10 Gifts to Give…anytime of year!

The last two years, OASC has shared a Student Leader Gift Guide – This year, we’d like to share 10 things to GIVE vs buy…anytime of year.

  1. Love

“Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.” -William Shakespeare

  • Volunteer at a Pet Shelter and play with the pets
  • “Heart Attack” someone’s locker or door. (Cut out lots of hearts and tape it to their door)
  • Love the environment by planting a tree and watering it every week


  1. Kindness

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” -Aesop

  • Write and mail a note to a loved one
  • Send a kind message to someone on social media
  • Every time you think to gossip, say one nice thing about that person


  1. Service

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” -Mahatma Gandhi

  • Serve food at a soup kitchen
  • Volunteer at a local charity shop
  • Pick up trash in your neighborhood/community


  1. Quality Time

“The greatest gift you can give someone is your time because when you give your time, you are giving a portion of your life that you will never get back.” -Anonymous

  • Call your Grandparents or someone in your life that has been on your mind but you haven’t seen.
  • Play a Boardgame with a sibling or family member.
  • Go on a walk with a friend, neighbor or loved one


  1. Encouragement

“A word of encouragement during a failure is worth more than an hour of praise after success.”  -Unknown

  • Support a friend by going to their performance or athletic event
  • Post an inspiring message to your social media account or on someone else’s.
  • Post encouraging messages in the bathroom


  1. Mentorship

“One of the greatest values of mentors is the ability to see ahead what others cannot see and to help them navigate a course to their destination.” — John C. Maxwell

  • Stay after school and help tutor a classmate
  • Volunteer at a local after-school program
  • Read to your younger siblings, cousins or neighbors.


  1. Knowledge

“If knowledge is not put into practice, it does not benefit one.” -Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri

  • Read a non-fiction book or autobiography and share with someone what you read.
  • Talk to someone with opposing viewpoints and look for common ground
  • Make a plan to learn something you’ve been curious about.


  1. Compliments

“If you can’t get a compliment any other way, pay yourself one.” –Mark Twain

  • Use a dry erase marker and write positive compliments all over a bathroom mirror
  • Walk down your street and compliment someone’s yard, garden, house, pet.
  • Look at yourself in the mirror and give yourself a compliment


  1. Friendship

“Share your smile with the world. It’s a symbol of friendship and peace.” -Christie Brinkley

  • Ask a senior about their past
  • Ask your friends boundary-breaking questions to really get to know them
  • Befriend the new kid


  1. Compassion & Empathy

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.” -Plato