What Goes In My Shoebox
Operation Christmas Child

What Goes in My Shoebox?

Step 1

"Wow" Item

Include a toy that a child will immediately love as soon as they open the box.

Ideas include: Stuffed animal, deflated football & pump, toy truck, doll (baby, Barbie etc), musical instruments.

Why not include a personal note or photo of you or your family?

Gift Suggestions

Gift

Toys

Include items that children will immediately embrace such as dolls or stuffed toys (with CE label), toy trucks, harmonica, yo-yo, skipping rope, ball, small puzzles etc.

Gift

School Supplies

Pens, pencils & sharpeners, crayons or felt pens, stamps & ink pad sets, writing pads or notebooks & paper, solar calculators, colouring & picture books etc.

Gift

Hygiene Items

Toothbrush and toothpaste, bars of wrapped soap, comb or hairbrush, flannel.

Gift

Other Items

Hat, cap, gloves or scarf, sunglasses, hair accessories, jewellery set, wind up torch, wrapped sweets (best-before-date must be at least March of the following year).

Gift

Do Not Include

Used or damaged items, war related items such as toy guns, play soldiers or knives; chocolate or other food items; liquids or lotions of any type including bubbles; medicines; hand-made or knitted stuffed toys; anything of a political, racial or religious nature; sharp objects; glass containers, mirrors or fragile items; playing cards of the 4-suit variety; clothing other than as listed above.

Gift Suggestions for Age and Gender

Girls

Boys

Select age group: 2-4 5-9 10-14
Select age group: 2-4 5-9 10-14

Toys

  • Doll
  • Stuffed animal or toy
  • Small musical instrument (such as a harmonica or recorder)
  • Small foam football or tennis ball
  • Finger puppets
  • Slinky
  • Interactive toys that include push buttons, lights, noise (include extra batteries)
  • Skipping rope
  • Play-doh (you could add plastic cookie cutters as non-sharp utensils to use with it)

Toys

  • Doll
  • Stuffed animal or toy
  • Small musical instrument (such as a harmonica or recorder)
  • Small foam football or tennis ball
  • Finger puppets
  • Slinky
  • Etch A Sketch
  • Skipping rope
  • Play-doh (you could add plastic cookie cutters as non-sharp utensils to use with it)
  • Small puzzles
  • Costume items to play dress-up, such as crowns and costume jewellery
  • Plastic toys and toy figures
  • Yo-yo
  • Small Frisbee
  • Small kite

Toys

  • Doll
  • Stuffed animal or toy
  • Small musical instrument (such as a harmonica or recorder)
  • Small foam football or tennis ball
  • Finger puppets
  • Slinky
  • Etch A Sketch
  • Skipping rope
  • Play-doh (you could add plastic cookie cutters as non-sharp utensils to use with it)
  • Small puzzles
  • Costume items to play dress-up, such as crowns and costume jewellery
  • Plastic toys and toy figures
  • Yo-yo
  • Small Frisbee
  • Small kite

Toys

  • Stuffed animal or toy
  • Toy Truck/Boat
  • Small musical instrument (such as a harmonica or recorder)
  • Small foam football or tennis ball
  • Finger puppets
  • Slinky
  • Interactive toys that include push buttons, lights, noise (include extra batteries)
  • Play-doh (you could add plastic cookie cutters as non-sharp utensils to use with it)
  • Plastic tools
  • Plastic Dinosaurs
  • Building Blocks

Toys

  • Stuffed animal or toy
  • Toy Truck/Boat
  • Small musical instrument (such as a harmonica or recorder)
  • Small foam football or tennis ball
  • Deflated football with small pump
  • Finger puppets
  • Slinky
  • Etch A Sketch
  • Interactive toys that include push buttons, lights, noise (include extra batteries)
  • Play-doh (you could add plastic cookie cutters as non-sharp utensils to use with it)
  • Plastic tools
  • Plastic Dinosaurs
  • Building Blocks

Toys

  • Stuffed animal or toy
  • Small cars
  • Small musical instrument (such as a harmonica or recorder)
  • Small foam football or tennis ball
  • Deflated football with small pump
  • Dominoes
  • Yoyo
  • Slinky
  • Etch A Sketch
  • Puzzles
  • Kaleidoscope
  • Skipping rope
  • Picture Snap cards
  • Small Frisbee

Hygiene Items

  • Comb
  • Hairbrush
  • Toothbrush & Toothpaste
  • Flannel
  • Bar soap (packaged and/or in a container)
  • Reusable plastic containers: cup, water bottle, plate, bowl, blunt-edged utensils (Consider filling an empty container with non-liquid items such as hair bows, bracelets, sunglasses, or flannel to make use of the space)

Hygiene Items

  • Comb
  • Hairbrush
  • Toothbrush & Toothpaste
  • Flannel
  • Bar soap (packaged and/or in a container)
  • Reusable plastic containers: cup, water bottle, plate, bowl, blunt-edged utensils (Consider filling an empty container with non-liquid items such as hair bows, bracelets, sunglasses, or flannel to make use of the space)
  • Non-liquid lip balm
  • Solar powered torch
  • Compact mirror

Hygiene Items

  • Comb
  • Hairbrush
  • Toothbrush & Toothpaste
  • Flannel
  • Bar soap (packaged and/or in a container)
  • Reusable plastic containers: cup, water bottle, plate, bowl, blunt-edged utensils (Consider filling an empty container with non-liquid items such as hair bows, bracelets, sunglasses, or flannel to make use of the space)
  • Non-liquid lip balm
  • Compact mirror
  • Nail Clipper & file
  • Stick deodorant

