I'd like to share a heartwarming #gogiverstory! On Mother's Day, I decided to express my love and gratitude by giving thoughtful gifts to both my mother and grandmother. I carefully selected gifts that reflected their unique personalities and interests, and the joy on their faces when they received the surprises was truly priceless. It's amazing how a small gesture can brighten someone's world, and I encourage everyone to join in and share their own #gogiverstories in the comments! Let's fill this space with inspiring tales of kindness and generosity. Humans are indeed awesome!
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From our 2023 Canada Day Giveaway Winner:
“I work with a fella who is from the Philippines and has been working with me for a year. He and his fiancé and family of 9 or so, all flew back for 6 weeks so he could marry his fiancé. He is a good man. Hard working and diligent. I do not know his home life really well, but felt that urge to give your gift away and when i was thinking of to whom???? Jarome face kept popping up. In typical Filipino fashion, he said that he will get me a gift back. I said no no no. I paid it fwd. You pay whatever us on your heart fwd.”
I gifted a kindness box to my little girl. Truthfully sometimes our kids drive us a bit crazy, but she is the most caring and generous little girl. She enjoys going for walks in our neighbourhood and one day she noticed a little girl selling potted flowers (a delightful alternative from the common lemonade stands). Walking by, my daughter had noticed that the girl was sad and it looked like she had not sold anything all day. This stuck with my daughter and so she decided that she was going to by a plant from the girl and gift it to her momma. It's amazing that at such a young age she is able to thoughtfully consider how what she can do to support and uplift the people around her. At the end of the day she says, "Momma, I just don't like to see anyone sad. It made me feel good to see her smile come back!"
Good friends are a luxury! I decided to gift one of my dear friends who has stood by me through thick and thin for years. I love her for the amazing person she is; committed, loyal, dedicated, kind, honest, supportive and caring. There was not a specific event that took place, or a specific reason to give. The fact that she is just an all around joyful, kind person was enough. I have watch how her smile brightens the moods of everyone she comes into contact with and so they very least I could do was offer a small gesture to let her know that she is appreciated!
This past weekend I felt compelled to share a few gifts and treats with a dear family who's mother was in palliative care. One of them was for the family and one was for the hospital staff dedicated to her wellness. It doesn't seem enough to help ease the circumstances but the family was grateful. ❤
Today I shared a small gift with a sweet mechanic who took time out of his busy schedule to check something over on my car before making a long distance road trip. My regular mechanic was away caring for family in need and he stepped up and made sure I had peace of mind to travel safely. One of the reasons why I continue to support small, local businesses. Very grateful.
I am so very grateful for the church that I go to. It is filled with the best people and there is so much love and appreciation for one another. I work at The Gift Designers and my church chooses to support the business I work for by buying our products. Every time we process an order for them, my heart grows three times it’s size! I do not take it lightly at all that they choose to buy from us, and EVERY TIME I am immensely grateful! I love my church family so very much! Thank you!
You know you're spoiled when you say "my cleaner" but the reality is that having a cleaner is one of my personal indulgences. Over nails, make-up, fragrances or jewelry I choose a cleaner! When I know our cleaner has been there during the day, my drive home from the office is one of great delight. I love a clean home, but I do not enjoy cleaning. So, one day, weeks ago, I got home and our cleaner had bought new cushions, a new throw and had moved some chairs in our living room for better visual layout of the room. Some may think a cleaner had 'over stepped' their role however I felt like the room was more cozy & most certainly more beautiful. When I texted to share my delight and to offer to pay for the items, she simply said "happy birthday". I felt so very blessed.
I am a pretty aggressive driver with very little patience. Rush hour traffic can at times leave me gravely flustered. One particular Monday evening, while making my way home from work, the traffic was HEAVY. There is a point in my journey where after making a right turn, I immediately need to get over to the extreme left and on that day because traffic was horrific, it seemed almost impossible. My apprehension stemmed from either holding up traffic behind me waiting, or having to go, missing my turn, and taking forever to get home. BUT a lovely gentleman in a white working van paused so that I could get over into the lane that I needed. He didn’t have to, but he did. It was a simple gesture, but I appreciated it so much and it reminded me that I could stand to be a bit more patient on the roads 😊
“I was given a box at work. A box of goodies prepared by The Gift Designers that my boss challenged us to give away randomly. I had this box for 3 weeks and to be candid, where or to who to give it just wasn’t coming to me. Today when I popped by Canada Post to have a box couriered to my parents, I realized this was my chance, an opportunity to gift randomly to the staff working at the Canada Post counter. I got to the counter & had to wait. A sign was posted “Back at Noon”. Well, it was noon and the Canada Post worker was not there and there was certainly a line up growing. When the Canada Post staff returned, she was polite & apologetic to the crowd standing there but certainly shoulders were lower as were her spirits. I waited my turn, the CP worker scanned my box, handed me my receipt. I simply left the box on the counter in front of her saying “and this package, this ones for you”. She said “huh?” … read the card “what?” Some pause and uncertainty followed by “you made my day” as I left Canada Post. It felt good to think about how the box might help her lift her chin a bit.”
