90 Days left until Operation Christmas Child Collection Week!

Yesterday we listed some ideas for the 2-4 year old shoe box gifts.   Today it’s:  What to Pack for A BOY 5-9 Shoe Box.

Many of the items will be the same as any age category and could be boy or girl!  These are my suggestions only.  Feel free to pack your shoe boxes however feels right to you!  Praying before shopping will help you to find just the right items that will be perfect for your child.  It is amazing how many stories of finding shoes that fit exactly or mechanical pencils for the child who just longed for them as a special treat 🙂

Boy 5-9

NEW to the brochure this year:

Include items that children will immediately embrace, such as dolls, toy trucks, stuffed animals, kazoos, harmonicas, yo-yos, jump ropes, balls, toys that light up and make noise, etc.

This will be the exciting and fun item of your box, so for BOYS to play with:

  • Stuffed Animal – Yes boys LOVE stuffed animals too! They love to hug and cuddle.  We’ve heard a number of stories of little boys longing for “teddy bears”.  But any and all stuffed animals will be wonderful.
  • Balls (tennis balls, wiffle balls, bouncy balls, paddleballs, hacky sack, football, beach ball)
  • Velcro ball with mitt or other toss and catch ball game
  • Soccer Ball with pump
  • Cars, trucks, anything with wheels!
  • Legos or blocks, Duplos
  • Puzzles of all sorts
  • Hand or finger puppets
  • Slinky
  • Plastic dinosaurs, animals, action figures (but NO military or weapons), Happy Meal toys
  • Tops
  • Games that don’t require alot of directions (they might not read or know English) – checkers, dominos, ring toss, matching cards
  • Flying items – foam and paper airplanes, kites, frisbees
  • Toys that make noise – clackers, harmonicas, whistles, recorders, tambourine, bells
  • Yoyo
  • Bean bags – but NOT stuffed with beans! Use plastic pellets (beans will spoil and are considered a food item)
  • Handheld Etch-a-Sketch
  • Marbles

School Supplies – Did you know that many children can’t attend school because they don’t have school supplies?

  • Pencils and sharpener
  • Pens
  • Colored Pencils
  • Erasers
  • Crayons
  • Markers
  • Mechanical Pencils
  • Notebooks, pads, index cards and all kinds of paper
  • Construction paper
  • Scissors with a blunt tip
  • Ruler, protractor
  • Stickers
  • Coloring and activity books
  • Self-Inking stamps
  • Chalk, small chalkboard
  • Watercolor sets

Clothing Items (Bigger is always better than smaller when choosing a size.  For tips check these sizing charts:  ONE and TWO

  • Hat
  • Gloves, mittens
  • Scarf
  • Baseball hat
  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Shoes
  • Flip Flops
  • T-shirt, golf shirt, any shirt!
  • Pants
  • Jacket
  • Bandana
  • Rain poncho

Grooming and Hygiene Items

  • Mild Soap (in a baggie please!)
  • Washcloth or small towel
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste (check the expiration date! for this year collection, the box might not be delivered well into 2014…possibly even 8/14)
  • Handkerchief
  • Comb or Brush
  • Nail Clippers

Some other ideas:

  • Craft kit
  • Bowl, cup, plate, spoon, fork
  • Plastic magnifier
  • Tote bag
  • Sunglasses
  • Illustrated books
  • Watch
  • Binoculars
  • Kaleidoscope
  • Colorful Band-Aids

Hard Candy – check the expiration date and DOUBLE BAG.  No Jolly Ranchers please…they seem hard now, but they melt like crazy!!!

It might seem fun to throw in all your wrapped hard candy at the end without a baggie and let it fill in all the little spaces in your box.  Please DON’T do this.  So many many boxes are ruined this way.  Inside those cargo containers and out in the sun, candy that you would never think would melt, melts all over the school supplies, etc.  When my daughter was in Belize, a little boy showed her his box.  The red lollipop had melted onto the brand new white t-shirt in his box leaving a big red stain 🙁


  •  War related toys (soldiers, guns, etc). No camo clothes or items.
  • Liquids. So no bubbles or shampoo or glue. It might leak and ruin the box.
  • Used/worn items. We want to bless these children with new items.  So anything obviously used or worn will be removed from your shoebox.
  • Food or chocolate.  It might melt or spoil.
  • Medications and vitamins.
  • Aerosal cans. Yikes, these could explode!
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14 Responses to Ideas for A Boy 5-9 Shoe Box Gift

  1. Kyla Gurganus says:

    This is the first year I’ve even thought about toothpaste having an expiration date! After reading the story of Canada not getting to send toothpaste, I’m worried and want to make sure we don’t pack any expired ones. We did an inventory party at my church in June to sort the donations so far and had 13 tubes that had expired. And in the past month, we’ve had 8 donated that were expired. Is there a toothpaste brand or type with a longer expiration date?

  2. Cat says:

    Won’t expired toothpaste still work just fine? Is it dangerous? I confess I used expired toothpaste at home sometimes. I coupon and stockpile, so sometimes my stash lasts longer than the expiration. And I never even think to check expiration dates at the store.

    • Mary says:

      As you saw from the article below, the toothpaste can still be used. However the real issue is the “expiration date” that is stamped on the product. (Also on candy!) This can be a big issue at customs at the destination country and can hold up an entire shipment of shoe boxes. From what I understand, this problem happened particularly to the boxes that Canada shipped out one year, so at their processing center they scrambled to check ALL of the shoe boxes that year (an ENORMOUS task) to see the expiration dates and pull what was expired. The next year they decided to ban toothpaste from their boxes….way too much hassle, time, money, energy and could spell the loss of cargo containers if the custom agents refuse to admit them because of this issue.
      I know food banks won’t take them in the US. We use them at home. 🙂

  3. Cat says:


    For more than you ever wanted to know about expired toothpaste.

  4. Cat says:

    I was horrified by Your daughter’s experience with the red lollipop stain! I have to admit that I’ve never DOUBLE bagged my candy–seemed like overkill to me. And I’ve even used the folding sandwich bags before. Now I know better, so thanks a million for sharing.

    Ones of these days, I’ll learn to follow directions. Maybe.

  5. Amy says:

    One year I volunteered at a processing center and saw a shoebox where the tootsie part of a tootsie pop had leaked out of the wrapper and made a mess. It never occurred to me that that could happen! So yes, double bagging the candy in a ziploc bag is very important!

    • Mark says:

      It doesn’t have to be a traditional “gift” item – I have included things I thought a child in that age range could use, like rubber bands, a couple of wooden clothespins, paper clips, string, colored tape, ribbon, or extra plastic bags I had left over after double-bagging the candy.

      Many ordinary objects are also toys in the hands of an imaginative child, or tools in the hands of an ingenious child.

  6. Mark says:

    Small toy cars and trucks are great toys for boys (and girls). Remember to include high quality items – they will get played with a lot and might be one of just a few toys the child has. So it’s important that they be built to last. (One high-quality toy would be better than several cheapies.)

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  8. Sue Martin says:

    I’ve read about bagging candy, soap, etc. because of potential melting problems. What about crayons, especially the more inexpensive brands? Is their not a melting hazard with them?


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