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Whether your kid is into animals, science, crafting, or sports, there is a subscription box built just for them, and subscription boxes make a great gift. In our opinion, the best subscription boxes for kids are the ones that are the most affordable. Generally speaking, we found that you get the best monthly prices on any subscription box when you commit to a 12-month subscription. But many of those require payment for the full year up front.
If you’re not interested in dropping hundreds of dollars on subscription boxes at one time, you can go for a 3-month or 6-month subscription, but you’ll pay a little more per month.
Some subscription boxes offer 50% off the first box and allow you to cancel at any time. So if you’re not sure your little one will get excited about a subscription all year long, you can try one out for a low-cost introductory box. Just be sure to cancel before the end of the trial period or you’ll pay the regular monthly price for the next shipment.
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Best Subscription Boxes for Kids
1. Kindergarten Subscription Box, $12.49/month
Make learning fun with a Kindergarten Subscription Box ($12.49, Highlights) that comes with age-appropriate activities and stickers. There are also preschool and first-grade subscription boxes available for the same 50% off deal, which has been happening pretty much all season long. New customers can save 10% when they sign up for email offers.
2. Kiwi Crates, as Low as $18.50/month
Use code HOLIDAY to get discounted rates on a monthly subscription to Kiwi Crates ($23.95, Kiwi Crates). While you can purchase a onetime building or art kit, the best savings comes when you commit to a 12-month subscription. The rate drops from $21.95 per month for three months to $19.95 per month for six months, then $18.50 a month for a year’s subscription. You can also earn $10 in credit when you share a link with a friend who also signs up for a subscription.
3. Little Learners Busy Box, as Low as $18.75/month
Get a mini box with three preschool activities in the Little Learners Busy Box (as low as $18.75/month, Crate Joy) for 50% off the first month when you sign up for a 6- or 12-month subscription. If you don’t want to commit right away, you can pay $22.50 for your first month, but the price goes down the more months you add. Also, you can usually get the first box shipped for free.
4. Kids Read Daily, $19.99/month
Your kids will get three new books each month with a Kids Read Daily ($19.99, Amazon) subscription. Save $1 your first month. The real savings comes with Prime’s free shipping. Several other book clubs were similarly priced, but they tacked on $5 – $6 for shipping each month.
5. Annie’s Kit Clubs’ Creative Kits, $19.99/month
Gift a woodworking kit or a crafting kit ($19.99, Annie’s Kit Clubs) to kids who love to create. The monthly price drops to $17.99 for a 3-month subscription, then $16.99 for a 6-month subscription, and finally $15.99 for a 12-month subscription.
6. Little Passports, as Low as $24.95/month
Let your kids learn about the world with a subscription box at Little Passports ($24.95, Little Passports). You could also sign up for just six months at $27.95 per month and get a couple of dollars off the regular monthly price.
7. Crunch Labs, as Low as $24.95/month
Big kids with eyes on engineering will love a subscription to Crunch Labs ($24.95, Crunch Labs). If you pay monthly for a 12-month subscription, you can get the box for $27.45 a month, but if you pay for the whole year up front, the total cost averages out to $24.95 per month.
8. Bitsbox, as low as $24.95/month
Encourage kids to learn coding with a 12-month subscription to Bitsbox ($24.95, Bitsbox) or a onetime fee of $29.95. You can save more money by getting a Digital Bitsbox ($16.95, Bitsbox) subscription that includes a downloadable PDF of the instructions for that month’s project on the app. In addition to a lower overall cost, there’s no $4 shipping charge for the Digital Bitsbox.
9. Raddish Kids Cooking Kits, as Low as $24.95/month
Teach kids to cook with a subscription to Raddish ($24.95, Raddish). As a bonus, you get a free kid-size apron when you sign up for a 3-month or longer subscription. And if you’re new, you can save up to $40 on your first order by signing up for email promos.
10. STEM Sports Kit, $24.99/month
The All-Star Kit ($24.99, STEM Sports) combines sporting equipment with educational STEM lessons for less than the cost of one Nike Basketball ($30, Dick’s Sporting Goods). It’s also $9 cheaper per month than a Sports Box ($33.99, Sports Box Co) subscription.
11. MEL Science Kit, as low as $29.90/month
Let your kids get hands-on with science experiments using a MEL Science Kit ($29.90, MEL Science). The price can go up to $34.90 per month for a 6-month subscription and $38.90 for a 3-month subscription. During the holiday season, we’ve watched the price for all kits go down by 50%, so watch out for sales.