Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Ideas for a 10- to 14-Year-Old Girl

Updated on November 11, 2017

How to Pack a Shoebox for a Girl 10-14

How to Pack a Shoebox for a Girl 10-14
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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.

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

— Malala Yousafzai, Activist for Women's Education

Girl 10-14 Clothing Ideas for an Operation Christmas Child Shoebox


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

  • Pants
  • Activewear
  • Sweatpants
  • Pajamas
  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Bras

  • T-Shirts
  • Sleeveless Tops
  • Long-Sleeve Shirts
  • Sweaters
  • Hoodies / Sweatshirts
  • Dresses
  • Skirts
  • Shorts

Girl 10-14 School Supplies for an Operation Christmas Child Shoebox

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

  • Scissors
  • Rulers
  • Calculators
  • Chalk
  • Mini Chalk Boards
  • Dry-Erase Markers
  • Mini Dry-Erase Boards
  • Math Flash Cards
  • Index Cards

  • Backpacks
  • Pens
  • Pencils
  • Pencil Sharpeners
  • Mechanical Pencils
  • Lead Refills
  • Erasers
  • Pencil Cases
  • Notebooks

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Girl 10-14 Shoes, Outerwear & Accessories for an Operation Christmas Child Shoebox

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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

Girl 10-14 Toys, Dolls & Stuffed Animals for an Operation Christmas Child Shoebox


Poll: Operation Christmas Child Age Groups - Shoebox preferences

Which age group is your favorite to pack shoeboxes for?

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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:

  • NO Food (This includes candy, chocolate, fruit snacks & drink mixes. No food of any kind is allowed due to increasing customs regulations.)
  • NO Toothpaste
  • NO Breakables
  • NO War-Related Toys (This includes rubber knives, toy guns & military figures. Brightly colored squirt guns are allowed.)
  • NO Liquids or Lotions (This includes paint, glue, lip gloss & nail polish.)
  • NO Aerosol Containers
  • NO Medicine or Vitamins
  • NO Razors, Swiss Army Knives, Saws or Blades
  • NO Seeds or Plants
  • NO Money
  • NO Used or Damaged Items
  • NO Camouflage Clothing (Camouflage-patterned items like pens, notebooks and socks are OK. Do not include anything that may make a child appear soldier-like.)
  • NO Matches or Lighters

Girl 10-14 Personal Hygiene for an Operation Christmas Child Shoebox

Pack your shoebox with gifts that keep growing girls healthy.

  • Mild Soap Bars
  • Loofahs
  • Wash Cloths
  • Deodorant
  • Cloth Pads
  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste
  • Dental Floss
  • Hair Brushes
  • Combs
  • Lip Balm
  • Tweezers
  • Nail Clippers
  • Nail Files
  • Compact Mirrors
  • Band-Aids

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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

Girl 10-14 Arts & Crafts for an Operation Christmas Child Shoebox

Poll: Shoeboxes Through the Years

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

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Shoeboxes can include gifts that let young women express their creativity.

  • Crayons
  • Colored Pencils
  • Markers
  • Sketch Pads
  • Coloring Books
  • Construction Paper
  • Paint Brushes
  • Watercolor Set
  • Craft Kits
  • Beads
  • Cord
  • Yarn
  • Crochet Hooks
  • Polymer Clay
  • Play-Doh
  • Stickers
  • Glue Sticks
  • Duck Tape
  • Washi Tape
  • Ribbon

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

Sewing Kit

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

  • Needles
  • Thread
  • Fabric
  • Fat Quarter Bundles
  • Fabric Scissors
  • Safety Pins
  • Straight Pins
  • Pin Cushions
  • Buttons
  • Thimbles
  • Velcro
  • Tape Measures
  • 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.

  • Cooking Utensils
  • Forks & Spoons
  • Mini Frying Pans
  • Mini Sauce Pans
  • Potholders / Oven Mitts
  • Water Bottles
  • Tupperware
  • Lunchboxes
  • Plates
  • Bowls

Gifts for Baby Brothers & Sisters

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

  • Cloth Diapers
  • Onesies / Bodysuits
  • Infant Clothing (0-24 Months)
  • Swaddling Blankets
  • Pacifiers

Girl 10-14 Miscellaneous Ideas for an Operation Christmas Child Shoebox

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.

  • 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!
  • Lollipops
  • Mints
  • Gum
  • Coin Purses
  • Flashlights
  • Extra Batteries
  • Magnifying Glasses * OCC requests that this type of gift be collapsible to prevent glass from shattering during transport.
  • Personalized Note

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

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      10 months ago

      I have been packing for OCC for several years. Our church is a drop off center and this is the first year I was the one to be there to accept the boxes. What a blessing! This year for the first time OCC had plastic (almost rubber) shoeboxes you could purchase. Check with the Drop off location. The cost isabout $1.50, and won't crack in the shipping as other plastic shoeboxes can. It's a bargain and gives the added benefit of a container to use year round. Go to the Operation Christmas Child website for some great ideas! I suggest using the shoeboxes provided by OCC. 15 of those will fit in the bottom of a shipping carton and plenty of room for more on top. The boot boxes and odd size shoeboxes are frequently used. However, consider using the ones provided. The cardboard shoeboxes are free of charge. More boxes sent per carton means less shipping fee which is already at $9 per shoebox. The simple gift of shopping, packing, giving and delivering your shoebox is the best gift you and your children will ever have. Consider looking for special gifts and bargains all year round. Use your Vacation Bible School or Kids Clubs as venues to encourage the kids to give to others. And do not forget to Pray, Pray, Pray! for that child(ren) who will be receiving your box(es) that they will find the lasting gift of Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior! Happy gifting!

