Today is the 2nd installment in the Unique Gift Series, and I’m honestly beside myself to share this one. When it comes to gifts and kids, I think this is one of the best things you can give.
I’m talking about subscription boxes.
I love subscription boxes for a few reasons. First, kids get mail. It’s so sad that nothing fun ever comes in the mail anymore. For anyone! In such a digital age, when everything is sent electronically, most kids don’t know the suspense and excitement of waiting for the mailman to come. Just getting something in the mail is part of the gift, in my opinion!
Also, I love that so many of these boxes give kids an experience (and usually a learning experience), not just more stuff to collect dust and get broken. Toys are fine, educational toys are fine, but I love that a box is curated for a bigger, longer-lasting experience. And many times, these boxes are filled with activities that the family can do together, whereas many toys can isolate.
Finally, I love that these boxes are so personalized. Whatever kind of kid you have -a reader, a gamer, a sports fan, a STEM lover, a comic book geek, a girly-girl – WHATEVER – you can find a box for him or her. And it will feel like it was made just for them.
Before I introduce these kids boxes, let me just say that if you can’t find what you are looking for on this list, you need to visit Crate Joy. Crate Joy is the mother load when it comes to subscription boxes. There are hundreds of boxes here to choose from – (and not just for kids – for adults, for crunchy moms, for animal lovers, for Christians, for wine lovers, for food lovers, etc.) If you are into monthly boxes, do not miss this! I think a subscription box is a great gift for anyone on your list.
Below are 20 of the most creative boxes out there. I cannot imagine a kid getting any of these boxes and not loving it. The boxes below are arranged by age, from youngest to oldest. Then, the final section highlights boxes that have a varied age selection that you choose, or they were not necessarily age specific.
Let’s get on to the fun!
20+ of the Best and Most Unique Subscription Boxes for Kids
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This is a treasure box for newborns up to age 6, and it stands for ‘Hands On Occupational Therapy.’ This box was developed by an occupational therapist. It focuses on purpose-driven play to help babies and children reach their milestones. Each box has an activity card as well as several toys. You fill out a questionnaire, and it will select custom items just right for your child in addition to selecting specialized items of your choice!
If you have a preschooler in your life and you want him to be prepared for kindergarten, this is your box! Included are activities that focus on phonics, shapes, colors, writing – all with hands-on activities and games. The box comes with a parent guide, stickers, books, games, activities, and crafts. It’s also a great tool if you homeschool! For ages 3-5.
3| We Craft Box
Prepared crafts for kids delivered right to you! Each month is a unique story and theme to craft about., and there’s enough for 2 kids! I love this because I’m the WORST at getting crafts together! (Ages 3-9)
4| Kid Wonder
This is a subscription that sends imaginary play boxes with a new theme each month, complete with a booklet, 4 activity kits with crafts, games, projects, and more! This is another great example of learning through play! Ages 3-6
This box is active learning and no batteries needed! You’ll get a felt board in the first box, and after that, you’ll get a themed mix of felt board activities, busy bags, games, puzzles, and/or pretend-play items. Alphabet learning and travel activities are included! These activities are also great for quiet play (and moms everywhere said, ‘Amen!’) Ages 4-6
This is such a great idea! Kids love getting mail, and your child will get a letter EVERY WEEK from Sunny the Snail, including animal facts, geography and fun adventures. Also included are stickers, trading cards, souvenirs, and secret codes. A great way to engage kids’ curiosity! Ages 4-7
This box is such a fantastic idea! In this box comes a monthly mission that helps kids solve problems, take risks, work through emotions and challenges, and display courage. Included are hands-on projects, comic books, and workbooks, stories of real-life heroes and fun surprises! These activities have a larger, significant meaning to them and teach kids important life skills and lessons, long after the dazzle of ordinary toys wear off. Ages 5-10
For kids who love adventure, this is the one. Each month, a new mystery to solve and adventure to embark on are sent to your home, complete with clues, characters, and stories. This works for a child to complete solo or in a group as well. This is a super-fun activity they can look forward to every month! For ages 6-12.
