DEADLINE for the upcoming collection DROP OFF is 20th November 2020!
Please make your box for individual children, 6-bottle wine cartons or similar are the perfect size, not very large or small boxes.
School bags make the perfect "Box", also reusable for school.
Make as many boxes as you wish but each box must be for only one child, no shared boxes.
Boxes must be unisex therefore appropriate for all children - boys or girls aged 4-14 years.
Fill the box with the required items, see below lists with video.
Then seal the box and gift wrap, print out the customs label and attach to the wrapped box.
A good reusable shopping bag attached to the box will be used to put the box in, making carrying it home easier; many children walk over an hour down rough tracks to get home. A young child should be able to carry the box so if your child can't neither will they be able to.
Love school bags or backpacks, useful for school. Please wrap the bag in plastic or clingfilm (paper rips too easily). Wrapping the bag holds the straps tightly, stopping them getting tangled in transport, and covering the opening catches makes the bag safer.
Making a gift box is so easy!
Below you will find the customs label to be attached to your gift box; it is also your reference list of box requirements.
Boxes do not have to be expensive, using own brands or budget range.
For example all four toiletries can cost less than Chf.4, the price of a branded shampoo!
School supplies, biscuits and sweets can also be own brand products, i.e. a €1 school book is equally as good as a €5 one, etc.
Each box or school bag should contain the items listed below:
Education is important so boxes must contain school supplies!
Schools do not supply school items, therefore parents need to provide them. If they can't afford to feed the family they can't afford school needs. Result, the child does not go to school.
writing pens and pencils (about 4 of each)
1 set of coloured drawing pencils/felt tips
2 school exercise books (about 50 pages each)
Need to last several months.
Toiletries do not need to be expensive as explained above, i.e. the four items - toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap and shampoo - bought at budget prices cost less than Chf.4!
toothbrush (for hygiene in original packing)
toothpaste (a large tube please)
soap (wrapped in foil)
shampoo and/or shower gel (sealed with scotch tape against leaking)
Sweets & biscuits
Again budget lines are fine.
No homemade food, nuts or liquids due to possible customs problems!
Important for health and customs controls: sell by date must be April 2021or later.
2 bars of chocolate
250 grams of other candy (strong flavours wrapped in foil)
boxed biscuits or 3or 4 individually wrapped biscuits (Twix, Kit Kat, Prince, etc)
Every box must include toys for both boys and girls.
Please NO war toys, books and toys needing written instructions (language problems) or those needing batteries (families unable to replace the batteries due to cost!).
Must include for example:
3 or 4 small toys and a soft toy (5-14 years)
possible ideas: cars, dolls, bubbles, Lego, toy animals, skipping ropes, games, puzzles, bouncy balls (clean tennis balls work fine), etc.
These must be toys for boys and girls, think cars also think dolls!
Only hats, gloves, scarves can be pre-used, socks new ones only.
!Please note - Unfortunately we can't accept the following items!
toys with batteries
war toys, guns, knives
board games, playing cards, books (language problems)
opened food items, expiry date (min 6 months)
used, damaged, old, dirty items
clothes (except hats, gloves, scarves and new socks)
boxes for families, babies, homes or extra large boxes (boxes as explained should be the approx size of a 6-bottle wine carton)
please do not put your address or photos of your homes in the boxes (for your safety)
Due to increasing problems and delays at the customs, a customs label must be attached to the outside of each wrapped box, school bag or backpack.
Please print or copy and paste customs label. You can find it below in Download Customs Label.
Please tick off the items you have put in the box.
Information on website and also on our FB page Gift Box Supporters Geneva.
For drop-off points please email nearer the time for further information.
Thank you for helping the Gift Box Project to make needy children very happy!