Every February, our church hosts something we call Love Month. It’s an initiative we’ve created to motivate our church family to show and give love in specific ways. Each week has its own special challenge. This past year we encouraged our congregants to share love by using their words, serving with a physical gesture, and giving a gift of kindness. Our thought behind asking The Gift Designers to create a unique 2-in-1 gift basket for us was to create an opportunity for us to bless someone AND to spur them on to pay it forward with the second gift! We’ve seen a lot of positive change in our families and our community as we become more purposeful in sharing love during one of the coldest months of the year. Our hope is that our church family continues to give and show love all year long! So thank you for playing a part in Love Month 2023.
I’m enjoying the feeling. The feeling of going out of my way to help a stranger. Today while in a line up, a gentleman (perhaps a wee bit less tech saavy than most) had an issue doing an Amazon return because he didn’t have the right paperwork. The woman at the till had her hands tied as without the right paperwork from Amazon there was nothing, she could do for him. The problem is that he didn’t have a printer to pull this off and he was certainly uncomfortable with what the next steps would mean for him, how would he fix his problem. I overheard the conversation and offered to help by printing the necessary paperwork for him at my office, only just blocks away. He glanced at me. Processed what I was saying and said, with a bit of bewilderment, “ok”. I gave him my work address & my cell phone. When he showed up later at my office to print stuff off you could tell that he was still processing my offer & perhaps what it is that I expected from him in return. “What can I give you?” he asked. Obviously, I wanted nothing, I had my reward. I thought less about myself for a minute and it felt right.
I gifted an Act of Kindness box from The Gift Designers to my daughter-in-law to show my appreciation for all her time spent helping with legal documents our family needed to take care of. She is very busy just getting started as a new lawyer and I see how much she cares about the people she serves. She goes above and beyond daily! And I am beyond grateful!
I recently received an unexpected gift and note from a sister of mine. It was a mug with my first initial on it and a card with loving words. That really made my day. It was a small thing, but whenever I’m holding that mug it reminds me of how loved I am.
With all this snow the past few months, my neighbour next door has been kind enough to shovel my walks. Besides trying to do my share of shovelling, I wanted to let him know that I really appreciate him so I dropped off a little box of goodies from The Gift Designers. He was surprised & so grateful! I don’t think we tell people enough how much they have impacted our lives. It feels so good to be a messenger of kindness!
I gifted my dear friend the pay it forward box and the reason I did so is I wanted to let her know that she is a warrior!
She has risen the ladder in her company in a very short period of time and from the time she started to now I have seen a huge increase in her confidence (something she has struggled with in the past) and she is now a top supervisor of a very large team so always engaged listening and helping her colleagues, and not only that she is a very devoted dog Mom of 5 and a devoted partner to her spouse who is out of town often for work, so she is on the phone every evening for long periods of time engaged in his day. So wanted to treat her with a few minutes of time for just herself to enjoy some treats.
My neighbour of 15 years has been so kind over the years and this week was no exception. We were in a bind with our furnace not working properly and he made it a priority to help us. Their family is always offering to help or just offer a kind wave as we drive by. I was glad to surprise them with a pay it forward gift to show them how much their act of kindness means to me.
I was able to give a Pay it Forward box! This season of life has been significantly difficult to navigate. When I needed a fresh, unbiased perspective, a lovely lady from my local church offered to sit with me, chat and pray. The mere fact that she was willing to just listen and offer comfort in the midst of chaos, meant the world to me and I am so grateful. She was delighted to receive the little box of treats and it warmed my heart that I was able to express the gratitude I so deeply felt!
After work one day I discovered that my car had a very flat tire. I went back into work to get help and my Boss Lady jumped up to assist! Between her & her very willing hubby who happened to be in that day, the tire was changed and I was on my way! It’s those angels who I am very grateful for! Thank you from the bottom of my heart!
Very recently I was attending a funeral. I was a bit too close to the start time for my liking and was attending alone so I was feeling a bit unnerved. I ended up finding a spot not far from where a family I know was sitting but sat alone. In short order two young ladies from this family scooted out of their seats to join me where I was sitting and make sure I was not alone. I felt acknowledged and accepted. Something small perhaps to them, yet impactful to me.
I think kindness can be expressed in the smallest of details and that it’s about recognizing humanity, that another being is present and has value. Recently I witnessed a stranger go out of their way to help open a door & carry something awkward through the doorway. I’ll be honest, I wish I had been the first one to initiate this thoughtful gesture to the stranger. Actions like this make be proud to be human!
My husband simply continues to be the most generous, kind & caring man. I’m so grateful for him and can’t resist sharing my simple story. I have the luxury of parking in an insulated attached garage. How wonderful is it to not have to wipe off a car or have it idle for long and be warm. I feel so blessed by that gift. In our most recent cold spell of -30 and greater, I went to get into the car one morning & found that he had tracked down a small portable heater and had it on all night long. Not only was my car clear, dry but it was also toasty warm. In a marriage or family situation it’s easy to assume or expect, however his act of kindness & thoughtfulness that week was such a rich blessing of warmth that warmed my car and my heart. He’s such a blessing to me.
