These frequently addressed items ARE allowed in shoebox gifts:
batteries (in original packaging or with both ends taped),
wet wipes or plain alcohol wipes,
superheroes or other licensed characters,
items with company logos,
all types of scissors,
squirt guns (that don’t look like real guns),
lip balm (non-medicated),
play dough (store-bought),
solid stick deodorant,
adhesive bandages (non-medicated),
disposable or reusable feminine hygiene products,
Bibles or other religious literature or symbols.
These frequently addressed items ARE NOT allowed in shoebox gifts:
scary items (things that will frighten a child rather than bring joy),
war-related items (such as toy soldiers, military vehicles, or wearable camouflage),
liquid paint sets or liquid glue,
rubber balls with liquid filling,
liquid lip gloss,
matches or fire starters,
sand/rocks/shells gathered from nature,
all types of food, candy, or gum,
medications or vitamins,
money or play money,
liquids or lotions,
breakable items or glass containers,
aerosol cans, or
used clothing or toys.
These frequently addressed items may or may not be allowed in shoebox gifts.
Camouflage or Military-related Items: Wearable traditional camouflage is not allowed; pink or bright colored camouflage is ok. Camouflage pencils or other non-wearable items are likely fine to include. The words “Army,” “Navy,” etc. are also acceptable when not part of a wearable camouflage item or military-related toy.
Tool Kits; Multi-tools (No Blades): Most tools are fine with the exception of knives, saws, or razor blades. Hammers, nails, screwdrivers, etc. are all fine.
Seashells: Store-bought items such as jewelry, picture frames, or other décor that include shells should be fine to include. Seashells that were personally collected from nature are not allowed.
Soap: At this time, there are no specific requirements for packing bar soap. However, bar soap is an item of increasing regulatory concern. It’s best to keep soap in original packaging with an expiration date of at least 6 months after National Collection Week. For the same reason, homemade bar soap is discouraged; however, bar soap will not be removed from your shoebox gifts in 2021 regardless of what kind it is or how it is packed.
Homemade Maracas or Bean Bags: Any homemade items with filling MUST have synthetic filling such as plastic beads or pellets. Rice, beans, rocks, aquarium gravel, wood pellets, etc. are not allowed. A note regarding filling can be included for clarification during processing.
Any further questions regarding a specific item may be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org