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.

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. Toothpaste
  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. Highlighters
  10. Inflatable globe
  11. Ink
  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. Duplos
  5. Finger puppets
  6. Foam gliders
  7. Hacky sack
  8. Jacks
  9. Jump rope
  10. Kazoo
  11. LEGO bricks
  12. Magnetic rocks
  13. Magnetic tic tack toe board
  14. Marbles
  15. Matching cards
  16. Mini Connect Four game
  17. Origami kits
  18. Paddleballs
  19. Paper airplane kits
  20. Plastic animal toys
  21. Playdough
  22. Puppet
  23. Ring toss
  24. Rubber bouncy ball
  25. Rubik’s Cube
  26. Sculpting clay
  27. Silly putty
  28. Slinky
  29. Small checkers set
  30. Small chess set
  31. Small football
  32. Small puzzle
  33. Small stuffed animals
  34. Spinning top
  35. Tennis ball
  36. Velcro wiffle ball and glove
  37. 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 Savor

  1. Gum
  2. Jolly Ranchers
  3. Lifesavers
  4. Lollipops
  5. Mints
  6. Starbursts
  7. Sweet Tarts

Something to Wear

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

Something to Eat With

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

Something Special

  1. Letter from your family
  2. Photo of your family
  3. Self-addressed and stamped envelope in case they want to write back

100 Shoebox Ideas for a Boy

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Visit my friend Jamie at See Jamie Blogs, or click the image above, for a 100 Shoebox Ideas for a Girl list!

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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19 thoughts on “100 Shoebox Ideas for a Boy

  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.

    1. Amy Post author

      Hi Becky, I double checked my list with Samaritan’s Purse and all the items are allowed.

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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. Michelle De Rooy

    Your suggestions list is fantastic and I hope you don’t mind that I posted a link to your site, rather than reinvent the wheel. Isn’t it great to participate in something bigger than ourselves?

  7. 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!

  8. Melissa

    Thank you for the list. I volunteered at a processing center recently and the older boys group got the least amount of boxes.

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  10. 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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