30 Ideas for Random Acts of Holiday Kindness


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Even as we are out spending money on gifts for our loved ones, we are surrounded by people for whom the holidays are challenging. They may feel stressed, alone, depressed, or be having financial difficulties.

So, I encourage you to take the spirit of the season to a new level by giving in little random ways that can make all the difference for someone in need. Here are some ideas to get you started:

  1. Smile at strangers
  2. Leave a large tip
  3. Pay for the person behind you in line
  4. Visit a nursing home
  5. Invite someone without local family to your holiday gathering
  6. Buy extra pet food and donate it to a shelter or rescue group
  7. Give blood
  8. Put change in an empty parking meter
  9. Send flowers to brighten someone’s day
  10. Bring treats for your office mates
  11. Adopt a homeless animal
  12. Leave hidden love notes for your family
  13. Donate money, clothing, or anything that will support charity
  14. Let someone go ahead of you in line
  15. Volunteer your time to help others
  16. Hold the door open for others
  17. Be a Secret Santa for someone in need
  18. Support local charities and businesses
  19. Thank your local police and/or fire departments
  20. Send a heartfelt letter of appreciation to someone
  21. Pick up trash
  22. Adopt a family, senior, child, or soldier for the holidays
  23. Contribute to a toy or food drive
  24. Go Christmas caroling
  25. Hug someone
  26. Listen to someone who needs to talk
  27. Compliment people around you
  28. Give away your parking spot
  29. Shovel someone’s walkway or clean their yard
  30. Leave a nice comment on a blog or Facebook post

And, may the holiday kindness you share return to you in many ways.

Happy Holidays!

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10 thoughts on “30 Ideas for Random Acts of Holiday Kindness

    • Linda Luke says:

      Me too! I just baked a loaf of pumpkin bread and took it to the women who work at the library. It was fun watching their faces light up when I gave it to them.

  1. kevin says:

    I did number 3 a couple of times and everyone though i was nuts. They just could not believe a total stranger would pay for someone else’s shopping.

  2. Dale Darley says:

    1 – always. 11 – 3 times and they are beautiful. 6 – I’m buying the stray cats food for Christmas (the dogs will not be pleased). 12 – I’ll do that for mum when I go home tomorrow. 13 – all the time. 25 – I love hugs. 26 and 30 – yes.

    Lovely simple ideas.

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