Even after coming up with 101 Operation Christmas Child shoe box ideas for Samaritan’s Purse, I’m sure there are lots of things that I didn’t list, but at least this will get you started. I have packed boxes with my kids for many years, but this year, I will be packing my boxes so much differently.
*Scroll down for the printable list of 101 Ideas for Shoebox Gift Items
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- When is National Collection Week?
- Where do I drop off my shoebox?
- How can a shoebox be a ministry?
- How can I best pack my shoebox?
- How do I plan a Christmas shoebox packing party?
This year, my heart will remember the many box openings that I was blessed to witness firsthand when I went to Ecuador with OCC last February. I’ll see those beautiful faces and truly joyful smiles of the children I met as I fill each box. Please know that these boxes mean so much to the children and their families. They really do.
FREE 101 IDEAS PRINTABLE: We now have a FREE one-page printable list of all the 101 ideas below. This is perfect for distributing at your church or school, pinning up on bulletin boards, or taping to your refrigerator. Go HERE to print yours!
Operation Christmas Child Ideas for Boxes
These Operation Christmas Child ideas for boxes are going to work for either gender and most ages.
- Hard candy, gum (Please remember to double bag all candy!)
- Pencils, colored pencils, and sharpener
- Pencil case
- A personal letter and photo (Find tips for writing a letter HERE.)
- About Me page (Free coloring printables for younger children are HERE.)
- Glue stick
- Safety scissors
- Coloring book
- Self-inking stamp
- Tennis shoes
- Water shoes
- Flip flops
- Hand held toys
- Plush small animals
- Balls: Tennis balls, bouncy balls, Wiffle balls
- Jigsaw puzzle
- Finger puppets
- Silly Putty
- Silly Bands
- Small flannel throw (Roll it up! It will fit!)
- Bean bag
- Hacky sack
- Small dry erase board and markers
- Teddy bear
- Unopened Happy Meal toy
- Toy binoculars
- Inflatable balls
- Solar-powered flashlight
- Jump rope
- Paddle ball
- Yo yo’s
- Handheld Etch A Sketch
- Small board books
- Flash cards
- Miniature checkerboard and checkers
- Plastic poncho in packet
- Drawstring bag
- Crafting kit (beads, etc)
- Toy toolkit set (Thanks, Jenia!)
- Plastic eating utensils
- Sippy cup/cup with a lid
Grooming and Hygiene Items for Christmas Shoeboxes
These grooming and hygiene items for Christmas shoeboxes are always welcomed by the children and their families.
67 Dental floss
68. Mild soap (Please put in plastic bag or travel container.)
69. Toothpaste (This too! Be sure it’s in a plastic bag.)
71. Colorful bandages
72. Hand wipes
73. Small pack colorful tissues
74. Lip balm
75. Emery board/nail clippers
Don’t forget your Operation Christmas Child Shoebox labels HERE!
Operation Christmas Child Ideas for Girls
These are some Operation Christmas Child ideas for girls, if you are packing a girl box.
76. Package of multi-colored Sharpies (Thanks, Rachel!)
77. Travel sewing kit (10-14 girl)
78. Fat Quarter bundles (10-14 girl) (Thanks, Stephani!)
79. Hair ribbons
80. Ponytail holders
82. Small pots/pans with spatula
83. Bangle bracelets
84. Clip-on earrings
86. Pom poms (like the ones used at football games)
88. Hand mirror (unbreakable)
Operation Christmas Child Box Ideas for Boys
Below are some more tips for Operation Christmas Child box ideas for boys.
89. Ball cap
90. Soccer ball with pump
95. Hammer (10-14 boy, must be in original packaging) (Thanks, Jennifer!)
96. Nails (10-14 boy, must be in original packaging + zipper bag)
97. Screwdriver (10-14 boy, must be in original packaging)
98. Screws (10-14 boy, must be in original packaging + zipper bag)
99. LED keychain (10-14 boy)
100. Duct tape (10-14 boy)
101. Tape measure (10-14 boy)
I would love for you to share this post on your Facebook wall, your Pinterest boards, Tweet about it–whatever your preference for sharing with friends. This is a ministry that is near and dear to my heart, and I want this year to be the best year ever for Operation Christmas Child! If you have more ideas, please be sure to include them in the comments below.
Find more tips for filling your Christmas shoeboxes on Faithful Provisions.