Include a toy that a child will immediately love as soon as they open the box.
Ideas include: cuddly toy, deflated football & pump, toy truck, doll (baby, Barbie etc), musical instruments.
Why not include a personal note or photo of you or your family?
Include items that children will immediately embrace such as dolls or cuddly toys, toy trucks, harmonica, yo-yo, skipping rope, ball, small puzzles etc.
Pens, pencils & sharpeners, crayons or felt pens, stamps & ink pad sets, writing pads or notebooks & paper, solar calculators, colouring & picture books etc.
Toothbrush, bars of wrapped soap, comb or hairbrush, flannel.
Due to more stringent import regulations, toothpaste can no longer be included in shoeboxes.
Hat, cap, gloves or scarf, sunglasses, hair accessories, jewellery set, wind up torch, slinky spring, matchbox cars.
Due to more stringent import regulations, sweets can no longer be included in shoeboxes.
Used or damaged items; war-related items such as toy guns, knives or military figures; seeds; sweets, chocolate or food items; toothpaste, lotions or liquids including bubbles; medicines; playing cards of the 4-suit variety; religious or political literature; sharp or fragile items; books with mainly words.
Items packed from this list will be removed from shoeboxes. Read more about this process.