Operation Christmas Child 2015

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The most wonderful time of the year is here! Last year we participated in Operation Christmas Child for the first time ever. I can’t begin to express how much joy I received just from giving to others. So we have decided to turn this wonderful opportunity into a family tradition! We are truly honored to be able to participate in giving to other children. We did 4 boxes, this is what we chose for each box. Every item was lovingly and carefully selected.imageWhat we included in a shoe box for a girl age 2 to 4 yrs old:

  • 3 picture board books
  • promotional color sheets (these were free)
  • Minnie Mouse coloring book
  • 1 tube of 15 glow sticks
  • 1 pack of crayons
  • 1 pack of markers
  • 1 outfit
  • 1 pair of socks
  • 1 pair of flip flops
  • 1 pack of Band Aids
  • 1 ring pop
  • 1 tube of toothpaste
  • 1 toothbrush with toothbrush holder
  • 1 bar of soap
  • soap dish holder
  • 1 washcloth
  • 1 hair brush
  • 2 packs of hair ties
  • 1 puzzle
  • 3 travel size pocket tissues
  • A mini-sized baby doll
  • Mini-sized Bible

imageHere is what the little girl’s shoe box looked like once it was filled.imageWhat we included in a shoe box for a boy age 2 to 4 yrs old:

  • 3 picture board books
  • promotional color sheets (these were free)
  • Winnie the Pooh coloring book
  • 1 tube of 15 glow sticks
  • 1 pack of crayons
  • 1 pack of markers
  • 1 outfit
  • 1 pair of socks
  • 1 pair of flip flops
  • 1 pack of Band Aids
  • 1 ring pop
  • 1 tube of toothpaste
  • 1 toothbrush with toothbrush holder
  • 1 bar of soap
  • soap dish holder
  • 1 washcloth
  • 3 combs
  • 1 puzzle
  • 3 travel size pocket tissues
  • A small toy dump truck
  • A mini-sized football
  • small promotional tape measure (this was free)
  • Mini-sized Bible

(I forgot to snap a pic of the little boy’s shoe box after it was filled.)

imageWhat we included in a shoe box for a boy age 5 to 9 yrs old:

  • 1 composition notebook
  • 1 zipper pouch for school supplies
  • promotional color sheets (these were free)
  • Looney Tunes coloring book
  • 1 tube of 20 glow sticks
  • 1 pack of crayons
  • 1 pack of markers
  • 1 pencil sharpener
  • 1 pair of scissors
  • 1 pack of pencils
  • 1 eraser
  • 1 calculator
  • 1 pack of colored pencils
  • 2 rulers
  • 1 pair of flip flops
  • 1 pack of Band Aids
  • 1 ring pop
  • 1 tube of toothpaste
  • 1 toothbrush with toothbrush holder
  • 1 bar of soap
  • soap dish holder
  • 1 washcloth
  • 4 combs
  • 1 flashlight
  • 1 pack of batteries
  • 2 travel size pocket tissues
  • A mini-sized football
  • 1 deck of playing cards
  • 1 jump rope
  • a small toy dump truck
  • small promotional tape measure (this was free)
  • Mini-sized Bible

imageHere is what the boy’s shoe box looked like once it was filled.imageWhat we included in a shoe box for a girl age 5 to 9 yrs old:

  • 1 composition notebook
  • 1 zipper pouch for school supplies
  • promotional color sheets (these were free)
  • Lisa Frank coloring book
  • 1 tube of 20 glow sticks
  • 1 pack of crayons
  • 1 pack of markers
  • 1 pencil sharpener
  • 1 pair of scissors
  • 1 pack of pencils
  • 1 eraser
  • 1 calculator
  • 1 pack of colored pencils
  • 2 rulers
  • 1 pair of flip flops
  • 1 pack of Band Aids
  • 1 ring pop
  • 1 tube of toothpaste
  • 1 toothbrush with toothbrush holder
  • 1 bar of soap
  • soap dish holder
  • 1 washcloth
  • 1 hairbrush
  • 2 packs of hair ties
  • 1 sewing kit
  • 3 travel size pocket tissues
  • 1 pack of blank stationary note cards
  • 1 Lisa Frank Pen
  • 1 Lisa Frank Blank Journal
  • 1 deck of playing cards
  • 1 jump rope
  • small promotional tape measure (this was free)
  • Mini-sized Bible

imageHere is what the girl’s shoe box looked like once it was filled.imageHere are some helpful tips on the way we did it this year:

  • We started collecting in the spring.
  • We bought the clothing items on sale at the end of summer.
  • We bought every single school supply in August during tax free week.
  • We bought all pairs of flip flops on sale at the end of summer.
  • You can fill your box with free promotional items just by going to your local bank or grocery store: some of these free promotional items can include coloring pages, tape measures, water bottles, flashlights etc. I try to look for the more useful of these when I’m selecting for my box.
  • We got our free shoe boxes from Marshalls, they are larger than the ones that most churches and charities provide and you can fill it with more stuff.

The majority of items purchased averaged from $1 or less. Do you participate in Operation Christmas Child? What are your favorite items to give? I’d love to hear your thoughts and any additional tips you may have. Hope you enjoyed today’s post!🙂

Halloween Gift Buckets

A Halloween gift bucket, why not!🎃❤️ I put together these sweet little buckets for my kiddos teachers because I enjoy doing this kind of stuff 😊❤️ Here is what I used to put them together:

Halloween tin pails

Russell Stover mini candy boxes

Pocket tissues

Candy corn socks

Bath & Body Works pocket hand sanitizer

Keep scrolling for finished results. I love the way they came out! 😊❤️🍂🍁🎃☕️🍫Hope you enjoyed today’s gift project!
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New Home/Apartment Gift Basket

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Here’s a little gift I whipped up over the summer for a family member that was moving into their first apartment. So easy and fun! Also a great gift for a couple.image These are the items I chose for my basket:

Toilet Paper

Dish soap

Glade air freshener

Soft soap hand soap/refill

Paper plates

Hangers

Sponges

Small first aid kit

Plastic utensils

Napkins

Lysol wipes

Dryer sheets

Laundry Soap samples

Ziplock bags

Toilet bowl cleaner

Cleaning gloves

Paper towels

Cookies

Notepad

Address book

imageimage And here is the finished piece! You can also include menus of nearby places that they could eat at as well as gift cards. The possibilities are endless! Have fun with it!🙂

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