20 Ways to Spread Holiday Cheer ($5 or Less)

Living & Giving

During the holidays, it seems like there is an abundance of good cheer almost everywhere you look. With the exception of a few crazies who get into fights at shopping malls and refinance their homes for Christmas presents, I believe that most of us really look to this season as a demonstration of goodwill. This holiday season, I’m committing myself to do 30 acts of kindness so I sat down and brainstormed a list of holiday-themed charitable acts that cost $5 or less. And, looking back on the items below, most of them actually don’t cost anything but time! I may not be able to personally do all 20, but I promise to complete at least 12 of the items listed below!

Ready for the list? Here we go…

  1. Head to Macy’s and write a letter to Santa. For every letter received, Macy’s will donate $1 to the Make-a-Wish Foundation, up to $1 million dollars. Bonus: Purchase 10 stamps and grab ten cards for family/co-workers to mail in.
  2. Buy a cup of hot cocoa or coffee for someone who you know or don’t know.
  3. Purchase a few cans of non-perishables the next time that you’re grocery shopping and donate to a local food drive.
  4. Buy a couple of pairs of magic stretch gloves and donate to a warm accessories drive.
  5. Dress up as Santa and visit a shelter or nursing home.
  6. Break out the construction paper and create homemade cards for family and friends.
  7. Bake cookies or cupcakes for a special someone.
  8. Volunteer at a local pantry or soup kitchen.
  9. Can you carry a tune? Join local carolers as they bring Christmas cheer to others.
  10. Participate in Hanes Virtual Sock Drive. Log on to Facebook.com/Hanes and help them donate 250,000 socks to the Salvation Army.
  11. On a weekly basis, gather all of your loose change and drop it in the red Salvation Army kettles.
  12. Offer to watch your friend’s children for a couple of hours so they can run some holiday errands.
  13. Did your office Secret Santa give you another body wash or lotion? Donate it to a local women’s shelter.
  14. Download beautiful holiday stationery and write a heartfelt note to five people in your life who would least expect it.
  15. Sign up with your local senior center to do wellness check and to deliver warm meals to those most vulnerable during this cold weather season.
  16. Donate $5 to Feeding America. All donations are being matched until December 31st. So, it’s really like you’re giving $10!
  17. The next time that you spot someone doing good, tweet about it and tag the tweet with #goodspotting. The Case Foundation is giving you do-gooders a chance to win up to $500 for you and $5,000 for your favorite charity! You can also upload a photo to the Foundation’s Facebook page.
  18. Host a potluck at your house and ask everyone to bring $5 to pool together and collectively donate to the organization of your choice.
  19. Buy some candy canes, tie little note tags around them, and give to neighbors, co-workers, students, etc.
  20. Offer to put up your grandparents’ holiday decorations. I’m sure that they deserve the break.

What simple acts would you add to this list? Have any of you done any of these things already? As I complete the tasks, I will share photos on my Facebook page. Feel free to do the same!


P.S. How do you guys like my favorite ugly holiday sweater?

Ugly Holiday Sweater = Win

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