Hygiene Items

  • Comb
  • Hairbrush
  • Toothbrush & Toothpaste
  • Flannel
  • Bar soap (packaged and/or in a container)
  • Reusable plastic containers: cup, water bottle, plate, bowl, blunt-edged utensils (Consider filling an empty container with non-liquid items such as hair bows, bracelets, sunglasses, or flannel to make use of the space)

Hygiene Items

  • Comb
  • Hairbrush
  • Toothbrush & Toothpaste
  • Flannel
  • Bar soap (packaged and/or in a container)
  • Reusable plastic containers: cup, water bottle, plate, bowl, blunt-edged utensils (Fill an empty container with non-liquid items such as sunglasses or flannel to make use of the space)

Hygiene Items

  • Comb
  • Hairbrush
  • Toothbrush & Toothpaste
  • Flannel
  • Bar soap (packaged and/or in a container)
  • Reusable plastic containers: cup, water bottle, plate, bowl, blunt-edged utensils (Fill an empty container with non-liquid items such as sunglasses or flannel to make use of the space)
  • Non-liquid lip balm
  • Solar powered or wind up torch
  • Nail clippers
  • Stick deodorant

School Supplies

  • Pencils
  • Child friendly pencil sharpener
  • Ruler
  • Eraser
  • Coloured pencils
  • Pencil Case
  • Crayons
  • Felt Pens
  • Colouring pads
  • Colouring books
  • Picture book
  • Notebooks
  • Glue stick (Do not include liquid glue)
  • Small adhesive tape
  • Watercolour paint set (Finger paint palette, paint brushes, paper)
  • Pre-inked Stampers

School Supplies

  • Pencils
  • Small manual pencil sharpener
  • Ruler
  • Eraser
  • Coloured pencils
  • Pencil Case
  • Crayons
  • Felt Pens
  • Colouring pads
  • Colouring books
  • Picture book
  • Notebooks
  • Glue stick (Do not include liquid glue)
  • Small adhesive tape
  • Watercolour paint set (Finger paint palette, paint brushes, paper)
  • Chalkboard and chalk
  • Geometry set
  • Pre-inked Stampers

School Supplies

  • Pencils
  • Small manual pencil sharpener
  • Ruler
  • Eraser
  • Coloured pencils
  • Pencil Case
  • Crayons
  • Felt Pens
  • Colouring pads
  • Colouring books
  • Picture book
  • Notebooks
  • Glue stick (Do not include liquid glue)
  • Small adhesive tape
  • Watercolour paint set (Finger paint palette, paint brushes, paper)
  • Chalkboard and chalk
  • Geometry set
  • Pre-inked Stampers

School Supplies

  • Pencils
  • Child friendly pencil sharpener
  • Ruler
  • Eraser
  • Coloured pencils
  • Pencil Case
  • Crayons
  • Felt Pens
  • Colouring pads
  • Colouring books
  • Picture book
  • Notebooks
  • Glue stick (Do not include liquid glue)
  • Small adhesive tape
  • Watercolour paint set (Finger paint palette, paint brushes, paper)
  • Pre-inked Stampers

School Supplies

  • Pencils
  • Small manual pencil sharpener
  • Ruler
  • Eraser
  • Coloured pencils
  • Pencil Case
  • Crayons
  • Felt Pens
  • Colouring pads
  • Colouring books
  • Picture book
  • Notebooks
  • Glue stick (Do not include liquid glue)
  • Small adhesive tape
  • Watercolour paint set (Finger paint palette, paint brushes, paper)
  • Pre-inked Stampers

School Supplies

  • Pencils
  • Small manual pencil sharpener
  • Ruler
  • Eraser
  • Coloured pencils
  • Pencil Case
  • Crayons
  • Felt Pens
  • Colouring pads
  • Colouring books
  • Picture book
  • Notebooks
  • Glue stick (Do not include liquid glue)
  • Small adhesive tape
  • Watercolour paint set (Finger paint palette, paint brushes, paper)
  • Blank index cards
  • Solar-powered calculator
  • Safety (blunt tip) scissors
  • Geometry set
  • Pre-inked Stampers

Other

  • Hat/scarf/mittens
  • Sunglasses (need the UV and CE mark)
  • Small bag/purse
  • Hair bows or clips
  • Friendship bracelets (woven with yarn or embroidery thread)
  • A personal note and photo

Other

  • Hat/scarf/mittens
  • Sunglasses (need the UV and CE mark)
  • Small bag/purse
  • Hair bows or clips
  • Friendship bracelets (woven with yarn or embroidery thread)
  • Make-it-yourself craft items or kit
  • Binoculars
  • A personal note and photo

Other

  • Hat/scarf/mittens
  • Sunglasses (need the UV and CE mark)
  • Small bag/purse
  • Hair bows or clips
  • Friendship bracelets (woven with yarn or embroidery thread)
  • Make-it-yourself craft items or kit
  • Binoculars
  • Solar powered torch
  • Small backpack, handbag or drawstring bag
  • Small Sewing kit & ribbon
  • Laminated decorative pictures with looped ribbon attached as a picture hanger
  • Colourful balls of string
  • A personal note and photo

Other

  • Hat/scarf/mittens
  • Sunglasses (need the UV and CE mark)
  • Small backpack, handbag or drawstring bag
  • Baseball cap
  • A personal note and photo

Other

  • Hat/scarf/mittens
  • Sunglasses (need the UV and CE mark)
  • Small backpack, handbag or drawstring bag
  • Baseball cap
  • A personal note and photo

Other

  • Hat/scarf/mittens
  • Sunglasses (need the UV and CE mark)
  • Small backpack, handbag or drawstring bag
  • Baseball cap
  • Fishing kit
  • Magnets
  • Compass
  • Binoculars
  • Chalkboard & chalk
  • Brightly coloured rope or twine
  • A personal note and photo
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