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For many of us, Christmas is a time of joy and excitement. It is also a good time of year to reflect upon all the things we are lucky to have in our lives. Many small gestures can make other people feel less alone around the festive period. So, to spread some Christmas cheer and make the world feel a little bit kinder, we asked the Look & Cover team for suggestions of random acts of kindness from their past experiences. To help make someone’s day and in turn, make yourself feel warm and fuzzy on the inside, here are a few ideas to get you started: 

Buy a gift, wrap it and give it to a stranger 
When you buy this kind of gift, you’ll have no idea who the benefactor is, but there'll be a warm, fuzzy feeling knowing you have gifted someone you don’t know and brightened up their day. Purchase a gift that would be suitable for any age, such as a festive treat or a gift-card, wrap the gift as you would for someone you love, then present the gift to a random person that you don’t know. Giving gifts to strangers is the ultimate in gift giving, because the presenter expects nothing in return.  

Deliver a Christmas hamper to your local food bank 
Support your local community by buying and giving a Christmas hamper to your local food bank this Christmas. The hampers can be packed with everything a family needs for Christmas dinner. Goodies can include fresh turkey, carrots, brussels sprouts, potatoes, mince pies, and anything that would make the big day extra special for a family in need. 

Bake a batch of mince pies and gift them to neighbours 
It might seem daunting to knock on a neighbour’s door, especially if you’ve never had a real conversation. But to some neighbours, it may be the best thing that’s happened to them all day. A quick chat and a home-baked mince pie could be the ice-breaker needed for a flourishing new friendship with your neighbours and could absolutely brighten their day! 

Give a warm gift to a homeless person 
Charity Shelter released a report this year estimating that around 307,000 Brits are currently homeless, which equates to nearly one in every 200 people. With the cold weather in full force over the festive period, giving the gift of something warm could really help someone sleeping on the streets. From a hot meal to an additional layer of clothing, giving something to warm them up could make it easier for them to survive the cold winter nights. 

Give a worthy gift to a refugee 
For thousands of refugees this winter, these basic human needs are completely out of reach. Choose Love is the world’s first store where you can buy real items that are gifted to refugees. The store contains practical items like tents, nappies and sleeping bags. Instead of taking the gifts home, each purchase buys a similar item for someone who truly needs it. Gifts from the Choose Love store provide thousands of meals for people living in camps through the cold winter months.  

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