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19 Subscription-Based Gifts For Kids Who Can't Stop Tearing Open Your Mail

If there's one thing every child loves (no matter the time of year) it's getting a package with their name on the address label.

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1. A subscription to Hullabaloo Book Company whose books and activities all focus on the attributes of kindness, curiosity, intelligence, imagination, bravery, and empathy. So that's what all the hullabaloo is about!

Overhead photo of child coloring an activity from subscription box
Hullabaloo Book Company

What they'll get: One picture book and one activity pack (plus one board book if you go with the two-book subscription). New subscribers also get a free tote! 

Promising review: "The beauty, quality, and fun of the books are so fantastic! And I truly love the message of the activities and books! My kids get so excited when we get a delivery in that brightly colored box. I’m also getting all my gifts from you guys!" —Meagan H.

Get it from Hullabaloo here: $19.95/month plus shipping for a one-book subscription, $24.95/month for a two-book subscription, or pay up-front for a three-month subscription ($74.50+) or a six-month subscription ($148.95+). 

2. A Movement in a Box subscription with games that "encourage children to practice fundamental movement skills while learning their shapes, colors, letters, and numbers." Translation: this box will help developing bodies and minds to grow and work together!

Opened subscription box with multi-colored bean bags
Movement in a Box

For ages 3–6

Movement in a Box is a woman-owned small business. 

What they'll get: Each box contains 12+ new activities, movement items, and "Did You Know" facts and tips that build upon one another. You can update, pause, or cancel your subscription at any time.

Promising review: "Thinking about how movements are the building blocks to so many other skills really highlighted the importance of practicing those skills with your kids!" —Katherine R. 

Get it from Movement in a Box for $49 every three months or from Cratejoy as a gift subscription for $59 every three months. 

3. A Year Cheer subscription best described as a "holiday fairy in a box" for kids to decorate their homes while creating fun family traditions (the best of which being parents not having to run out last minute to buy decorations).

Subscription box with Christmas decorations
Year Cheer

What they'll get: 2–3 tabletop, banners, and/or other decor items, 2–3 games, family activities, and a holiday book along with 2–3 fun surprises in each box. Boxes ship well before the actual holidays so you'll always be ready to celebrate!  

Promising review: "Absolutely love YearCheer! I always wait until the night before a holiday to even open the box and then surprise my son with its contents the next morning. It is so AMAZING to not have to worry about having special decorations and activities for us to do together. YearCheer always has us covered and has become one of my favorite traditions to share with him. I’m so grateful, thank you YearCheer!" —Mallory D. 

Get it from Year Cheer here: $49.95 for a single holiday, $149.85 for a three-holiday subscription, $299.70 for a six-holiday subscription, $389.60 for an eight-holiday subscription. Gifts do not automatically renew. 

4. A Green Kid Crafts subscription filled with STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) projects and activities that are fun, informative, and family-friendly.


For ages 3–10

Green Kid Crafts is a woman-owned small business.

What they'll get: 4–6 STEAM projects and hands-on activities in each box and a 12-page magazine to guide learning.

Promising review: "I signed up my daughter for this box because she loves science and art. It did not disappoint! The experiments and projects are well thought out and the guide is super handy. As a science teacher, I approve this box!" —Jenna H.

Get it from Green Kid Crafts: Junior boxes (ages 3–5) and Discovery boxes (ages 5–10+) for $29.95/box for one month, $27.95/box for three months, $26.95/box for six months, and $24.95/month for 12 months (plus a free gift).

Also available from Amazon for $14.98 (no-gifting option) or from Cratejoy starting at #23.95/per month (gift option available).

5. A seasonal subscription to Rockets of Awesome for the kid (or parent) who's into fashion or could use a personal stylist (we all could, really) to make picking out outfits not feel like such a chore.

Rockets of Awesome

For ages 0–14

What they'll get: Quarterly boxes with a selection of 5, 8, or 12 (depending on the box size selected) unique pieces of children's clothing from our line. Keep the items they like for a fee, send back the rest! If you keep everything with no returns you'll receive a 25%-45% discount depending on the box size.

