Last Minute Samaritans Purse Gifts

So, the National Collection Day for Samaritans Purse, Shoe Boxes, is in 5 days, BUT that doesn’t mean it’s too late to jump on board.

I know from experience, as well, that sometimes people pack some questionable things…(I work at a thrift store and people choose some strange things to send). Anyway, that’s why I want to suggest a few items for you to send that are both marginally affordable and/or very useful to send.

  1. Felt Toys/Books (Pictures)

Felt toys are not only something that would be tricky for a kid to swallow but also something that’s a bit more compact and easy to send. You can usually find toys like this at your local craft store or a place like Walmart. If you have Amazon prime, ordering it now (or very soon), should have it to you in time.

2. Toy Phone/Music Players

These are great toys, and you can even find them for less than $10. (Also, do provide a pack of batteries to go with it, if you do go that route).

3. Coloring Books

Coloring Books are easy to find, and you could almost definitely find them at the Dollar store. Try to avoid coloring books that have words in them or controversial pictures.

4. Crayons

Crayons are naturally a great choice, though I find these to be the best option; these are the crayons that my mom carried around, and sat in hot cars for my brother and I. I think personally, any are great, though these might be best especially if a person is in a hot climate.

5. Stuffed Animals

Stuffed animals are one of the “WOW” gifts listed, and let’s be real here, a kid always needs something soft and cuddly to sleep with. Just remember that they have to fit the shoebox/box they go in.

  1. Binoculars/ Outdoor Explorer Set

These are fun little sets that kids might enjoy. It seems simple, though I can remember my brother and I definitely enjoyed having kits like this around that age.

2. K’nex

These little gears are similar to Legos, but somehow, also different in their own entertaining way. If you find a small kit, then these would be a great option.


Dollars are great options. I personally chose Polly Pockets for my box (I found a bunch of characters at an Outlet for 1.99, and then put them in a cute little purse). Barbie dolls are great options, or if you can find baby dolls small enough. I know they have some newer dolls on the market that are very cute.

4. Cars

Cars are great for both genders. Sending HotWheels is definitely an option, and of course, the usual Tonka Trucks (reasonably-sized ones).

5. Legos

Ah, Legos, both the most entertaining, and scary thing. But also, they’re great for hours of play and universal play.

1.  Travel Sewing Kits

This is roughly the age where you might consider sending things that are both entertaining and serve a purpose. Sewing kits are definitely something that one can find useful, and/or entertaining if that’s their type of thing.

2. Portable Fishing Kit

My dad found a smaller sized fishing kit online, and it is a suggested gift. I highly suggest these as something that you can both pack and is great for universal use.

3. Feminine Hygiene Products

Reusable Feminine Hygiene Products are something they highly suggest, especially for the older girls. I’ve found some on Amazon, and they’re actually a great investment.

4. Adult Coloring Books

Adult coloring books are great for ages 5-14, but I thought that for teenagers they’re definitely something that’s great for entertainment and stress relief.

5. Gardening Supplies

Gardening supplies wasn’t something I could link, though you could probably put together a little pack yourself. Such as gardening gloves and a gardening trowel. (This is also stated on the Website).

Now granted, most of these are on the Website, however, I thought that linking them, and giving you an idea on what to look for would definitely be useful.

Overall Suggestions might be:

Collapsible Bowls/Cups

Multi-Use Utensils

Camper Blankets/Towels (Compact and easy to Send over).

So now, my big question for you is-are you participating this year? Would you use any of these? What do you usually put in your Christmas Boxes? I would love to know!


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