Gifts that keep on giving.
What kid doesn’t love getting mail? And when it happens to be a box full of toys, gadgets, books, clothes or crafts? Even better! Subscription boxes make a great holiday gift because they last beyond the season. Instead of a toy that children may soon tire of, a subscription gift provides new fun with every box.
Here are some of our favorites, with something for children of all ages and spanning a wide variety of interests.
GIRLS CAN! Crate
Suggested Age Range: Girls 5-10
Why We Love It: Designed to inspire young girls to know they can be and do anything, each crate introduces them to a different real-life fearless female. A new 20-page GIRLS CAN! activity book, 2-3 hands-on STEAM activities, a creative play prop, collectible button, and all the supplies needed to learn and have fun arrives each month. Smaller boxes also available.
Suggested Age Range: Early Explorers for ages 3-5; World Edition for ages 6-10; USA Edition for ages 7-12; Science Expeditions for ages 9+
Why We Love It: These spark a love for adventure and travel early on. The littlest explorers are introduced to a theme each month like music, oceans or dinosaurs, while boxes for elementary-age kids dive into a new country each month, with souvenirs, hands-on activities, letters, recipes and more. In the USA Edition, each month delivers a road trip to two U.S. states, where kids can discover cool landmarks and history, test out regional recipes, crafts, puzzles, activities and more. With Science Expeditions, kids reveal the mysteries of the world through science experiments and activities. Boxes give kids the opportunity to build rockets, extract DNA from a strawberry, build a skeleton and more.
Yellow Scope Science Kits
Suggested Age Range: Girls 8-12
Why We Love It: While these aren’t actually a subscription, there are enough boxes to keep the fun -- and learning -- going for a few months. (Just keep in mind you will have to order each one.) Yellow Scope science kits are engaging, creative and chock-full of real science -- and designed specifically for girls at the age they tend to lose confidence in the fields of science and technology. There’s plenty of room for girls to draw their observations, doodle their ideas, and design their very own experiments.
Suggested Age Range: 6+
Cost: Starting at $24.88/month
Why We Love It: Brick Loot was created by LEGO-loving 9-year-old (who’s now 14), Parker Krex, who thought, “wouldn’t it be cool to get a box of LEGOs every month?” So they do just that, shipping a new box filled with custom LEGO kits, minifigures, LEGO compatible sets and building accessories to little builders’ doorstep every month. Subscribers also get exclusive sets that are not available in toy stores. Available in 1-, 3-, 6-month and 1-year options.
Suggested Age Range: 12+
Cost: Starting at $22.49/month
Why We Love It: Perfect for the kid who loves to make stuff, Creation Crate offers a new hands-on tech project each month that teaches electronics, coding and high-level problem solving. Available in 1-, 3-, 6- and 12-month options, these kits get progressively more challenging, allowing young techies to build on their skill level every month. Project examples include building a Mood Lamp, Memory Game and Weather Station. Choose between Engineering of Electronic themed subscriptions.
Suggested Age Range: Kids plan ages 3-8, or tween plan ages 9-11
Why We Love It: Who doesn’t love fun socks? Sock Panda specializes in socks with unique designs, sending out two snazzy new pairs to subscribers each month. Bonus: the company donates socks to those in need for every purchase.
Suggested Age Range: Newborn to size 14/16
Cost: Pay only for the clothes you keep, or pay $98 to keep the whole box. (Plus free shipping & returns)
Why We Love It: You can round out your child’s wardrobe with more than 120 brands, without ever having to drag them to the store to try anything on. Each month, you’ll get 5-7 clothing items based on the size and style preferences you select when signing up. Keep what you want, and send back the rest. If you keep the entire box, KIDBOX makes a donation to a charity. The coolest part? You and your child get to pick the charity from their options, which include organizations that help military families, foster kids, and more.
Suggested Age Range: 4-14
Cost: Starting at $20/month
Why We Love It: The perfect gift for a blossoming foodie or young chef, Raddish helps kids cultivate a diverse palate, experience culinary creativity, and build a foundation for a love of cooking. Every month, a newly themed kit with recipes, cooking activities and tools arrives. Parents can sneak in science, geography, nutrition and more while making memories in the kitchen. Kids also get a special badge to commemorate each newly mastered kitchen skill.