The 11 Best Back-to-School 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: Amazon STEM Club
- Best Craft Box: Cratejoy’s We Craft Box
- Best Box for Babies: Cat & Jack Baby Outfit Box
- Best Box for Girls: Cratejoy’s Girls Can! Crate
- Best Computer Science Box: Bitsbox
- Best Box for Baking Recipes and Mixes: Foodstirs
- Best Premium Box: My Petite French Box
- Best Box for Geography: Little Passports
- Most Fun Clothing Box: Rockets of Awesome
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
To buy: $20 styling fee that goes toward any final purchases; stitchfix.com.
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 five to eight 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.”
To buy: $20 per month; kiwico.com.
Best STEM Box: Amazon STEM Club
Get the kids interested in STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering, and math) through Amazon’s STEM Club. You can choose from a one, two, or three-month subscription, and toys (like chemistry kits or robots) will be delivered to your door. There are boxes for ages three to four, five to seven, and eight to 13.
To buy: $20 per box; amazon.com.
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.
To buy: $30 per month; cratejoy.com.
Best Box for Babies: Cat & Jack Baby Outfit Box
Even babies can get in on the subscription box trend. With Target’s Cat & Jack Baby Outfit Box, parents can get six to seven pieces for newborns to 24-month-olds delivered to their front door every season. You can order a one-time box, or sign up for the subscription and get fiver percent off.
To buy: $40 per box; target.com.
Best Box for Girls: Cratejoy’s Girls Can! Crate
Introduce girls (ages five 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.
To buy: $30 per month; cratejoy.com.
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 six to 14, and siblings can share a box subscription since each one will get his or her own coding account.
To buy: Starts at $30 per month; bitsbox.com.
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.
To buy: Starts at $19 for one kit; foodstirs.com.
Best Premium Box: My Petite French Box
You don’t have to be a Francophile to enjoy this bi-monthly subscription box, but bonus points if you are one! For newborns to five-year-olds, each box contains apparel, soft toys, accessories, children’s skincare products, decor, books, and more—all from French companies. You can subscribe for the bi-monthly boxes, or gift a one-time Newborn box as a gift to new parents.
To buy: $125 per box; mpfbox.com.
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 three to five), World Edition (ages six to 10), USA Edition (ages seven to 12), and Science Expeditions (ages nine and up).
To buy: starts at $13 per month; littlepassports.com.
Most Fun Clothing Box: Rockets of Awesome
Your kid will be the coolest kid in class with the Rockets of Awesome subscription box. Each box has eight hand-picked items of clothing (sometimes accessories are included), chosen based on a style quiz you take when you sign up. Before they ship the box, you’ll get a sneak peek in your email inbox so you can approve the picks. Keep what you like and return the rest. You pay a $5 service fee to receive the box and you’ll pay for any of the items you want to keep (if you decide to keep the whole box, you get 25 percent off your order).
To buy: $5 for the service fee; rocketsofawesome.com.