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Random acts of kindness ideas

Some people are naturally kind and will take part in doing random acts of kindness to others. I think it’s a lovely day. Many of these actions can be free to do, but still create a feeling of peace and happiness for the person giving their time or token of kindness. For recipients, hopefully they feel an instance of happiness as well, it may even last for longer. Here we share random acts of kindness ideas that anyone can do.

If you’re lucky it might encourage them to pass on their own act of kindness to someone else.

There’s even a national Random Acts of Kindness Day. It was started in New Zealand who hold their day on 1st September. In the US, it’s 17th February. But other countries have their own version at different times of the year.

But why stick to a specific day. It doesn’t take much to offer something positive to either someone you know or a stranger.

No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.

ideas for random acts of kindness

40 ideas for random acts of kindness

  • Hand out packs of seeds to people to grow
  • Leave books in random places saying ‘read me’ – you can use book crossing to track them.
  • Give a compliment to a stranger
  • Let someone in front of you in a queue
  • Go litter picking
  • Give blood
  • Hand out flowers in the street
  • Bake cookies or leave candy canes outside your door for delivery people or neighbours.
  • Make extra dinner then take some to a local homeless person
  • Pay for the person behind you in the queue
  • Let someone jump the queue ahead of you.
  • Donate to a local playgroup or nursery school
  • Buy an extra coffee and hand it to the next person you see
  • Donate or buy some text books or stationery for a local school.
  • Offer to pick up groceries for an elderly person near you
  • Offer to take someone else’s shopping trolley back to the trolley park.
  • Offer to walk someone’s dog for them
  • Write a handwritten note or thank you card.
  • Take time to listen to someone
  • Call someone who isn’t expecting you to call.
  • Take in or bake cakes for work colleagues.
  • Offer your skills to help others – give music lessons, teach a craft, or help with some gardening
  • Forgo your favourite tv show, by letting others have control of the tv for the day.
  • Put on a mini concert or recital at a local old people’s home or hospice.
  • Do chores you don’t ever do and without being ask to.
  • Give your umbrella to someone without one in the rain.
  • Help clear snow from people who struggle to do it themselves.
  • Water someone else’s flowers
  • Take time to listen to someone who needs it
  • Visit elderly people in a home
  • Always take your supermarket schools vouchers and give them to the person in the queue behind with children for their school
  • Babysit for friends with a new baby
  • Offer support to a small online business by sharing their social media content or website with friends.
  • Donate food to a food bank
  • Paint someone’s nails who doesn’t have time or money for a manicure
  • Compliment a parent who’s out near you with their children.
  • Help at a fundraiser
  • Donate unwanted school uniform to the school as a full set for a child who needs it.
  • Paint stones with positive words and leave them for people to find.
  • Give way and let pedestrians cross when it’s busy traffic and they’re not getting across the road.
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Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.

Scott Adams

Obviously many of these random acts of kindness are for any age to do, but some are easier for children to do. If you’re looking for kid specific ideas, then check out Becky’s list at A Beautiful Space.

Do you try random acts of kindness or have you ever experienced anyone offering kindness to you?

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  1. These are all such great ideas! I am a big of random acts of kindness and do them often! It is such a mutually rewarding thing, isn’t it? Thanks for sharing all of your wonderful ideas!


  2. I love these ideas! I find people forget that simply acts of kindness, regardless of how small they may seem, have the potential to brighten someone’s day. Lovely list of ideas for people!

  3. What a lovely post. Kindness is free and we should all spread it around like confetti. It can really change someone’s day! Thank you for sharing these lovely ideas.

    Lauren – bournemouthgirl x

    1. Love that analogy of sprinkling it like confetti. It doesn’t ahve to be hard to do, but can have nice results.

  4. Some lovely ideas here! At Christmas in 2020, I felt an envelope saying “Open me, I’m yours!” with a note and a £5 note stuck to a bench over my local park for someone to pick up as a little treat after a touch year. I still wonder who got it!

  5. What a beautiful list! Kindness no matter how big or small is never a waste. There are so many great ones here, but I especially love writing a handwritten note, donate to a food bank, and paint stones. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Painting stones is such a anice thing isn’t it. It’s fun, and has the chance to reach so many more people if they get left in place.

  6. Some lovely ideas for random acts of kindness. I’m a firm believer in paying it forward – I always give my parking tickets away if I have more than 30 minutes left on them too.

    1. I think lots of people used to do that. Or stick it on the machine. Can’t do that anymore with them all seeming to need registrations entering.

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