Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Ideas for a 10- to 14-Year-Old Girl
How to Pack a Shoebox for a Girl 10-14
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.
What is Operation Christmas Child?
- Samaritan's Purse
Learn about the organization that founded OCC in 1993 and has since delivered shoeboxes filled with gifts and messages of love to more than 100 million children around the world.
Shop For Your Shoebox on Amazon
- Gift Ideas for a 10-14 Girl Operation Christmas Child Shoebox
I've created an Amazon Idea List filled with gifts that are perfect for a 10-to-14-year-old girl's shoebox. The list is mostly under $10 & includes everything from necessities like inflatable solar lanterns to fun things like colorful shaped eras
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.
- Sleeveless Tops
- Long-Sleeve Shirts
- Hoodies / Sweatshirts
How a Lack of Access to Clean Water Impacts the Girls Who Will Receive Your Shoeboxes
- Water.org: Water Facts
An infographic about the water-collecting responsibilities of women and children in the developing world and the impact those responsibilities have on education and independence.
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.
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.
- Mini Chalk Boards
- Dry-Erase Markers
- Mini Dry-Erase Boards
- Math Flash Cards
- Index Cards
- Pencil Sharpeners
- Mechanical Pencils
- Lead Refills
- Pencil Cases
How a Lack of Access to Electricity Impacts Education Around the World
- The Dark Side of Education
Millions of children have no access to electricity, leaving them to study by the dim light of kerosene lamps or small fires.
Help make education attainable for the recipient of your shoebox by including a solar-powered inflatable lantern like this one.
Girl 10-14 Shoes, Outerwear & Accessories for an Operation Christmas Child Shoebox
Include fun gifts that protect young women from the elements.
- Flip Flops
- Baseball Caps
- Rain Coats
- Mini Umbrellas
- 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?
Every girl needs something to play with in her Operation Christmas Child shoebox.
- Stuffed Animals
- Beanie Babies
- Action Figures
- Fashion Dolls
- Card Games
- Hacky Sacks
- Tennis Balls
- Soccer Balls
- Mini Ball Pumps
- Jump Ropes
- Bouncy Balls
- 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
- Wash Cloths
- Cloth Pads
- Dental Floss
- Hair Brushes
- Lip Balm
- Nail Clippers
- Nail Files
- Compact Mirrors
How Reusable Feminine Products Improve the Lives of the Girls Who Receive Your Shoeboxes
- Think Africa Press: No Pads, No School
An article about how the severe lack of menstrual education, sanitation facilities and affordable feminine products in Africa limits a girl's ability to attend school.
- UNICEF: WASH in Schools Empowers Girls' Educations
An awesome resource released by UNICEF's Menstrual Hygiene Management in Schools project. Check it out for country-specific information about the hygiene issues impacting adolescent girls.
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?
Shoeboxes can include gifts that let young women express their creativity.
- Colored Pencils
- Sketch Pads
- Coloring Books
- Construction Paper
- Paint Brushes
- Watercolor Set
- Craft Kits
- Crochet Hooks
- Polymer Clay
- Glue Sticks
- Duck Tape
- Washi Tape
Shoebox Examples for a 10-14 Girl
Girls can use these gifts to learn new skills that could help them earn money.
- Fat Quarter Bundles
- Fabric Scissors
- Safety Pins
- Straight Pins
- Pin Cushions
- Tape Measures
- Seam Rippers
Pack your shoebox with small tools that can help girls grow food or flowers.
- Canvas Totes
- Gardening Gloves
- Rakes / Cultivators
- Pruning Shears
- Knee Pads
- Spray Bottles
- Mini Flower Pots
- Mini Watering Cans
- Gardening Aprons
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
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
Girl 10-14 Miscellaneous Ideas for an Operation Christmas Child Shoebox
Examples of Approved Candy
- Lifesavers Gummies
- Jolly Ranchers
- Laffy Taffy
- 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!
- Coin Purses
- Extra Batteries
- Magnifying Glasses * OCC requests that this type of gift be collapsible to prevent glass from shattering during transport.
- Personalized Note