In a world where it’s so hard to tear kids away from devices and screen time, this box is the perfect solution. It’s full of outdoor activities and survival skills, The box comes with incredible gear and an informative, 16-page guided activity booklet. The first box has the backpack and following boxes contain 2-5 pieces of outdoor gear. This is a great bonding experience for parents and kids as they learn to build shelters and navigate by the stars! For ages 7+
10| Godly Girlz
This is perfect for a girl who is growing in her faith! The Godly Girls box included fashion items and accessories, jewelry, activities, delicious treats, devotionals and more! There are 7-10 items per box, and every box purchased provides 5 meals for their Food for the Poor partnership! Ages 8-13
11| Creation Crate
This is an engineering-type building project box that gets progressively harder each month. If you have a kid who likes to tinker with wires, electronics, take things apart and build them again, this is your box! It’s a great option for parent-kid projects as well! Ages 8+, 12-99 (Girls’ Wearable Electronics Box option also)
12| Box of Challenge
This is a fantastic box not just for kids but for the whole family! You have 60 minutes to complete the challenge assigned, and each monthly challenge centers around a specific theme (e.g. Crazy Circus, The Riddler, Super Geometry). It includes brain teasers, puzzles, and challenges. If mental gaming is your kid’s thing, this is a great choice that you can all do together! And Box of Challenge donates 5% of their profits as well. Ages 8+
This is another fun box for the STEM lover in your family. Hands-on science, technology, engineering, and math experiments. With this box, kids can create inventions and grow in their critical, problem-solving skills. Ages 8+.
14| Terra Create
This box is perfect for the kid who is creative and loves to create. This kit comes with tools and natural and recycled materials and is geared toward the kid who has outgrown ‘childish crafts,’ but still loves to create. The crafts are gender neutral and will keep kids busy for hours! The box comes with step-by-step instructions along with a short cultural lesson about the materials, the art form, etc. For ages 9+.
Subscription Boxes for Varied Age Groups
15| Little Passports
Most people think that Little Passports just has the explorer boxes from around the world, but did you know they have other versions?! Little Passports is one of the most popular subscription boxes, and here’s what else you can subscribe to:
Early Explorers – A new theme each month like Music, Oceans, Dinosaurs (Ages 3-5)
World Edition – Explore a new country each month with souvenirs and hands-on activities (Ages 6-10)
Science Expeditions – Explore the world around us with experiments and activities (Ages 9+)
USA Edition – Just like World Edition, but exploring the different states in the U.S. (Ages 7-12)
16| Green Kid Crafts
Green Kids Craft Boxes are earth-friendly, STEAM-themed boxes covering a different topic each month. In each box, you’ll get a magazine and a variety of STEAM projects, all made with eco-friendly products produced in the U.S. They offer subscriptions for Ages 2-4, 5-10+, 2-10+ and a Sibling Box! To see a sample of what’s included, check it out here!
These boxes have educational goodies, activities, stories and more! They come in 3 different themes: Disney Princess (Ages 4-9), Hot Wheels Speed Racers (ages 5-11), and National Geographic Animal Rescue Explorer (age 5-11). (This one has been featuring in Forbes, GMA, Washington Post – check this one out!)
18| Kiwi Crate
Kiwi Crates are one of the more popular subscription boxes just because of the sheer variety they offer! There really is something for every kid at Kiwi Crate. Here’s what you can choose:
Tadpole Crate: 0-36 months, Explore and Discover
Koala Crate: Ages 3-4, Play and Learn
Kiwi Crate: Ages 5-9, Science, Art and More
Atlas Crate: Ages 6-11, Geography and Culture
Doodle Crate: Ages 9-16+, Art and Design
Tinker Crate, Ages 9-16+, Science and Engineering
Eureka Crate, Ages 14-104, Engineering and Design
In my opinion, this is such an amazing box. For children with special challenges, I find it so heartwarming that there’s a box that meets their needs. This box is perfect for kids on the autism spectrum, ADHD, or who have sensory processing disorders. This is SUCH a thoughtful gift for kids who have unique needs!
When it comes to meaningful gifts, this one is a top pick for me. I LOVE this box because it gets kids beyond themselves. With this box, the kids will create a project and then send it to charity! As they create, they are learning who, where, and why they are helping someone. This is a fantastic use of time and energy, not only to engage your kids in a fun project but to point their hearts toward something meaningful and life-giving for others! Absolutely cannot go wrong with this one. (No specific ages listed)
Aren’t these amazing?!? I am in awe of the creators of these boxes and a little jealous of all the kids who get in on this kind of fun every month! So different from when I was a kid, right? I love that subscription boxes are unique and kind of out of the box (no pun intended) when it comes to kids. They are especially great for the ‘kid who has everything’ and you don’t want to get them more ‘stuff.’ These subscription boxes go beyond just entertaining kids but give them meaningful learning experiences and skill development. That’s the kind of gift worth giving, for sure!
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