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A Holiday Gift-Giving Guide: Ideas for Giving Kindness (and saving dollars)


Are you looking for some last-minute gift ideas? Are you worried about the holiday hit on your credit card bill? You don’t need to break the piggy bank to put your best foot forward when it comes to holiday gifts. Your feed may be full of ads for the latest and greatest new items. While these are great can be a lot of fun, it’s the moments of Kindness that can mean the most and last the longest.

We’re sharing below some ideas for simple gifts of Kindness from the team at KindWorks.AI. These can be great for a co-worker, a friend, a family member, or anyone else that you are brainstorming for this holiday season!

Compliment Book

Do you have a boss, a colleague, a partner, or anyone else in your life that you look up to and have learned from this year? Write down a handful of ways that you admire them. Put it on nice paper or bind together some notecards with twine or ribbon. They can be as deep as you like, and we recommend being specific when you can. Below are a few prompts to get started.

Your smile lights up every room you are in.

[…] was easier because you supported me.

You were a great listener when you […]

I admire your […]

You have the best […]

Favorite Recipes

Share a few of your favorite recipes and favorite memories in one. If you can throw in a photo of the recipe and story about why it’s your favorite, the gift goes even further.

Follow KindWorks for a copy of our own 2022 KindWorks.AI Team Favorites from Around the World releasing soon.

Gratitude list

It’s a similar idea to the Compliment Book, but focusing on what you appreciate about the colleague or friend. This is perfect for someone that you are thankful for and feel that you could say ‘thank you’ more often. Below are a few prompts to get started.

Thank you for supporting me during […]

I appreciate you because […]

I am grateful for your […]

In case you need an extra nudge for why this is particularly a great idea, research* shows that the positive impact of showing gratitude is significantly higher than we think it will be. When someone receives gratitude, they are happier, more surprised, and feel the giver is more warm than the giver ever predicts.

Kindness coupon book

This is ideal for a peer at work or a friend or family member. Think of little things that you can do together and make a coupon book so they can cash them in throughout the year. This is a gift that keeps giving all year and will provide many moments to smile together. Here are some ideas to get you started.

Take a break and a walk together.

5 minutes of unconditional listening.

Dance party to the song of [name]’s choosing.

Video of favorite memories

A short video is a very fun way to give a group gift that has extra meaning. Have everyone share a short story about the person and then string them together. The recipient is guaranteed to love hearing from people they care about and the Kind words. There are a number of tools that make this super easy now too such as the Memento app.

Enjoy your holiday season and follow us at KindWorks.AI for more ideas on how to be Kind this holiday season and always!

*Epley & Kumar, 2018, Undervaluing Gratitude: Expressers Misunderstand the Consequences of Showing Appreciation

Nicole Yelsey


Nicole Yelsey, Co-Founder and Chief Marketing & Strategy Office at KindWorks.AI

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