I am passionate about the oldest boys category!! 10-14
People forget to think about them but I can't!!
As soon as my boys were that age, I had to pack those boxes every year!! I love to give them tools, fishing kits, tool boxes!
They have to start prepping for a Trade and some of them are already working and/or providing for their families.
See my plentiful Pins:
here (Home Depot work apron for 77 cents) and here (rain ponchos, I find at Dollar Tree 2/$1)
here (Dollar Tree colorful rope) and here (sample of collected items for the boys)
here (zip ties) and here (mini tool kit in a pencil box)
here (hand crank flash lights, Amazon) and here (Amazon bulk clippers)
Tool box at Lowe's is Pinned here. tray is here.
Fishing kit ideas:
Pinned here (coke can tab as hook) and here (mint container as mini tackle box)
here (pill bottle and recycled wine corks) here (cork w/hooks and line)
here (pvc compact tackle box)
I am guilty of just putting fishing items into the box that I have found on clearance at Wal-Mart.
But, this yr. I'll make sure to do kits.
I have always gone to Dollar Tree and loaded up there for these tool items. This year I am adding a new tool to my work apron...Harbor Freight!! I use a 20% off coupon to buy an item and use a FREE coupon to get an item. The catch is...only 1 free item per store per day!! I thought I could match item/free item. But, I guess I'll be going in more than I thought. I have 2 Harbor Freights in my area so depending on my energy level and errands, I have a shot at popping in a few times each month. I have gathered some great things this way. I also hope their $7 tool boxes go on special some time during the year so I can snag some up! They look to be comparable to the Lowe's box. Here is 1/3 of what I have stashed so far for 2015 boxes.
I have not even begun to mess with packaging in this category. I think I'll have the boys help me on Mother's Day to process and prep. I figure I'll just keep collecting and split it all up later.
P. S. - I got $$ from my Hubby &oldest to pay for 6 boxes to ship as my Val. gift!