September 23, 2013

50 Ideas for Packing Shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child


Every year I pack a box for Operation Christmas Child and then blog about it. This year I'm doing something slightly different in that I'm giving you 50 Ideas for various items to stuff into those shoe boxes before they have to leave mid-November for Christmas... which is why I'm sharing this in September. (Christmas isn't that far off!) For those of you who may be unfamiliar with Operation Christmas Child, I invite you to visit their website, and check out this video here for more information, as well as packing guidelines.
  1. Flashlight with Batteries (Included) 
  2. Sunglasses
  3. Flip-Flops 
  4. T-Shirts
  5. Socks
  6. Ball Caps
  7. Small Flannel Throws
  8. Toy Jewelry
  9. Pencils/Pens/Sharpies
  10. Pencil Case
  11. Pencil Sharpeners
  12. Erasers
  13. Notebooks(or Pads)/Post-Its
  14. Solar Calculators
  15. Coloring Books or Coloring Rolls
  16. Crayons/Colored Pencils/Sidewalk Chalk/Markers
  17. Watercolor Set with Paintbrush 
  18. Individual Sealed Play-Doughs 
  19. Ink Pads with Stamps
  20. Stickers
  21. Small Stuffed Animals or Dolls 
  22. Inflatable Beach Balls
  23. Bouncy Balls
  24. Slinkies
  25. Etch-A-Sketch
  26. Puzzles
  27. Legos*
  28. Jump Ropes
  29. Picture Books
  30. Small Noise Making Toys (Harmonica, Mini-Shakers, etc.)
  31. Toy Cars 
  32. Candy**
  33. Small Card Games
  34. Balloons 
  35. Any Other Small Toys You :)
  36. Fat Quarter Bundles (For Girls in The Age 10-14 Category)
  37. Colorful Duct Tape
  38. Small Tupperware***
  39. Hand Wipes
  40. Nail Files/Nail Clippers
  41. Lip Balm/Chapstick
  42. Colorful Kid Band-Aids
  43. Hair Clips/Hair Bands
  44. Hair Ties/Scrunchies 
  45. Hair Brush/Comb
  46. Toothbrush 
  47. Toothpaste
  48. Dental Floss
  49. Bar of Soap 
  50. Washcloth
*Every once in a while I'll see small/mini Lego boxed set (or bag) go on sale for a steal, so I snag them. (Something along the lines of these or this to give you an idea of what I'm trying to describe.)
**Be sure the candy is within the guidelines (hard candies such as lollipops, Jolly Ranchers, Ring Pops, Starbursts, etc.)given and that you pack it in a plastic baggie before putting it in your box. That way, in case if any of it melts in the shipping process, it won't melt onto the other items and ruin them.
***Small Tupperware is great because the kids can use it for other uses. Just pack some of your items in the small Tupperware first and then pack it into the shoebox so you don't waste space. Plus it's always kind of fun to open up multiple containers of goodies, isn't it?

You can read previous posts I've written over the past few years for more ideas and to see how I pack my boxes (as well as some money saving shortcuts) here.

Happy Packing!

7 comments:

  1. I LOVE Operation Christian Child! I have been doing it for many years and am so excited for this year! Thanks for the reminder! I have to buy the materials!

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  2. Loved this! This is another reason why you're so cool. The list was extremely helpful, especially since you mentioned things I've never thought about adding before. We have done OCC, as well as with our church, and it's one of those things that incredibly blesses you to just do it. :)

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  3. Another item I like to include is a set of flash cards. Target usually has some nice ones, such as wild animals, famous international landmarks, and so on. For younger kids, there are shapes and number flash cards. Also, a fabric tote bag is a nice item that kids can use -- a foldable one that doesn't take up much space. And for younger girls, a skirt or sundress.

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  4. Thank you, Natalie, this really helped.

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  5. Hi this is the first time I've made a shoe box and sent it. I put in pj s ,blanket,toothbrush,pen,sweets and a note. Warmth for the child was my main concern.Toothbrush for hygiene,sweets for pleasure and something to write with.I was excited to make this and found pleasure in putting it together.
    A note with a message and a poem to express love.Thankyou to the samaritans
    Christmas child appealfor organising this.Blessings to all love Victoria x.

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