Winter Holiday Wish List

Thank you for thinking about making a donation of toys to children in the hospital. Through the kindness of individuals like you, we are able to help bring some of the joy of the holidays to children and families in the hospital over the winter holidays. Any hospitalization can be stressful, but spending a holiday in the hospital can be very upsetting for children and families. Normal family holiday traditions, celebrations with family and friends, holiday shopping, and the joy of the season can be overshadowed by a child’s illness. The Child Life team works with families throughout the holiday season to provide gifts that match children’s skills and interests.

You and your group can help by following these guidelines:

Visiting Policy

Because our children are acutely ill, we need to screen all donor groups before determining if scheduling a gift delivery, community visit, or party is appropriate. Thank you for understanding. Contact Child Life at 410-328-1241 if you are interested in bringing a group to visit &/or deliver gifts. See our Helpful Hints for Visitors for more information.


Only new toys are used as gifts. Please plan to deliver the donation by December 20th to allow our team time to connect gifts with children and families. See our Toy Safety Guidelines for more information.


Donations may be dropped off in the Child Life Donation bins located at the Information Desk inside the main entrance of the hospital between 8am-6:30pm Monday through Friday. The main entrance of the hospital is located at 22 S. Greene St., Baltimore, 21201.

Or you may call the Child Life Office at 410-328-1241 to arrange a time to drop off the donations directly to a member of the child life team. If you have hosted a toy drive or have a sizable donation of items, please call the Child Life Office to arrange a drop off time.

Stuffed Animals

We can only accept new stuffed animals because of our many children with asthma and other life threatening conditions. Smoky, musty, or even slightly soiled ones can not be used - we must discard them.


Holiday decorations are used throughout the Children’s Hospital. Please check with us to see what is needed. No glitter please.

Gift Wrapping

Please do not wrap gifts. Even if you were to label the gifts, safety regulations require that they be checked for appropriateness. Please organize the donation by gender and age group for easier distribution to children and families.


Donations of unfilled stockings and stocking stuffers are much appreciated. We set up a stocking stuffer station where parents/caregivers appreciate the joy of “stuffing” their child’s stocking personally. Stocking stuffer ideas include party packs of Play-Doh, bubbles, yoyo’s, crayons/markers, coloring books, activity books, decks of cards, ChapStick, nail polish, Koosh balls, small puzzles, rattles, small bottles of lotion, small mirrors, hair accessories and Matchbox cars. Additional ideas by age are listed below.

Edible Gifts

All edible goodies must be commercially made and wrapped. Lollipops and small candy canes are welcome. We cannot accept homemade foods. Holiday placemats and party favors are appreciated. Please do not use straight pins, toothpicks, sharp or unsafe items in tray favors.

Toys are appreciated for all age groups. Our children range in age from a few hours old to 20 years old. Items that are not used for the holidays will be saved for birthdays, special celebrations, and for use in our Playroom and Teen Room. Below is a list of suggested toys and "stocking stuffers".

Bolded items are of greatest need.

We also have a comprehensive wish list of items available on the Starlight Children’s Foundation website that may be purchased and directly shipped to us.

Baby brushes Onesies
Baby socks Pajamas
Baby spoons and sippy cups Play gyms
Bath time toys and plastic books Rattles (Sassy, Bright Starts, First Years, Oball)
Bibs Sensory blocks by Fisher Price
Blankets Small soft balls (no Nerf balls)
Books (cardboard and cloth) Snap beads
Cause and effect toys Stacking toys (ring stack, cups, nesting animals)
Crib Aquariums (Fisher Price) Stuffed animals (brand new)
Crib mobiles Teething toys
Infant mirrors Wrist and foot "jingles"
Little Tikes Piano

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Action figures Pop-up books
AquaDoodles Puzzles (24 pieces or less, wooden w/pegs)
Baby dolls Shape sorters 
Books Soft Balls
Bubbles Stuffed animals (brand new)
Color Wonder kits Toy kitchen and tea sets
Crayons & coloring books (toddler sized crayons) Toy phones
Duplo sets Toys with lights & noises
DVDs (G-rated) View-Master and slides
Fisher Price/Playskool toy cars, trucks, school buses, etc.)
I Spy/Seek and Find books
Play Doh 

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Action figures iTunes gift cards
Barbies I Spy/Seek and Find books
Baseball gloves Kids' magazines
Bionicles Lego sets
Books (pop-up, picture, chapter) Model kits (snap)
Bubbles Model Magic
Craft kits Nail polish
Crayons/markers/colored pencils Paint sets
Coloring books/activity books Play Doh
Decks of cards Puzzles (24-70 pieces)
Disney store items Silly putty
DVDs (G-, PG-rated) Slinky
Fuzzy posters and markers Slipper socks with characters
Hair accessories
Stickers and sticker books
Handheld electronic games UNO
Hot Wheels cars Yo-yos
Travel size and regular size Etch-A-Sketches, Magna Doodles, Connect 4, Operation, Sorry, etc.

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Art supplies Lounge pants
AXE body care products Mad Libs
Bath & Body Shop items Model kits (snap and glue)
Blank journals/sketch books & pencils Model Magic
Board games Movie passes
Card games Nail polish
Compact mirrors
Plain scrapbooks
Craft kits Sports apparel
Crossword books/word search books Teen coloring books
Deck of cards & UNO Teen Magazines
DVDs (G, PG & PG-13) Travel toiletry bags
Gel pen sets Watches w/ alarms
Gum (sugarless & regular)  White t-shirts w/ set of fabric markers 
Headphones/earbuds  Wood building kits 
Joke books Yo-yos
Haircare items (brushes, wide tooth combs, picks, clips)
Handheld electronic games (Battleship, Connect 4, Yahtzee, etc..)
Gift cards (iTunes, Walmart, Subway, Bath & Body, Target, Old Navy)

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In General
Colored poster board 
Colored tissue paper
Wrapping paper & gift bags (holiday, birthday and generic)
Stuffed animals (brand new)
Recordable storybooks
Games for Xbox 360 and PS4 (E and E+10 rated only)

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How you can help, contact the UMCH Child Life Program at 410-328-1241.