As Christmas is fast approaching your mind may be turning to how you can give in small but significant ways to those around you.

Here are some lovely ideas on how to pay it forward this holiday season. They don’t have to be grand gestures. Sometimes, it’s the little things that make all the difference.

Support local business

Buy from a local family run business this Christmas for your last-minute gifts or give them some positive feedback by writing a review on their Facebook page or Google.

Check-in on an elderly neighbour or take them a care package

If you have an elderly neighbour now is a great time to pay them a visit for that cuppa you have been promising to have with them all year or take them a care package of food that you have baked, or things you think they might appreciate.

Spontaneous acts of kindness

Look for ways you can show kindness in your day to day. It might be feeding someone’s parking meter, buying a coffee for the person behind you in the coffee shop line.

Some of the best moments in life are not planned.

Write a note

If there is someone in your life that you admire or who has gone out of their way to help you this year, why not write them a handwritten note to tell them just how much you appreciate their love and support this year.

I’m sure it bound to make them feel warm and fuzzy inside.

Teach your children to give

One of the greatest gifts you can give your children is to teach them to give. This could be through organising a box of dried and canned goods for a local charity or picking out a toy together and putting it under a giving tree.

Teaching your children the joy of giving to others is a great way to pay it forward this season.