Snail mail may be an industry in decline (seriously, nobody ever puts pen to paper anymore), but getting a package will always be in style — which is why subscription boxes are the perfect way to keep the good old fashioned simple pleasure of getting something in the mail alive.
For children, there can still be a magical feeling of excitement when something pops into the mailbox — especially when that something is a super fun subscription box that shows up every month without fail.
From craft boxes to boxes for little globe-trotters and even ideas for the Lego-obsessed, we have rounded up the best subscription boxes for kids.
KidPik: For the fashionista
Got a girl who loves fashion but hates shopping with mom? Then KidPik is right up your alley. Aimed at girls 4 through 14, the subscription service allows little girls to set up a fashion profile (with help from parents) on their site. Then the KidPik team curates a box of goodies for her and sends it out. Each box typically has about six to seven items (tops, bottoms and accessories) at an average price of $12.50 an item. You don’t pay until you get the box and decide what you want to keep, so you can always send it all back if she’s not a fan. The company also offers a 30 percent discount if you decide to keep all the outfits in the box, and a “basics” line that you can buy from separately to complete her wardrobe. Currently KidPiks can be sent monthly, every three months or twice per season (eight boxes a year).
Kiwi Crate: For the crafty kid
Geared for crafty kids ages 3 through 8, the Kiwi Crate arrives each month full of fun hands-on projects that include science experiments, art projects and build-and-play games. Each crate includes two to three projects based on a different theme each month, such as Space Hero, City Adventure and Around the World. I was sent the Rainforest theme, which included cool crafts like a jumping frog game and a craft in which kids create their own rain stick. These little boxes include everything you need for the craft (even the scissors) as well as a Highlights-esque magazine and other activities to further explore the theme. Kiwi Crate subscriptions start at $17/month and shipping is free. (If you aren’t quite sure if you want to commit, you can purchase individual activity packs on the Kiwi Crate website or at Target stores.)
Next Up: For the foodie
Originally published Dec. 2015. Updated August 2017.