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    28 Subscriptions For Kids That'll Be Like Giving Them A Year-Long Gift

    Kids love getting packages, too. And these subscriptions are sure to have them watching for the mail truck each month.

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    1. Eat2Explore offers the kids a delicious tour throughout the world via recipes from different countries. Each box includes signature sauces and ingredients that make the dish unique, as well as other activities to learn more about that particular place. There are gluten-free and vegan options, too!

    Eat2Explore

    What you'll get: Each box comes with a kitchen tool, a shopping list, seasonings and sauces that are hard to find but unique to the culture the recipes come from, and other information to help the child learn more about the culture of the place. 

    Get it from Eat2Explore starting at $24.95/month. 

    2. Toca Life Box encourages independent play. Each box comes with clear instructions so they can complete projects on their own. They'll feel so accomplished when they're done.

    projects that come in the kits
    Toca Life Box

    What you'll get: Each box contains fun and easy activities designed for independent play, with minimal help from grownups to show off what kids can do! Ideal for ages 6–11.

    Get it from Toca Life Box starting at $15+/month. 

    Try the Sago Mini Box for ages 3–5.

    3. Mel Science is perfect for kids who seem to be bored in their regular science class. Each month, they'll get a fun science kit that spans from STEM, physics, chemistry, and there's even a medical subscription for teens AND adults.

    a kit
    MEL Science

    What you'll get: Each box contains hands-on experiments that cover the designated topic of their subscription. And, they'll receive access to digital lesson packs and webinars by rock-star teachers. They'll also get access to the MEL science app that can assist them with their experiments and other science content. STEM subscription ideal for ages 5–9+, physics subscription ages 8–14+, chemistry subscription ages 10–16+, and medicine subscription ages 14–99+.

    Get it from MEL Science starting at $34.90/month (Save 50% off your first kit using code CHRISTMAS).

    4. Elephant Books introduces children to a variety of stories and gets them excited about reading at a young age.

    a child reading books from their subscription box
    Elephant Books

    What you'll get: Each month you'll receive two to three recently published books along with a few extras to increase the reading experience.

    Promising review: "We just got our second shipment and absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE this box. I haven’t heard or seen any of these books or authors and they have all been fabulous. It’s been the best way to start our home library. And a side note, the wrapping the books come in is so sophisticated. I can’t wait to gift a subscription." —Serena K.

    Get it from Cratejoy starting at $17.99+/month.

    5. Black Girl Mathgic helps increase math confidence by decreasing math anxiety in girls at third-through-eighth-grade math levels through representation and study resources.

    Hands displaying a Black Girl Mathgic workbook with stickers, historical playing cards, and other featured items scattered around
    Cratejoy

    What you get: Each month, your child will receive a box containing real-world math lessons and activities, fun educational items, a math affirmation, profile of a woman mathematician, and three to five themed items.

    Promising review: "I love this box. I got it for a few months as a gift for my best friend's daughter. They both love it. Not only is it educational and promotes positive racial identity development, but all of the materials are fun and keep her attention really well! She's learned so much!" —Sherin G.

    Get it from Cratejoy for $39.95/month (available in two styles).

    6. KiwiCo keeps you and the kids inspired through project-filled crates that can educate and entertain.

    KiwiCo

    What you'll get: Each month you'll receive a stage-based crate of your choosing filled with hands-on science and art projects, magazines, collectibles, and more.

    Promising review: "Materials are high quality, directions are fabulous, and my 9-year-old jumps up and down when it arrives. :)" —Laura H

    Get it from KiwiCo starting at $17.50/month (Save 60% on your first month with code JOY).

    7. Honest History is a must-have for tiny history buffs that encourages kids to explore the past and rediscover stories of people who changed the world.

    magazines from the subscription
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    What you'll get: Each quarter they'll receive a magazine filled stories beautifully illustrated to bring them to life. Ideal for ages 6–12. 

    Get it from Honest History for $17.95/quarter. 

    8. Lovevery sends stage-based play essentials for supporting the little one's development and helping them play independently.

    Baby playing with a toy
    Lovevery

    What you'll get: Each month you'll receive a box full of toys, flash cards, and other activities based on your child's age.

    Promising review: "The booklet guide that comes with it helps me to play with my baby in ways that support development. I feel like we are both learning!" —Allison C.

    Get it from Lovevery starting at $80/bi-monthly (available for ages 0–3).

    9. Pipsticks delivers new stickers to add to their stash every month. It's never too early to fuel their passion for stationery.

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    What you'll get: Each month you'll receive seven or 15 sheets of stickers depending on your subscription, as well as paper goodies, a pouch to hold your stickers, and a sticker zine for sticker lovers.

    Get it from Pipsticks starting at $11.95/month.

    10. Candy Club gives them something sweet each month. It's a gift the whole house can enjoy.

    Candy Club

    What you'll get: Each month you'll receive a box of candy from small artisans and famed candy producers from all over the world.

    Get it from Candy Club starting at $29.99/month.

