Our favorite kids subscription boxes of 2018
Our readers nominated their favorite subscription boxes,
Kids love getting surprises in the mail, maybe even more than we do. (Wait, is that possible?)
There are so many subscription boxes for kids of all ages these days: you’d have your hands full deciding between them all. These are the boxes our readers selected as the best of the best for ages 0 to 12, including educational and STEM subscriptions, children’s fashion, and even boxes that are just plain fun.
20 Best Monthly Kids Boxes for Ages 12 & Under
If you’re looking for a great gift idea or something to treat your child, these subscription boxes are all MSA-reader approved. Here are the best boxes for kids according to real subscribers:
1. OwlCrate Jr
Suggested Age Range: 8 – 12 years, suitable for girls and boys
The Cost: $27.99 a month + shipping. Sign up here!
What you get: OwlCrate has long been a favorite subscription box for books, so we aren’t surprised that OwlCrate Jr topped the charts in the kid’s category, too! Designed with middle schoolers in mind, each box comes with one new hardcover book and a signed bookplate from the author. Your child will also receive additional items related to the book (and may occasionally receive additional books, too!) Check out our OwlCrate Jr reviews to learn more.
Suggested Age Range: Girls sizes 4-16.
The Cost: $0.00 and up (Your box is sent to you free including styling, shipping, and returns). Keep and pay for what you like and mail back any unworn items you don’t want within 7 days. Per kidpik, the average cost is $12-13 per item including a 30% discount if you keep the entire box.
What you get: Nab a customized collection of trend-savvy clothes personalized for girls! Each box contains 7 high-quality fashion choices of apparel, shoes, and accessories designed to complete beautiful multiple mix and match outfits. For girls sizes 4-16. Check out our kidpik reviews to learn more.
Ships to: US only
Suggested Age Range: There are 3 age range options, with toys suitable for both boys and girls:
- 3-4-year-olds (counting, building, and cause and effect)
- 5-7 year-olds (hands-on experiments and explorations of electricity, earth science, and simple math)
- 8-13-year-olds (more complex projects and experiments based on principals of physics, chemistry, and engineering)
The Cost: $19.99 a month. Sign up here!
What you get: Each month, Amazon will ship you a new age-appropriate toy focused on STEM concepts. You’ll receive toys from a variety of different brands and at different price points, but boxes we’ve received have typically contained toys valued much higher than the $19.99 price point of this box. Check out all of our Amazon STEM Toy Club Reviews to learn more.
Suggested Age Range: Boys and girls ages 2-16
The Cost: $29.95 membership fee which goes towards any purchase you make. Sign up here!
COUPON: Use this link to get two pairs of shoes for only $9.95 (plus free shipping)!
What you get: Each month your membership lets you pick out an outfit for up to 40% off retail prices, or you can skip any month. All the pieces are really well-made, and the designs are unique to FabKids. Each month they release a new collection! They offer sizes for boys and girls from age 2-16. Check out our FabKids reviews to learn more.
5. Kiwi Crate
Suggested Age Range: 5 – 8 years, suitable for girls and boys
The Cost: $19.95 per month + free shipping
What you get: Kiwi Crate (from parent company KiwiCo) arrives every month with all the materials and instructions needed to complete 2-3 crafts centered around a theme, plus additional materials to help educate young learners! Each box includes additional learning resources and activities, too. Check out all of our Kiwi Crate Reviews to learn more.
Suggested Age Range: Little Passports offers several boxes for different age ranges from 3 to 12:
- Early Explorers (recommended ages 3-5)
- World Edition (recommended ages 6-10)
- USA Edition (recommended ages 7-12)
- Science Expeditions (recommended ages 9+).
The Cost: Boxes range from $14.95 to $21.95 per month, plus shipping. Sign up here!
What you get: Little Passports is a globally-inspired educational subscription for kids of all ages. Most of their boxes focus on exploring different cultures and around the world and within the US and include papercraft projects and reading and other activities– but they also have a box entirely focused on science experiments! Check out all of our Little Passports Reviews to learn more.
