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Kidbox Clothing Subscription Review + Coupon – Summer 2018

Kidbox July 2018 outside box

Kidbox is a kid’s clothing box that “combines cool brands, meaningful savings and a mission to clothe children in need.” KidBox ships 5 boxes a year (spring, summer, back to school, fall and winter) but they will notify you before they ship in case you want to skip a box, change your child’s sizing or even their style preferences.

Kidbox July 2018 inside box

Kidbox offers a few options: the Baby by Kidbox for sizes Newborn-24 months, Kidbox for sizes 2T-14, and a new Kidsentials, socks and underwear on-demand service.

This review is of the Boy’s Summer box by Kidbox in size 3T.

This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)

Kidbox July 2018 all items

About Kidbox

The Subscription Box: Kidbox

The Cost: no styling fee, pay only for the clothes you keep or pay $98 to keep the entire box (free shipping both ways)

COUPON: Use code TRY10 to get 10% off your first order + free shipping!

The Products: 6-7 clothing items based on the size and style preferences you select

Ships to: U.S.

Good to know: If you keep the entire box for $98 you can also select a cause and Kidbox will make a donation to a kid in need such as a military family or foster child. What a great idea!

Kidbox Summer 2018 Review

Kidbox July 2018 info 3

Kidbox July 2018 info 1

Each box comes with a price sheet listing each item of clothing, the retail price, and the price Kidbox will charge to keep that item (which is less than retail).

Kidbox July 2018 info 2

There was a welcome booklet personalized with my son’s name and simple directions for returning unwanted items or exchanging for alternate sizes. There’s also a plastic mailer and pre-addressed sticker to easily return anything you’re not keeping. Also included were some stickers and crayons for Gideon.

Kidbox July 2018 free gift

Kidbox Club Free Gift Tote Bag

Kidbox usually sends a free gift in each box, and this month they included a tote bag. It’s a pretty thin, basic, screen-printed tote but definitely still handy!

Kidbox July 2018 plaid button down and khaki shorts

Kidbox July 2018 plaid button down

Kidbox July 2018 khaki shorts

Kidbox July 2018 plaid shirt and shorts on Gideon

Ecko Boys 2PC Shirt and Short Set – Retail Price: $36 (Kidbox Price: $27)

This is a great outfit for Gideon! Perfect to wear to church in the summer, or easily dressed more casually if you split them to wear with jeans or a tee. both items fit him great and I like the classic style.

Kidbox July 2018 punk rock tee

Urban Smalls Boys “Not Cute… Punk Rock” Tee – Retail Price: $24 (Kidbox Price: $18)

I’m all for a basic black tee, but I don’t care for the phrase. I’m not offended, I’m just meh. It fits, but it’s just not something I’d dress Gideon in.

Kidbox July 2018 tough guy tee

Nanette Boys “All American Tough Guy” Shirt – Retail Price: $14 (Kidbox Price: $11)

Eh. The design is fine, but again, the phrase isn’t something I’d dress Gideon in. I have no interest in sending the message to my son or other people that I expect my son (or any boy) to be a “tough guy.” I do dress Gideon in a couple tees with words, but the ones he has are phrases like “I’m the big brother,” or “being nice is being cool,” and things like that. Since I guess I’m pretty picky about the words I choose for my kids’ clothes, I’m thinking I’ll just ask them to not send me anything with words so I don’t end up with more situations like this.

Kidbox July 2018 #king tee

Teddy Boom Boys “#King” Tee w/ Terry Short Set – Retail Price: $40 (Kidbox Price: $30)

Sigh. Again, with the words. I have “no big brand names” indicated in Gideon’s style profile, and I guess this isn’t a brand but it may as well be? What does #king mean? Is it supposed to be the boys’ equivalent to like, the trending phrase of “queen” these days? I don’t even know. Needless to say, this is also something I wouldn’t dress Gideon in, and it kind of confirms my idea of just requesting “no words” on the clothes they send me.

Kidbox July 2018 blue shorts 2

LEE boys Cargo Short – Retail Price: $34 (Kidbox Price: $26)

These shorts are great! The color is bright and fun, the fit is just right, and I appreciate the soft, ribbed, elastic waistband. These are a winner.

Kidbox July 2018 grey shorts 1

Kidbox July 2018 grey shorts 2

LRG Boys Short – Retail Price: $32 (Kidbox Price: $24)

These shorts are more of a sweatshirt material and are very soft and comfortable. But the style is very oversized, so they run large and kind of swallow Gideon a little. His style doesn’t really include baggy/oversized items, so this is another miss.

Kidbox July 2018 tee shirt 2 pack

Kidbox July 2018 space tee

Kidbox July 2018 white tee

LEE Boys 2-Pack Tee & Henley – Retail Price: $44 (Kidbox Price: $33)

Yes! I love these shirts for Gideon. The space-themed blue tee is perfect, and the white henley is so cute. He doesn’t have any white tees, and I really like the touch of the buttons down the neckline. The fit is perfect with these, too.

