Wish List Gifts to Buy :: Nationwide Children's Hospital

Gifts to Buy

Infants and Toddlers (area of HIGH NEED)

  • Musical Mobile (need to be washable without cloth pieces)
  • Musical/light up toys
  • Board books
  • Crib mirrors
  • Stacking toys
  • Shape sorters
  • Rattles
  • Teethers
  • Textured blocks or balls
  • Plastic links
  • Exersaucers, swings, infant seats
  • Boppy Pillows

Preschool Age

  • Crayola crayons and coloring books
  • Toy medical kits (Fisher Price)
  • Kitchen play items; cash registers, play food, dishes
  • Little Tikes & Fisher price action structures and parts (people, animals and cars)
  • Play tools
  • Toy musical instruments
  • Washable baby dolls (no cloth)
  • Pop-up books
  • Light up/musical toys
  • Play-Doh
  • Play-Doh kits
  • Bubbles
  • Transportation tracks (cars/trains)
  • Simple games; Memory, Candy Land, Chutes & Ladders
  • Wooden puzzles (peg & latch)

School Age

  • Games;  Headbands, Operation, Connect Four, Sorry, Trouble, Life, Guess Who, Jenga.
  • Cards; Uno, Skip-Bo, Phase Ten, playing cards
  • Lego sets
  • Craft kits; Painting kits, beading kits, hemp jewelry kits, ink stamp kits, wooden item kits
  • Matchbox cars/trucks
  • Toy dinosaurs, insects animals
  • Non-violent action figures
  • Dolls and doll clothes
  • 60-100 piece puzzles

Teens (area of HIGH NEED)

  • Games; Checkers, Adult headbands, Scattergories, trivia games.
  • Sketch pads, drawing pencils, colored pencils
  • Craft kits; bead/string kits, fabric painting, wooden items
  • Model kits (cars, planes, boats)
  • Journals (no spiral)
  • New finger nail polish/nail polish remover
  • CD players or MP3 players
  • Hand Held electronic games (20 Questions, etc.)
  • Teen reading books
  • Wii/Xbox games
  • Playing cards
  • Teen DVD's
  • Gift cards (Amazon, Target, iTunes, Walmart,etc.)
  • Word search, mad libs, crossword puzzles and Sudoko books

Washable Games

  • Guess Who
  • Kerplunk
  • Tip It
  • Trouble
  • Up Words
  • Yahtzee
  • Catch Phrase
  • Simon
  • 20 Questions
  • Pefection
  • Battleship
  • Bop It
  • Connect 4
  • Scrabble
  • Blokus
  • Master Mind
  • Fishing
  • Dominos

Audio/Visual Items

  • Blank CDs
  • CD Players or MP3 Players
  • Recent release DVDs (rated G, PG, or PG13)
  • Small electronic keyboards
  • Giftcards for iTunes
  • Recorable books

Books and Magazines

Donations of new children’s books and family oriented magazines are welcome. We especially need: I Spy books, board books, new coloring books, new crossword and word search books.
The following types of materials are NOT acceptable: encyclopedias, textbooks, news magazines over a year old, books or magazines with adult themes, religious themes, violent themes, or scary characters.

Let Us Do the Shopping

You can let us do the shopping by making a contribution to:
Nationwide Children’s Hospital Foundation
P.O. Box 16810 Columbus, OH 43216-6810
If you would like us to purchase items from the Wish List, please indicate that your donation is for the Child Life Fund.

Things to Make

  • Patient dolls: Plain, solid and neutral colored fabric dolls, stuffed with polyester filling. Dolls should not have facial features or clothing. We use large quantities of dolls for teaching and medical play with children. Pattern will be provided as requested.
  • Comforts, quilts, or fleece blankets: all sizes
  • Activity bags: are plastic or paper bags filled with items to provide children with craft activities and fun things to do. Items that may be included are: stickers, sticker pages, safety scissors, tape, cut and paste activity sheets, coloring sheets, word search puzzles, crayons, markers, colored pencils, glue sticks, craft sticks, watercolor paints, and bead kits with instructions. No candy or food items, please.
  • Toiletry Kits (for parents or young adult patients): include items such as toothbrush and toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, comb, disposable razor, shaving cream, soap, etc. in a ziplock bag.


Holiday Toy and Donation Drop Off Instructions

Thank you for your toy donations to help our children and families staying in the hospital over the holiday season. Please see our toy drop-off instructions below. 

Donations can be received:

  • Hospital donation begins December 9 (we cannot accept donations from December 1 - December 8)

  • Hours are Monday through Thursday 9 a.m.  - 6 p.m; Friday 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

  • Donations must be received no later than December 22 at 12 noon

  • We cannot accept donations on December 23, 24, 25 or 26. 

If you are bringing a large donation (50 items or more), please call (614) 722-3635 in advance to notify us of your drop off day and time. We'd be happy to assist you upon arrival.

Join us December 9th for our Holiday Toy Drive! 

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Nationwide Children's Hospital
700 Children's Drive Columbus, Ohio 43205 614.722.2000

Nationwide Children's Hospital is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization (EIN: 31-1036370).