Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Ideas for Boys Aged 10-14

Updated on November 9, 2016

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

What gifts would you pack? Share your ideas for OCC.

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      Jane 

      3 months ago

      We can NOT pack toothpaste anymore

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      Dane 

      8 months ago

      A kitten drone mabby!!

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      Mary 

      8 months ago

      Fidget Spinner!!!

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      Cora 

      8 months ago

      Heather, I'm curious, what do you use to make your simple fishing kits?

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      Heather Harman 

      8 months ago

      My very smart 16yo son just ordered two "Lifestraws"--very effective water-filter straws that can give a kid the lifesaving gift of clean water! It was his own very brilliant idea! My son is spending his own money to pack a box for a 10-14 yo boy. I couldn't be more proud of my boy!!! ❤

      His father and I are going to prepare another box, for another child. I'm going to search out hand-crank flashlights for both our boxes, and make sewing kits, first-aid kits, hygeine kits (w panties & cloth menstrual-pads if we choose a 10-14yo girl, so she won't miss school during her moon-cycle).

      I understand that often kids have to receive emergency-food-rations in their hands, for lack of a bowl & utensils!

      Im thinking about OFF-anti-mosquito bracelets & citronella candles (are those ok, does anyone know?).

      I'm going to make simple fishing kits, too--for boy and girl.

      I'm realizing that --although it would be fun to focus on toys & the like, and I definitely WILL add some fun stuff--these kids may REALLY have more desperate needs for life-essentials, to obtain food, water, basic hygiene, education, and employable/income generating skills. So this will be our focus.

      I'm so excited to do this!

      Wishing I could pack 100 boxes. Alas!

      But I think that if I search hard for bargains, do some sewing, get creative, and approach it prayerfully, our family will be able to help at least two kids in a meaningful way.

      Thank you for the ideas!

      Thank you for helping kids!

      God bless all of the kids (& adults!) in need, in this world!

      God bless y'all--& all those who help!

      God bless us ALL!

      ❤❤

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      Constance 

      9 months ago

      Pocket flashlights with plenty of batteries are an excellent choice and can be used by the whole family.

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      Jane 

      9 months ago

      I always put two metal spoons in each box wrapped in washcloths. They don't take up much room and could be needed.

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      Caleb 

      9 months ago

      I am going to make a fuzzy felt board for a boy.

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