Delight a kid! Start with a medium to large item that will capture the child’s attention the instant he or she opens the box.
Soccer balls with pumps, stuffed animals, toys (puppets, trucks, etc.), dolls (baby, Barbie, etc.), Musical instruments, costumes, shoes
Cars, yo-yos, jump ropes, balls, toys that light up and make noise (with extra batteries), etc.
Pens, pencils and sharpeners, crayons, markers, notebooks, paper, solar calculators, coloring and picture books, etc.
Non-liquid Hygiene Items:
Toothbrushes, bar soap, combs, washcloths, etc.
T-shirts, socks, hats, sunglasses, hair clips, jewelry, watches, flashlights (with extra batteries), etc.
A Personal Note:
You may enclose a note to the child and a photo of yourself, your family, or group. If you include your name and an address, the child may be able to write back.
DO NOT INCLUDE:
Used or damaged items; war-related items such as toy guns, knives, or military figures; candy or any other food, liquids, lotions, or toothpaste; medications or vitamins; breakable items such as snow globes or glass containers; aerosol cans. Items with ghosts and violent themes (skull & crossbones, Pokemon, Yokai Watch, etc.) Please note that toothpaste and candy are no longer allowed in Operation Christmas Child shoebox gifts, due to increasing customs regulations.