100 Shoebox Ideas for a Boy

100 Shoebox Ideas for a Boy

Note: As a blog ambassador for Samaritan’s Purse, I double checked this list with the organization before posting. Every item on here is approved for boxes shipping from America. Some of these items are not approved in processing centers in other countries.

Note: 2016 is the last year that candy and toothpaste will be accepted in boxes. 

Something for Personal Hygiene

  1. Bar of soap
  2. Chapstick
  3. Comb or brush
  4. Deodorant
  5. Hand wipes
  6. Nail clippers
  7. Small first aid kit
  8. Tissues
  9. Toothbrush
  10. Toothbrush container
  11. Washcloth

Something for School

  1. Calculator
  2. Chalk
  3. Colored pencils
  4. Coloring/activity book
  5. Crayons
  6. Dry erase board
  7. Dry erase markers
  8. Erasers
  9. Gluesticks
  10. Highlighters
  11. Inflatable globe
  12. Pencil sharpener
  13. Pencils
  14. Pens
  15. Small chalkboard
  16. Small notebooks
  17. Small picture book
  18. Stamps
  19. Stickers
  20. Watercolor paints

Something to Play With

  1. Action figures
  2. Balloons
  3. Cars
  4. Compass
  5. Duplos
  6. Etch-a-Sketch
  7. Finger puppets
  8. Foam gliders
  9. Hacky sack
  10. Inflatable soccer ball
  11. Air pump to go with the soccer ball
  12. Jacks
  13. Jump rope
  14. Kazoo
  15. LEGO bricks
  16. Magnetic rocks
  17. Magnetic tic tack toe board
  18. Marbles
  19. Matching cards
  20. Mini Connect Four game
  21. Origami kits
  22. Paddleballs
  23. Paper airplane kits
  24. Plastic animal toys
  25. Playdough
  26. Puppet
  27. Ring toss
  28. Rubber bouncy ball
  29. Rubik’s Cube
  30. Sculpting clay
  31. Silly putty
  32. Slinky
  33. Small checkers set
  34. Small chess set
  35. Small football
  36. Small puzzle
  37. Small stuffed animals
  38. Spinning top
  39. Tennis ball
  40. Velcro wiffle ball and glove
  41. Yo-yo

Something to Build With

  1. Bolts
  2. Compass
  3. Duct tape
  4. Flashlight with extra batteries
  5. Level
  6. Measuring tape
  7. Nails
  8. Nuts
  9. Screwdriver with changeable heads
  10. Screws

Something to Wear

  1. Backpack
  2. Baseball cap
  3. Flip flops
  4. Handkerchiefs
  5. Pair of shorts
  6. Pair of socks
  7. T-shirt
  8. Underwear
  9. Watch
  10. Scarf
  11. Sunglasses

Something to Eat With

  1. Collapsible cup
  2. Plastic bowl or plate
  3. Plastic spoon and fork

Something Special

  1. A drawing from your family
  2. Personal letter from your family
  3. Photo of your family
  4. Self-addressed and stamped envelope in case they want to write back

100 Shoebox Ideas for a Boy

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As a member of the Samaritan’s Purse Blogger Team, I write about the ministry on a volunteer basis. All posts are my own thoughts and do not necessarily reflect the views of Samaritan’s Purse. I am not an employee, agent, or contractor of Samaritan’s Purse.

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  1. Becky

    I thought that things like chapstick and toothpaste were not allowed anymore? …As well as any soft candy(like Starburst). I think only hard candy is allowed. You might want to check that.

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  4. chyltown

    It was recommended to us that when sending soap, send Ivory soap because it will float when dropped in the river and they can find it whereas other brands tend to sink and then their soap is gone.

    Something else that was recommended for boys is to make a fishing kit out of an old medicine bottle using fishing line, bobbins & a hook. Definitely check what is allowed for your country but this provides a way of helping feed some families.

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  6. Momclark4

    I LOVE the fishing idea…we have never done a box before and are finishing this week. Is it ok if we sent fishing line, hooks (in a package) and bobbers? Would that be effective for them? Thank you for your advice!

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  8. Ellie

    I love sending deflated soccer or basketball, and sometimes including a small hand pump if I can get them, in boxes for boys and girls, because it is more likely they will share with their friends and neighbors. Sharing with others could mean spreading the news and this is one of the purposes of the box, is it not? 🙂

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