Promising review: "It’s great to see my kids feel so confident that what they’re wearing expresses who they are as individuals.” —Robin, Brooklyn NY

Get it from Rockets of Awesome here. (There's a $20 styling fee for each box that gets credited toward anything kept).

6. A DIY Sago Mini Box subscription filled with creative "make and play" themes like pet cafe, forest, fairy tales, planes, and so many more. The box even becomes an integral part of playtime!

Split image of two different subscription box craft sets

For ages 3–5

What they'll get:  Each box is packed with three "make-and-play" activities based on new themes each month plus surprises designed to "teach modern skills to preschoolers" along with a collectible figurine and special letters to read to your child. 

Promising review: "My kids absolutely love this box, and since I have four toddlers, I'm grateful that there is plenty for each of them to do. As a parent, I'm impressed by the quality and the versatility of the box itself." —Micah

Get it from Sago Mini Box here: For $19/month $15/month for the year. 

7. A Little Feminist book club subscription for "diversifying bookshelves" with empathetic and inclusive stories and characters too often ignored by "mainstream publishing."

Little Feminist

For ages 0–9

What they'll get: Depending on the age group of the selection (four to choose from) each box contains 1–2 books, an activity, a discussion card, and a "family letter" explaining the book selection.

Promising review: "Reading powerful diverse books to my kids is something I can DO. We look forward to it every month and they always become our favorites!” —Christina S.

Get it from Little Feminist for $22.95 per month for a subscription. Gift options are also available for $59 as well as gift cards.

8. A Making Memories Box subscription that includes fully planned activities, projects, and games for the kids and the whole family. We repeat: FULLY. PLANNED.

A subscription box with winter and snow related activities
Making Memories Box

For ages 4–11

Making Memories Box is a woman-owned small business started by a former elementary school teacher. 

What you get: Each box comes with a family activity, a kids' activity, a game, an arts and crafts project, and a "keepsake" as well as all the materials needed for each activity. 

Promising review: "Mom hack of the year. My kids were so excited and I didn’t have to worry about planning a thing. I couldn’t have done all they did without this box. I can’t wait for our next month’s box!" —Lauren S. 

Get it from Cratejoy for $39.95/month (gift option available) or from Making Memories Box for $39+ for a monthly subscription; options available for 1–4 children). 

9. An Alltruists subscription box to introduce children to some rather serious and often ignored subjects (protecting bees, welcoming refugees, clean water access) so they can begin to "engage with real-world issues in positive ways." Plus $5 from each box goes to a partner nonprofit!


For ages 5–11

Alltruists is a woman-owned small business started by a mother of four.

What they'll get: 5 mini-books based on the themes of "learn, connect, act, give, and do more." 2–4 activities with craft supplies included, stickers, and few extra surprises, and a QR code (the only online component here) that directs kids to a short video to learn more about the nonprofit partner receiving the $5 donation included with every box. 

Promising review: "Everything in the kit was thoughtful and well done. A great resource for building compassion!” —Melissa 

Get it from Alltrusits here: $49 for a monthly pay-as-you-go subscription or $124.95 for three months, $249.90 for six months, and $499.80 for twelve months. Gift cards are also available. 

10. A seasonally themed Pottery Awesomeness box subscription for painting cute clay creations without the need for firing up a kiln. For every kit sold, a portion of the proceeds goes to art therapy supplies for children in hospitals.

A collection of subscription box pottery projects
Pottery Awesomeness

For ages 3+

Pottery Awesomeness is a woman-owned Etsy shop and small business located in Gloucester Point, VA that started with the boutique "paint your own pottery" studio.

What they'll get: A customized three-piece box of seasonally themed pottery along with eight pots of acrylic paints, paintbrushes, glossy sealer, and a foam brush applicator for the sealer.  

