Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Ideas • Girl 10-14

How to Pack a Shoebox for a Girl 10-14

How to Pack a Shoebox for a Girl 10-14
How to Pack a Shoebox for a Girl 10-14 | Source

I've participated in Operation Christmas Child for more than a decade but 2013 was the first year I decided to pack a shoebox for a 10- to 14-year-old girl. After reading articles about the struggles young women face in developing countries, I realized how greatly a shoebox could impact a girl's life when packed with thoughtful gifts.

Why Should I Pack a Shoebox for a 10-14 Girl?

The 10-14 age group often receives the fewest shoeboxes because it's easy and fun to shop for the things most little girls like: pretty dolls, fluffy stuffed animals, anything pink and glittery. But the truth is, shopping for a young woman can be even more fun and fulfilling.



Pack your shoebox with high-quality clothing that girls can grow into.

  • T-Shirts
  • Sleeveless Tops
  • Long-Sleeve Shirts
  • Sweaters
  • Hoodies / Sweatshirts
  • Dresses
  • Skirts
  • Pants
  • Shorts
  • Activewear
  • Sweatpants
  • Pajamas
  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Bras

School Supplies

LifeStraw Personal Water Filter
LifeStraw Personal Water Filter

Save a young girl's life by giving her the gift of clean drinking water. Every 21 seconds, a child dies from a water-related illness. Help end the clean water crisis by packing a Life Straw into one of your OCC shoeboxes. This amazing water filter removes 99.9% of bacteria from contaminated water, making it healthy and drinkable.


Pack a shoebox that helps girls around the world get the education they deserve.

  1. Backpacks
  2. Pens
  3. Pencils
  4. Pencil Sharpeners
  5. Mechanical Pencils
  6. Lead Refills
  7. Erasers
  8. Pencil Cases
  9. Notebooks
  10. Scissors
  11. Rulers
  12. Calculators
  13. Chalk
  14. Mini Chalk Boards
  15. Dry-Erase Markers
  16. Mini Dry-Erase Boards
  17. Math Flash Cards
  18. Index Cards

Shoebox Examples for a 10-14 Girl

Example of a 10-14 Girl shoebox packed with fun, thoughtful gifts.
Example of a 10-14 Girl shoebox packed with fun, thoughtful gifts. | Source

Shoes, Outerwear & Accessories

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Include fun gifts that protect young women from the elements.

  • Sneakers
  • Flip Flops
  • Baseball Caps
  • Beanies
  • Scarves
  • Gloves
  • Rain Coats
  • Mini Umbrellas
  • Watches
  • Sunglasses
  • Jewelry
  • Barrettes
  • Headbands
  • Hair Elastics

Toys, Dolls & Stuffed Animals


Poll: Operation Christmas Child Age Groups - Shoebox preferences

Which age group is your favorite to pack shoeboxes for?

  • Girl 2-4
  • Girl 5-9
  • Girl 10-14
  • Boy 2-4
  • Boy 5-9
  • Boy 10-14
See results without voting

Every girl needs something to play with in her Operation Christmas Child shoebox.

  • Stuffed Animals
  • Beanie Babies
  • Action Figures
  • Fashion Dolls
  • Card Games
  • Puzzles
  • Hacky Sacks
  • Tennis Balls
  • Soccer Balls
  • Mini Ball Pumps
  • Jump Ropes
  • Yo-Yos
  • Kites
  • Slinkys
  • Etch-a-Sketch
  • Bouncy Balls
  • Jacks
  • Fun Accessories
  • Picture Books
  • Pop-Up Books

Do Not Include:

  • Breakables
  • Violent or War-Related Toys
  • Liquids or Lotions
  • Medicine or Vitamins
  • Seeds
  • Chocolate
  • Perishable Snacks

One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world.

— Malala Yousafzai, 16-year-old Pakistani activist for women's education

Personal Hygiene

Pack your shoebox with gifts that keep growing girls healthy.

