RACK – Random Acts of Christmas Kindness

Tis’ the season to get into the holiday spirit! We are RACKing up Random Acts of Christmas Kindness this season and we would love for you to join us! We are spreading the joy of the holidays by performing a Random Act of Christmas Kindness each day throughout the month of December. This is the perfect way to enjoy the true reason for the season… family, togetherness, loving and giving!

Kindness Breeds More Kindness

The best part of taking part in even the smallest act of kindness and or giving is that generosity and kindness are contagious!

Goodness spurs goodness: A single act can influence dozens more.


RACK – Random Acts of Christmas Kindness


What is RACK and how does it work?

 It’s a way to infuse holiday spirit in others by performing a Random Act of Christmas Kindness throughout the month of December! Many do a RACK a day for 25 days leading up to Christmas, an advent of sorts. However, we are asking you to join us in doing what you can, when you can, however big, however small. Be creative and lead with your heart! Most importantly, get the whole family involved!

I have created printable RACK cards in different sizes, simply print and attach to your RACK.  They are plain cards that do not read BRM, no promotion here, just genuine giving. There are many ways to offer a RACK, we have put together an extensive list of ideas as well as a calendar if you want to follow a list of acts.

RACK – Random Acts of Christmas Kindness Ideas:

  1. Pay it Backward!- Pay for the car or person behind you in line at CC’s, Starbucks or a fast food restaurant.
  2. Rake the yard of a neighbor who isn’t able to rake it themselves.
  3. Give the gift of sleep. Volunteer to babysit for a particularly sleep-deprived mama.
  4. Bless your garbage collectors with a treat or small gift card for lunch.
  5. Have your children make the mail man or lady a Thank You card or poster with treats taped to it.
  6. Tape coins on vending machines for snacks, or sodas. The hospital would be a great place for this!
  7. Tape single dollars to items at the dollar store. (plus a dime for tax)
  8. RACK a Red Box by leaving a dollar or two and some popcorn or a candy cane.
  9. Candy canes taped to random places with inspiring RACK tags.
  10. Donate items to the Food Bank
  11. Get your playgroup or women’s group together to pack toiletry or snack bags for homeless shelters.
  12. Donate a coat to your local coat drive.
  13. Bake treats and take them to the police station and or fire station with thank you cards for their service.
  14. Take a break from texting and e-mail. Mail an actual handwritten letter or card to someone you love. Just because.
  15. Visit an assisted living home to hand out treats, artwork from your children, read holiday books, or sing a few Christmas carols. Coordinate with your local nursing or retirement home first.
  16. Take get well balloons or flowers to the hospital and leave them with a nurse for someone who is alone.
  17. Fill a Good Samaritans Christmas Box
  18. Tape quarters to laundromat machines.
  19. Leave a basket of Christmas gifts on doorstep of family in need
  20. Leave a $5 bill on the pump at a gas station.
  21. Bring treats to your local urgent care office on Christmas Eve.
  22. Cook a meal and deliver it to someone who could use a meal. Someone who is sick, a new family in the neighborhood or at church, a new mom.
  23. Take a person who’s working on Christmas Eve something special
  24. Drop off books to give to patients at the Children’s Hospital
  25. Drop off a coffee and a treat to a busy mom.
  26. Bring a gift to Santa.
  27. ‘Ding dong ditch’ your neighbors with fresh-baked goods.
  28. Before paying at the grocery store, buy a gift card, and then turn around and hand it to the person behind you.
  29. Leave an extra big tip at a restaurant.
  30. Donate to the local animal shelter. Contact a local animal shelter to find out what they need. (food, blankets, towels, and food bowls, etc.)
  31. Put something you no longer need on Craigslist’s FREE section.

Rack Tag printables…

RACK CardsDownload Medium RACK Cards HERE.

RACK Christmas TagDownload Small RACK Cards HERE.

Small RACK CircleDownload XSmall Circle TACK Tags HERE

RACK Candy Cane Tag

Download RACK Candy Cane Tag

 A RACK Advent calendar can be found here.

 More cards and tags can be found here.

It’s our responsibility to discuss gratefulness, generosity, unselfishness and service not just during the holidays but year-round. We are our children’s greatest role models — we should start early to mold our children’s perspectives on the holiday season. May we create such treasured memories of family time and togetherness, and the joy of giving, that our children will hold on to these memories for a lifetime and pass them on to their own children.

If I missed a great RACK idea, please leave it in the comments below!

Wishing each of you a blessed Christmas Season full of RACK!


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  1. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says

    It’s so refreshing when people are kind to one another. Thanks for the reminder.

  2. says

    sometimes i like to kill people with kindness.. They do not like it when i am so extra nice to them, when they want to be made at me.. whether deserved or not.

  3. Fi Ní Neachtáin says

    Random acts of kindness is such a great thing and well done to whoever began the idea in the first place! I’d love to do some of these in this season of giving 🙂

  4. says

    I absolutely love this post and will be definitely doing some on this list. I think it’s so important for us to remember the real reason for Christmas and celebrate with others.
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  5. says

    I love this! I partake in RAKS in my planner groups but this is so much better! How kind and amazing!

  6. says

    Random acts of kindness are awesome!!! Just the other day at Tim Horton’s the dude in front of me in the drive thru paid for my drinks!! Totally made my day ❤

  7. michele d says

    Number 14 for me.. I don’t remember the last time that I wrote a letter to a family member or friend. It’s pretty scary.

  8. says

    It’s really great to pay it backward. I saw a YouTube video on that in a Starbucks cafe and I was so touched. I wonder if people here would also do the same.

  9. Elizabeth O. says

    This should happen all year round! I think I will bake some treats!

  10. Michelle Hwee says

    How sweet 🙂 I love this time of year, so wonderful to be giving.

  11. says

    This is a really sweet idea. I love paying it forward, especially around the holidays. It’s supposed to be a joyous time, but lots of people just get super grumpy.

  12. Rebecca Swenor says

    These are awesome ideas for gifts of kindness during the holidays. I love the taping candy canes to random places. I always donate what I do use to the thrift stores. Thanks for sharing.

  13. says

    I always try to remember to do random acts of kindness. It always brightens my day to help others.

  14. Bonnie @ wemake7 says

    This is awesome! Our family has been doing something. I’ve made up bags and totes and have been handing them out to strangers in stores, ect.

  15. says

    My hubby’s a mailman. He’d love a thank you card from the kiddos. That’s a fun idea!

  16. says

    I’m all for RACK! This is a good campaign and I wish that it would inspire a lot of folks to extend kindness to others, even to strangers. Sometimes, kindness does not have to be a material thing. For instance in the workplace, I would really appreciate if people knew how to answer the phone properly or greet you with a nice, friendly hello. I am inspired by this post of yours and I might just write about it in my blog one of these days.
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  17. Eliz Frank says

    It’s great to learn about new ways to give back and help others. I love the idea of RACK too.

  18. Melissa Smith says

    I love this idea! I’m definitely going to do a few of them too! <3

  19. says

    Those are all such good ideas! I’d love to try at least one – you have inspired me! Maybe leaving a bill at the gas, or dropping books off at the hospital. Thanks!

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