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Fun Places to Leave Random Acts of Kindness Gifts

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I love performing random acts of kindness because it’s such a simple way to make the world a better place. Small, friendly acts have the power to turn someone’s day around and sometimes, their entire perspective!

I’ve shared hundreds of random acts of kindness ideas already, but today I’d like to share them in a new way. Instead of sharing ideas for WHAT to do for others, I’m going to share ideas for WHERE to leave uplifting surprises.

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Fun Places to Leave Random Acts of Kindness Gifts for Strangers

Whether you leave friendly notes, small treats, or gift cards, here are over two dozen places to leave random acts of kindness gifts for strangers:

  1. Inside magazines in waiting rooms
  2. ATM machines
  3. Vending machines
  4. Bulletin boards
  5. Public transportation
  6. Public restrooms
  7. Laundromat
  8. Library
  9. Gym
  10. Playground
  11. Community park
  12. Shopping cart return stalls in parking lots
  13. Cash registers
  14. Zoo
  15. Aquarium
  16. Post office
  17. Community center
  18. Reception areas
  19. Shopping cart
  20. Bike stands
  21. Trash cans
  22. Recycling bins
  23. Car windshields
  24. Newspaper box
  25. Bus stop

Fun Places to Leave Random Acts of Kindness Gifts for Your Family

cabinet doors with a stick note on them reading Don'ts Worry Be Happy!

To encourage my family to spread kindness, I sometimes like to surprise them at home with handwritten notes and/or small tokens of my affection. This is where I put them:

  1. Bathroom mirrors
  2. Inside the refrigerator
  3. Backpacks
  4. Lunchboxes
  5. Dresser drawers
  6. Steering wheel of the car
  7. On their pillow
  8. Computer or keyboard
  9. Next to their toothbrush
  10. Shower or bathtub faucet
  11. Inside instrument case
  12. Inside shoes
  13. Jacket pockets
  14. Wallet

What to Leave for Others to Find

When performing random acts of kindness, don’t feel pressured to make big, extravagant gestures. Honestly, a simple message on a sticky note can go a long way!

If sticky notes aren’t your thing, you can write your positive messages on index cards. Or find fun free printable messages online. You can also buy pre-printed messages or cards.

I love this idea for Random Acts of Kindness purse from Sixth Bloom. It’s a fun craft activity for the kids PLUS a great random acts of kindness gift! Renegade Made creates fun random acts of kindness kits like these for you to do with the kids too.

Want to practice generosity too? Small gifts like stickers, pens, or candy are an easy, inexpensive place to start.

If you have a garden, fresh picked flowers or produce make wonderful gifts too! Have artistic talents? Leave behind sketches or pictures others will enjoy.

If you have more money to spend, gift cards and cash are easy items to leave in any of the places listed above.


I hope you’ve found some inspiration above that will make it easier (and more fun) for you to spread joy and kindness to others. If you have additional suggestions, I’d love for you to share them in the comments!

4 thoughts on “Fun Places to Leave Random Acts of Kindness Gifts”

    • That’s great! I hope you and your granddaughter enjoy your time together, changing people’s lives for the better.


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