Promising review: "Guys- let me tell you about this little shop right here— I was pressed for time with an upcoming birthday party. I was worried the gift wouldn’t arrive in time. I spoke with the owner and she worked some magic. The package literally arrived today with plenty of time before the party in 4 days! The gift is extremely well packaged and comes in an adorable box. The pottery items are ADORABLE and I received everything that I ordered." —stephlsheets

Get a kit from Etsy starting at $39.95 or from Pottery Awesomeness starting at $44 for a month-to-month subscription, $42/box for a prepaid three-month subscription, $40/box for a prepaid six-month subscription,  $39.50/box for a prepaid 12-month subscription.    

11. A Girls Can! Crate monthly subscription box to inspire girls to become innovators, leaders, and creators by introducing them to world-changing women and role models from the well-known (Marie Curie, Florence Nightingale, and Malala Yousafzai) to the now-you-know and you'll never forget (Patsy Mink, Bessie Coleman, and Mary G. Ross).

Girls Can! Crate

For ages 5–10

What they'll get: A 28-page GIRLS CAN! role model activity book, 2-3 hands-on science or art activities related to her field, a tote bag (in your first crate), a collectible button, practical tips for parents to help empower girls, and more! The mini-mailer version includes a 20-page GIRLS CAN! activity book, one science or art activity, a collectible sticker, plus tips for parents on empowering girls.

Promising review: "My granddaughters loved their crate so much. We could hear them yelling, 'We can do it!' as they flew their planes around the house." —Pat

Get it from Cratejoy or Girls Can! Crate by selecting "this is a gift" at checkout or whether or not to renew. Mini-mailers are offered at $18.50/per month, $55.50/three months, $111/six months, and $222/twelve months. Crates for individual children are offered at $34.95/month, $32.95/month for three months prepaid, $30.95/month for six months prepaid, and $28.95/month for twelve months prepaid. Add $9/month to each crate subscription for a sibling add-on.

12. An America's Test Kitchen Kids subscription for both pre-schoolers and young chefs in the making that isn't just about following recipes but "teaching the fundamentals of science and cooking."

Two child models look at recipes from a subscription box
America's Test Kitchen

For ages 3–12 (two options available: Preschool Chef's Club and Young Chef's Club).

What they'll get: Recipe cards, experiment cards, kitchen technique cards, “Make It Your Way” recipe challenges, achievement buttons, themed stickers, cooking tools or specialty ingredient(s), games, puzzles, taste tests, art projects, and more.

Get it from America's Test Kitchen here: $19.99/month, $16.99/month for six months, $15.99/month for twelve months. 

13. A Little Global Citizens subscription box packed with crafts, activities, recipes, and a book to take curious young travelers on a journey to a new country every month (without any of the hassle of booking flights).

subscription box contents with a focus on India
Little Global Citizens

For ages 4–10

What they'll get: Boxes include country guides for kids, 2–3 crafts based on each country, 2–3 screen-free cultural activities (games, puzzles, and quizzes), recipes, storybooks, and more! 

Promising review: "This brings a little piece of the world to them and opens their minds and eyes to other cultures, traditions, music, and language. I highly recommend trying this for your kids, you will not be sorry" —Sarah R. 

Get a gift subscription from Little Global Citizens here: Individual boxes for $44.95/single or $49.95/sibling, bi-monthly boxes for $34.95/single or $44.95/sibling, bundles of three boxes or more starting at $115.95/single or $130.95/sibling. Annual subscriptions go for $249.95/single or $299.95/sibling. 

14. An OwlCrate Jr. subscription box built for middle school book worms or young readers who can use a little less screen time and a little more time with the printed word. Each crate has a theme based on the included hardcover book.

A subscription box filled with books, a birdhouse, puzzles, pennants, and more
OwlCrate Jr.

For ages 8–12

What they'll get: Each OwlCrate includes a brand-new hardcover middle grade novel, an exclusive letter and signed book or bookplate from the author, an activity, game, or additional boo; plus an assortment of fun goodies related to their theme of the month.

Promising review: "Our whole family looks forward to receiving our OwlCrates and discovering the fun, beautiful, and useful items included with the books. Also, the customer service is fantastic. They give regular and accurate shipping updates so you know when you’re actually going to receive your items. The only problem is that my TBR pile isn’t getting any smaller." —Summer H.

