Operation Christmas Child Gift Ideas and Where to Shop

  
Have you heard of it? I’m sure you have. If not, let me tell you about it. Operation Christmas Child is an annual ministry project organized by Samaritan’s Purse that delivers shoeboxes full of goodies to kids all around the world. You pack the boxes, cover the $7.00/box shipping & handling fee, and drop them off at a collection site, and they deliver the boxes to the kids. It’s a simple, meaningful way to give to kids in need during the Christmas season. For the logistics, click the following link: Operation Christmas Child.

Now for the gift ideas.

Educational*

  • Books (science, math, world history, picture books, chapter books, etc.)
  • Spelling Flashcards
  • Vocabulary Flashcards
  • Math Flashcards
  • STEM materials
  • Music books
  • Music flashcards
  • Xylophone
  • Recorder
  • Tambourine

Clothes

  • Basic t-shirts (long-sleeve & short-sleeve)
  • Dress pants
  • Jeans
  • Long skirts
  • Dresses
  • Stockings/tights
  • Sweater
  • Rain jackets
  • Rain boots (ones that aren’t heavy)
  • Pajamas
  • Athletic pants & shirts
  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Scarves
  • Jewelry
  • Toboggan hat
  • Baseball hat
  • Fisherman’s hat

Hygiene

  • Toothbrush
  • Toothbrush holder
  • Toothpaste
  • Bar soap (that actually smells good)
  • Chapstick/lip balm
  • Pads
  • Hand wipes
  • Facial wipes
  • Bandaids
  • Loofa
  • Facial tissues (Kleenex, Puffs, etc.)

Household

  • Bath towel
  • Facial towel
  • Small plastic cup
  • Tervis tumbler
  • YETI tumbler
  • Duct Tape
  • Tool set
  • Fishing gear
  • Plastic reusable eating utensils
  • Flashlights (with extra batteries)
  • Rubber bands

Cosmetics: Facial Care

  • Powder
  • Blush
  • Eyeshadow (the powder kind)
  • Eye pencils
  • Lip pencils
  • Lipstick
  • Makeup brushes
  • Facial wipes to remove makeup
  • Cute bag for makeup

Cosmetics: Hair Care

  • Hair brush
  • Comb
  • Ponytail holders
  • Bobby pins
  • Hair clips
  • Hair bows
  • Hair bands/headbands
  • Plastic mirror
  • Bag for hair essentials
  • Plastic curlers that don’t need to be heated

Back-to-School

  • Pencils
  • Pencil sharpeners
  • Erasers
  • Pens
  • Crayons
  • Markers
  • Colored pencils
  • Highlighters
  • Notebooks
  • Journals
  • Index cards with a holder
  • Rubber bands
  • Pencil case
  • Book bag (one that fits in a shoebox)
  • Glue sticks
  • Child-safe scissors

Fun/Adventure

  • Dress-up clothes
  • Stuffed animals
  • Dolls
  • Coloring books
  • Frisbees
  • Tennis balls
  • Baseball
  • Softballs
  • Volleyball (with an air pump)
  • Soccer ball (with an air pump)
  • Small baseball/softball bat
  • Glowsticks
  • Hand puppets
  • Toy sets (house, doctor, outer space, etc.)
  • Legos
  • Ballet shoes
  • Puzzle
  • Watercolor paint set & paint brushes
  • Wind-up music box

Inexpensive places to find gifts:

  • Dollar stores
  • Walmart
  • Target
  • Drugstores

Unexpectedly neat places to find gifts (you can find good sales at these places):

  • Bookstores
  • Anthropologie
  • Urban Outfitters
  • T.J. Maxx
  • Home Goods
  • Francesca’s
  • Vera Bradley
  • LOFT
  • Kohl’s
  • JcPenny

If you aren’t sure which items you want to include, pick items from each category that correspond to the gender and age of your child. Hope these are helpful to you!

*I realize that these may be in English. If you are unsure about this, read my previous post: What Girls Really Need.

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