I follow a blogger named Amanda Rydell on Instagram, and one little post of hers set my mind twirling with fun possibilities.
Most likely it really caught my attention because gift giving is one of my primary love languages. In her post, she had a gorgeous bouquet of pink peonies in a mason jar that she placed on a random sidewalk, and wrote “This is for you” in chalk beside it. There was an arrow pointing at the flowers.
She took from the abundance of blooms in her own yard, arranged them, and left a gift for a complete stranger just to brighten their day. How fun!
So the obvious first response is if you have a surplus of flowers in your own yard, you can do the exact same thing. Grab some inexpensive mason jars or vases from a thrift store, arm yourself with sidewalk chalk, and leave out some bouquets for people passing by. I wish I had seen the idea when my lilacs were in full bloom.
You don’t, however, have to be limited by what is growing in your backyard. How fun would it be to grab a few items from a dollar-type store, such as a skipping rope, squishy ball, or badminton set, and leave them for a child to find on their way home from school.
Or you could possibly set up a pail and shovel at a nearby park for children to use in the sand. Make sure that you definitely label with chalk, or with a cute little note, that the item is for taking and is a gift.
Another fun idea is to leave little baggies of change on a vending machine, or on toddler rides in malls. Write a little note on the baggie that says “This one’s on us!”
If you really want to get elaborate, you could get small gift certificates for an ice cream in town, and tack them to a telephone pole with a note that says “Please take one.” There are so many ways to spread a little cheer in our city.