My daughter has a very ambitious heart. She would give everything to everyone if she had the capacity and I am truly grateful for the human she is growing to be. Anyways for my birthday she wanted to fulfill my wish of having an acoustic guitar at home. She gets an allowance and has some money but certainly not enough to cover an instrument. Completely unaware, she called up one of her "aunties" and asked her to take her shopping for mommy's birthday and off they went. She also doesn't know that mommy gets a notification when she attempts a purchase. So I was fully aware that she TRIED to buy me a guitar on her own and saw the transaction decline. I had wondered all day if she was gravely disappointed and what she would buy instead however, when I got home from work, I saw my birthday gift sitting in the corner of our living room, beautifully wrapped with a card and bow. I knew immediately that I had gotten my guitar and it was the kindness of her FAVOURITE aunty that did it.
Great friends may be hard to come by, but they easily become the family that you didn't know you needed!
Many years ago and new to Calgary I was on my way home on a very busy roadway during rush hour when my car broke down. I was pregnant and unable to move the car off the side of the road on my own. Although I had the hood up and flashers on.. mulitple drivers passed by expressing their sentiments of frustration. After over 20 cars later.. a beautiful couple from Strathmore stopped and helped me get myself and my car to safety and gave me a ride home so that I was not stranded. They would not give me their name but I hugged them with happy tears for being angels on that difficult day.
Moving is hard and I had to move on Monday of this week! Fortunately, I have an amazing job with an employer who is very compassionate and allowed me to take the next day off to at least get a running start at getting settled. In the midst of unpacking I received a text from a very dear friend, who now lives mere moments away, informing me that she had about an hour free and wanted to come over to help and bring lunch. I deeply appreciated this. It was just so kind and thoughtful. An hour may not be much time, but it truly held a significant impact. She helped me to complete a task that may have taken me hours and I had a meal to enjoy later! I think these are the simple acts of kindness that matter most. It doesn't take much to make someone's life just a little bit easier!
Reflecting on the kindness of others inspires me to be that to others. December is a very busy time in my life and family and a long time friend kept saying she wanted to do something to help. One day she texted and said she was bringing over a roast beef meal for the family. I felt overwhelmed
and touched by her generosity, knowing there are others she could have blessed in this way but she wanted to bless me.
Hi. When my debit card malfunctioned when trying to buy my London today, a lovely woman named Shauna reached over to buy it for me. I was so grateful but told I had no cash to repay her. She said I know and smiled at me. How lovely. What a kind and also interesting person. She is a doctor working in a clinic close to me. Thank you Shauna.
I have tried to write this multiple times. The truth is I realize I have been surrounded by acts of kindness. one of the most practical has been people who have chosen to support my business/work both through active use of my business AND by recommending me to others. I realize that these people don’t have to do this but their choice to do so has been a HUGE blessing in my life. I am so grateful for them.
It's funny how acts of kindness are stamped in our minds, they can even make us think differently about the world and humanity. Very recently while driving on the highway I had a tire gauge pressure alert. Tire pressure isn't a tricky detail nor is checking pressure & refilling with air an issue for me, but admittedly it was a very cold evening, and I was concerned that the issue would be worse than it turned out. I pulled over at the next gas station to check pressure and within just a few minutes of me pulling over to check pressure, a young man walked up, inquired to see if he could be of any help. He encouraged me to get back into the car while he checked the tires and filled them all. We had very little interaction but what he did say after thanking him for being thoughtful was “I just would want someone to reach out and try to help my wife or my sister”. Something so small really, but really was impactful that he would take time to make sure that I was ok, and to extend a kind gesture to a stranger.
A number of years ago when I was going through very challenging times with divorce. I realized I could no longer care for my beloved Horse . I was deeply saddened that financially and time wise I could no longer keep him so set out to find him a good home. A beautiful couple from North of Calgary bought him to add to their herd.. I was being very particular about making sure he had a caring new home. 6 weeks later he was returned to me as he was just not settling in. They said they realized that what he needed was me. They did not want the money back and on top of that they paid a full year of feed and boarding for him. It was an unbelievable gift and kindness from these beautiful people.
“One day this past year, I had left home to drop my daughter off at school which was not far. My car made a very strange noise as I pulled out of our parking spot. Knowing absolutely nothing about cars, I drove my daughter to school in a mild panic. Once she was safely through the doors, I pulled to the end of the parking lot, popped my hood, and took out my manual. A lovely gentleman playing with his joyful baby boy approached me and asked if I needed help. I thanked him for his kindness and told him about the funny noise. He then told me that his father was a mechanic and that he knew a thing or two, so he would be happy to take a look. To make a long story short it was determined that my car was actually just REALLY low on oil. He cautioned me not to drive without at least topping it up and graciously left to get me oil from Canadian Tire. He brought back a very large container of engine oil for my car, filled what needed to be filled and told me to keep the rest just in case. When I asked if I could repay him he simply said no and told me to drive safely. My heart was astounded and immensely grateful! There are still many wonderful, kindhearted people in this world, and I was blessed to encounter one of them”.