One of my 2017 resolutions is to do 52 acts of kindness, and I was already behind pace. Not to worry, though! I got caught up right away by sending gifts to three strangers, via Amazon.

Now, some of my favorite random acts of kindness ideas are free — I have a list of them here.

Still, this is a good one. Who doesn’t like a surprise gift, especially if it’s something they already want? Some people have very cheap things on their wish lists, too!

It’s pretty easy. Here’s how it’s done, at least with the U.S. version of Amazon!

 

Random Acts of Kindness Ideas: How to Buy a Stranger a Gift Off Their Amazon Wish List #good deeds

 

1. On Amazon, click on “Accounts and Lists” near the top right of your page. Then click down on “Find or Create Registry.”

How to Buy a Stranger a Gift Off Their Amazon Wish List #random act of kindness

 

2. On the next page, search for a random first name. It could be yours, the name of someone you love… or just really random!

 

How to Buy a Stranger a Gift Off Their Amazon Wish List #random acts of kindness ideas

P.S. I don’t have a wish list on Amazon.

 

3. Now you start searching strangers’ wish lists for something you might like to buy for somebody. Here are just a few suggestions…

Make sure they added it recently!

For instance, does this lady still want the baby toy she put on her wish list in 2011? Maybe, but I doubt it.

How to Buy a Stranger a Gift Off Their Amazon Wish List #random acts of kindness ideas

Make sure it’s not too weird to give to a stranger.

I decided this item would be weird, for example. Actually, this is nowhere close to the most inappropriate-if-given-by-a-stranger thing I found on a wish list. There are things for sale that I never even dreamed of, you guys.

How to Buy a Stranger a Gift Off Their Amazon Wish List #random acts of kindness ideas

And this book is probably informative, but I was afraid that if it came from a stranger, it would sound ominous.

How to Buy a Stranger a Gift Off Their Amazon Wish List #random acts of kindness ideas

 

4. Click the Add to Cart button, and then hit Proceed to Checkout.

5. See if they show up as an option for the shipping address.

It’s never going to show you the actual address. Sometimes, a choice like “Moxie Jo’s Gift Registry” shows up as an option.

Sometimes it doesn’t. I think this probably has to do with user privacy settings. If you don’t get an option to ship to this person, you’ll have to give up on buying them a present and start over with someone else.

6. Choose them for the shipping address and buy it!

You can leave a note telling them it’s a random act of kindness, or just send it anonymously. It’s up to you. I never use my full name.

 

 

Here’s an incomplete list of the things I’ve purchased for strangers so far…

These Day of the Dead socks.

How to Buy a Stranger a Gift Off Their Amazon Wish List #random acts of kindness ideas

This nail polish.

How to Buy a Stranger a Gift Off Their Amazon Wish List #random acts of kindness ideas

These emoji fridge magnets.

How to Buy a Stranger a Gift Off Their Amazon Wish List #random acts of kindness ideas

Two bottles of this blueberry syrup.

How to Buy a Stranger a Gift Off Their Amazon Wish List #random acts of kindness ideas

 

This book, which I also want to read myself.

How to Buy a Stranger a Gift Off Their Amazon Wish List #random acts of kindness ideas

So fun, right? You can probably do this with other wish lists (Target’s, for example), though I haven’t tried it.

Have you ever done this? Does it make you want to set up a wish list? Or do you want to suggest different random acts of kindness ideas? Let me know in the comments! Thanks for reading, and have a great week!