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 I don't know about anyone else, but this is the month I've been waiting for--TOYS!!!  A great place to start looking is at after-Easter sales.  All the toys that stores put out as basket stuffers are great items to put in a shoebox and can help stretch your dollar.  I was able to pick up squish balls, jump ropes, princess jewelry and wands, coloring books, and a variety of stuffed animals--all for around 50¢ each!  I was able to fill a sack with toys without breaking the bank.  That equates to a lot of happy children opening shoeboxes!

Please keep in mind while you are shopping that war-related items are not allowed.  This includes plastic soldiers, water guns, pirate swords, bow & arrows, etc.  Many of these children are from war-torn areas.  Opening up a box and finding a toy weapon is the last thing they want.  Also, keep in mind that these toys will have to fit inside a shoebox, along with everything else you are collecting.

Here are some ideas of shoebox sized toys:

  • Stuffed Animals
  • Barbies
  • Jacks
  • Boxed Puzzles
  • Jump Rope
  • Marbles
  • Doll
  • Kaleidoscope
  • Spinning Top
  • Toy Animal Figures
  • Mini Etch-a-Sketch
  • Silly Putty
  • Slinky
  • Yo-Yo
  • Cars
  • Card Games
  • Play-Doh
  • Finger Puppets
  • Balls
  • Princess Wand
  • Wooden Jacob's Ladder
  • Accordion-Style Folding Fan
  • Non-Breakable Tea Set
  • Travel-Size Games (like Checkers)
  • Kids' Meal Toys (still in the package)


Did you miss a month?

12 Months of Christmas: January - Personal Hygiene
12 Months of Christmas: February - Musical Instruments
12 Months of Christmas: March - Wearables
12 Months of Christmas: April - Toys

12 Months of Christmas: May - School & Craft Supplies
12 Months of Christmas: June - Fun Tableware
12 Months of Christmas: July - Sturdy Shoes
12 Months of Christmas: August - "Wow" Gifts
12 Months of Christmas: September - Sturdy Shoeboxes
12 Months of Christmas: October - Letters
12 Months of Christmas: November - Packing Party!

12 Months of Christmas: December - Prayers


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