Top 10 Best Subscription Boxes For Kids – Reviews, Ratings, and Special Offers

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When you’re buying something for children, you want the best. Whether you’re a parent, grandparent, or gift-giver, we’re here to help you make wade through all the information about subscription boxes for kids so that you can make the smartest choice possible. Today, we’re providing you with information on the ten best boxes for kids so that you can find the perfect one for your family.

How Do We Rate Them?

We take rankings very seriously and while there is a wide berth of information we take into consideration when determining our ratings, the three things we look at primarily are:

  • Value for Cost
  • Customer Service
  • Customer Reviews

Here’s why these are our top three: we know you don’t have an unlimited budget and--especially if you’re a parent--it’s easy for your resources to be stretched thin. That’s why it’s vital that you get your money’s worth for something. We factor in the lowest price of entry and the average price of your potential subscription box.

We also know you don’t have time to deal with poor customer service. You need a business that will make things right for you and your children. Since you’re dealing with auto-renewals and subscriptions, it’s especially important that it’s easy to cancel.

Finally, customer reviews give us the inside scoop. We won’t be fooled by a beautiful website; we factor in what real people are saying about this box.

Best Subscription Boxes For Kids

Below, you’ll find our top ten kids’ subscriptions boxes, sorted in order of “best overall rating.” There, you’ll find a summary of what you’ll get when you subscribe, as well as who this box is best for.

Tinker Crate

Tinker Crate

Similar to Kiwi Crate, but for children aged 9-16, giving your child a Tinker Crate subscription is sort of like hooking her up with a lab full of hands-on STEM projects. Your son or daughter will receive everything necessary to create a science, technology, engineering, or mathematics project as well as a blueprint with step-by-step instructions. He or she will also receive Tinker Zine, a magazine with additional science experiments and activities and an online video tutorial with tips and tricks.

Just imagine what past subscribers have learned as they’ve built hydraulic claws, fiber optic stars, and trebuchets! While materials are top notch, the projects might be too simple for the oldest kids in the suggested age range. Parents report loving that these projects are “hands-off,” meaning they don’t need to assist unless they want to be involved!

Who Should Try It

Parents who want to give children that extra STEM boost or children who love projects and just can’t get enough.

Rating

10 out of 10

Cost

Starting at $16.95


FabKids

Fabkids

FabKids works a little differently than most subscription boxes. FabKids has created a warehouse and online website full of stylish, trendy clothes and accessories for kids of all ages. Parents sign up to be VIPs by paying $29.95 each month. This membership credit allows entry into the online warehouse, where parents can snag great items for their kids at great prices. Parents always have the option to skip or cancel a month.

Parents readily communicate how much they love FabKids for its low prices and great selection. Clothes are age appropriate and good quality, and kids love the bright colors, trendy pieces, and fun designs. The only thing parents don’t like is making sure they stay on top of the auto charge for their monthly credit, but FabKids does its best to remind account holders each month.

Who Should Try It

Busy parents who want a great value on clothes and plan on buying a few pieces each month

Rating

10 out of 10

Cost

$29.95


Doodle Crate

Doodle Crate

Have a budding artist at home? He or she will love the Doodle Crate! Each month, Doodle Crate sends your 9-16-year-old a box full of everything he or she needs to create magnificent art. Doodle Crate is known for its high quality materials and providing everything necessary to complete the project (no running to the store to find random supplies!). Your child will also have access to online tutorials that help her make deeper discoveries.

Past crates have had students making working clocks that can be hung on the wall, color-blocked candles, beautiful sumi-e ink wash paintings. What we especially love about Doodle Crate is how it purposefully introduces kids to new art techniques and concepts, enhancing a love for the arts that will help them for their entire lives. Plus, it’s just fun, and parental help isn’t necessary.

Who Should Try It

Doodle Box is perfect for 9-16-year olds who burn through regular art supplies and want a new challenge.

Rating

9 out of 10

Cost

Starting at $16.95


Pipsticks

Pipsticks

Pipsticks Sticker Club is the world’s largest stick club! While you can purchase stickers directly from the company’s online shop, Pipsticks also provides a monthly subscription for kids. If your child becomes a subscriber, he or she will receive multiple sheets of beautifully designed, exciting, unique, and exclusive stickers. They’ll also get a color page, shop discount, and other fun goodies.

People love this sticker club! Becoming a member is a little like becoming a family, thanks to the thousands of members across the world who love having fun with stickers. Whether your child prefers metallic stickers, puffy stickers, sparkly stickers, or scratch n’ sniff, he or she is sure to be delighted by each month’s delivery. Parents report using the stickers to help motivate or reward their kids for doing a great job in school or with chores.

Who Should Try It

Kids who love stickers!

