Penny's Passion: Let's Make an Emergency Office Box

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Let's Make an Emergency Office Box

My friend's daughter graduated from college this year and got a fabulous job working for an accounting firm.  For Christmas, I wanted to give her something she could use at the office.  What I created was an Office Emergency Box that is stuffed full of items for those unusual circumstances that could arise during her workday.  Let's look inside ~

Here's What You Need
Box (I used one from Michael's that measured 9-1/4" x 9-3/4" x 3-1/4")
2 Birthday Cards
Box of Birthday Candles
Pack of Matches
Screw Driver Set
Eye Glass Repair Kit
First Aid Kit
Cotton Swabs
Alcohol Swabs
Dental Floss
Dental Picks
Bobby Pins
Hair Elastics
Safety Pins
Sewing Kit
Lint Roller
Shout Wipes
Manicure Kit (Scissors, Nail Clippers, Tweezers)
Nail File

Here's What You Do
Before I started gather items, I thought long and hard about things I've needed at work or people have asked me if I had at my desk.  Here's some examples ~
Have you ever gotten to work and then realized it was someone's birthday and you forgot the card.  No worries -- grab one out of your emergency box.  
The boss wants to see you right after you just had the most garlicy Caesar salad for lunch.  You got this -- brush your teeth using the toothbrush and toothpaste out of your box.  
Your supervisor looses a button off the front of her shirt.  Save the day and make all kinds of brownie points by whipping out your sewing kit.
Hang nail driving you crazy.  Clip it off with the nail clippers.
Loose the screw out of your reading glasses.  No sweat - you've got an eye glass repair kit inside your magic emergency box.

Did you new shoes rub a huge blister on your heel and you can barely walk?  Fix it up with a bandaid!

Are you starting to see just how useful this emergency box can be?  This is the perfect gift for so many people!  Know someone who would love one?  Most of the items came from the Dollar Store.  I did snag the eye glass repair kit from Walgreen's and the first aid kit from Target. 

As much as I hope no one needs to dip in the box for supplies, it's great to know they are there just in case! 


  1. I love this idea!!! What a great gift!! Thanks for the awesome idea!

  2. This is such a fun gift! I really like the idea of having a couple birthday cards in the box!


  3. This is such a good idea! Your are so caring! Great items!

  4. This is a fantastic idea! I should put one of these together for myself!

  5. This is such a GREAT idea! I used to keep many of these items in my desk drawer when I worked a professional job, but it never occured to me to put them all in an emergency box. Genius!!

  6. I made an office emergency box for myself a few years ago, but I never thought to make and give one as a gift, that's such a great idea! Mine has bandaids, feminine products, utensils, nail file and clipper, razor, deodorant, and breath strips. The birthday card/candles is genius, and I can't sew but I did lose a button one time and had to find a coworker who had a sewing kit (and knew how to use it lol!). Definitely pinning this to remember!