7. Candy Club
Suggested Age Range: Suitable for all ages!
The Cost: $29.99 + $8.99 shipping per month. Sign up here!
COUPON: Save $20 Off Your First Month’s Membership, no coupon required, just sign up here!
What you get: Candy Club is just pure sugary fun and nostalgia in a box. We think it’s fun for families who plan to share the contents, but it’s also a sweet treat for lunch boxes and more. You’ll get up to three pounds of candy in each box, and their selection includes everything from sweets to sours and even chocolate and trail mix. (Just don’t tell your family dentist.) Check out all of our Candy Club Reviews to learn more.
Suggested Age Range: 4 – 9 years
The Cost: $24.99 + $5 shipping, every other month. Sign up here!
What you get: This is the official Disney Princess Subscription Box! Each magical box is delivered every other month and contains: 4-8 official Disney products (apparel, figurines, fashion accessories and goodies!), a magazine with a princess story and activities, and a DIY activity to transform the shipping box into a playable scene (for example, the box transforms into an elaborate castle that your child can build and then color-in). Check out all of our Disney Princess Box Reviews to learn more.
Suggested Age Range: Options for ages 0 – 10 years:
- Board Books (for ages 0-2.5)
- Picture Books (for ages 2.5-6)
- Chapter Books (for ages 7-10)
The Cost: $19.95 a month + shipping. Sign up here!
COUPON: Use code MSA15 to save 15% off your first box!
What you get: Bookroo is a children’s literature subscription box with options for various age ranges. They send info about their selections each month, with additional ideas for learning and activities, too. They also let you alternate between picture and board books each month, which is great if you have children in different age groups (although not available for chapter books). Check out all of our Bookroo Reviews to learn more.
Suggested Age Range: Baby to Size 14
The Cost: $0.00 + free shipping and returns! Only pay only for the clothes you keep (or pay $98 to keep the entire box). Sign up here!
What you get: Each month, you’ll get 6-7 clothing items based on the size and style preferences you select when signing up. If you keep the entire box, Kidbox will make a donation to an organization that helps other children. The best part? You and your kiddo get to pick the charity from their options, which include orgs that help military families, foster kids, and more. Check out our KidBox reviews to learn more.
11. Wonder Crate
Suggested Age Range: Ages 5-8
The Cost: $34.95 per month + $7.00 shipping. Sign up here!
COUPON: Use code WONDER to get 20% off your first box!
What you get: Wonder Crate is a monthly subscription box that promotes social-emotional learning for kids ages 5-8. Learn to manage emotions, embrace challenges, try new things, think positively, and bounce back from failure. Each month a new topic will be explored with a book for kids, fun activities, tips for parents and an online lesson to help your child discover their inner power. Life skills delivered to your door! Check out our Wonder Crate Reviews to learn more.
12. Brick Loot
Suggested Age Range: Ages 6 to 99 years 🙂
The Cost: $27 a month + $6 shipping to the U.S. ($13 a month shipping to Canada and $15 to all other countries)
What you get: Founded by a 9 year old boy, Brick Loot releases themed LEGO boxes each month, containing custom brick kit builds and minifigs, plus additional building accessories. They send a mix of exclusive goodies you can’t get anywhere else, and products from other brands. If your kid is brick obsessed, this is a great choice for fun new themes each month that will help grow their collection (and we love that it’s supporting a young entrepreneur, too!). Check out all of our Brick Loot Reviews to learn more.
13. Yume Twins
Suggested Age Range: This kawaii box is for all ages (including adults!), but as there can be some small pieces we recommend ages 6+.
The Cost: $35 a month with free shipping. Sign up here!
