Have you jumped on the bandwagon and tried a subscription box? Who doesn’t love getting mail? It’s like Christmas every month! With so many subscription boxes around, it can certainly get overwhelming. Here are subscription boxes that we’ve personally tried or were recommended to us.
The Preschool Box from Cratejoy
Best for: Preschoolers and moms that love crafts and learning at the same time
Why it’s awesome: Cratejoy is the grand daddy of subscription boxes. In the Preschool Box the lessons are made to be finished monthly and at the end you get a graduation gift. How cool, right? Our first preschool box focused on the letters from A to D and it was a joy seeing my little preschooler enjoying everything, from the letter activities to crafts. He was having so much fun, he didn’t realize he was learning. The box was created by a kindergarten teacher, so you can be sure the activities are educational and engaging.
Monthly cost: $29.95
Kind Kids Club
Best for: Crafty kids and their parents that want to teach kindness
Why it’s awesome: The Kind Kids Club is a monthly subscription service where community service projects are sent directly to your home. Being kind is always cool and this is a wonderful reminder to be kind on a regular basis.The genius subscription service sends materials and projects for you and your kids to complete. For instance, our latest project included decorating a trinket box, stuffing a stuffed animal and making a keychain. When we were done, we just mailed our projects to the recipient charity. Plus, the founders are from the Chicagoland. What a win-win!
Monthly cost: Starts at $17.95
Petite Princess Box
Best for: Little princesses who love to accessorize
Why it’s awesome: The Petite Princess Box is a subscription box company for girls accessories and unique princess items. The Petite Princess Box is for girls ages 1-10 who enjoy dressing up in fashionable accessories but also engaging in a sense of creative imagination. The box not only includes beautiful accessories but also items (such as a story card and unique princess items) that enable creativity and imagination for every petite princess that receives our box each month. The princess theme changes monthly. The box we received our month was all about mermaids! The story cards were a cute add-on.
Monthly cost: $20
Best for: Budding little chefs
Why it’s awesome: Each month, kids will be excited to receive a cooking kit filled with three delicious, nutritious recipes, kid-sized cooking tools, games and activities. Created by moms, the focus is on introducing nutritious foods while gaining important life skills in the kitchen and having fun. Our box for the month had a Taco Truck theme complete with recipes for guacamole, tacos and arroz con leche. In the process, the kids learned a few tidbits about avocados and peppers, practiced their math skills and learned some Spanish.
Monthly cost: Starts at $12.95
Best for: Future coders
Why it’s awesome: Coding is all the rage these days, and if your kid has ever expressed interest in building their own app, this monthly subscription is for you. And don’t worry if you don’t know a thing about coding because no experience is necessary.
Monthly cost: $18.95
Love With Food
Best for: Kids (and parents) who love to snack healthily
Why it’s awesome: With Love With Food, you won’t have to worry about the snacks that are delivered to your door. Love With Food makes it easy for kids and the entire family to eat and snack better. Rest assured snacks are all organic, with no high fructose corn syrup, trans fat, artificial coloring or hydrogenated oils. And there are gluten free options as well. If that wasn't enough, with each purchase Love With Food donates at least one meal to help fight childhood hunger in the U.S. and around the world.
Monthly cost: Starts at $7.99
Grant + Giada
Best for: Little fashionistas who love to accessorize
Why it’s awesome: Super stylish seasonal hand-picked (and mostly handmade) pieces for boys and girls mailed straight to you? Yes, please. Every three months, your child will receive a curated box of 10 to 12 stylish boutique pieces that will complete any look. Think matching bowtie and suspenders with matching hankie for boys or oh-so-cute ribbon headbands and jewelry for girls. Plus, there’s a little somethin’ somethin’ for parents in each box. They also donate 10 percent of every box sold to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.
Monthly cost: Packages start at $85 quarterly
Kids Cookies and Book Club
Best for: Those who want to make storytime just a bit sweeter
Why it’s awesome: Cookies plus books? How can you go wrong? The makers of the famous Cheryl’s Cookies have created a monthly book club where each month you’ll find a book with an accompanying plush toy. And don’t forget the delicious cookies. Our monthly box included “Dragon Loves Tacos” and an adorable plush dragon.
Monthly cost: Starts at $29.99
Best for: Little bookworms and older bookworms
Why it’s awesome: Founded by siblings, the subscription book club allows you to choose two different genres each month. Your little tike can choose picture books one month and your tween can choose young adult novels the next. All books are newer (released within 45 days) and you’ll find exclusive book content such as handwritten letters or a special gift from the author included. Want to give it a try? Here’s a 15 percent discount for you lovely readers: CHICAGO
Monthly cost: Starts at $34.95
Cheryl Eugenio is a wife and mommy to two toddler boys and a newborn girl who are officially addicted to traveling and exploring Chicagoland and beyond.
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