The 11 Best Subscription Boxes for Kids
Now your kids can get excited about getting mail, too. These subscription boxes for kids are full of surprises—and they’ll come straight to your door.
These days, there’s a subscription box for just about everything, from fashion, beauty, and pretty much every kind of interest. Just like you, kids love to get a surprise in the mail on the regular and it turns out that there are a variety of subscription boxes for kids out there. They can stay on top of the latest trends with kids clothing subscription boxes, and they can also work on new projects with kids craft subscription boxes or STEM toy boxes.
Here are some of our favorite kids subscription boxes—did we mention that they make good gifts, too?
- Best Clothing Box: Stitch Fix Kids
- Best Box for Creativity: Kiwi Crate
- Best STEM Box: Mel Kids STEM Box
- Best Craft Box: Cratejoy’s We Craft Box
- Best Box for Babies: Lovevery The Play Kit
- Best Box for Girls: Cratejoy’s Girls Can! Crate
- Best Computer Science Box: Bitsbox
- Best Box for Baking Recipes and Mixes: Foodstirs
- Best Toy Box: Toy Box Monthly Box
- Best Box for Geography: Little Passports
- Best Book Box: Prime Book Box
Scroll down to see why we chose each one!
Best Clothing Box: Stitch Fix Kids
In 2018, the best-selling adult fashion subscription box among Real Simple readers launched a kids version, Stich Fix Kids. It works similarly to the original sets, sending over eight to 12 items in sizes 2T to 14 that are handpicked by a stylist based on an online profile you make with your kids needs and preferences. You have three days to decide what you keep and what you send back, and if you keep everything in the box, you get a 25 percent discount
Best Box for Creativity: Kiwi Crate
Kids will never get bored with Kiwi Crate’s offerings. Each monthly box is filled with projects and materials that encourage learning and creativity—and there’s something for every interest and age group. The Kiwi line is designed for kids 5 to 8 years old, and focuses on science, arts and crafts, and more, but there are options for babies to 16-year-olds. Recent kits included “movie night cupcakes” and a “daisy cookie bouquet.”
Best STEM Box: Mel Kids STEM Box
Get the kids interested in STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering, and math) through Mel Kids STEAM Box. Each box is designed by a team of scientists to educate kids in a fun and entertaining way. While the monthly boxes will teach little ones how to create sound waves, cannons, and more, children can also use the brand’s free supplementary app to continue learning about each subject after they complete the box’s experiment.
Best Craft Box: Cratejoy's We Craft Box
Give the gift of creativity with a monthly package brimming with prepared crafts. We Craft Box cuts out all of the the prep that goes into crafting projects, so you can build and create memories with your kid sans stress.
Best Box for Babies: Lovevery The Play Kit
Even babies can get in on the subscription box trend. With Lovery’s The Play Kit, parents can get a box filled with products designed for newborns to 36-month-olds delivered to their front door every two months. Each kit is filled with baby-safe products like sustainably sourced wooden toys, educational books, and organic cotton accessories.
Best Box for Girls: Cratejoy’s Girls Can! Crate
Introduce girls (ages 5 to 10) to empowering role models and historical figures with the Girls Can! Crates. Each monthly box features a fearless woman to learn about (like artist Frida Kahlo or astronaut Mae Jemison), an activity book, and projects.
Best Computer Science Box: Cratejoy’s Bitsbox
Computer science can be fun with Bitsbox. Every month, kids will get to build an app project on any device with a web browser, which they can then use and share with friends or family members. It’s designed for kids ages 6 to 14, and siblings can share a box subscription since each one will get his or her own coding account.
Best Box for Baking Recipes and Mixes: Foodstirs
Get your little bakers in the kitchen with this monthly subscription service. While all of these recipes need adult supervision, kids will love making fantastical creations from these baking kits with mom and dad.
Best Toy Box: Toy Box Monthly Box
If your children get bored by their toys after a few weeks of playing with them, check out this subscription service from Toy Box Monthly. Each box is filled with four to six toys from well-known brands like Nintendo, Star Wars, Barbie, and more. You can even choose between boy boxes, girl boxes, and mixed-gender boxes.
Best Box for Geography: Little Passports
Start wanderlust at an early age for your kids with the Little Passport subscription boxes. Each monthly box is filled with activities and games based on different themes: Early Explorers (ages 3 to 5), World Edition (ages 6 to 10), USA Edition (ages 7 to 12), and Science Expeditions (ages 9 and up).
Best Book Box: Prime Book Box
This monthly book box from Amazon Prime will help you instill a love of reading into your kids from a young age. You can choose from a one-, two-, or three-month subscription, and will receive either two hardcover books or four board books in each box. There are boxes for ages 0 to 2, 3 to 5, 6 to 8, and 9 to 12. Plus, the monthly subscription will save you money in the long run, as you can save up 40 percent off the individual books’ list prices.