You can see my post about previous years here.
So, to pack a box you need to be able to fit all you gifts into a shoe box and you need to buy things to fit into several categories. I always try to put in a mix of hand made and store bought gifts.
So here are this years boxes (broken down into categories)
First of all - something to wear. For the girl we put in a t shirt which we bought in Big W, a pair of gloves that we picked up on the clearance rack for 50c and a fabric head band that I made.
And the boy got a Big W t shirt. We couldn't find anything else that was inexpensive and would fit into the shoe box for the boy.
Something to love. I always make something for this category, this year a bunny and a sausage dog (I know, I know the dog is way too skinny!).
Something for school. Both kids got a notebook, coloured pens and a pencil case with coloured pencils inside.
Something to play with. For the girl we put together a skipping rope, high bounce balls and balloons.
And for the boy a kaleidoscope, marbles, high bounce balls and balloons.
Something special. Both kids got some mini stickers and a coin purse for keeping treasures in and in the organza bag for the little girl we have some beaded jewellery and badges.
Something for personal hygiene. Both kids got a water bottle, toothbrush, soap and expanding face washer.
I was really happy with our finished boxes this year and how much we managed to fit into that little shoe box. I do find that each year we get better at picking the gifts and packing them.
I would highly recommend doing this gift of giving at Christmas. I love how the boxes go to our neighbouring countries to kids who really appreciate them.