WOW gifts: Delight a kid! Start with a medium to large item that will capture the child’s attention the instant he or she opens the box.
– Ideas include: Soccer ball with pump, Stuffed animal, Toys (puppets, trucks, etc.), Doll (baby, Barbie, etc.), Musical instrument, Outfit, Shoes
Toys: Include items that children will immediately embrace such as toy cars, yo-yos, jump ropes, balls, toys that light up and make noise (with extra batteries), etc
School Supplies: pens, pencils and sharpeners, crayons, markers, notebooks, paper, solar calculators, coloring and picture books, etc.
Non-liquid Hygiene Items: toothbrushes, bar soap, combs, washcloths, etc.
Accessories: T-shirts, socks, hats, sunglasses, hair clips, jewelry, watches, flashlights (with extra batteries), etc.
Crafts: Make your own items such as hair bows, finger puppets, and friendship bracelets.
A Personal Note: You may enclose a note to the child and a photo of yourself, your family, or group. If you include your name and an address, the child may be able to write back.
Do Not Include
Candy; toothpaste; used or damaged items; war-related items such as toy guns, knives, or military figures; chocolate or food; fruit rolls or other fruit snacks; drink mixes (powdered or liquid); liquids or lotions; medications or vitamins; breakable items such as snow globes or glass containers; aerosol cans.
Card games with animals, numbers or letters can be included in your shoebox gifts. However, poker cards or face cards (King, Queen, Jack, Ace) are not allowed, as the countries we ship to, have asked us not to send them as they cause challenges in their communities.
All of those items are allowed.
Yes, batteries can be included in your shoebox gifts.
Yes, all of these may be included in your shoebox gifts. However, keep in mind that the children may not have a DVD player or CD player available.
No, both of these items are liquids and can’t be included in your shoebox gifts. However, dry paint sets (such as watercolors) or glue sticks are OK to pack!
Yes! The only tools that can’t be included are saws or pocket knives.
Yes! Scissors are OK to include in your shoebox gifts.
If the child can wear or use the items without looking like a soldier, they are OK to include in your shoebox gift. So items like camouflage pencils, notebooks, cups, socks or underwear are OK (any camo colors). However other camouflage items like hats, t-shirts, pants, shorts or backpacks (any camo colors) could make the child look like a soldier, so those items are not appropriate.
Squirt guns can be included as long as they do not look like real guns. Brightly colored squirt guns are great to pack in your shoebox gift.
Yes, glow sticks are OK to pack in your gift. If the tube breaks, the liquid does not spill out and can’t damage other items.
Yes, wet wipes do not have enough liquid to spill out into the shoebox so they are OK to include in your gift.
No, these would be considered inappropriate because of the liquid.
Lip gloss is a liquid and can’t be included. However, Chapstick, lip balm or lipstick can go!
No, toothpaste is not allowed in shoebox gifts due to customs regulations.
Yes, Play-Doh can be included in your shoebox gift.
Yes. Compact mirrors can be included because if the glass shatters, it will be contained.
No, with or without a game, dice are not appropriate. The countries we ship to have asked us not to send them, as they cause challenges in their communities