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5 Inspiring Reverse Advent Calendar Ideas


We have loved our previous Reverse Advent Calendar Ideas but have a few new ones. Be inspired with these ideas that will encourage your participation in this December Giving ritual. Even if you don’t celebrate Christmas, this December giving ritual is fun to do. It puts a twist in your monthly giving and makes planning your daily giving a breeze this month.

Support Schools This December

Your Reverse Advent Calendar can benefit a school. Pick a local school or international community school. It is up t you! Pencils, pens, paper, books, hand made bookmarks, rulers. These daily gives can help any classroom no matter where it is. Find unused items around your home, pick up school supplies at local discount stores. Get your friends on the band wagon and have them help fill your Reverse Advent Calendar giving box. Announce a pencil day and gather pencils from your friends. Announce paper day and gather paper from your neighbours. By the end of 24 days you will have enough school supplies to help the classroom or school you listed for your 24 days of giving.

Friends of ours travel to Central America for their Christmas holidays and take their Reverse Calendar items to a local school where they are vacationing. How’s that for spreading happiness around the world. Consider this option if you travel during the holidays!

Click to Give To Animals for 24 Days

Some of us are overwhelmed in the month of December with either extra work, or extra responsibilities during this time of year. If this is you, consider a 24 day Click to Give Reverse Advent Calendar that takes literally 15 seconds each day. You are still spreading happiness, just in a different way. Here are some click to give ideas for animals that will get you started:

Pledge against Cruelty Free Products

Protect Monarch Butterflies

Animal Rights Petition Site

Support A Community Garden Project

We love supporting programs that help our planet. Community gardens run by volunteers are a personal favorite and deserve 24 days of giving. Most community gardens have limited funding and resources.  Your daily giving through the month of December could impact a local program more than you will ever know. Collect seeds, gently used gardening tools, gardening gloves, and repurposed wooden popsicle sticks for your Reverse Advent calendar. These items will jump start the gardening in the spring!

Walk Every Day for 24 days in Local Parks and Trails

I love this idea! This is a planet give for 24 days. Your walks will make you happy and the local pubic green spaces happy. You can commit to just walk and enjoy the outdoors or you can commit to walk and fill one small bag with garbage. All you need is a good pair of walking shoes, a local park or trail to walk and 20 minutes. Pick a new place to walk each day so you see new things, you spread your garbage picking throughout different areas and spread happiness to new areas in your community. At the end of the 24 days, you can either make a small donation to a conservation organization or leave gratitude rocks on your favorite walking area.

Gratitude Notes in December

We all have people to be grateful for. Why not use your 24 days of December giving to send a gratitude note to someone in your life. It could be a teacher, a neighbor, a colleague, a local store owner, or barista. Deliver or mail one gratitude note each day for 24 days in December for your Reverse Advent Calendar and see how happy you feel by December 25th.

Check out our previous Reverse Advent Calendars ideas completed by our family. Follow along on our previous giving journeys to inspire your best Reverse Advent Calendar ideas this December. Happy Holidays and we wish you a wonderful month of giving!


What people are saying about 365give

“I wanted to express my gratitude for the teaching you provided today. Your message was delivered eloquently, compassionately, and without judgment. The kids were engaged, and now have knowledge with which they can change the world. We all appreciated how you took the time to help us learn to build positive mindsets and practice happiness.”
Shelley Gardner, Grade 6 Ridgeview Elementary (West Vancouver)
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“After watching the 365give TEDx Talk, I was inspired to join and begin a daily giving program in India. Today, along with 12 other volunteer women, we provide 100 meals to local underprivileged children in Bangalore for school every day.”
Deepika Ahuja, Mom (Bangalore, India)
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“This 365give Challenge has really injected excitement and extra enthusiasm in each work day as I think about what we can do. It has motivated me and the students.”
Cristina Peters, School Counselor (New York City, USA)
“I have seen a huge shift in energy throughout my classroom since doing the 365give Challenge. The Challenge has empowered my students to make a positive difference in the school’s community and beyond.”
Cella Adriana, Special Needs Educator /The Holliswood School (New York City, USA)
“The 365give Challenge helps students understand their impact on others. It opens avenues for introducing and discussing global and local issues in classrooms. It is powerful to watch students of all ages think about how they can make a change in another person’s life with one small act.”
Jessica Hall, Primary Teacher, French Immersion at École Pauline Johnson (West Vancouver, Canada)