Advent Ideas for Little Things

By November 13, 2021Advent

PAY IT FORWARD.

When in line at a restaurant/ coffee shop, etc., show your kindness by randomly paying for your own order AND the order of the person in line behind you, and expect nothing in return. This will make a person’s day, and will hopefully motivate that person to pay this act of kindness forward.

BABYSIT FOR FREE.

Babysit for someone who normally can’t afford a babysitter. It is nice to get out every once and awhile, and for parents who can’t afford to pay a sitter, they might not ever get out.

STOP NEGATIVE CONVERSATIONS.

There is a point in every conversation we have where we make a choice to either engage in gossip and speak badly about someone or something, or to steer the conversation away from gossip and onto more positive things. If you sense someone is trying to get you to say something negative, change the subject! Or surprise them and make a positive comment about the situation.

LEAVE QUARTERS AT A LAUNDROMAT.

The next time you do your laundry at the Laundromat, leave a couple of quarters behind for the next person. You could even leave them on top of the machine with a note saying “Have a great day!”

CALL A GRANDPARENT.

Our grandparents are an important part of our culture and our history. Spending time with a grandparent is a great way to learn about your heritage, your family history and even about yourself.

E-MAIL A COMPLIMENT.

Include a compliment in the next email you write.

LET SOMEONE GO IN FRONT OF YOU IN LINE.

We all get busy during the day and many of us wait in line for coffee, lunch, post office, etc. Today, when you find yourself waiting in a line, let someone go in front of you. They will really appreciate the gesture and you’ll feel great having done your random act of kindness.

SMILE AT TEN STRANGERS.

Any check out line, any person at a cash register, or person behind a customer service desk. Make their day! They are people too, and all to often they are barraged with, irritated!

PICK UP TRASH.

Beautify your surroundings! Be kind to the environment and those around you by picking up trash when you see it lying around. It doesn’t matter who left it there, just pick it up!

CALL OR VISIT SOMEONE WHO IS SICK.

Being sick is no fun. It can be frustrating because you are not able to do the things you normally do. Call someone who you know is sick and ask them how they are. Or, surprise them with a visit and bring flowers or a card. Knowing that someone cares about you is often the best medicine!

EAT LUNCH WITH SOMEONE NEW.

At your school or office, you may have a specific group of friends who you enjoy hanging out with on a daily basis. Do you have a classmate or colleague who doesn’t seem to have many friends or often eats lunch alone?  Eat lunch with them.

DONATE USED CLOTHING.

Did you know 23.8 billion pounds of used clothing is put into U.S. landfills each year? Clean out your closet and help someone in need.

WRITE A THANK YOU NOTE.

When someone does something nice for you, return their generosity with a pleasant thank you note to let them know you appreciated their kindness. In this day of technology many people will send emails or text messages, think about sending an old-fashioned snail-mail type of thank you note. It will be an added delight for your friend or family member to get physical mail.

TALK WITH A SALES CLERK.

When you are purchasing your items in the check out line, take a moment to speak with the employee or clerk helping you.

THANK YOUR PARENTS.

Have you ever said “thank you” to your parents or another person who raised you for everything they have done? If not, it’s time to do so. Maybe there is a particular situation one of your parents helped you get through, or a financial struggle they helped you overcome. Or maybe you feel the need to tell them how they have inspired you or made a significant difference in your life. Surprise them with a card or letter, to let them know you appreciate them.

CLEAN YOUR ROOM.

Pick up your bedroom without being asked by a parent. Your parents will be proud of your responsibility! And chances are, you’ll enjoy having a clean room!

TALK WITH A HOMELESS PERSON.

The next time you pass someone on the street asking you for spare change, take a moment to talk with them. You can give them change or share any snacks you may have, but also be sure to just say hello and speak with them for a while.

GIVE AWAY YOUR PARKING SPOT.

Next time you are in a crowded parking lot and you spot a great parking space close to the entrance of the building, let it go. Let someone else have that parking spot.

INVITE SOMEONE OVER FOR THE HOLIDAYS.

Invite someone to celebrate the holidays with you! Make them feel welcome in your home. For a lot of people, this is a difficult time of year so have them over for dinner, invite them to your New Year’s Eve party, or bring them some goodies and stay and chat with them for a while.

 GIVE AFFIRMATION.

Words can heal, they can bless, they can bring comfort and they can transform lives. Offer encouragement freely to your friends, co-workers, and family, and without any expectation of anything in return.

DONATE USED BOOKS TO A LIBRARY.

Many children in your community don’t have access to books because of financial reasons, or because their families don’t value education. That’s why libraries are a great resource. Anyone can sign up for a library card and enjoy thousands of books for free.

TIP BIG.

Give a tip that makes the waitress/waiter do a double take. Everyone deserves a surprise blessing every now and then!

ANIMAL SHELTER ADOPTION FEE.

Many shelters have an adoption fee for their dogs, cats, etc… Leave the correct dollar amount for that particular shelter and ask that they use it for a family that is looking to adopt!

PUT CHANGE IN A PARKING METER.

If you notice a car’s parking meter is about to expire, put some change in.

CONFIDENCE STICKY NOTES.

Leave sticky notes with inspirational messages on them in random places, such as a grocery store shelf, the mirror in a public bathroom, or on a car’s windshield.

PAY FOR A SNACK.

Leave dollars on vending machines and encourage the next people to do the same.

SEND FLOWERS.

Show someone–your mom, your sibling, your spouse, a friend–you love them by surprising them with flowers when they least expect it. So often flowers are sent on birthdays or anniversaries. Send flowers to your loved ones on any day!

COOK A MEAL TO GIVE AWAY.

Cook and deliver a meal to a friend, relative or even your fire fighter station. Show them you care about them and appreciate them through the goodness of a home-cooked meal.

BAKE SOMEONE A CAKE.

You never know when someone else needs to be uplifted. Most of us have been in a situation where we felt unappreciated, or maybe felt like no one cared about us.

START A PIGGY BANK FOR A CAUSE.

Keep your spare change in a piggy bank and when it is full, donate it to a cause or charity of your choice.

SURPRISE YOUR COACH  

Being a coach is often a thankless job. Coaches put in numerous hours behind the scenes, be sure to thank your coach for their commitment to you and your team.

GIVE CAREPACKS TO HOMELESS.

There are so many everyday accessories and toiletries we take for granted – toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, deodorant.

SAY HELLO TO SOMEONE NEW.

What a surprise it will be. You know their day will be blessed!

OPEN THE DOOR FOR SOMEONE.

It’s a simple gesture, but it will make a huge difference.

SEND SOMEONE A CARE PACKAGE.

Whether it’s a friend, college student, or a sibling. It will make a huge difference in their lives. A great place to start is the dollar section at Target!

CALL YOUR BEST FRIEND.

That’s right. Pick up your phone. Dial their number. And chat. It will be good for your souls! Decide together how you can bless someone in your community.

GIVE SOMEONE A BOOK.

We’ve all fallen in love with a great book. Let someone else enjoy it too! A good place to start is Half Price Books!

PRAY.

Say a prayer for the next 5 people you see!