12 Best Back-to-School Subscription Boxes for 2021

It's already time: after a blissful return to summer fun with family and friends in 2021, the back-to-school season is upon us once more. And whether your child will be learning in a traditional school campus or via homeschool in your own living room, you're 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.

Whether you’re readying a high school teen or a grade school youngster — or if you’re an educator gearing up for the upcoming year — we’ve got the back-to-school boxes topping everyone’s wish lists. 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 a child's back-to-school experience. (Don't forget to check for box reviews and coupon codes for exclusive deals in each listing!)

Great Subscription Boxes for Back-to-School Supplies


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Freshman Fun Box

From $69.99 per box
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What You’ll Get: Heading off to college or boarding school, while exciting, can leave parents feeling all the feels of having an empty nest and can leave students with a serious case of homesickness. Send out the ultimate care package each month with the Freshman-Fun-Box filled with personal care items, apparel, snacks and more, from name brands you know and trust.

Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. between the 10th-12th of every month


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Mrs. Grossman's Sticker Club

From $12.95 per box
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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


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My First Reading Club

From $16.99 per box
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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


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Penspiration by Cloth & Paper

From $20.00 per box
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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


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ArtSnacks

From $25.00 per box
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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 browsing 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


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Find Your Wings Subscription

From $27.08 per box
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What's Included: One of best subscription boxes for tweens, Fashion Angels sends a mix of craft activities, bath, beauty, and "on-trend" fashion accessories. With every monthly box packed full of new surprises—from unicorns to secret journals to inspirational necklace charms—it's a great way to add excitement and fun to your child's school routine and provide activities for them and their friends or siblings. Perfect for ages 6-12.

Shipping: Ships at the beginning of every month


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SnackSack Classic

From $26.91 per box
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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. Each subscription is packed with lunchbox-perfect packables that are not only tasty and quick, but also nourishing to help you and the kids through the 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


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Balms Pack of Two (2) All Natural Lip Balms

From $5.42 per box
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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


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Baby Bug Box (Curated, 0-30 mos. old)

From $18.00 per box
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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


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Loop Lab Box

From $28.33 per box
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What's Included: Immerse scientists in the making with screen-free STEM learning with this monthly science subscription box. Created by the team at Mad Science with 35 years of experience creating the coolest educational tools, the box makes learning fun with hands-on experiments and a focus on interactivity.

Shipping: Ships in the U.S. on the 10th of every month. Please order by the 7th of any month to get the current box!


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MEL Chemistry — Science Experiments Subscription Box for Kids DIY Educational Kit Learning & Education Toys for Boys and Girls STEM Projects Ages 10+

From $29.99 per box
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What's Included: Here’s a clever way to disguise extracurricular learning as a whole lot of fun. MEL Science is a STEM subscription box that brings engaging experiments and STEM projects directly to a curious kid’s door. It’s a great way to expand on interests they’re discovering in class already. And yes, these experiments are totally safe, easy, and make learning STEM irresistible.

Shipping: Ships in the U.S. only. Your first box arrives within 2 weeks of registration. Subsequent monthly packages will be delivered within 2 weeks of each monthly charge.


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CHIC & UNIQUE

From $25.00 per box
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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


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Paper Bliss

From $13.17 per box
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What's Included: Whether your child’s priority is passing notes or passing class, she’ll love Paper Kitty. This school supply box adds whimsy to the daily to-dos with high quality, truly unique paper goods...plus pens, erasers, staplers, pencil cases, paper clips, and more school essentials for all her studies. It’s also a thoughtful addition to a teacher’s supply stash. Who wouldn’t want a note from the teacher when it looks so cute?

Shipping: Ships within the U.S. only; Your first welcome box ships off in 5 days or less. For existing subscribers, boxes ship on the 5th of every month.


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One Girl Inspired

From $33.87 per box
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What's Included: The school years are a time for girls to learn about themselves and discover who they are. And One Girl Inspired is a monthly subscription box designed to motivate tweens to feel grown up, special, and full of joy. It’s packed with confidence-boosting goodies like journals, personal development workbooks, school supplies, beauty products, and uplifting accessories to bring out their best versions of themselves as they navigate the year ahead.

Shipping: Ships within the U.S. and Canada on the 4th of every month; order by the 30th or 31st of the month to get the current box.