Let’s start with a toy, since Operation Christmas Child suggests one WOW toy in each shoebox.
What’s a WOW toy? It’s something that makes a child light up – and say WOW! – when they see it!
Not Sure What Toy Will Wow?
I have two three ideas to get you started.
First Idea: Keep an Eye Out
While out doing your regular shopping, look for:
- Buy one get ones (BOGOs).
- Clearance racks.
We found these adorable creatures on the after-Christmas clearance rack for 99 cents and $3.
Second Idea: Harness Your Toy Love
Begin with something you loved as a kid – or would love to play with now.
For example, see this pretty pink purse Linda donated?
Toys for a Girl
Just think of the Princess-themed box you could create using this purse as inspiration for your toy shopping!
I’m thinking tiara, clip-clop fancy shoes (check the clearance rack in the shoe dept) and maybe a tea set, crocheted or otherwise.
What would you pack for a princess?
Toys for a Boy
My pastor’s childhood stories of Rifleman come to mind, but we can’t send toy guns in shoeboxes as many children are living in war-torn areas (stinks, doesn’t it? ).
But we can send a cowboy hat, a bag of marbles and a bandana!
Third Idea: Browse a Bit
For more toy ideas, browse:
- Clip with Purpose website
- My Operation Christmas Child page
- Pinterest (Don’t get lost in there, my friend!)
- Your local toy section – what a great excuse to be there!
Toys Abound, Cautions are Few
When you are out toy shopping keep these cautions in mind:
- No guns, knives or swords.
- No camouflage.
- No military-themed items.
- No glass or other breakable items.
Other than those few toys to avoid, have fun toy shopping! Let us know what you find! 🙂