‘Tis the season for giving! Although bringing unexpected joy to friends and family can be done year-round, the focus always tends to be around the holiday season. Giving back to others, whether through traditional or random acts of kindness is always a good thing!

Cadbury Dairy Milk has asked to share how I #FreeTheJoy. You may have seen the Surprise and Delight Gift Box that I recently received and shared on my Insta-Story. Well, I am going to put that gift box to good use! Here are 5 ways I plan to bring unexpected joy to others this holiday season:

Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares some unexpected joy with Cadbury. #FreeTheJoy

Show Appreciation

As someone that has worked as a server at a restaurant, I know how much tips mean. I will make someone’s day the next time I eat out by leaving an extra-large tip and a treat.

Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares some unexpected joy with Cadbury. #FreeTheJoy

Give A Little and Get a Lot

I volunteer each Monday at a senior’s care facility. I go there each week to bake with the residents. Afterwards I will play games, give manicures, sing, read or really do anything they want. I have heard some crazy stories for the residents there and learned things really haven’t changed that much over the years. I always leave there feeling “full” of the good feels and that keeps me going back.  I give a little each week and truly get a lot back.

This holiday season I want to give a little to the staff that work there. They are all amazing people that care deeply for the welfare of the residents. I will take them some baking to enjoy.  🙂

Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares some unexpected joy with Cadbury. #FreeTheJoy

Lend a Hand

We have had a lot of snow lately and it is hard to keep up with the shoveling. I know my dad (and his sore back) would appreciate some help dealing with the snowfall. Beau wants to help, too.  🙂

Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares some unexpected joy with Cadbury. #FreeTheJoy


I am very fortunate to have so much and each year my family donates to the food bank and purchases gifts for a family. I know this is something that I will continue through my lifetime.

Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares some unexpected joy with Cadbury. #FreeTheJoy


I have been on the receiving end of a pay-it-forward in the drive through many times and I usually reciprocate right away. I will pay for another order and leave a sweet gift for them.

Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares some unexpected joy with Cadbury. #FreeTheJoy

Giving back is easy and it doesn’t have to be something big. Sometimes the smallest gesture can make a difference in someone’s day. What is your favourite way to give unexpected joy?

Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares some unexpected joy with Cadbury. #FreeTheJoy

Last weekend I joined Cadbury at Enchant Christmas Light Maze and Market in Vancouver where they had a huge life-size snowglobe. It was fun to see everyone enjoying the treats that Cadbury was handing out. 

Happy Holidays, friends! I hope that 2017 bring you much joy and happiness.

While I have been compensated by Cadbury Dairy Milk for this blog post, all opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that support me and make this blog possible. #FreeTheJoy







  • Robin Rue

    These are great ways to be joyful. I always try give back as much as possible – especially around Christmas.

  • Such a wonderful post! Definitely the season of giving back!


  • Alli Smith

    I enjoyed reading about your work at the senior facility. I know they look forward to seeing you each week. I try to do as much as I can to pay it forward. My family and I support several facilities in our area. When we all do our small part, it makes a huge difference.

  • Such great things to do. Giving back really is the most rewarding thing!

  • WhatWouldVWear

    Giving back is most definitely the best this season! Love the fact that you’re active and may I just say that you and your pups are the cutest?! Adore these pics!

    xoxo, Vanessa

  • lexi

    Too cute! And we’re big believers in donating and giving back. <3
    xx Lexi, Glitter, Inc.

  • Kelsey H

    Okay you are too cute!!! I’ve always loved giving back this time of year!

    xo Kelsey | http://www.chasingcinderellablog.com

  • Annemarie LeBlanc

    My favorite way of giving unexpected joy is to buy a meal for a homeless person, feed a hungry child, or volunteer my time in a nursing home. The emotional rewards are priceless and it does feel so good inside to know you’ve done something to spread love, concern and kindness.

  • Chrishelle Ebner

    I love Cadbury chocolate. It is great to know they are a company that encourages charity. We just volunteered at the food pantry yesterday. I love giving back.

  • I love that you volunteer at the senior center! Its so important to give back!

    Rachel | The Confused Millennial

  • You are too cute Bella! And I love Cadbury chocolates!!!

    Meghan | beyondbasicblog.com

  • I would love to volunteer at a homeless or women’s shelter. Love Cadbury chocolates!


  • I love all of these, I’ve made a goodie bag for my favorite UPS guy. We get a lot of packages all year long and he always takes such great care of them for us.

  • Jacqui @FlightsFancyMom

    These are great ways of giving back! Especially the workers at the senior center. After my mom passed away, my family baked cookies and made chocolate and took it in to the hospital where she was to thank them for taking such great care of her 🙂

  • mckenna bleu

    I love the colorful beanies! Your puppy is SO adorable!!

  • I love chocolate, so I always try to spread a little holiday cheer by sharing chocolate with my friends and family 🙂 Also, can I ask you where you got that grey knit headband? It’s so cute!

    Hannah | http://theswirlblog.com/

  • Stephanie Pass

    These are all such great ways to give back. We do a lot of these things as well.

  • Pam

    I love all your ideas for giving back. Leaving an extra large tip can turn someone’s whole week around!

  • Great ideas to give back and free the joy, Bella! I love what you are doing at the senior care facility. Bravo to you! Happy holiday and have a great Christmas!

  • The holiday season is truly about giving back! Thank you for this wonderful post!!

  • Such a good post! As always LOVE your pictures.

    Alix | http://www.apintsizedlife.com

  • Anna Hubbard

    These are all things that everyone should try to do! Also, your new pup is so cute!
    -Anna | http://www.fivefootandfabulous.com

  • Greta Hollar

    These are all such good ideas. The smallest thing can make a big difference to someone!

    Greta | http://www.gretahollar.com

  • Sydney Power

    This is very sweet! Justin and I actually experience pay it forward today at tim hortons! it was so sweet! and we continued it!

  • Ashley

    What a sweet post! These are all great ideas! My school ran a canned food drive and brought in over 6,000 cans. My sweet first graders were so impacted by it and it was so awesome to see how excited they would get when someone brought in cans.

    xo Ashley

  • sandyalamode

    these are some GREAT ideas! love this post!!

  • What a great post! All of these ideas are awesome! Everyone should give back in some way.

  • I love this blog post. This is exactly what the holidays are suppose to be about. Not the stress over gifts and everything looking perfect.

  • Adriana

    This is such a great post!! It’s so important to give back during the holidays! Love your pictures! xo

  • Gwen Mulholland

    This is a such a great post. We have been volunteering for the wildfire victims for weeks and it is so true that you feel good when you are giving back. It has been a blessing and being able to help bring Christmas this year for those affected has been amazing.

  • Fun! It always feels good to give back somehow during the holiday season <3

  • Okay, firstly your photos are adorable! Second, I think paying it forward is such a lovely idea because people really aren’t expecting it at all!

  • Paying it forward is so great. We have been doing so much this year and it feels great. I love everything you did, great pictures too.

  • I love the idea of paying it forward. We always donate to food drives during the holidays and buying toys for those less fortunate. Great tips.

  • Kaitlyn Fickle Killebrew

    These are such cute pictures! Also a great message for this time of the year!

  • Love this post!!! I completely agree that you get more when you give more!!!

  • Adriana

    Giving back and paying it forward is so important, especially during the holidays! Cadbury is an awesome brand – it looks like you had so much fun!! -Lynzy

  • Love the hats and of course Cadbury.

  • What an awesome way to celebrate the holidays!

  • Aww this is so sweet! Plus your pup is adorable.

  • Ruya Kirac

    This is a great way to celebrate the holidays and so inspirational!