How to do a gift box ... is being updated for 2018. 
Watch this space for further details.

Firstly, thank you for wanting to be a part of the Project! 

We love your donations of toiletries or cosmetics, and once we have the donations, we will be holding a few 'packing parties' where we get together and have fun putting boxes and food hampers together.  

However we know that some people do like to pack a box, and someone told me last year that this was a great way to introduce their children to being generous to others at Christmas!  

Please, don't worry if you can't pack a box, even a gift of a bottle of shampoo or bar of soap will help. 

There is no set recipe for a gift box, but here’s our best guidelines. 

Important: Regarding size of the products, we recommend a 250-350ml bottle of shower gel /  shampoo etc as otherwise there may not be enough space for other items in the box and they can get rather heavy to move around. 

What to put in: 
Really useful basics
  • Shower Gel
  • Soap
  • Toothbrush & Toothpaste
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Body Lotion
  • Deodorant - roll on
  • Hairbrush & comb
  • Face flannel
Helpful, comforting things:
  • Face wash/toner/moisturiser 
  • Make up remover  
  • Sanitary products 
  • Cosmetics – face, nails, make-up, fake tan, hair dye 
  • Face flannel 
  • Hair products: spray, mousse and also hair bands or scrunchies 
Just nice things to have: 
  • Scarves, bits of jewellery 
  • Socks, tights, slippers or flip-flops 
  • Sweets 
  • A Christmas card or other greetings card – some people do send in boxes with cards or messages, so it is OK if you want to include one.   
Q: What about Children? 
A: Yes, there are children in the refuges, young ones as well as teens, both boys and girls. There are often families in refuges, so we also collect any of the following: All of the above but for younger recipients (!), and including boys items such as men’s shower gel, deodorant, socks, hair gel, etc. It’s fine for these to be smaller gift bags rather than full boxes. 

Q: What about Babies? 
A: Sadly, having a baby can often be a real trigger point for domestic abuse to get worse, so babies are often in need within refuges. If you can knit, or know someone who loves to do it, then hand knitted baby clothes bring a really lovely touch to a gift bag.

Any of the following items make great baby 'boxes' and we have found packing them into a small carry-on size bag is really helpful and appreciated: 
Baby shampoo, Baby Lotion, Baby Oil, Nappy cream, Cotton wool, Wipes, Nappy bags, Clean, unused dummies, Small toy. 
And of course, anything helpful for a new mum: nipple cream, knickers, nursing pads, etc! 

Q: Is there anything I should leave out of a Box? 
A: It’s all to do with the safety of the people receiving the boxes. 
PLEASE don’t include 
Simple medicines – paracetamol, aspirin, Calpol. 
Anything sharp – mirrors, scissors, razors. 

Q: Do I have to wrap the boxes? 
A: No! The refuges like to check the boxes themselves to make sure the contents are a good match for the person that needs them, so they prefer the boxes to be unsealed. (If you are a creative person who loves to make things beautiful then of course you can decorate the boxes, or cover the lid with wrapping paper.)  

But please leave the boxes open, perhaps with an elastic band or ribbon / string around them to keep the lid on! If possible, put a small label on it stating who the contents are for ... just in case.

Q: Where do I donate the boxes?
A: We will have a couple of events where we are collecting donations in 2018, these will be advertised on here as well as Facebook, Twitter, Daily Info etc. 

And finally...
Thank you so much for being a part of this project.
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