Holiday Acts of Kindness


Kindness, gratitude and generosity are values parents want to instill in their children. What better time than the holiday season to share kindness in your community, with a little help from the kids.

Not only does kindness affect those on the receiving end, it is beneficial to the kind person’s health as well. A 2015 study by the University of British Columbia found that “Socially anxious participants who engaged in acts of kindness for 4 weeks showed a decrease in social avoidance goals, concluding that kindness is an effective way to reduce social anxiety.”

Whether you’re ready to undertake 25 Random Acts of Kindness, or just a few throughout the season, here are some ideas to get you started.

Random Acts of Kindness

  • Make a gift basket for your UPS driver/mail carrier.
  • Buy something for a stranger—coffee, a toll, a lunch tab, groceries, whatever fits your budget and your mood.
  • Make care packages for the homeless (small bottles of lotion, chapstick, tissues, wet wipes, warm socks, granola bars, beef jerky).
  • Donate a toy to Toys for Tots, or buy a present for the Angel Tree.
  • Leave a BIG tip for a server.

Kindness for Your Friends

  • Babysit for another family (or do a babysitting swap over the holidays).
  • Make a meal for a friend, just because.
  • Send a co-worker a handwritten note of appreciation for their hard work.
  • Call an old friend.
  • Make a donation in a friend’s name to a charity important to them.

Look for Lights Displays, Holiday Craft Shows, Performances, Train Gardens, and more at our Holiday Hub!

Kindness Acts for Kids

  • Donate toys they no longer play with.
  • Tape quarters to the kiddie rides at the mall or a vending machine.
  • Do a chore for your sibling (or parent!).
  • Make homemade cards for the neighbors.
  • Make RACK (Random Acts of Christmas (or Chanukah) Kindness) cards, attach goodies like candy canes and hand them out.

Want more ways to enjoy the holidays as a family? Don’t miss all of our Holiday Countdown activities!