    11. Highlights is a subscription that you might remember seeing around the doctor's office when you were a kid. Each Highlights book has a different focus, from hidden pictures to puzzles and adventures, that they're sure to love.

    an example of a hidden picture page thats filled with chickens and asks kids to find the goat
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    What you'll get: Each month they'll receive their special Highlights edition depending on their subscription. The three types are: hidden pictures, puzzle fun, and adventure.

    Promising review: "It’s good for at least an hour of silence with my 4- and 7-year-old. Imagine getting something done in your home without worrying about something getting destroyed. It’s like that." —Ashley Y.

    Get it from Highlights starting at $49.98/for three months.

    12. Stitch Fix sends curated fashion pieces right to their door so their style stays fresh in case the recipient has already developed an eye for fashion.

    Stitch Fix

    What you'll get: A personalized box with five items picked out by your personal stylist based on your preferences. Purchase all the items suggested for 25% off, or return the items you don't want for free.

    Start your subscription at Stitch Fix with a $20 styling session. Your stylist will send you your box and you only pay for the items you keep.

    13. Universal Yums brings the tastiest snacks from around the world right to your doorstep. Some past boxes have included cinnamon sugar churros from South Korea, bacon and lime chips from Colombia, and spicy mango gummies from Spain.

    Universal Yums

    What you'll get: Depending on which subscription you choose, you'll receive anywhere from 5–20 snacks from a different country each month, plus a booklet with trivia and games.

    Get it from Universal Yums starting at $15/box.

    14. Toy Box Monthly gives your kids something to look forward to by sending them their own little box of toys each month.

    sample boxes
    Amazon

    What you'll get: Each month your child will receive a box of toys that are ideal for ages 6–8.

    Promising review: "Came upon this on Amazon and thought I'd give it a try. And let me tell you, it was the best $25 spent in a long time! We kept it up on top of the dining room cabinet as an incentive and let them each (two boys, ages 7 and 9) close their eyes and pick an item in place of allowance/grocery store toys/etc. for completing weekly home school and chores. Each time they were both thrilled and played nicely together with the little items. While our first kit did not include a stuffed toy (I had hoped for one) they loved the themes and characters included." —Flower Fan

    Get it from Amazon for $25/month (available in three styles).

    15. Loot Crate is the gift that keeps on giving for anyone obsessed with gaming, sports, entertainment, or pop culture.

    The kit
    Loot Crate

    What you'll get: Each month, depending on your crate, you'll receive a collection of items from some of your favorite fandoms. Past boxes have included wearables (like a T-shirt), figurines, comic books, mugs, and more.

    Get it from Loot Crate starting at $24.99/month.

    16. Creative Crayons Coloring Box keeps the coloring-obsessed kids busy with an assortment of themed crayons each month that'll make them want to color for hours.

    various shapes of crayons like presents, trees, stockings, and three that spell out JOY
    Cratejoy

    What they'll get: Each box comes complete with 15–20 nontoxic artisan crayons with a different theme each month. It'll also come with coloring activities for them to use their new crayons on. Not to mention, the box itself can be used as a coloring activity.

    Promising review: "Who doesn’t love unique, hand-crafted, themed crayons?!? This box is a fiesta bursting with value and special mementoes to be colored and shared with a love one. Included are a ton of multi-sized and shaped crayons, all to go with the box’s theme, in all the colors of the rainbow. For coloring there are drawing pages and large fold-up pages, bookmarks, and magnets, you can even color the box. Also included for any party occasion are confetti balloons, streamers, and confetti! Customer service was prompt and exceptionally accommodating. Visit their website for personalized crayons and logo gifts! You will love opening and using your ‘happy time’ crayon box!" —Lisa C.

    Get it from Cratejoy for $39+/month.

    17. Bitsbox delivers a new coding project to each month that'll let them create their very own mobile apps that they can actually use afterwards.

    the bitsbox kit
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    What they'll get: Each monthly box comes with a project to teach them a new computer science concept. They'll be able to build their very own apps on the Bitsbox website, and then use those apps on a mobile device! if you choose to get them the deluxe box, they'll also receive a monthly toy, stickers, and tattoos!

    Promising review: "We are on Binder no. 2! My 8- and 10-year-old kids really enjoy this one. They generally drop interest in other stuff after a few activities, but they've stuck with BitsBox the longest. They really love modifying the apps and sharing them with friends. For them it's just plain fun, but they are actually learning coding principles and an actual coding language (not like with Scratch). Totally worth the money!" —909 N.

    Get it from Cratejoy starting at $24.95+/month (available in two styles).

    18. Unicorn Dream Box is filled with all sorts of plushies, books, accessories, school supplies, and more, all themed after unicorns 🦄 — because all kids are drawn to the magic of unicorns!

    box filled with various unicorn-themed items
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    What they'll get: Choose between the Unicorn Dream Box (six to nine items), or the Deluxe Box (10–15 items). Items include things like a unicorn plush or squishy, unicorn school supplies, a unicorn bag, unicorn accessories, and books, plus a themed unicorn educational flash card and stickers!

    Promising review: "This is beyond awesome. My 8-year-old unwraps each item and squeals with delight! She then presents them to us, noting reasons why each item is precious. A unicorn lover's must-have!" —Cheryl V.

