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Santa’s Toy Box

When a child is admitted to the hospital, parents and families deal with enormous stress and strain. If an admission happens during the holiday season, the stress can be even greater. St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital created Santa’s Toy Box to partner with families in an effort to reduce holiday stress and create a wonderful holiday experience.

Santa’s Toy Box relies solely on items donated from the community. We arrange the toys and gift items into a shopping area complete with holiday decorations and music. Parents with a child in the hospital are invited to shop free of charge in Santa’s Toy Box for every child in the family. 

We accept donations of new toys, books, electronics, art supplies, wrapping paper, gift bags and supplies, and gift cards for all ages. 

Donation Guidelines

All donations must be newly purchased and unwrapped. We cannot accept used items or items purchased long ago (even if they have never been used).

Please call (208) 381-2822 or send us an email to schedule your drop-off. 

Individual Donations

  • Friday, Dec. 15, 2023: Open House
    • 4:30 -  7 p.m.
    • Idaho Elks Children's Pavilion
      305 E Jefferson St, Boise
  • Saturday, Dec. 16, 2023: Additional Donation Drop-off
    • 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
    • Idaho Elks Children's Pavilion
      305 E Jefferson St, Boise

Sometimes we receive requests from individuals wishing to hand out gifts directly to our patients. Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate these requests, as it is important for us to protect our patients’ privacy, prevent the spread of infection, and maintain a calm and healing environment.

Santa’s Toy Box Wish List

General Items We Can Accept

  • Gift cards from places such as Target, Old Navy, Barnes & Noble, Walmart, etc. 
  • iTunes music cards
  • New toys, books, dolls, and games (see list of appropriate suggestions below)
  • Craft kits and materials that are nontoxic
  • Non-violent video games for Nintendo, PlayStation, and Xbox (ratings should be everyone-teen)
  • iPod touch/iPad
  • Gaming systems
  • Amazon Kindle
  • CD Player/radio
  • Outside sports equipment
  • New DVD movies (English and Spanish)
  • Books on CD

General Items We Cannot Accept

  • Used items including books, toys, fabric dolls, and stuffed animals
  • Food/candy
  • Rubber/latex balloons
  • Religious materials or solicitations for personal gain

Suggested Items for Different Age Groups

Infant Items

  • Cloth wrist rattles
  • Plastic rattles*
  • Small stuffed animals with fabric eyes
  • Cloth, plastic, or board books (in English and Spanish)*
  • MamaRoo swings
  • All-plastic mobiles
  • Bouncy seats
  • Crib gyms
  • Stacking toys
  • Crib mirrors
  • Light-up musical toys*
  • Crib music boxes
  • Teethers

Toddler and Pre-school Items

  • Dolls
  • Books (in English and Spanish)*
  • Shape sorters, pop-up toys
  • Sturdy toys with few parts
  • Stuffed animals
  • Drawing pads, Crayola crayons, markers*
  • Stickers
  • Safety scissors
  • Play-doh*
  • Preschool-age games (Don’t Break the Ice, Candy Land, Hi-Ho Cherry-O, etc.) and card games (Go Fish, Old Maid)
  • Dinosaurs, animals, Little People
  • Play cell phones
  • Wooden peg puzzles, 24-piece puzzles
  • Bubbles*

Miscellaneous Items

  • Sky Viper Vector Stunt Plane 
  • MYNT3D Super 3D Pen 
  • The Mind Card Game 
  • Lightning Reaction Reloaded Game 
  • Inflatable Lounger 
  • Galaxy Projector 
  • DoodleJamz JellyBoards 
  • Frigidaire Retro Mini Fridge 
  • Shashibo Shape Shifting Box 
  • Soundbot Bluetooth Wireless Smart Beanie 
  • Hover Soccer Ball 2-Pack 
  • Blank Comic Book 
  • LED Strip Lights 
  • Snap Circuits Arcade Electronics Exploration Kit 
  • Do Not Disturb Socks 
  • Gooseneck Bed Phone Holder 
  • MRCOOL Night Light Bluetooth Speaker & Bedside Lamp 
  • Womens Bubble Slides 
  • BrainBolt Genius 
  • Moon Lamp 

*High-use items; please consider donating these items first.

School-age Items

  • Art sets, art supplies
  • Fabric markers/paint
  • Craft kits
  • Legos
  • Cars or trucks
  • Barbies
  • Board games (Monopoly, Battleship, Sorry, Life, Guess Who, Connect Four, etc.)*
  • Puzzles, 300 pieces or less
  • Action figures
  • Books*
  • Velvet posters, coloring books
  • Various arts and craft supplies (paints, markers, Crayola crayons, stickers)
  • Model magic, foam dough, modeling clay
  • Card games (Skip-bo, Uno)*
  • Wooden or ceramic objects for painting
  • Stem kits

Teen Items

  • Books
  • Gift cards in $10 increments (Walmart, Barnes and Noble, Gap, Old Navy, iTunes, Dutch Bros, etc.)
  • Nail polish sets
  • Diaries / journals / blank unlined notebooks
  • Sports balls
  • Card games (regular playing cards, Uno, Skip-Bo, Phase 10)*
  • Board games (Apples to Apples, Phase 10 dice, Yahtzee)
  • Stretched canvases for painting
  • Acrylic paints in small bottles and paint brushes
  • Puzzle books (crossword, sudoku, word searches)
  • Artist-quality markers, colored pencils, etc.
  • Fun ballpoint pens/gel pens
  • Thin felt-tip markers and colored pencils*
  • Intricate coloring books
  • Baseball hats
  • iPads
  • Kindles
  • Speakers
  • Video games (teen rating and under)
  • Sports balls
  • Hoodies
  • Lego sets
  • Drawing pads
  • Ear buds/headphones
  • Teen craft kits, wooden models, or robotics/stem kits
  • Remote control drones or cars
  • Rubik's Cubes, shashibo shape shifting boxes, or other fidget-type items
  • December 21-23