A son gave his parents an envelope for Christmas that left them in tears

This simple present changed his parents' lives.


Cooper Fleishman


Published Dec 26, 2014   Updated May 29, 2021, 9:45 pm CDT

We all hope to repay our parents someday, but Joe Riquelme went above and beyond. 

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Perhaps the most heartwarming video to come out of Christmas 2014 is a clip of YouTuber joeytrombone giving his parents a holiday surprise that will actually change their lives.

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They’re already snuggling on the couch when he opens his last present—a plain envelope.


Here’s what it says:

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When his parents open it up, they start sobbing. Meanwhile, Joe’s sitting there like, Try not to cry, dammit.

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“Sometimes the best gifts come in the lamest packages,” Joe wrote on Facebook.

Here’s the whole video.

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*First Published: Dec 26, 2014, 11:40 am CST