When we’re all scattered out and flitting between school, work, this, that and the other, we all crave more family time. But, you don't need to drop a pretty penny and jet off to a different country or take a deluxe trip to spend time together as a family. To show you that fun activities can be simple and stress-free, we're coming at you with gift ideas that make serving up QT easier than ever!
No matter what your family looks like, whether you’ve got little ones who are bouncing off the walls, game-obsessed teens, or a "family" of friendly roomies, we’ve got some of the best subscription boxes that specialize in bringing family fun for all age groups right to the front door. From mystery challenges and DIY craft boxes to international candy clubs and baking kits filled with pre-measured ingredients that are perfect for foodie families, these subscription services are perfect for gathering the whole family together for screen-free fun.
What are the best family subscription boxes?
Vintage-loving families can geek out over popular games and jigsaw puzzles in all their original glory with Red Star Vintage. Right from the first month, you'll get a special delivery of retro board games or jigsaw puzzles from days gone by, all thoroughly checked and verified to make sure it's original and complete. Promote wellness and friendly competition by making games an integral part of family time!
There is no specified age range when it comes to enjoying cookies fresh from the oven, making it the perfect family activity! Get your monthly sugar fix with a subscription to the Fresh Baked Cookie Crate, a deluxe DIY baking box that delivers all that's needed to whip up a from-scratch batch of gourmet cookies. Complete with ingredients, baking tools, simple instructions and a mix of cute cookie-themed gift items, all you need is right in the box!
Make sure there's a constant flow of chapter, story and board books for your bookworms with a subscription to the Reading Bug Box. Designed for newborns on up to 13 year olds, get a curated mix of 3-4 children's books (5-6 books for a sibling box) that have been personalized to every child’s age, reading level, and interests. Allow some of the finest book-loving experts to fill a book box and stock your home library with colorful tales.
Together Unplugged is a jam-packed box full of activities made for familial connection. Best for families with kids ages 5-12, each box includes an easy-to-learn family game, a creative activity, a team-building activity, conversation prompts to keep the questions coming, a card to record monthly family goals, a bag of popcorn kernels, and a themed treat for each month. Unplug as a family and cozy up with this box made to strengthen the bonds that we often take for granted.
Instead of turning to Netflix, keep Craft + Boogie on hand to combat inevitable boredom. Designed for the 3-8 age range, every box brings a mini party in the mail, sending themed boxes packed with holiday fun for the whole family. Celebrate popular and lesser-known holidays with a mix of stress-free DIY craft projects, a Spotify playlist, snack recipes, party supplies and a game for everyone to enjoy.
With The Conundrum Box, you can enjoy an escape room experience without ever having to leave home! Not only does that mean you can all stay in your jammies if you choose, but you can create the ultimate game night every month. A great choice for game lovers, this monthly box is packed with fun and challenging puzzles and clues, along with music suggestions and food and drink recs to round it all out.
Escape the Crate is another great subscription that allows you to escape the day-to-day routine and change things up with a monthly adventure. Fun, exciting, and mentally stimulating, this bimonthly box brings everyone together to decode letters and solve difficult puzzles and clues on the way to unraveling the mystery. Get your heads in the game and make a quick escape!
Designed for families with kids between the ages of 5-10, Finders Seekers Junior Explorers provides hours of family fun. Grab your little passports and head out to explore new cultures, while examining natural wonders, getting creative and solving mysteries. Made by one of the top-sellers on Cratejoy, this monthly subscription box brings a 4-day itinerary filled with age-appropriate STEAM activities.
UnboxBoardom is a monthly subscription box that is dedicated to delivering friendly competition for the whole crew! Available in 3 different subscription levels that ship out either monthly, bi-monthly or quarterly, this game delivery service is all about providing top-quality options at a great price point. Featuring strategic board games, challenging card games, and lively party games, you can pick your favorite from 3 featured selections or opt for a surprise!
Family time becomes fun time when you get Finders Seekers involved! This monthly mystery game arrives on the front steps ready to immerse all players into a new culture and setting, complete with an intriguing cast of characters. A perfect gift for a family with tweens and teens, get the gang together to dive into the mystery and show off their puzzle-solving, clue-cracking skills.
There's plenty of research that shows that screens lead to super stimulation and can decrease the amount of joy we get from other activities. The Terra Create Craft Subscription can help you get hands-on with your tweens and teens for a little creative crafting. Every month brings all you'll need to make 1 trendy, gender-neutral project, including natural materials, illustrated step-by-steps and high-quality tools.
We Craft Box is a monthly subscription that makes craft time with the kids easy and stress-free. Rated as one of the best subscription boxes of the year, each box is designed for kids ages 3-9 and centers around a fun children's book. No need to spend your time planning and shopping! Just unbox craft kits filled with high-quality materials and supplies, and get straight down to making memories.
Teaching kids all about STEAM disciplines doesn't have to be hard work when you have a monthly subscription to the Green Kid Crafts Discovery Box. Curated by a scientist-mom, every box is packed with a mix of themed STEAM activities and crafts, eco-friendly supplies and a 12-page magazine. It's the perfect way to help them explore what's around them, inspire a love of nature and learn together through hands-on fun!
Get the family to turn off the screens and head out into nature with The Hiker's Compass. A great gift for those living in and around New Jersey State, every monthly delivery is an invitation to explore, hike and learn something new by sending NJ forest info, maps, plant ID cards and nature-themed goodies, like healthy trail snacks, and limited-edition pins and stickers.
Celebrate States is a travel and food subscription box that's perfect for families who like to hit the road together. Now, instead of piling into the car, the destinations come to you! Fellow travel lovers curate each box around a US city, sending you on a cross-country trip that will have you sampling artisanal goodies and local foodie favorites, and trying out small-batch skincare and beauty products, candles and more.
Pull Mom, Dad, kiddos and anyone else who wants to join in the fun together for a game night featuring family games, strategy games and party games, too. UnboxBoardom is here with the quarterly Board Game Beginner subscription to help you start building a collection of go-to games that are guaranteed to be entertaining and challenging! Choose from featured games or get a surprise every 3 months.
The Smart Cookie is on a mission to help families with young children have inclusion-based learning experiences. This is not something you can order on Amazon. No, this is a truly unique opportunity to explore a diverse range of topics and different perspectives through fun activities, themed videos and books, and a grown-up guide for added support.
Ideal for families of foodies, Gusto di Roma is a monthly box that will help you spruce up those family-style snack platters with sweet and savory offerings. Sending a curated mix of 5-6 non-perishable, ready-to-eat authentic Italian appetizers, artisanal charcuterie and sweets, along with serving and pairing suggestions, treat the whole crew to some of the finest Mediterranean taste sensations, including olives, pickles, spreads, biscotti and chocolates!
While we did mention something about powering down the screens, we're not about to ditch family movie night. Now, instead of another round of popcorn in front of the flick, treat the whole family to some healthy and nutritious snacking from SnackSack. With classic, vegan and gluten-free options, this snack box brings a little bit of everything, salty and sweet, with a monthly assortment of between 11-15 full-size goodies, and keeps them coming on auto-pilot.