The Best Gift Subscriptions for Kids That Promote Imagination and Experience (2021)

Inspiring play, making memories and having fun -- this is what most of us want when looking for gift ideas for the kids in our lives. From early explorers to tweens, this gift guide features kids' subscription boxes available on the Cratejoy marketplace that include DIY craft kits, high-quality toys, science expeditions and STEM projects.

Plus, in addition to supporting small businesses who make it their mission to create fun and engaging experiences for kids of all different ages, sending monthly mail is a surefire way to make any little one feel special!

What are the best gift subscriptions for kids?


The Preschool Box

From $38.91 per box
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Make learning fun and exciting with each monthly delivery of The Preschool Box. Designed for the 3-6 age range, your little ones can get a head start to prepare for school success, while developing the basic building blocks for learning through hands-on tasks, stickers, activity books and more. An instructional learning guide helps parents and caretakers teach them all about phonics, numbers, shapes and colors.


DIY Kids Crafts Kit – Award Winning Kids Art and Craft Box

From $30.00 per box
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What's Included: One of the best subscription boxes out there to promote spending quality time with your favorite kiddos is the We Craft Box. Designed for kids ages 3-9 and ideal for siblings, leave the craft prepping to the pros and free up more time to make and create! Easy and stress-free, each monthly box centers around a fun story and a coordinating theme, bringing up to 4 craft kits complete with materials, supplies, and step-by-step instructions.

Shipping: Ships to the U.S. and to select countries starting on the 1st of the month


My First Reading Club

From $17.99 per box
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What’s Included: Dedicated to sending age-appropriate books to newborns on up to 12-year-olds, My First Reading Club helps to foster a love of reading while helping kids gain confidence and skill. The product of passionate readers, this book box is filled with a handpicked selection of board books, hardcover picture books, or chapter books, plus an age-appropriate activity book and a small gift for mom, too!

Shipping: Only ships within the U.S. within 2 business days of ordering, with renewals shipping on the 1st of every month


Superpower Academy

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A STEM club coupled with social and emotional literacy, the Superpower Academy is a unique gift that helps kids become role models and develop life skills that inspire real change, like leadership, resilience, courage and empathy! They'll head out on "Secret Missions" that include hands-on, interactive projects, workbooks and comics that help them build a growth mindset and develop positive decision-making skills.


Loop Lab Box

From $28.33 per box
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You know what's a great gift for kids? Learning disguised as fun! Of course, we know that it's because learning is fun, but in case they believe otherwise, there's Loop Lab Box, a tinker crate created by the experts and enthusiasts behind Mad Science. This STEM subscription box is perfect for the 8+ crowd, bringing science experiments and activities that require minimal supervision so they can play and discover at their own pace.


Green Kid Crafts STEAM Box

From $28.00 per box
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What's Included: Give the kiddos a hands-on craft experience with Green Kid Crafts, a monthly box that brings DIY STEAM projects made from eco-friendly and sustainably sourced materials. One of the best ways to teach kids about science through crafting and creating, Green Kid Crafts offers the Junior box for early learners or the Discovery box for kids between 5-10, for a themed box containing up to 6 activities that feature everything from backyard science to aviation.

Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. within 1-4 days of ordering, and then monthly thereafter


Unicorn Dream BOX | 6-9 items

From $36.00 per box
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Have a child on your list who just can't get enough unicorns? Well, now there's no need to scroll through pages of unicorn goodies on Amazon, because the Unicorn Dream Box has done all the magical, mythical work for you. All you have to do is put it in the cart, complete the order process, and a box filled with all things unicorn, like makeup, stationery, decor and more will be on its way in no time.



From $25.00 per box
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What’s Included: From stickers and stationery to school supplies and eclectic accessories, Chic & Unique is a fun, themed monthly subscription box with one-of-a-kind goodies that encourage your tweens to express themselves. An exciting gift that can help inspire young girls to find what makes them unique, each box brings an assortment of entertaining (and useful) products, all handpicked to let their true selves shine!

Shipping: Only ships within the U.S. between the 18th-28th each month


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

From $18.00 per box
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Explore life under the sea, outer space, different countries and so much more through stories from the Reading Bug Box. Early literacy experts have designed a book box for 0-13 year olds that makes sure there's a constant flow of new reading material in their home library. Your little book lover gets a curated mix of 3-4 books (or 5-6 in the sibling box) that has been personalized to your child’s age, reading level and interests.


Little Learners Busy Box

From $13.50 per box
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No need to comb the aisles with shopping list in hand when you can add the Little Learners Busy Box to your cart and send it directly to their front door. Great for on-the-go toddlers (and their parents, too), each monthly box sends a mix of pre-prepped busy boxes, all packed in reusable containers, to create hours of hands-on, interactive play! Be sure to enter in the coupon code for extra savings at checkout.


Toy Box Monthly - Kids Toy Subscription

From $28.33 per box
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Anyone who has children in their lives knows just how important play. For kids, play = life! At the heart of everything from refining their fine motor skills to developing emotional intelligence, send a gift that gives them plenty of playthings to help them learn and grow. Toy Box Monthly ensures that older toddlers and young children have new toys by sending a mix of name-brand goodies that are perfect for 4 to 8 year olds.


VIP BOX of SENSORY TOYS 💛 - Kids 4-9 years

From $41.65 per box
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Kids with autism, SPD, ADHD and more will enjoy the VIP Box of Sensory Toys right from the very first month. Parents, occupational therapists and teachers know that sensory-focused play is beneficial in helping them remain calm, manage mood swings and have fun! Your favorite kiddo can unbox a curated selection of tactile squeeze toys, fidgets, games and brain teasers that are selected for kids between 4 and 10.


Messy Play Kits monthly subscription

From $41.58 per box
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What is childhood even if it isn't about pouring, fizzing, melting, squishing and getting things wet? Prepare to let your favorite young kids loose with Messy Play Kits. Those between the ages of 3 and 8 will discover the fun of STEM, sensory play and arts & crafts with a curated assortment of activities and supplies that encourage imaginative tactile play. FYI, some clean up is required, but their smiles will be worth it!



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!