Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes – Boys ages 2-14

“Oooo! Star Wars!”

“I like this bat and ball!”

“Mom, this toy is really cool! I want one.”

Operation Christmas Child is one of my favorite parts of the holiday season. 

Gently, consistently, I remind my son that these gifts are not for him. These gifts are for someone who may have never received a gift before.

We finish our shopping and return home to pack our boxes. I shared what we packed last year and thought it would be fun to share again!

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This year K wanted to pack 4 boxes (because he is four years old, of course!). We kept it simple and did all boy boxes – a 2-4 box, two 5-9 boxes, and a 10-14 box.

We spread out all our goodies and got to packing…

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First, we divided everything into the appropriate categories.

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Think it’s all going to fit?!

 

Boy 10-14

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In this box we packed a:

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All snug!

Boy 5-9

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In this box we packed a:

  • Soccer ball
  • Pump
  • Marbles and canvas bag
  • Stuffed animal
  • Assortment of farm animal figures
  • Toothbrush, case, and toothpaste
  • Cup
  • Two pairs of socks
  • Hot wheels car
  • Soap and washcloth
  • Rubber ball
  • Crayons
  • Pencils
  • Harmonica
  • Plastic container
  • Twine
  • Pad of paper

Boy 5-9

Boy 5-9

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In this box we packed a:

  • Soccer ball and pump
  • Marbles and canvas bag
  • Cup
  • Stuffed animal
  • Two rubber balls
  • Assortment of farm animal figurines
  • Soap and washcloth
  • Twine
  • Pencils
  • Socks
  • Notepad
  • Hot wheels car
  • T-Shirt (I realized after I took the picture that the size was a 4-5, so I switched it to the 2-4 box)

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Boy 2-4

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In this box we packed a:

  • Sticker set
  • Puzzle
  • Light up ball
  • Washcloth and soap
  • Toothbrush, holder, and toothpaste
  • Plastic container
  • Harmonica
  • Pencils
  • Crayons
  • Cup
  • Card game
  • Note pad
  • Farm animal figurines
  • Hot wheels toy
  • Stuffed animal
  • T-shirt

This box seemed a little empty, so I threw a few other random things in there later.

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We used clear plastic shoeboxes for the first time this year. One thing I noticed was that it made it really easy to see empty spots you could fill better – so I’ll have to remember that for next year!

 

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Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes (5-9 Boy, 5-9 Girl, and 10-14 Boy)

What We Packed In Our Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes

In honor of the last day of this years National Collection Week for Operation Christmas Child, I wanted to share what we packed in our boxes this year!

You will notice that our boxes are really full. When we got home from shopping I was like “Holy cow! Am I going to be able to fit everything in our boxes?!”

I almost searched the house for a another box to use. However, I decided to try and get everything to fit – and I did! I just barely got the lid closed! I figured if the packers at the collection center can’t get everything back inside, then some of our extra can go to a box that’s a little empty for whatever reason.

Or maybe whoever gets our boxes will need the extra items for someone at home! You never know how God is going to work things out!

Anyways, if you are trying to maximize the space in your box, I took step by step pictures for two of our boxes that show how I fit everything in there.

Without further ado, the boxes…

5-9 Girl

What We Packed In Our Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes

What’s Inside

  • Two packs of stickers
  • Flip flops
  • Small storage container
  • Two pairs of socks
  • Two pencil sharpeners
  • Colored pencils
  • Pencils
  • Bandana
  • Doll
  • Small ball
  • Alphabet blocks
  • Washcloth
  • Necklace and bracelet set
  • Hair ties
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste set
  • Headbands
  • Crayons
  • Notebook
  • Soap
  • Eraser

How It All Fit!

First, we placed in the bandana.

What We Packed In Our Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes

The stickers went on the bottom.

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Followed by the storage container with the lid underneath and the notebook to the side. Then, I started filling up the container with soft items.

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I squeezed as much as I could into that small container.

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I slid the pencils in the back behind the container and the toothbrush set in the front of the container. Then, I started placing the remaining items on the left side of the box and a few more small things in the container.

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Once it was all in there I set the flip flops on top.

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And folded the bandana overtop.

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We wrote a message on the inside of our box too! 🙂

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Make sure to add those rubber bands to make sure it stays closed!

5-9 Boy

 

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What’s Inside

  • Flip flops
  • Plain t-shirt
  • Soccer ball
  • Pump
  • Pencils
  • Dolphin toy
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste set
  • Small plastic container
  • Three cars
  • Two pencil sharpeners
  • Notebook
  • Four small washcloths
  • Small ball
  • Eraser
  • Bandana
  • Rubber bands (not pictured)
  • Soap (not pictured)
  • Twine (not pictured)

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There it is all snug in there! This one took some fiddling to be able to fit both the big soccer ball and the flip flops – but it worked!

10-14 Boy

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After I found out that this age group is the one with the least boxes packed, I knew I had to pack one! I still can’t believe how much I was able to get in this box! My only regret is that I wish I would have snuck in a few more toys – big kids like to play too!

