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Best subscription boxes for kids

These amazing subscription boxes for kids and families offer up style, education, imagination and lots of fun

By Dorkys Ramos and Allie Early
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Everyone loves getting a fun surprise in the mail! These fantastic subscription boxes for kids are a gift that keeps on giving—and whether you've opted for fashion-centric clothing subscription boxes, toy rental subscription boxes, boxes for foodies or STEM-inspired picks—there really is something for everyone. 

There are a ton of subscription boxes for kids available right now, so we culled the market for the best of the best. See below for our 16 favorites, including selections from Amazon, Cat & Jack, and Mac and Mia!

Looking for even more gift ideas? See our top Christmas gifts for kids, toy stores in NYC and the best kid's clothing stores to find your perfect present.

Best subscription boxes for kids

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1. Cat & Jack Baby Outfit Box Subscription

Target's cutest (and highest quality) kid's line is undoubtedly Cat & Jack. We love everything from the patterned onesies and cuddly pajamas to the graphic tees, leggings and hoodies for your older kids! It seems the brand answered your pint-sized fashion prayers, because Cat & Jack now makes things easier than ever, offering a baby boy and baby girl subscription box that arrives seasonally with 6–7 pieces and surprise gift. You'll automatically get a new size range every season to match your growing baby, and you can return what doesn't fit for a merchandise return card. $40/box.

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2. Mac and Mia

Mac and Mia's subscription boxes are basically like having an experienced kid's stylist at your fingertips. In the box, you'll get 8–12 handpicked items (take a style quiz first to help determine what sort of items you'll get), and you only pay for what you keep (free shipping both ways). Various prices; $20 styling fee per box, but it's credited to your purchase if you keep more than two items.

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3. Disney Princess Enchanted Collection

If your kids are obsessed with Disney princesses, this box is for them! You can subscribe to receive a Disney box every other month, each containing authentic Disney Store costumes, accessories and the story of each princess. If you'd like to level up for even more loot, you can get the Deluxe Disney Princess Enchanted Collection for around $75 per box. $50 and up, shopdisney.com

4. Amazon STEM Club Toy Subscription

Perfect for tots, kids and tweens/teens who love tinkering, Amazon's ingenious play box arrives with STEM crafts and toys suited to specific age groups (for keeps!). And if there's ever a month you'd like to skip, families with subscriptions can choose to skip delivery on any month without cancelling the subscription entirely. Hooray, flexibility! $20/box (can receive every one, two or three months).

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5. Little Passports

Discover new countries, states, mysteries and other interesting themes appropriate for kids ages 3–12 (see all the themed subscriptions here) that arrive every month—and don't be surprised when your kids impress you with their knowledge of world geography. From $12.95 a month.

6. Bitsbox

Bitsbox makes it super easy to learn coding! Every month, your child (best for ages 6–12) gets a new computer science concept and fun accompanying projects to help them fine-tune their skills. $16.95–$37.95/month.

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7. Cratejoy

There are more than 140 different subscriptions in Cratejoy’s Family & Kids category so you’re bound to find a box that’s just the right pick for your child. Popular subscriptions for kids include Hoppi Box (from $75 for three months) with toys that aid kids’ mental development, STEMBox (from $87/three months) and Bitsbox (from $19.95/month) for the tech-obsessed and OwlCrate for girls who are fans of YA novels (from $29.99/month).

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8. KiwiCo

Whether your kid's into arts and design, history or math and science, KiwiCo's bound to have an activity that suits their interests. Best for kids 36 months to 16 years (projects cater to different age ranges), KiwiCo sends everything you need to complete a cool family craft—the perfect pick for parents who don't always have time for a Michaels run. $16.95–$19.95/ month.

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9. Kidstir

Give your kids the tools to become your sous chef (and do quite a bit of experimenting on their own, too). Each box comes with a handful of recipes, kid-sized cooking tools, a shopping list and other fun stuff—in a variety of themes—to encourage your creatives. $16.95–$19.95/month.

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10. Green Kids Crafts

These discovery boxes are made just for mini creators looking for new ways to explore the world around them. Themed boxes are centered on topics like ocean science, space, safari, music and more. Each package contains 4–8 STEAM project kits and materials, achievement badges, a magazine with activities and resources. A kids’ educational book can be added on to continue learning more about each topic. $17.95–$27.95/month.

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11. My Pretend Place

Amp up your kid’s dress-up options with a dress-up subscription box. Each delivery is centered on a theme you can build around and can be delivered monthly or one every three months. Delightful options include pirate, fairy, astronaut and princess themes. Families can also buy costumes, accessories, books and activities separately. Various prices.

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12. Wee Blessing

Parents will receive a box of hand-picked outfits from top brands at 40–80% off retail price, and without stepping foot inside a shop. A personal style profile is created for each child based on their size, favorite colors, characters and more. Each box includes four outfits for newborns up to children 14 years old. Wee Blessing only charges for items kept and anything else can be returned for free. Those who fall in love with every single piece in the shipment enjoy an addition 10% off. Flat $9.95 shipping and handling fee, plus cost of chosen items.

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13. Kidbox

The seasonal style box brings kids’ fashionable pieces from brands like Diesel, Jessica Simpson, Adidas, DKNY and 7 For All Mankind. Each package contains 5–7 items in sizes for newborn through 14 years old (baby collections contain 5–8 pieces). And for every Kidbox purchased, a new clothing item is donated to a child in need. Various prices.

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14. Cooper & Kid

Dads looking for cool ways to bond with their kid should sign up for a Cooper & Kid kit. Packages are filled with 6–9 gender neutral projects for children ages 5 and up that build on a virtue, value or life skill, an illustrated guide booklet, a bedtime storybook, online activities and resources for Dad, themed dinner recipes and more. Even the shipping box plays a part in the hands-on fun! Various prices.

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15. My Amazing Pen Pal

Kids get their own pen pal in adventurer Greg who corresponds with each individual child as they follow his trail through riddles, clues and videos. New online content is posted every few days and each package is full of cool activities, passport, comics, stickers and craft projects so they’ll never grow bored. Various prices.

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