How to Make a Shoebox

What is a Shoebox Gift?

A personally crafted gift that contains a mix of essential everyday items and small luxuries
that you or any woman would love!

Before You Get Started...

Tips to Shoebox Success

There are 6 steps to remember:

Find a Local Chapter near you accepting physical Shoebox donations.


Find a standard Shoebox (approximately 14"x8"x5") and wrap it, or use a pre-decorated giftbox.


Fill your Shoebox with all must-haves (see list below).


Write an inspirational message of support.


Drop it off at your Local Chapter’s designated drop-off locations.


Share your photos on social media using the hashtag #ShoeboxProject.

Before you start, follow these guidelines:
  • Leave your Shoebox gift unsealed. Wrap the top and bottom of the Shoebox separately so that it can be opened for inspection.

  • Your gift should look as beautiful as the woman who will receive it - make sure the wrapping has no rips & tears.

  • Do not include bows or ornaments, as Shoeboxes will be stacked.

* Pro-tip: watch our tutorial on how to wrap a Shoebox.

What Goes in a Shoebox?

Shoebox Must-Haves:

  • Each Shoebox must be valued at £40

  • Gift Card (we recommend one for a grocery or drug store)

  • Shampoo & Conditioner (please consider all hair types and textures)

  • Body Wash

  • Deodorant

  • Toothbrush & Toothpaste

  • Socks

  • Chocolate/Candy

  • Cosmetics (lipstick, eyeliner, mascara, nail polish, etc)

  • A cozy accessory (hand warmers, hat, mitts, scarf)

  • Skincare (sunscreen, face cream, body/hand lotion, cleanser)

  • Self-care  (journal, facial mask, eye mask, lip balm)

What NOT to Include in a Shoebox:

  • Used goods

  • Unpackaged items

  • Hotel/Free Samples

  • Sized clothing (i.e. S, M, L, XL)

  • Products containing alcohol (i.e.. mouthwash and sanitizer)

  • Candles

  • Foundations, concealers or any product for a specific skin tone

  • Tampons & sanitary napkins (these are donated separately)

  • Razors, nail kits or anything that could cause harm

  • Jumbo-sized containers (1L)

  • Perfume and heavily fragranced products

  • Children's products

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