    Get it from Cratejoy starting at $38/month.

    19. Little Passports shares geography, culture, science, and art to spark their curiosity about the world. It's a must-have for adventurous littles who feel the wanderlust even though they're years away from getting their driver's license.

    a child reading a book
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    What they'll get: Each box features two characters that'll "accompany" your kiddo on an exciting worldwide adventure. There are various monthly boxes that coordinate to different age groups (3–5, 6–10, 7–12, and 9+) and come jam-packed with activities to help your little one learn something new about the world. 

    Get it from Little Passports starting at $23.95/month.

    20. The Preschool Box comes packed with more than 16 activities for your preschooler or kindergartener as well as resources to help them look new and fun things.

    the kit
    Cratejoy

    What you'll get: Each box focuses on helping kids improve their phonics skills, counting, shapes, colors, and writing through activities they'll actually enjoy doing. Big parenting win!

    Get it from Cratejoy for $29.16/month.

    21. Kidstir is perfect for the next junior top chef. If you find them lingering around whoever is cooking in the kitchen and constantly wanting to help, they'll love this subscription.

    Kidstir

    What you'll get: Each kit comes with a new recipe that'll teach your kiddo essential kitchen skills and specially selected kitchen utensils. Shopping lists are emailed to parents before the box arrives so you can get all the ingredients you need for a fun day of cooking with your little chef.

    Get it from Kidstir starting at $19.99+/month.

    22. Literati should be given to your bookworm who can never have enough books. Apple didn't fall too far from the tree, did it? Once they get the books, cruise over them. They only have to pay for the ones they actually want to keep.

    kids reading books and drinking tea
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    What you'll get: You get to try five books and *then* decide if you want to buy them! If you and your little reader isn't impressed after a week, you can just send 'em back (for free!). Each box is also designed for a specific age group.

    Promising review: “I can see the joy in my daughter’s face when she gets her teal Literati box in the mail. She loves to read and this makes reading all the more fun!” —Vanessa T. 

    Get it from Literati for $9.95/month

    23. Sensory Theraplay Box is ideal for children who struggle with anxiety. These boxes contain fun and entertaining items, but also therapeutic items that'll help decrease their anxiety and meet sensory needs.

    the kit
    Sensory Theraplay Box

    Why they're great: These boxes are curated by an occupational therapist and mainly curated for children with autism and sensory needs to calm or help manage their anxiety, but is great for all kids.

    Get it from Sensory Theraplay Box for $42/month.

    Find the Theraplay Box for teens here

    24. Just Like Me Box promotes self-love and self-discovery through books that represent characters of color. It's so important for kids to see themselves in stories and this subscription makes that more accessible.

    the books
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    What you'll get: Each month kids will receive books featuring characters of color to relate to and inspire them.

    Get it from Just Like Me Box starting at $28/month.

    25. Little Global Citizen introduces them to other countries around the globe and helps them learn about their own culture, too.

    the kit
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    What you'll get: Each box comes with an authentic guide to make your little one feel like they're traveling through a new country. It also comes with two to three educator-developed crafts, two to three screen-free cultural activities the whole family can enjoy, recipes, language lessons, and a storybook.

    Get it from Little Global Citizens for $39.95/bimonthly.

    26. Green Kids Crafts helps them develop a love for discovery and fuels their creativity all while learning about the world around them.

    a child looking at the kit
    Green Kid Crafts

    Why they're great: Each box is themed and comes with four to six projects designed by both kids and experts. The delivery is complete with a magazine featuring a number of activities, parent resources, and puzzles, an eco-friendly craft, an educator-approved book, and a STEM project.

    Promising review: "This is the best kid craft box around. Love it and so does my child. High quality and the NUMBER of activities! The magazine is great too. So much thought goes into these projects." —Nicole C. 

    Get it from Green Kid Crafts starting at $29.95/month. 

    27. Raddish Kids is another cooking subscription that'll help them churn out finger-lickin' good meals. How amazing it would be to have your own live-in chef.

    a child cooking
    Raddish Kids

    What you'll get: Each monthly kit features a themed cooking kit — seasonal, global, or holiday. 

    Get it from Raddish Kids for $20+/month.

    28. Little Dreamers Club sends them fun crafts, books, and other supplies needed for quality one-on-one time with you. It's a great subscription for aunts, uncles, grandparents, godparents, etc. who want to start a routine activity with the little one in their life.

    A drawing of an octopus and other crafts, craft supplies, and children's books
    Cratejoy

    What you get: Each box includes themed craft projects, a top-rated book, a themed badge, extra projects you can make with everyday household items, and all the art supplies to complete your craft projects.

    Promising review: "I bought this box for my niece for Christmas — perfect timing for quarantine! I've been getting frequent pictures and she's enjoying all of the crafts. Plenty to keep her busy. I bought a three-box subscription but plan to extend! Thanks, Little Dreamers!" —Erica G.

    Get it from Cratejoy for $34.99/bimonthly (available for two age groups).

    Reviews here have been edited for length and/or clarity.