Shopping for kids can be hard. It’s the age-old question of what do they want vs what do they have vs what do they need. But what if they could get something new and fun every month? That’s where a subscription box comes into play. From teaching kindness to learning their way around the kitchen to exploring new lands, here are the top new subscription boxes that are perfect for holiday gift giving this year

Little Global Citizens

Little Global Citizens is a new subscription box that looks to take children on a new adventure around the world each month, focusing on the culture and the people of a new country. Each box brings to life a new country through carefully curated books, cultural activities, interactive crafts, language, music, toys and a themed dinner party night. The brand uses their Montessori Educator to curate each box. The founder of LGC, Akeelah Kuraishi, says that the ultimate mission of Little Global Citizen is to foster open-mindedness, compassion & global awareness.

Cost: Bi-Monthly $32.99, 3-Box Pre-Pay $98.85, 6-Box Pre-Pay $196.85

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Cook + Play from Raddish Kids

You know and love Raddish Kids because it takes the guesswork and stress out of teaching kids to cook. It also provides a bonding, interactive, and tasty adventure for families to share. And now, your preschooler can get in on the action, with the new Cook + Play Kit. It's a set of three placemats, each of which has an easy-to-follow recipe with images that preschoolers can follow. Kids can mix, mash and stir as they whip up 123 blueberry muffins, ABC chips and guac and Rainbow Pasta Salad.

Good to know: Raddish includes activities, culinary tools, patches to commemorate the new cooking skill, talking points, but does not include the actual food.

Cost: $20

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Mail Order Mysteries

Mail Order Mysteries are a tech-free creative experience that unfolds through a series of six weekly installments. The letters are personalized to kids from the characters in the stories. There are spies, pirates, knights, librarians, detectives, dragons and trolls, and when these characters ask for help with a top-secret mission, the kids become key characters themselves. Their latest mysterious launch is the Case of the Missing Bigfoot, perfect for ages 9+, and is a classic whodunit set in an old mansion before a big dinner is about to begin. The lights go out, and when they come back on the safe is open and empty. Uh oh. This box comes with everything to help solve the crime, including crime scene photos, suspect cards, notebooks, suspect board, interview transcripts, and more.

Cost: $83 for six mailings

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Creation Crate Jr.

The latest from Creation Crate, Creation Crate Jr. takes all the STEM-oriented education and learning from the original subscription boxes but ages it down for elementary students. Each Jr crate comes with the TechCard and is aimed at young engineers using simple materials and hands-on projects.

Cost: Subscriptions are available from for one, three, six and 12 months. $14.99 for 1 month, and $11.49/month for the 12-month subscription.

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Stitch Fix Kids

Style knows no age so why not encourage their love of fashion with Stitch Fix’s new personal styling service for kids?StitchFix has been reinventing the shopping experience for adults, and now they’re expanding! Parents can easily manage their kids' profile, and they can work together to create a style profile and set up their delivery. Each Stitch Fix Kid box contains 8-12 pieces of clothing or accessories, which range in price from $10-$35. A stylist handpicks items based on the style profile. There’s no pressure to keep anything, and no subscription is required.

Cost: $20 styling fee that is later applied toward anything purchased.

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Kids have busy lives these days between school, sports, play dates and activities, but one important lesson they all need to learn is that kindness is key. KyndKits by KyndHub is a way to pair volunteering with the convenience of home delivery. KyndKits is a subscription box, filled with new, customizable volunteer activities delivered to your child’s door each month. These opportunities can range from making cards for Veterans to building care-kits for the homeless. These projects support a variety of causes and include everything needed for a meaningful volunteer experience. KyndKit subscriptions are handled online, making sign up and subscription management easy. Packages range from single, one-person kits to large-group kits. 

Cost: $19 for 1 project each month.

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Toy Library

So many toys, so little time. Imagine being able to borrow and return new toys, just like books at the library. Well, that’s what mom Christie Jacobs thought when she’d had enough with her kids playing on the iPads too much. With limited space, she didn’t want to keep buying new toys. Instead, she created ToyLibrary, a service that provides unlimited access to over 500 educational toys. “ToyLibrary lets you borrow and play with the newest toys, curated and selected by child development experts so parents always get the best toy for their child,” Jacobs said. "Parents enjoy an uncluttered house, great value and the convenience of free shipping straight to their door." Kids can play with the toys as long as they want, and when they’re ready, just return them in the pre-paid mailer.

Cost: $25 a month for 2 toys.

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Girls that Make

Who runs the world? GIRLS. Girls that Make launched earlier this year and is a wearable electronics curriculum delivered each month. These different projects - bracelets, hats, bags, etc.–teach girls how to build circuits, program/code, and sew to create the wearable technology. Subscription boxes are available in one, three, six, and 12 months.

Cost: $39.99 for one month, $29.99 per month for 12-month subscription

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Little Feminist Book Club

Little Feminist book club, which aims to teach kids about gender equality diversity and empathy, has just released two new age ranges (Newborn + Toddler and 7-9) for their popular book subscription service. Every month, one or two books are carefully selected by a team of educators, librarians, and parents, who then create discussion questions and a DIY activity to accompany them.

Cost: Starts at $19, and shipping is free. 

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Disney Enchanted Collection

Your kid loves all things Disney Princess so this new subscription box from Disney will be a perfect fit. Every other month, a box of goodies revolving around a different princess (order now to get Belle before Dec. 25th) will arrive on your doorstep. Items will include an authentic Disney store costume, books and other treasures. 

Cost: $49.99 & up.

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—Felissa Allard


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