I ended up doing it multiple times that year!
My aunt had a number of cups and she put some of her smaller items like cars, toothpaste, etc in them, unfortunately I don't have a photo of that as it was really cute! But here's a photo that kind of shows it from a few years ago, bottom right:
This year my mom and I are using some tins and, here's some of what we are putting in some of those. Most are not done/full yet, waiting until packing time to finish "stuffing"...but it gives one an idea what can go in other things:
We filled our pencil cases both because it made it easier on packing day to be sure we had everything and because the cases are soft and will fill up the holes around the uneven items included:
Even in this small travel game I managed to tuck a few more things!
In the recessed edges of this plastic case I was able to tuck socks, etc:
Just an idea to consider to be able to send as much as possible in as little room as possible-we're trying to send the fun & useful items, not air...although I did recently read an article about a company selling bottled air....LOL! Another advantage to doing this is I've read in some cultures it's not polite to give an empty bag, etc.
Happy Packing...stuffing...cramming! :) How do you fit more in your boxes?