It's already time: after an unprecedented summer of DIY and lots of QT, the back-to-school season is upon us, pandemic or not. And whether your child will be learning in a socially distanced environment on a traditional school campus or in your own living room, you're still going to need school supplies, the motivation to tackle back-to-school season with your kiddos, and some fun — and that's where we come in.
The following boxes all pass the Cratejoy test for high-quality monthly subscription boxes that make a difference in your back-to-school planning and your child's back-to-school experience. (Don't forget to check for box reviews and coupon codes in each listing!)
Great Back-to-School Subscription Boxes
Price: Starts at $10.95/month
What's Included: Adjusting to the demanding routine of the new school year can be hard on kids, so why not give them something fun to look forward to? This sticker subscription service sends a curated collection of up to 15 sheets of stickers to your door every month. Each collection includes brand-new releases, iconic designs, staff favorites, and exclusives from their archives. Subscribers will also receive a surprise item from their vault and a special discount on their website. Mrs. Grossman's Sticker Club is a great novelty for your child's own sticker collection or even to share with their new friends at school.
Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. on the 4th of every month
Price: Starts at $16.99/month; use code GREATBOOKS at checkout to receive a 10% discount
What's Included: Children who are avid readers have a tremendous educational advantage over their peers and My First Reading Club is a great way to begin or enhance your child's reading journey. Share in your child's excitement every month as they unbox 3-4 thoughtfully curated and age-appropriate books. Each book box also includes an activity book and small gift for mom! Build your little one's confidence, inspire them, and let them experience their first book club.
Shipping: Ships in the U.S. on the 1st of every month
Price: Starts at $16.33/month; use code TRYCLOTHANDPAPER at checkout to get a special discount
What's Included: For educators and older children with a love of fine pens, stationery, and planners, you can't do any better than Cloth & Paper. With a variety of subscription options depending on what you like best, each monthly box includes a curated collection of deluxe writing instruments, lush stationery, or sophisticated and modern organizational tools. Upgrade your office supplies into an experience. This monthly box makes an extraordinary gift for the sophisticated student or educator returning to school this fall.
Shipping: Ships to the U.S. and select countries between the 19th-24th of every month
Price: Starts at $32.00/month
What's Included: Magical Reads Crate is not just a book club, but an entire experience. The new hardcover you unbox each month is accompanied by a beautiful menagerie of goodies dedicated to a theme related to that book--author swag, mugs, bookmarks, bookplates, candles, soap, fan art and more. Every book box has a different mix of handmade items, self-care and body products, and collaborations with Etsy shops and artists. The perfect gift for the bookish educator or YA-reading child!
Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. between the 28th and the end of every month
Price: Starts at $4.58/month
What's Included: Go back to school with a new look and feel. This organic beauty subscription service delivers full-sized, environmentally conscious lip balms to your door every month. There's no reason why you can't look great while also feeling good about what products you're using on your body: Jersey Shore Cosmetics are always cruelty-free and vegetarian-friendly. The premium lip balm you receive is always plant-based and scented with all-natural, organic flavors and essential oils. Give it a try—everyone deserves it this year.
Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. between the 1st and 5th of each month
Price: Starts at $9.99/month; use code CJMP10 at checkout to save 10% on your first box
What's Included: For those of you who will need a monthly escape from the new school year and happen to be the same people who love Disney (and you know who you are!), then this is one of the best subscription boxes out there for you. Each monthly box is packed with handpicked souvenirs, snacks, and theme park exclusives—everything authentic. There's a variety of subscription options and boxes are customized and personalized for you. Give yourself something to look forward to this fall while you languish in one-too-many homerooms.
Shipping: Ships to the U.S. and select countries between the 22nd and 27th of every month
Price: Starts at $24.00/month
What's Included: Break out and go down a new creative avenue with this monthly subscription box delivering unique and high-quality art supplies. Discover new products and limited-edition tools and supplies, all carefully curated to work together and help you learn new techniques in art! Instead of wandering around Amazon ordering what you always order, let the folks at ArtSnacks introduce you to something new—you might just discover something you wish you'd been doing all along.
Shipping: Ships within the U.S. on the last business day of every month
Price: Starts at $11.67/month; use code 5OFFMYBOX at checkout to get a special discount
What's Included: For everyone who has cherished a note on physical paper from a teacher or friend or loved one—maybe it's time you started writing those yourself! My Paper Box is an extraordinary monthly subscription box that delivers freshly designed, themed stationery inscribed with your name. Their high-quality products are also always made from recycled paper, so you can feel good about where your stationery comes from. Treat yourself or other note-writers in your life to this great gift.
Shipping: Ships worldwide from the US every month
Price: Starts at $25.00/month
What's Included: To help inspire tweens and teens to express themselves this school year, this monthly box is filled with a collection of the latest trendy and stylish items. Eight to ten products are included every month, always associated with a changing theme and always sure to delight. From patches to pencil cases to washi tape to hair accessories and more, all of it's a way to help your tween or teen be who they are.
Shipping: Ships in the U.S. every month
Price: Starts at $27.00/use code CRATEJOY3 at checkout to save $3 USD on your first order
What's Included: If you're wondering why everyone can't get enough of Japanese stationery, then find out for yourself with this monthly box. Unbox 10 kawaii and high quality stationery products (including 2-3 writing instruments) delivered to your door direct from Osaka each month. Featuring both new and top brands from Japan, every month centers around a changing theme.
Shipping: Ships to select countries from Japan on the 10th of every month
Price: Starts at $22.67/month; use code HEAT for 20% OFF any SnackSack plan
What's Included: Students, parents, and educators could probably all stand to eat a little better during the rigors of the upcoming school year, which is where SnackSack comes in. Discover the joy of eating something not just tasty and quick, but also nourishing to help you through your school day. Each box is carefully curated from 11-15 amazing brands and centered around changing, seasonal themes and flavors. A variety of subscription options exist to fit your nutritional needs, including Vegan and Gluten-Free.
Shipping: Ships in the U.S. every month
Price: Starts at $45.95/month
What's Included: The unique experience of a Japanese manga cafe—in a box! Find out why these are all the rage in Japan as you unbox three newly-released manga along with sweet and savory Asian snacks, plus a special cafe drink. Also included is an information sheet highlighting the manga writers and artists. The best subscription box for the 15+ year old manga or anime fan in your life!
Shipping: Ships worldwide from the US during the last week of every month
Price: Starts at $18.00/month
What's Included: Explore the connection reading to your child can offer through this monthly book box. Carefully selected by the expert staff at an independent bookstore, each monthly selection grows as your child grows—every delivery is personalized to your child's age, interests, and reading level. Reading Bug Box is perfect for ages 0-13.
Shipping: Ships to the U.S. and select countries on the 20th of every month
Price: Starts at $24.99/month
What's Included: With girls being bombarded with less-than-encouraging messages, why don't you send something positive their way with IBbeautiful, a monthly box containing 4-6 fun items all designed around inspirational messages? IBbeautiful is founded upon the idea to encourage girls they are beautiful without comparison to others. A variety of products for tweens and teens is included, from jewelry to skincare, nail, and hair accessories to fun school supplies—all thoughtfully curated to build confidence in girls.
Shipping: Ships in the U.S. on the 23rd of every month