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How to make your Christmas box

Two options – Everything you need to get started


Using the Christmas Box leaflet

If you would prefer to make a box using the older style leaflets, you can download one using the ‘Download’ button. Simply print out and follow the instructions. You can download extra labels below.

You can still make a shipping donation online using this method.

Download Leaflet  Category & Contents Labels  Download Poster


Online – Follow the three steps below

Everything you need to get involved is provided below. Here you will find detailed instructions on how to pack a Christmas box, a list of gift ideas for each age group to get you inspired, an easy way you can donate online to cover the transport costs of your box and details on how to get your box to us.


Find a shoebox, wrap it and fill it with presents

Find an old shoebox. Ideally a regular sized one (max size 395mm long x 240mm wide x 118mm deep). Wrap the bottom of the box and the lid separately in festive paper. Use an elastic band to secure the lid.

Decide who you’d like the box to go to – see age/sex categories and suggestions on what to put in your box using the ‘Categories & Suggestions’ button below (we need more boxes for boys!). Fill your box with goodies. Place each item unwrapped in the box. Items such as shampoo should be placed in a clear plastic bag.

Download a Category & Contents label (below). Tick the appropriate category and fill out the “Contents” section of the Category & Contents label and tell us what’s inside your box. Secure box lid with elastic band.

Things to consider when preparing your box:
Variety Add in warm things to wear, practical items, tasty treats, fun items.
Condition New or nearly new in good, working order
Quality Ask yourself, “would I be happy to receive this box..?” All boxes are opened and checked, and unsuitable contents are removed.
Category: We always need more boxes for older boys and men!


Make a shipping donation

We ask for a £4 donation per box to help cover its transport and distribution. The best way to do this is online – this will help us to cut admin costs and is simpler for you too! It’s really easy, just click the button below to get started.

Once you have completed the online donation you will be sent a confirmation slip by e-mail which you will need to print off and put into your box.


Get your box to us

Boxes can be delivered to your local participating school, church or organisation (who will set their own deadlines for delivery, so check with them) or to:

A full list of addresses and opening times will appear here later this year.

Take an extra step...

Help us sort & pack Christmas boxes in Salisbury this year

Our fabulous volunteers are key to the success of this project. Would you like to help at our sorting warehouse this coming November?  You can come by yourself, with family, friends or a group from work or church. Get in touch at to arrange.

Information about this year’s Christmas box depot, including location and opening times, can be found here.

Some of our volunteers took the time to tell us what they like about helping to sort & pack the Christmas boxes.