How to fill a Shoebox

Guidelines for filling a shoebox

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 deals out there, shop around!

Shoe shops stock, shoe-boxes lots - Dr. Seuss

OK, he didn't really say that. If you don't have a shoebox, check with your closest shoe shop. Most will have a few spare.

No hand-me-downs or second-hand-gowns. There's charity bins for that.

No second hand gifts please. It doesn't matter how nicely wrapped it is, a second hand gift is still somebody's else left-overs. Your kid deserves their own.

The shoebox size is a guide hun, don't stress if it's not inside one.

Please make sure your gift is inside a box. It doesn't have to be in a shoebox but your gift will be transported, sorted and stacked so make sure it's protected. And remember the safety of our elves, they're too small to pick up a bike!

There are more guidelines as well as a list of drop off points at the bottom of the page, but here's a short and sweet summary;

  1. Buy the gifts
  2. Put them in a shoebox (or other box)
  3. Wrap the box and include the kid's name, ID number (if applicable), School (if applicable).
  4. If your present is going to a Women's Refuge Centre or is a 'make up' present please just label it "To a cool 7 year old boy", "To a cool 6 year old girl" etc.

Gift ideas for Boys

4-5
  • Mini Basketball - Rebel Sports

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5-6
  • Cars sticker book
  • Crayons
  • Playdoh set (Cars playdoh - I like this gift)
  • Fishing game
  • Set of cars and trucks
  • Little box of lego (2 men in a boat)
  • Small Frisbee
  • Plastic dinosaurs
  • Pairs card game
  • Flip car
  • Superman towel with hood
  • Superman socks
  • Bouncy ball
  • Wiggly plastic snake

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7-8
  • Snorkel and Mask from the Warehouse
  • Transformers
  • Star Wars toy - $30 down from $89 at The Warehousestar-wars
     
  • Smiggle alarm clock - usually about $30 but I got this for free with my reward card!

 

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  • Smiggle light up football keyring - Approx $13
     

 

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  • Nerf pocket aero flyer -$5 down from $7 from The Warehouse.
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  • Star Wars Micro Machines Battle Set - $14.99 down from $44.99 from Farmer
     
     
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9-10
  • Deflated soccer ball and pump
  • Nerf ball - $16 down from $30 at Farmersimage2
  • Nerf N-Strike gun $10 from The Warehouse20161006_143342
  • Smiggle Watch - $30

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  • Friction pens
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11-12
  • Water Balloons
  • Air Lounger
  • Table Tennis
  • Mini Speakers
  • Mine Craft
  • Rugby ball
  • Basketball
  • Nerf Gun
  • Cricket Set
  • Remote Control helicopter
13-14
  • Star Wars notebook from Typo
  • Rubix Cube / Brain Teaser puzzle
  • Books
  • Clothes voucher from Cotton On
  • Snorkel/Mask
  • Foldable Scooter
  • Headphones
  • Mini Speaker
  • Vortex/Nerf
  • Basketball
  • Rugby Ball
  • Shower gel/Lynx pack
  • Rubix Cube
15-16

 

 

Gift ideas for Girls

4-5

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5-6
  • ‘Paint brush’ felt pens
  • Twistable coloured pencils
  • 'Frozen' sticker book

Shoebox Christmas

7-8

 

  • Books and stickers - Whittcoulls
  • Toys - www.mightyape.co.nz
  • Skipping rope - $2 shop
  • Book - The Magic Fairy series

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9-10

 

  • Spirograph set
  • Card game
  • Knuckle bones
  • Bouncy ball
  • Strawberry Lip Gloss - Body Shop

13

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  • Gas Out game - The Warehouse

 

11-12
  • Smiggle stationery
  • Nail Polish
  • Face masks
  • Jewellery 
  • Nice diary
  • Sunglasses
  • Accessories from Factorie/CottonOn
  • Beach towel
  • 'Colouring books for adults'
  • Anything from Typo
  • Anything from Lush (bath-bombs, hair products, bubble bars)
  • Light Box from KMart

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Where do I drop off my shoebox?

Wellington City

BNZ Kilbernie - click for address and opening hours

BNZ Petone - click for address and opening hours

TradeMe - 2 Market Lane, Level 5 (Corner of Wakefield and Taranaki St).

 


Porirua

Mitre10 Mega Porirua - click for address and opening hours

 


Upper Hutt

BNZ Upper Hutt - click for address and opening hours

 


 

Lower Hutt

BNZ Lower Hutt - click for address and opening hours

 


Kapiti

BNZ Paraparaumu - click for address and opening hours

BNZ Waikanae - click for address and opening hours

Got a gift idea you can add?