Get it from OwlCrate Jr. here: one-month subscription or gift for $29.99, three months for $86.97, or six months for $167.94 (prices do not include shipping). 

15. A subscription to the Pipsticks Kids Sticker Club because what child doesn't like receiving a whole mess of puffy, scratch 'n' sniff, and classic stickers every month?

A collection of stickers form a subscription box

For ages 3+

Pipsticks is a woman-owned small business! 

What they'll get: 7–15 new sheets of shiny stickers (depending on the subscription), a coloring postcard, a reusable holographic pouch, and an activity booklet.

Promising review: "Stickers are great for any age. Just stick a gold star on anyone, any gender, tell them good job and I guarantee you they will smile." —Stacy

Get it from Pipsticks here: $11.95/month for the petite (7 sheets) or $17.95/month for the classic (15 sheets).  

16. A stage-based Lovevery play kit subscription that leans heavily into the Montessori methods for combining learning and playing (with toys of course) during important developmental windows.

Puzzles, toys, books, and projects included in subscription box

For ages 0–48 months

What they'll get: Every play kit is tailored to a child's specific age, so included toys, games, and activities vary but grow with each age group. See all the kits here

Promising review: "I have kept each and every delivery to hand down to my sister for her children, that's how well they hold up!" —Rebecca H.

Get it from Lovevery here: Kits for ages 0–12 months delivered every two months for $80, kits for ages 1–3 years delivered every three months for $120. 

17. A Bubbles & Joy subscription to make bath time lots and lots and lots of fun with new toys and all-natural products every month. Getting clean has never been this fun!

Split image of child playing in tun and contents of a subscription box
Bubbles & Joy

For ages 6+ months

Bubbles & Joy is a family-owned small business. 

What they'll get: A curated collection of premium bath brands including mold-free and non-toxic toys and natural, non-GMO, and gentle-on-the-skin bath products. 

Get it from Bubbles & Joy here: $39 per month or for a three-month prepaid subscription, $37 for a six-month prepaid subscription, or $36 for a twelve-month prepaid subscription. 

18. A Sensory TheraPlay Box subscription filled with toys and tools for children diagnosed with autism, ADHD, dyslexia, or sensory processing needs and non-diagnosed children dealing with anxiety, temper tantrums, and impulsivity to support "healthy coping and self-regulation skills."

Model hands holding contents of subscription box
Sensory TheraPlay

For ages 5–9

Sensory Theraplay is a woman-owned small business started by an occupational therapist. 

What they'll get: A surprise assortment of 5–7 sensory toys like putty, aromatherapy dough, textured tactile toys/fidgets, craft activities that promote fine motor skills, light-up toys, unique stress balls, and more!

Promising review: "My 4-year-old daughter with ASD and Sensory Processing Disorder has difficulties focusing and sitting still for long periods loved every item in her box and played for hours!!!" —Tonya Morris

Get it from Cratejoy or Sensory TheraPlay Box for $42 month-to-month, $124.50 for a three-month prepaid subscription, $238 for a six-month prepaid subscription, $462 for a twelve-month prepaid subscription. 

19. A Kiwi Co. subscription crate crammed with STEM/STEAM-inspired projects tailored to specific age groups and subjects like design, science, geography, engineering, cooking, crafting, culture, and more!

Kiwi Co.

For ages 0–14+ (divided into age groups 0–24 months, 2–4, 5–8, 6–11, 9–14, 9–16+, 12+, and 14+ year depending on topic area).

What they'll get: 1–2 larger projects or 2–3 smaller projects, tied together by an engaging theme. For more details on each crate click on "Our Lines" here.

Promising review: "I love that all of the items are exactly what she needs for those next milestones. The toys are also aesthetically pleasing so that makes this designer mama's heart happy." —Katelyn W

Get it from Kiwi Co. here: Crates start at $15.95/month with free shipping. Gift cards are also available. You can also have the first crate of a new subscription sent to a different address if you want to actually give a physical gift.

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