  1. Mild Soap Bars
  2. Loofahs
  3. Wash Cloths
  4. Deodorant
  5. Cloth Pads
  6. Toothbrushes
  7. Toothpaste
  8. Dental Floss
  9. Hair Brushes
  10. Combs
  11. Lip Balm
  12. Tweezers
  13. Nail Clippers
  14. Nail Files
  15. Compact Mirrors
  16. Band-Aids

Love My Antibacterial Bamboo fiber Mama Cloth/ Menstrual Pads/ Reusable/ Panty Liners - 6pcs pack(LM1)
Love My Antibacterial Bamboo fiber Mama Cloth/ Menstrual Pads/ Reusable/ Panty Liners - 6pcs pack(LM1)

One out of every ten female students in Africa misses class or drops out of school completely due to her period, according to UNICEF. Help the girl who receives your shoebox attain an equal education by gifting her with a reusable cloth feminine product like this one.


Before UNICEF brought for us the sanitary towels we used to just stay home when menstruating and come to school when they finish. It used to be very difficult but since then there has not been even one girl missing school because of their periods.

— Anne Ekai, 15-year-old Kenyan student

Arts & Crafts

Poll: Shoeboxes Through the Years

How long have you been packing shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child?

  • This will be my first year!
  • 1 - 3 years
  • 4 - 9 years
  • 10 or more years
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Shoeboxes can include gifts that let young women express their creativity.

  1. Crayons
  2. Colored Pencils
  3. Markers
  4. Sketch Pads
  5. Coloring Books
  6. Construction Paper
  7. Paint Brushes
  8. Watercolor Set
  9. Craft Kits
  10. Beads
  11. Cord
  12. Yarn
  13. Crochet Hooks
  14. Polymer Clay
  15. Play-Doh
  16. Stickers
  17. Glue Sticks
  18. Duck Tape
  19. Washi Tape
  20. Ribbon

Sewing Kit

Girls can use these gifts to learn new skills that could help them earn money.

  1. Needles
  2. Thread
  3. Fabric
  4. Fat Quarter Bundles
  5. Fabric Scissors
  6. Safety Pins
  7. Straight Pins
  8. Pin Cushions
  9. Buttons
  10. Thimbles
  11. Velcro
  12. Tape Measures
  13. Seam Rippers


Gardening Kit

Pack your shoebox with small tools that can help girls grow food or flowers.

  • Canvas Totes
  • Gardening Gloves
  • Trowels
  • Rakes / Cultivators
  • Pruning Shears
  • Knee Pads
  • Spray Bottles
  • Mini Flower Pots
  • Mini Watering Cans
  • Gardening Aprons

Cooking Kit

Curate gifts that help girls feed themselves and their families.

  1. Cooking Utensils
  2. Forks & Spoons
  3. Mini Frying Pans
  4. Mini Sauce Pans
  5. Potholders / Oven Mitts
  6. Water Bottles
  7. Tupperware
  8. Lunchboxes
  9. Plates
  10. Bowls

Gifts for Baby Brothers & Sisters

Girls in this age group likely have infant siblings (or could soon have children of their own).

  1. Cloth Diapers
  2. Onesies / Bodysuits
  3. Infant Clothing (0-24 Months)
  4. Swaddling Blankets
  5. Pacifiers

Miscellaneous Gift Ideas

Examples of Approved Candy

  • Skittles
  • Lifesavers Gummies
  • Twizzlers
  • Starburst
  • Jolly Ranchers
  • Laffy Taffy
  • Gobstoppers
  • Nerds
  • Lemonheads
  • Sweet Tarts
  • Sour Punch Straws

Girls of all ages love sweet treats and fun trinkets.

  1. Hard Candy * Don't forget to double-bag any candy you include in your shoeboxes to prevent melted candy from ruining the rest of your gifts!
  2. Lollipops
  3. Mints
  4. Gum
  5. Coin Purses
  6. Flashlights
  7. Extra Batteries
  8. Magnifying Glasses * OCC requests that this type of gift be collapsible to prevent glass from shattering during transport.
  9. Personalized Note

What gifts would you pack for a 10-14 girl? 23 comments

DebW07 2 years ago

Our church participates in this wonderful event every year. Great gift ideas and great lens!

siskiyoucowgirl 2 years ago

This is an excellent lens and wonderful ideas for an older girls shoebox. My family and I love packing them every year. :) Thank you for sharing!

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Linda BookLady 2 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

Our church is doing this too. Great ideas, thanks!

tonyleather 2 years ago

I love the practicality of the suggestions. Great lens!

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Joebeducci 2 years ago

What a good initiative and a wonderful lens. I donate money, but haven't done this before, maybe I should :) Greets, Joebeducci

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