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Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Ideas • Girl 10-14

Updated on October 27, 2016

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.


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

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

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LifeStraw Personal Water Filter for Hiking, Camping, Travel, and Emergency Preparedness

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.

  • Backpacks
  • Pens
  • Pencils
  • Pencil Sharpeners
  • Mechanical Pencils
  • Lead Refills
  • Erasers
  • Pencil Cases
  • Notebooks
  • Scissors
  • Rulers
  • Calculators
  • Chalk
  • Mini Chalk Boards
  • Dry-Erase Markers
  • Mini Dry-Erase Boards
  • Math Flash Cards
  • 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?

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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 Breakables
  • NO Violent or War-Related Toys
  • NO Liquids or Lotions
  • NO Aerosol Containers
  • NO Medicine or Vitamins
  • NO Razors, Swiss Army Knives or Blades
  • NO Seeds or Plants
  • NO Chocolate
  • NO Perishable Snacks
  • NO Money

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.

  • 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

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?

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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

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

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.

  • 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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      DebW07 3 years ago

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

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      siskiyoucowgirl 3 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 Jo Martin 3 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

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

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      tonyleather 3 years ago

      I love the practicality of the suggestions. Great lens!

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      Joebeducci 3 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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