Want to give your kids a truly unique gift? Present them with a subscription box! They’ll receive a surprise in the mail every month (or every few months), and you’ll earn brownie points (and another reason for them to clean their room) every time it arrives.
These are the best subscription boxes for kids of all ages.
Got a budding coder on your hands? With a Bitsbox subscription, kids ages 6 to 12 can get monthly deliveries filled with fun projects that teach the computer science skills necessary to build apps. No prior experience is needed, and the whole family can play with the finished product on any mobile device. Subscriptions start at $16.95 a month.
2. Stitch Fix Kids
OK, technically this isn’t a subscription box. There’s no subscription required for Stitch Fix Kids, and customers can choose to receive on-demand boxes or get regularly scheduled shipments. Whatever option you pick, kiddo clients get 8 to 12 pieces of clothing and accessories in each box from names like Under Armour, Hanna Andersson, Hurley, and Habitual. Available in sizes 2T to 14, items are chosen based on kids’ style, needs, and budget, with pieces ranging from $10 to $35 in price. There’s a $20 styling fee per Fix that gets applied toward anything purchased.
3. OwlCrate/OwlCrate Jr.
Any avid reader would be overjoyed to get a new book in the mail every month. With an OwlCrate subscription, teens receive a new hardcover young adult novel in each box, plus themed reading-related goodies and an exclusive letter from the author. OwlCrate Jr. offers similar subscription boxes for ages 8 to 12 featuring the latest middle-grade novels. This subscription box for kids starts at $29.99 a month for OwlCrate and $27.99 a month for OwlCrate Jr.
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KiwiCo offers subscription box options for any kid and any interest. Its two newest lines prove that point: Panda Crate features bimonthly shipments of kits filled with books, toys, and games selected by child development experts for ages 0 to 24 months. Maker Crates, on the other hand, include arts and craft projects, plus the necessary supplies, for ages 14 and up. There are also options for every age in between, themed for young scientists, explorers, and tinkerers.
5. Little Passports
If your kid’s caught the travel bug (or you want them to), a Little Passports World Edition subscription box can help encourage their wanderlust. Starting at $14.95 a month, the suitcase-shaped packages include maps, stickers, activity books, games, and other goodies to help kids ages 6 to 10 learn about different countries around the world. Other subscription options include a United States edition and science-themed kits for both big and little kids.
6. Strong Self(ie)
It can be tough being a tween or teen these days. Membership boxes from Strong Self(ie) are filled with trendy merch and positive messaging to help inspire confidence and celebrate inner and outer beauty. Bloom Boxes are geared toward girls ages 8 to 12, while Burst Boxes are designed for teens ages 13 to 17. An annual subscriptions costs $54 per season for four curated deliveries throughout the year.
7. Amazon STEM Club
Creativity. Problem-solving. Logical thinking. These are skills we all want our kids to develop, and what better way to do that than through playing? The Amazon STEM Club delivers new science-, technology-, engineering-, and math-related toys and games chosen by Amazon’s toy experts and geared toward three different age ranges: 3 and 4, 5 to 7, and 8 to 13. These subscription boxes for kids are available for deliveries monthly or every two or three months, at a price of $15.99 for the first box and $19.99 per box from then on.
If it’s hard to get your kiddo out of the kitchen, a Foodstirs subscription box will make the sweetest gift. Opt for the three-kit plan ($100) and your little baker will receive bi-monthly themed baking kits that include easy-to-follow recipes, organic mixes, natural decorations, and the tools needed to make oh-so-cute cookies, cupcakes, and other delicious desserts.
9. Rockets of Awesome
Help your kids develop their personal style with a Rockets of Awesome subscription box. After they answer some questions about their likes and dislikes, the service handpicks eight pieces just for them. Available in sizes 2 through 14, the clothing is all designed by Rockets of Awesome, so your kids won’t be wearing the same thing everyone else is. Most pieces range from $16 to $38, and you can save up to 25 percent if you keep everything in your box. There’s a $5 service fee to receive a box each season, which gets credited toward anything you keep.
10. Spangler Science Club
Channel your kid’s love of experimentation in a fun, safe, and educational way with a Spangler Science Club subscription. Every month they’ll get a box filled with all the supplies they need to conduct their own experiments, plus information on the science behind all the magic that happens before their eyes. Geared toward ages 5 to 12, these subscription boxes for kids start at $19.99 a month.
11. We Craft Box
Planning a kid-friendly craft project gets a lot easier when everything you need is delivered right to your front door. With a We Craft Box subscription box (starting at $29.99 a month), you get a monthly delivery filled with a themed craft project and all the supplies needed to share between up to two children. Easy-to-follow instructions guide everyone through the colorful and creative projects geared toward kids ages 3 to 9. And you can even get the grandparents involved with a coordinating subscription from the company’s new line, We Craft Box Senior.
12. SuperPower Academy
Calling all wannabe superheroes: SuperPower Academy offers monthly subscription boxes to help kids ages 5 to 10 develop world-saving superpowers like resilience, empathy, and courage. Each box contains a “secret mission,” along with comic books and a fun project to help kids flex their heroic muscles and become mindful, emotionally intelligent citizens. Subscriptions start at $29.95 a month.
Beth Luberecki is a Florida-based freelance writer who writes about travel, business, and lifestyle topics for a variety of publications and websites. She enjoys exploring destinations close to home and farther afield with her husband and teenage daughter. Visit her website at bethluberecki.com or find her on Instagram at @bethluberecki.
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