What’s Inside

  • Bandana
  • Two screwdrivers
  • Two rolls of duct tape
  • Small tarp
  • Notepad
  • Two rolls of twine
  • Two pencil sharpeners
  • Two erasers
  • Pencils
  • Rubber ball
  • Small playground ball
  • Bungee cords
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste pack
  • Small storage container
  • Rubber bands
  • Two microfiber towels
  • Soap
  • Ball pump

How It All Fit In

Let’s break down this one too…

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I again started with the bandana on the bottom. Then, I folded the tarp and put that on the bottom too.

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I put some of the small things, like the sharpeners and erasers at the end of the tarp and then put the container on top.

 

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Once again, anything squishy went in the container – the ball, bungee cords, towels. Taking things out the packages to save space is key! I slid the toothbrush pack in the back and the screwdrivers in the front and the pump fit next to the plastic container.

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Using a little rearranging, everything else found a place where there was room.

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Wrap it up with the bandana and squeeze that lid shut!

 

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Yay! All our boxes all packed up! Another great year for Operation Christmas Child. I think this next year we are going to pick up shoebox gifts as we see them on sale and keep them in a tub until it’s shoebox time again!

Great ideas for packing Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes!

Great ideas for packing Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes!

 

Looking for more shoebox inspiration? Check out my giant round-up of everything Operation Christmas Child

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The ULTIMATE Operation Christmas Child Round-Up

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Can you believe it?! There is less than a month until National Collection Week!

Are you participating in Operation Christmas Child this year? We’ve been packing shoeboxes since K was really little and it is one of our favorite Christmas traditions!

As we prepare to pack our boxes, I thought it would be fun to do an OCC round-up. I know I learned a ton while gathering all these posts together. Now you’ve got all the info you need right at your fingertips and you’ll be able to pack an awesome box too!

Are you doing OCC with your kids? Get my FREE Operation Christmas Child Five Day Mini-Devotional by subscribing (it’s free!) either in the sidebar to the right or at the bottom of this post!

 

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What is OCC Anyway?

Mama Jenn covers the Who? What? Why? When? Where? How? of Operation Christmas Child is this post.

Dawn from Mama Knows shares 10 Things You Should Know About Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes

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Box Packing Ideas

General Ideas

20 Items to Pack in Operation Christmas Child Boxes – Mary from Homegrown Learners shares 20 great essential items to pack in your box.

Kelly from Faithful Provisions shares 101 ideas of items to pack in your shoebox that will work for both genders and most ages!

Jules shares some great tips for packing a box on a budget.

Some great shoebox packing tips from Simple Girl.

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What to pack for 2-4 year olds – Boy or girl!

Operation Christmas Child: Ideas for 2-4 Year Old Boys & How to Build a Shoebox from wife. mom. superwoman.

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Ideas for a boy 5-9 shoebox gift

Boy 10-14

According to this article, the boxes they receive the fewest of are boys 2-4 and 10-14. Here are some great ideas for boy 10-14!

Eleven Gift Ideas for Boys Ages 10-14 – Some more great ideas for this underrepresented group!

Girl 2-4

100 Shoebox Ideas for Girls

Girl 5-9

Ideas for Girl 5-9 Operation Christmas Child Shoebox

The details of what they packed in their girl 5-9 box from Kalyn of Creative Savings

Girl 10-14

Packing for older girls can be difficult, but can make such a difference in their lives! Check out these great ideas.

Ideas for a girl 10-14 shoebox

Packing Boxes of Love had a great idea of packing clothespins and rope in an older girl’s box

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Hosting a Packing Party

Preparing for the Operation Christmas Child Packing Party from Jenae at I Can Teach My Child

Clip With Purpose has a great idea for encouraging your church to donate materials for boxes all year long!

Shoebox Stuffing Party ideas plus free printable organization labels from The Flanders Family.

Amanda shares her experience with both a big packing party and a low-key box packing playdate.

Waddlee-ah-chaa shares some great ideas for a birthday party packing party – plus a link to a neat OCC All About Me Printable to include in your box!

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Crafty or DIY Ideas for Your Box

3-Step, Five Minute Drawstring Totebag for Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes

Necklace or Bracelet Bead Kits

Super fun ideas for using the inside of your shoebox lid for an extra surprise!

Fat Quarter Bags – a simple sewing project for your boxes

This awesome family had a great idea to put a bandana in the bottom of their box as “reusable wrapping paper”

Write a special message on the inside of your box.

Free Small Doll Sewing Pattern for Operation Christmas Child Boxes

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Behind the Scenes

What I Saw In An Operation Christmas Child Shoebox (from Hungry for God Starving for Time) – take a peek into a distribution center.

Delivering OCC boxes in Ecuador – Join Mary from Homegrown Learners on her trip to Ecuador to deliver boxes to children

A missionary’s advice on shoebox packing – Unsolicited Advice About Shoeboxes

Erin from the Humbled Homemaker shares five things she learned from participating in an OCC distribution in Costa Rica.

Jessica from Smarter Each Day shares the amazing story of a boy greatly impacted by a OCC shoebox gift, plus some great packing tips.

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Additional Information

Should you pack your box in cardboard or plastic? Mama Jenn tackles this question in her post “Operation Christmas Child: Paper or Plastic?

10 Ideas to Pack an Operation Christmas Child Box – Tons of ideas for packing a frugal box. This mom packed 45 great boxes for only $45!

Some great ideas for writing a note to put in your box from faithful provisions.

Are you packing a OCC box this year? What are your tips? I’d love to hear them!

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