Kidbox July 2018 Gideon modeling white shirt and blue shorts

Here’s Gideon wearing the white henley and the blue cargo shorts.

Kidbox July 2018 gideon modeling space tee and grey shorts

And here’s Gideon wearing the tee and the grey, oversized shorts.

Verdict: This box was a bit of a rollercoaster for me. 4 out of the 7 items were misses, but two of the winning items were a set/2-pack, so it feels more 50/50. On the bright side, the items that were misses, except for the baggy shorts, were all for the same reason: the words. Hopefully adding a note that I’d prefer no phrases on Gideon’s clothes since I’m picky, will solve the problem easily. For what it’s worth, I’m really happy with the items I’m keeping, though, and I’ve had no issues with fit or quality, in my experience so far. Also, If you keep the entire box, you can also select a cause and Kidbox will make a donation to a kid in need such as a military family or foster child. I appreciate that Kidbox gives back.

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? Your box will be personally curated for you based on your child’s age, style preferences, sizing, and Kidbox’s current/featured stock!

Coupon – Save 10% off your first Kidbox and get free shipping! Just use code TRY10.

Value Breakdown: The retail price of all my items add up to $224 but the Kidbox price is technically $169, but with the discount from keeping a full box my total is $98! That’s about $13.60 per item.

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Written by Haley Faye

Haley Faye

Haley Faye first discovered the wonderful world of subscription boxes in 2012 and began writing for MSA in 2014. Over the years, she has found many subscriptions to love. Now a mom of three, her favorite boxes are ones that dress her kids, help her get organized, feed her family, send her snacks, and offer educational fun for her children.

Posted in Subscription Box Reviews, Subscription Boxes for Kids| Tags: kidbox | 9 comments

Comments (9)

  1. i tried kidbox about two years ago and was turned off by the excessive logos and phrases on the clothes, the shirts in particular. if you are a moderately savvy shopper you can find nearly the same clothing at discount stores like marshalls for far less than the prices offered by kidbox.

  2. I recently subscribed to Kidbox and Rockets of Awesome for my six year old son. While the clothing that he received from Kidbox was ok I ultimately decided to return the whole box due a few sizing issues (he received the same LRG grey shorts and I agree that they are super baggy and oversized), not liking some items or already having similar items in his wardrobe. I’m hopeful that his next box will be better as I provided feedback about each item and they learn what styles he prefers. On a side note, the Rockets of Awesome box that he received was fabulous and we kept the entire box…I was very impressed with the quality and fun styles/patterns!

  3. Had they left the “tough guy” phrase off of the red white and blue shirt it would have been better. I’m still torn on trying a subscription box for my daughter.

    • I totally agree, Julia. I would have no problems with it without that part.

  4. I’ve watched the reviews on this box and finally decided to try it for my daughter. I received my first box on Saturday and returned the whole box yesterday. The three shirts included did not even go to her belly button. One of the shirts had a large decoration, which I had requested not be included. The dress included just barely covered her bum. Jeans were included when I had requested no jeans. I wanted to love the box but it was a complete miss for us. At least I can now say I tried it.

  5. I personally think the hateing on the phrase tees is a bit odd… And not indicative of a marked offense for most… just this particular reviewer.. Anyway I am a subscriber of Kidbox and have been for quite some time, it would be of help for readers if it was noted what was marked for this particular child’s profile, there are many options that dictate what type of clothing is received. I have done Preppy, and City Cool for my 5 year old and don’t recall and Word Tees, however it is not a bone of contention for me. However I consistently receive very high quality outfits that are complimented on consistently. I will make mention that some of the designer brands do run a size smaller then one might be accustomed to, but they have an excellent return program if needed to size up.

  6. I’ve had I think 5 boxes now from kidbox, and I’ve really enjoyed it. I received one shirt in particular that had a phrase on it I really didn’t like. But, I have to say I was really impressed with their customer service. I logged into my profile (well, my daughter’s profile), made a note of it, and it hasn’t been an issue since. Overall, it’s been a good subscription. The clothes are durable and they have always gotten the fit right.

  7. I am with you on these phrases/words (#king????). I will buy my nieces and nephews shirts with words but typically its…Jedi in training…. or recently bought my niece …. Chewie is my copilot… with a picture of Chewbaca. Though the 4 year old did remind me that her favorite character was Darth Vader hehehehe she is so cute. Basically only nerdy stuff or positive words like …smile.
    Gideon is too cute and does not need his clothes to imply anything or make any kind of statement. Kids just need to be able to grow up 🙂

    • Dawn, we love Star Wars! (In fact my husband was named after Luke Skywalker…) Thanks for reading!

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