Rating

8 out of 10

Cost

Starting at $9.95


Koala Crate

Koala Crate

Another subscription service from the makers of Tinker Crate and Kiwi Crate, the Koala Crate offers learning activities for children ages 3-4. Each month, you’ll receive instructions and all the supplies for fun art and science projects with your little one. Depending on the month, you’ll get full-sized art supplies and high quality art ingredients that you’ll be able to reuse.

Most people feel that Koala Crate is a fun experience, but it’s something that parents or caretakers must be involved in. This is not an activity you hand to your child and then walk away from! That said, the learning experience is extremely high quality, as is the customer service.

Who Should Try It

Anyone who wants a more structured and educational way to connect with their three- or four-year-old, and doesn’t have the time to do the planning and the prepping.

Rating

7 out of 10

Cost

Starting at $16.95


Kiwi Crate

Kiwi Crate

Kiwi Crate was created to spark imagination and a love of science in children ages 5-8. Each month, families receive a box filled with educational, parent-led instructions and materials to do 2-3 activities together. Past boxes have included themes such as an arcade claw, fun with flight, and glowing animals. Kids receive a special edition of the box’s explore! magazine, as well as online DIY extensions to what they’ve learned in their kit.

What we especially love about this box is how it empowers busy parents to find moments of connection with their children. There’s no planning or preparing necessary, and kids LOVE the activities! The only reason this box doesn’t get higher ratings is because it’s hard to adapt to multiple kids and expensive to purchase multiple subscriptions per child.

Who Should Try It

Kiwi Crate is ideal for kids who want to explore and be inspired, under the supervision of their parents.

Rating

7 out of 10

Cost

Starting at $16.95


Nick Box

Nick Box

If you or your children love Nickelodeon shows like Rocko’s Modern Life, Hey Arnold, Angry Beavers, and Ren & Stimpy, you’re going to love Nick Box! Nick Box is a quarterly subscription box that contains approximately ten licensed Nickelodeon collectibles, toys, or gear. Items are high quality and vary from things like ceramic toy banks with light up eyes to character plates to plush toys.

Reviewers point out that this box isn’t appropriate for young children, both because of its price and its (sometimes) breakable content. However, it could be a great bonding point with you and an older child! Plus, it’s a terrific value: the box usually contains triple the value that you paid for it.

Who Should Try It

Anyone who wants that nostalgia feeling or is just a huge fan of Nickelodeon!

Rating

6 out of 10

Cost

$49.99


Animal Jam Box

Animal Jam Box

Is your family a fan of Animal Jam, the award-winning online game for kids from National Geographic, you’ll love this box! A quarterly subscription from the makers of the Nick Box, this box is full of fun goodies and gear that help Jammers extend their learning about the natural world. The boxes connect with the game; in fact, subscribers receive special codes that unlock new surprises.

Parents appreciate the high value of these boxes: most retail with a value over $60. Plus, you can’t find most of these toys anywhere else. Your children will discover clothing, electronics, toys, accessories, stationery, and more. If your kid considers himself a Jammer, he’ll love receiving this box every month!

Who Should Try It

Nature lovers and fans of Animal Jam.

Rating

6 out of 10

Cost

Starting at $23


Bluum

Bluum

Bluum is a monthly discovery box bringing the best products for moms of little ones from pregnancy through preschool. The box includes only the very best-reviewed products, so when you’re trying something new you can be confident is safe and wonderful for you and baby. Products are expertly curated and designed to deliver great value. Items are designed to be developmentally appropriate for your baby’s age and boxes ship around the 9th of every month.

Unfortunately, Bluum boxes tend to vary wildly. Some people report awesome boxes filled with toys that are perfect for their little ones, and some report being frustrated by overbilling or not having their box delivered. These lower customer service reviews definitely factored into our scoring.

Who Should Try It

The Bluum discovery box is just that--a discovery experience. If you’re wanting to try new things and like to be surprised each month, this box is for you.

Rating

6 out of 10

Cost

Starting at $27


KidBox

Kidbox

KidBox was created by a longtime clothing manufacturer who wanted to help busy parents keep up with their growing kids’ clothes, and help their children learn to give back. Five times a year, KidBox sends out a box with 6-7 name brand, high quality clothing pieces in your child’s sizes. Pieces are worth upwards of $35 a piece but at just $98 a box, you’re only paying less than $15 per item. KidBox uses the style profile you and your child filled out to send exactly what your son or daughter needs.

Parents can exchange or return what they don’t want, but if they keep the whole box the company will send an item of clothing to a child in need. In fact, they’ve pledged to give away one million pieces of clothing and provide you with info to help you explain the importance of giving back to your children.

It’s a great value and a great idea, but unfortunately, a common complaint among reviewers was Kidbox’s poor customer service, which is why it rates so low for us. Fortunately, you don’t pay unless you keep items, so if you decide to risk it you should be ok.

Who Should Try It

Busy parents who want to take the stress out of shopping.

Rating

6 out of 10

Cost

$98 per box

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