The last thing you want to see when you're driving around on a snowy day is the flashing lights of a police car behind you. 

But for some lucky drivers in Lowell, Michigan, the November traffic stop was really just an early Christmas surprise from the local police.

Police chief Steve Bukala explained that usually a police officer can tell right away whether the person they pull over is having a good, bad or horrible day. 

"We got this idea, what if we could change that person's day in real time? What if we could change that person's day right now?"

What resulted were some priceless reactions from drivers who couldn't believe they were really getting a Christmas gift from the police.

Officer Scot VanSolkema first asked each driver about their kids' Christmas lists and about what they were shopping for.

And these weren't just stocking-stuffers either; one guy got an Xbox for his kids, while another got a TV!

"Are you serious?" was a common reply. 

One woman still thought she was getting a ticket after unwrapping some "Lego Friends" for her daughter.

"I can give you a ticket if you want," the officer joked.

According to, the Nov. 19 video was a collaboration between the department, a Michigan entrepreneur who produces viral videos and UPtv Network.

The gifts, which cost about $7,000, were reportedly paid for by the TV network.