    • wildsimplicity profile imageAUTHOR


      11 months ago from Atlanta, GA

      Because the rules changed recently and the images haven't yet been updated.

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      11 months ago

      Why does it say NO toothpaste and then later it shows toothpaste? The same with candy.

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      11 months ago from Atlanta, GA

      @nswanburg77@gmail.com The shoebox should be of "average" size. The boxes provided by Samaritan's Purse are quite small, like a shoebox you'd buy new flats or sandals in. I've used both those and larger boxes from hiking shoes. Extra large shoeboxes limit the number of gifts that can be shipped in each large box which then increases shipping costs for the organization so I'd advise against anything too oversized. I'm not sure about the floss picks but given that they are generally single-use and made of plastic, I think regular floss is a more environmentally conscious idea.

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      12 months ago

      I have wanted to do this for many, many years and I am finally going to make it happen this year! I have 6 beautiful kids and I am going to have each of them make a special box for a child in each of the age/gender options. My youngest daughter is 9 years old (with Autism) and she is truly very excited to be giving a gift to another child that she gets to pick out all on her very own. I do want to ask, does the "shoebox" have to be a specific size? Can we select a larger size plastic container from the dollar store? I know my kids, and they are going to want to send so many things that I am afraid it won't all fit. Also, the floss pick like things, are we allowed to send those? I'm asking because they have a sharp point like a toothpick on one side. I admire everyone who participates with this program and I am looking forward to making this a family tradition for each of my children every year at Christmas. God Bless!

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      13 months ago

      The rules have changed for 2017: please do not pack any sort of food items (including candy) and do not pack toothpaste.

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      15 months ago

      love this program. I always pack washcloth, soap, toothbrush combs, necklace, stuffed animal, slinky, hair wraps, sewing kits, crayons, colored pencils, pens markers, small note book, pillow cases, and I always use a plastic shoebox container you can get them for $1 and they can use them for so many things.

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      23 months ago

      These are great ideas, thank you so much. I wasn't sure what to pack for a teenage girl until now!

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      2 years ago

      Menstural protection and washing products and include one fun thing for a child that is age approbiate.

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      Audrey Hunt 

      2 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      I'm back again! With the holidays approaching I'm getting ready to fill my shoebox with items for young girls ages 5-9. This is my first year participating and I want to get it right. I'm so excited!

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      2 years ago

      Just received info from a missionary where they recieve the shoe boxes. And she said she has been in several places that recieve the shoeboxes.

      A few things to keep in.mind. the countries that they deliver too do not get cold weather so no need for scarfs or gloves.

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      Barb Johnson 

      3 years ago from Alaska's Kenai Peninsula

      Some of the simplest and most practical ideas seem to escape us. Thanks for the informative article. Hope it encourages more support.

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      3 years ago

      I love Operation Christmas Child and what they do for children. I encourage anyone who can to participate, it is worth it.

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      Sandy Mertens 

      3 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      This is such a wonderful idea. The best time with the girls shoebox is now.

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      3 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      @peachpurple & @LadyGuinevere: It's not too late! If you live near one of Operation Christmas Child's processing centers, they accept hand-delivered shoeboxes through the third week of December (this week!) -- and shoeboxes can be mailed to the processing centers all year round! It is also possible to build a shoebox online. You pick what you'd like to include and Samaritan's Purse will make it for you. :)

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      Debra Allen 

      3 years ago from West By God

      I am going to share this. Even if it might be too late, I think it is never to late to get anykind of gifts such as these.

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      3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      i would like to do that. Where can i participate? I want to send them some shoe box with gifts.

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      Audrey Hunt 

      3 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      I would like to participate in this project. Where would I send the shoeboxes? Excellent and informative article. I voted up, useful, awesome, beautiful and interesting. Happy to share this and thanks.

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      3 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      I was glad to read your extensive list ideas wildsimplicity..we pack one up each year and sometimes run out of ideas..your list will help those of us that do..good job


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      3 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      This is a really cool project and thoughtful. A good project for children too. Nice of you to think of what the older children might need and what would make them happy.

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      Kathleen Cochran 

      3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      I just did a hub on this topic but yours is full of great information. Hope anyone who read mine will also read yours! Merry!

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      Merry Citarella 

      4 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Great lens with great suggestions!

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 

      4 years ago from Northern California

      Great idea.

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      4 years ago

      Those are wonderful ideas, some I wouldn't have ever thought of, thank you!

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      Elsie Hagley 

      4 years ago from New Zealand

      Enjoyed this article very much.

      I have never heard of this before but like the idea of a child's shoebox christmas gift.

      Even learnt something, I never knew you could buy reusable cloth menstrual pads, it brings back memories of when I first start my periods in early 1950's before tampax type came into use.

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      Virginia Allain 

      4 years ago from Central Florida

      You've put a lot of thought into this. Very commendable.

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      4 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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      4 years ago

      I love the practicality of the suggestions. Great lens!

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      Linda Jo Martin 

      4 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

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

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      4 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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      4 years ago

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


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