Did you know that the 17th of February was Random Acts of Kindness Day? It’s a day which sprang out of the concept of ‘paying it forward’, which is a little bit better known in the US than here in the UK! But the principal behind it is so perfect for our strange and stressful lives at the moment. It’s a day when people try to ‘pay it forward’ and do something totally selfless for friends, loved ones and even total strangers! That kindness can be something really tiny, like giving way for another car at a junctio, or a bigger gesture. You might pay for a stranger’s shopping in the supermarket or donate a sum of money to charity. Whatever you do, the idea is that that person you helped then ‘pays it forward’ with their own random act of kindness.
Is now the perfect time for a random act of kindness?
With 2021 having been rather stressful, uncertain and for many, lonely, it’s an awareness day which seems more relevant now than ever before. There is so much to look forward to thanks to the roadmap out, but, for now, we’re still in lockdown. And that’s tough! We all know someone who has found life tough thanks to the pandemic. Whether it’s a friend trying to juggle work with homeschooling their children or someone who lives on their own and finds the social isolation almost unbearable, it doesn’t take long to bring someone to mind, does it?
An unexpected gift to put a smile on their face
We love the idea of setting out to do something which will put a smile on someone else’s face. And, for no other reason than you can! A gesture, however small, which lets that person know you were thinking of them. If you’ve ever been the lucky recipient of an unexpected bunch of flowers or gift, you’ll know what I mean. The little thrill of excitement when you open the box or package having no idea who sent it or why! It really does make you feel oh-so warm and fuzzy inside. Even if your parcel is expected, for example it’s your birthday, a personal touch makes such a big difference.
Hand-selected and personalised goodies
When Emma founded her gifting company Hooves & Love, she made sure that there was a personal element to everything. She wanted to create a place where people could buy gorgeous gifts for horse lovers. All the gifts have been hand-selected for their quality and provenance. The gift boxes are carefully wrapped in a beautiful box and include a hand-written, personalised note. She’s even made it possible to ‘create your own’ box, picking and choosing what the recipient would want most. There is jewellery, clutch bags, candles, soft and cosy scarves, socks, bathroom products and even artisan chocolate. The addition of gifts which themselves could be personalised took this a step further, such as the beautiful grooming brushes!
The wonderful feedback Emma gets from the happy recipients of her gift boxes is testament to the demand for something personal and touching to send someone. It’s certainly a little bit different from other gift websites out there! Why not take a look? Perhaps you might even find the perfect gift box to send someone you miss as a small (and random!) act of kindness?