Gift stress is real. It happens when you really want to get someone something fabulous. Wandering around Toys "R" Us is okay and there are online sales that are a few clicks away, but wouldn't it be terrific to get a gift that doesn't just come around the holidays, but three, six or twelves times a year? If this scenario sounds great to you, here are some awesome kid-friendly subscription boxes filled with toys and activities to delight your little ones nonstop.
There is a wide variety of subscription boxes for almost every interest your child might have, including STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math), geography, crafts, reading and sports. Many boxes cater to a parent's ongoing quest to enrich their kids, even in unexpected ways. With gift box subscriptions, the (disguised) learning keeps going throughout the year. For the kids who live in your house, you get to experience the excitement of a wrapped box being opened multiple times. If the children in your life don't live nearby, how great is it to send them a reminder of your love throughout the year? Know any grandparents who try hard at gifting but never quite seem to get it? Consider forwarding them this article to start their gift juices flowing.
The nicest part of these boxes? Many of them include activities you can enjoy along with the kids — a wonderful bonus. And who knows, maybe you'll learn something new, too.
1. For The Bookworm
2. For The Kid Who Could Play All Day
Skip and Play does the leg work for you to find your baby or toddler age-appropriate, educational, stimulating toys by working with developmental experts and consulting directly with the toymakers to find the best toys for each stage of childhood. When ordering, you are given the option of specifying your child's gender or going with gender-neutral toys.
3. For The Budding Engineer Or Scientist
4. For The Budding World Traveler
Kids of all ages can learn about geography, travel, history and culture around the world through the stickers and activities that are included in these boxes that mimic old school suitcases. Depending on their age, there is an appropriate kit that starts with the Early Explorers package (ages 3-5) and goes up to the Science Expeditions kit for kids 9 and up.
5. For The Child Who Needs Some Sensory Play
Appropriate for all children, but especially geared towards those on the autism spectrum, as well as those with sensory processing disorder, this box includes toys, like playdough, coloring books and play foam, that "encourage the development of important sensory motor skills and are both calming and therapeutic," as described on CrateJoy.
6. For The Sports Nut
7. For The Smart Girl
8. For The Puzzle Solver
This brings the whole "Escape The Room" craze into your living room every other month (it's a bi-monthly subscription) and for much less money than it would cost to bring the whole family there. Break out of the room by solving puzzles, cracking codes, and answering questions.
9. For The Philanthropist
Each month your child will receive a craft project they can do and then donate to a worthy cause. The kits include an explanation of who will be benefiting from the craft as well as a pre-paid mailer to send the craft to the charity. It's a great way for them to appreciate the joy of receiving, creating and giving through arts and crafts projects.
10. For The Astronaut
Your 4-11 year-old child can have a (pretend) astronaut pen pal and learn about space travel and astronomy. Written by a PBS Kids scriptwriter, from one to four times a month the kids will receive personalized notes from Astronaut Neil and Robot Sally chronicling their space adventures and helping your child work on their literacy skills as well as teach them about celestial bodies, like stars and planets, and space exploration.
11. For The Princess
Give your Disney Princess-loving child the gift of fantasy and royal imaginings all year long. For kids ages 4-9, each box contains toys, activities and fashion accessories to turn your little one into Disney royalty.
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