What you get: YumeTwins is a monthly kawaii surprise packed with 6-8 items ranging from adorable plushies and squishies, collectible keychains and figures, lifestyle goods, and licensed character items from popular Japanese brands. While not targeted specifically at children, we understand why it was nominated by readers: it’s just so darn cute! If your child is into Hello Kitty but interested to learn what’s beyond just Sanrio characters, this might be a fun box to check out together. Read our Yume Twins Reviews to learn more.
Suggested Age Range: Ages 5 – 11 years
The Cost: $24.99 + $5 shipping (box ships every other month). Sign up here!
What you get: The HotWheels Challenge Accepted Box is an officially licensed box from Pley. Every other month, subscribers receive an early edition car, a new t-shirt, and additional cars and accessories to build with. Grow a HotWheels collection over time and use the pieces to assemble new tracks, with inspiration from the included activity book for new challenges and activities! Check out all of our HotWheels Challenge Accepted Box Reviews to learn more.
15. Koala Crate
Suggested Age Range: Ages 3 – 4 years
The Cost: $19.99 a month
What you get: Koala Crate is a toddler aged activity box for kids 3-4 years old. Each month, you’ll receive materials and instructions to complete 2 to 3 creative activities together. KiwiCo also makes learning easy and fun by including an in-box magazine with more educational opportunities, a parent’s guide, and online DIYs and more. Check out all of our Koala Crate Reviews to learn more.
Suggested Age Range: Ages 0 – 5 years
The Cost: $125.00 every 2 months + free US shipping.
What you get: My Petite French Box is a bi-monthly subscription box for babies and toddlers. While this is one of the most expensive boxes on this list, it’s also unique and would make an amazing gift for an expectant mother. You can expect curated, high-end children’s clothing and wellness products from France for ages newborn to 5 years old. Check out our My Petite French Box review here to learn more.
Suggested Age Range: Girls ages 8-12 years
The Cost: $59.95 per quarter with free US Shipping
COUPON: Use code MSA20 to save 20% off your first box!
What you get: STRONG self(ie) is a quarterly subscription box for teen and tween girls aimed to empower and inspire. In the BLOOM box for ages 8-12, you can expect to receive aspirational, positive products, focused on health, beauty, fun, and more. Each box comes with info for parents, too! Check out our STRONG self(ie) reviews to learn more.
18. Fitted Tot
Suggested Age Range: Children in sizes 3m – 5T
he Cost: $20 styling fee. Pay for whatever items you keep. (The $20 styling fee is credit toward items you decide to keep when you keep 2+ items!) The average cost per item is $30, and the average cost per box is $180. Sign up here!
COUPON: Use code MSA30 to save 30% off your first month!
What you get: Each box features 5-8 pieces of clothing and accessories chosen based on your child’s style profile. Some of the featured brands include boutique brands like Tea, Kapital K, Le Top, Design History, Egg by Susan Lazar, and Joules. You have 5 business days to decide what to keep. If you keep all items you receive an additional 15% off! Check out our Fitted Tot reviews to learn more.
These last two subscriptions are on waitlist at the moment, but they’ve been popular enough that they warranted a mention:
Suggested Age Range: 4 – 12 years
The Cost: $24.95 a month. This box is currently in waitlist and expected to reopen this summer; join the waitlist here.
What you get: Booster Bricks is an unusual subscription for LEGO bricks and gear. Each month, they send over 250 bricks with 5 “build challenges” that are connected to a new storyline in each box. Inspire your kids to invent something new and use their imagination and creative problem solving skills! According to their FAQ, they use previously owned and sterilized bricks, making this box also interesting for collectors who want to grab some discontinued pieces.
The Cost: $39.99 per bi-monthly box + free shipping. This box recently left Lootcrate but new subscriptions have not yet opened up. You can sign up to be notified when they’re taking new subscribers here.
What you get: Minechest is the only box for fans of Minecraft, the world-building game that is popular with kids of all ages. Every other month, you’ll receive a package of officially licensed Minecraft gear (including some exclusive items). Check out our Minechest Reviews to learn more.
That wraps up our list of the best kid’s subscription boxes! Which boxes have your vote?