12/19/2014 07:21 EST | Updated 02/18/2015 05:59 EST

Nearly 1,000 Reddit Ottawa users signed up for gift exchange

Nearly 1,000 Reddit users in the Ottawa area have signed up for an anonymous holiday gift exchange along with thousands of other people around the globe.

About 200,000 people from 188 countries are taking part this year.

Reddit says that although it might seem hard to shop for complete strangers, online profiles reveal a lot more about most people than they might think.

Meet some of the people participating in the online gift exchange by clicking on the video player above.