12 Ultra-Fun Birthday Gifts for Kids of All Ages

Updated by Timothy Paradis

For as much fun as strolling through toy aisles can be, it also can be downright intimidating and overwhelming. Plenty of sensory stimulation with bright colors, sounds and lights, but when you’re looking for the perfect gift, it isn’t all fun and games.

Searching for birthday gifts for kids, whether they're your own children, your nieces and nephews , or classmates and friends, always carries a risk of picking up something they won’t enjoy or getting duplicates of games and toys they already have.

We’ve got an idea for a gift that we think is even more memorable and delightful. A gift box from one of the many kid-friendly subscriptions on the Cratejoy marketplace is a great way to gift a surprise they’re sure to be excited about. Whether you opt for just one box or a monthly subscription, they’ll get plenty of joy just from the mystery of it. Curated especially for children, here are some of our top choices for birthday gifts for kids.

Monthly Premier Paletteful Pack

Monthly Premier Paletteful Pack

From $39.90 per box
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Paletteful Packs brings artists open-ended creativity! These monthly gift sets include a curated selection of top-quality art supplies and materials.

Shipping: Orders placed by the 30/31st will ship on the 1st. All boxes ship on the 1st of each month.

Customer Review

“I bought this for my teen who has taken 3 years of art. There was so much in the box!! Supplies are well worth the price, copiac markers in our set and good quality paper. We have now ordered 3 month subscription. Looking forward to creating new art pieces with supplies. Satisfied momma.” – Michelle T.

Bitsbox

Bitsbox

From $24.95 per box
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Like a little passport to a world beyond screens, Bitsbox helps get kids involved with the creative side of technology through age-appropriate coding projects. Kids ages 6-12 are walked through the process of creating and building apps all by themselves, using colorful guides and thought-provoking progression. They'll also get a sticker sheet to chart their progress and fun extras!

Shipping: Your first Bitsbox ships immediately within 1 business day of your order being placed. Subsequent boxes ship every month thereafter!

Customer Review

“My son loved it and he really enjoyed the activities in the box! Looking forward to the next box.” – Deann H.

Subscription Plan

Subscription Plan

From $24.25 per box
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Mermaids, unicorns, and magic, oh my! Invite sparkle into a little girl’s life with the Em and Liz box, thoughtfully curated around a whimsical, wonderful theme. Think fashion accessories, age-appropriate makeup, crafts, and more girly goodies! This gift Is perfect for girls age 4-10.

Shipping: We ship between the 25th and 31st of each month. The last day to order for the upcoming month is the final day of the prior month.

Customer Review

"My daughter looks forward to receiving this box every month. I'm pretty sure I look forward to it as much or maybe even more than she does. :) Absolutely delightful!!" -Bronwyn

DIY Kids STEM & Crafts Kit – Award Winning Kids Science and Art Box

DIY Kids STEM & Crafts Kit – Award Winning Kids Science and Art Box

From $28.95 per box
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This monthly subscription box combines science experiments and art projects to provide educational, imaginative, and creative activities for developing the whole child. All needed eco-friendly materials are included for up to 6 projects per themed box. Boxes also include a 12-page educational magazine jam-packed with puzzles, games, book recommendations, and additional project ideas related to the monthly theme. Green Kid Crafts makes a great gift and is perfect for ages 2 through 10.

Shipping: We are shipping on schedule! Free Shipping for US orders! Your order is shipped from our facilities between 1-4 days of being placed, and you will be notified with details. Subsequent boxes ship monthly from your first order.

Customer Review

“First box was a complete delight for the two 3-year-olds in my care. They were completely engaged with the art/science/exploration materials for several hours. The families appreciated that everything included is recyclable. I loved that everything I needed was in the box and I could see them learning as they played. It's just what I hoped for.” – Tyra M.

Take a look at our guides below for more great kid-friendly gift ideas!