These Christmas giving activities include donating to a charity, baking cookies for others and more. Plus, printable bucket list of ideas and tracking sheet.
The holiday season is a wonderful time to discuss gratitude and giving back with your children. We like to focus more on what we can give than what we can receive (though this is a challenging notion for kids). Even if they can’t completely buy into the concept yet, planting the seeds and giving back through actions are excellent ways to instill these values in children.
Christmas Giving Activities
There are many small ways as a family to engage in Christmas giving. This can be as simple as showing an act of kindness to a neighbor or picking a cause to support, such as supporting the military or adopting a family for Christmas.
Plus, many of these activities not only give back to others, but can also serve as really wonderful bonding experiences for you and your family. Baking cookies together is fun, baking cookies and discussing who you can give them to to spread joy adds another layer to a family bonding experience that children will really remember.
A Printable Christmas Giving Tracker and Bucket List
Having a visual really helps my kids envision what they are going to do, and they love to mark items off and look back at their progress with pride. It also helps with goal-setting in kids, they look at a list, set goals, and plan on how they can complete the list in front of them.
This bucket list can serve as a starting point for your family and your Christmas giving, but feel free to modify or change anything on this list to fit the needs of your family.
Ideas for Christmas Giving
This printable bucket list includes:
- Donate to Toys for Tots
- Bake cookies for a neighbor
- Donate to a local food pantry
- Tip your mail carrier or make a box of snacks and drinks for UPS, USPS, FedEx etc.
- Pick up litter
- Leave $5 for snacks in your RedBox case
- Pay for a strangers coffee
- Volunteer at an animal shelter
- Ring the bell at Salvation Army or save your change for them
- Participate in Operation Christmas Child
- Go caroling at a nursing home
- Pack stockings for the homeless
- Babysit for free
- Set up your Amazon purchase to donate to a charity
- Donate to a Go Fund Me
Click on the image below to print the bucket list and tracking sheets
Track your Christmas Giving
Children will love to see how much they have given and can reflect on the impact they have made with this Christmas giving tracker.
Use this tracker to keep track of any items on the bucket list that your family would like to do, or create your own ways to engage in Christmas giving by filling in the prompts on the sheet.
Regardless of how you decide to give back, any way you can help out as a family will be impactful, and the lessons and values you will be teaching your children will certainly keep the cycle of giving going for years to come.
Pin these ideas for Christmas giving and printable sheets!