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Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Ideas for Boys Aged 10-14

Packing a Shoebox for a Boy 10-14

Packing shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child (OCC) has been my favorite holiday tradition for more than a decade. In 2013, I decided to start packing shoeboxes for young boys. After learning that useful gifts like tools and fishing kits could be included, I realized how life-changing a shoebox could be for this age group.

Why Should I Pack a Shoebox?

OCC receives a very small number of shoeboxes for boys in this age group. Due to the shortage, older boys are often given gifts that were intended for younger age groups—or even shoeboxes packed for girls. Wouldn't it be wonderful for these children to receive a shoebox that was packed especially for them?

Pack Your Shoebox with High-quality Clothing that Young Men Can Grow Into:

  • T-Shirts
  • Sleeveless Tops
  • Long-Sleeve Shirts
  • Sweaters
  • Hoodies
  • Pants
  • Shorts
  • Athletic Clothes
  • Sweatpants
  • Pajamas
  • Underwear
  • Socks

Include Fun Gifts That Protect Boys from the Elements:

  • Sneakers
  • Flip Flops
  • Baseball Caps
  • Beanies
  • Scarves
  • Gloves
  • Rain Coats
  • Mini Umbrellas
  • Watches
  • Sunglasses

  • Stuffed Animals
  • Beanie Babies
  • Action Figures
  • Bouncy Balls
  • Soccer Balls
  • Mini Ball Pumps
  • Baseballs
  • Baseball Mitts
  • Tennis Balls
  • Hacky Sacks
  • Jacks
  • Kites
  • Puzzles
  • Etch-a-Sketch
  • Toy Cars
  • Jump Ropes
  • Yo-Yos
  • Math Flash Cards
  • Slinkys
  • Mini White Boards
  • Math Flash Cards
  • Pop-Up Books

School or Educational Supplies:

  • Backpacks
  • Chalk
  • Pens
  • Mini Chalk Boards
  • Dry Erase Markers
  • Pencils
  • Pencil Sharpeners
  • Mechanical Pencils
  • Lead Refills
  • Highlighters
  • Pencil Cases
  • Erasers
  • Notebooks
  • Rulers
  • Scissors
  • Calculators
  • Chalk
  • Mini Chalk Boards
  • Dry Erase Markers
  • Mini White Boards
  • Index Cards

Personal Hygiene Products:

  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste
  • Dental Floss
  • Mild Soap Bars
  • Loofahs
  • Wash Cloths
  • Deodorant
  • Combs
  • Nail Clippers
  • Band-Aids

Avoid Sending:

  • Liquids / Lotions
  • Medicine
  • Vitamins


Help Him Build a Toolkit:

  • Tool Bags
  • Tool Belts
  • Work Gloves
  • Hammers
  • Screwdrivers
  • Battery Screwdrivers
  • Wire Cutters
  • Wrenches
  • Pliers
  • Tape Measures
  • Levels
  • Nails
  • Screws
  • Rubber Bands
  • Nuts, Bolts, and Washers
  • Extra Batteries
  • Wire
  • Duck Tape

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