Hey team, our elves have tried to answer the questions here that you might have about the project. If you can't find the answer, please try asking it on the Wellington, Auckland, or Taranaki Facebook pages first, if you don't have any luck, send us an email from the Contact page and we'll get back to you as soon as we can.
What is Shoebox Christmas?
What should I put in my Shoebox?
We have some very strict guidelines, they must all be.. awesome things! Things that would make your kid smile with delight. If you received interests for your kid, use those for guidance and check out the gifts ideas page too!
Can I include second hand gifts?
No hand-me-downs or second-hand-gowns. There's charity bins for that. This is a our chance to give something really special to these kids, so please avoid pre-loved gifts.
How much should I spend?
$25 is good, $35 is better. Don't spend too little, if your budget will let ya. This is a hard one since everyone has different budgets - but there's lots of good, cheap deals out there, so shop around, and check out the Facebook page and Gift ideas page for good deals as they pop up.
Does it really have to be in a shoebox?
It does need to be in a box, but not a shoebox. If it's not in a box then the wrapping paper will probably rip, and the present might get damaged. Our elves will be stacking and storing it in our workshop - and things can get pretty crazy in there!
How should I label the box?
Please print out the label we've sent to your email address (you can also download it from the home page. Otherwise our elves can have a really hard time making sure it gets to the right school, and the right kid. And we don't want them to miss out!
My kid doesn't have any interests noted. What should I buy?
If you're buying for a Women's Refuge child, we weren't able to ask them their interests. Also some of the kids from the schools won't have interests noted for different reasons. But that's OK, if you're stuck for ideas have a look on the gift ideas page, and ask the team on Facebook - we're all here to help!
If all the kids are allocated, can't we just go out to another school?
Good question! And I wish it was that easy. The more schools involved, the more work for us elves. So each year as we've grown the project and expanded the workshop, we've done so with a set number of schools so we know just how much work needs to be done.