube. It also got the Buckhannans a short spot on the Today show this morning:
When I saw Daniel’s video, I was instantly reminded of adorable little Lily, who’s happy enough when she receives a Barbie DVD, some coloring stuff, and new pajamas for her birthday… then gets completely overwhelmed when her mom tells her that they’re taking a surprise trip to Disneyland. Seriously, watching this video will make you feel like you’re being hugged by a rainbow:
And then there’s this classic clip of two kids flipping out over their new Nintendo 64, which dates from the pre-YouTube era. Note the reference to “Blockbuster,” a sort of proto-iTunes known for giving free video cassette rentals to those with good report cards.
What’s the best gift you gave — or received — this year? Did it garner this kind of reaction? And what’s your favorite video of somebody receiving exactly what they wanted?