Role in the film
At the communications room, one of the elves informs the others that the last present has been wrapped, but the Elf General is annoyed at the choice of bows when they are so close to liftoff. The first elf also mentions that the present is going to Grand Rapids, Michigan, Hero Boy's town.
While trying to find a way back to the North Pole Square, Hero Boy, Hero Girl, and Billy end up in the Sorting Room where they see the present mentioned earlier going down the conveyor belt. They read the mailing information on it and find out that it is for Billy, so Billy gets on the conveyor belt and grabs it with Hero Boy and Hero Girl following. They all find themselves going down a big slide and ending up on top of a big pile of presents.
Billy shakes his present to figure out what is inside and claims to knows what it is, something he wanted his whole life. However, just as he was about to open it, Hero Girl finds a note on it saying, "Do not open until Christmas."
While the bag of presents was being carried by a pair of zeppelins, Know-It-All grabs Billy's leg, so Hero Boy and Hero Girl try pulling him out. They ask him to give them his other hand, but he does not want to let go of his present. They were still able to get Billy free anyway. The children are soon rescued from the bag, but Billy is hesitant to let go of his present until one of the elves assures him it will be in good hands.
Later, after Billy gets dropped off at his house, he finds that the present has been delivered, so he walks outside and, just as the train was leaving, calls out to Hero Boy and Hero Girl that Santa has been to his house.
It is never revealed what the present was.
- Even though Billy's present does not appear in the original book, it is wrapped similarly to the box Santa puts the silver bell in; both in red and white stripes with a green bow.