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Monthly Subscription Boxes for Tweens

Everyone loves getting goodies in the mail. Today, I’m going to share with you nine monthly subscription boxes for tweens.

Subscription boxes and delivery services are growing in popularity. I have to admit that I was resistant to the idea at first. I thought of them as a modern invention of things we never knew we wanted or needed. I resisted temptation as long as I could and then one day, I kind of discovered that they were kind of like mini personal shopping experiences for whatever I was most interested in. Curated boxes that offer a boutique feel to the shopping experience. They offer a level of convenience that is hard not to appreciate. Not only do I not have to research and shop, I can test new products without commitment.

Once I tried one for myself, I was sold. Whether your interest is perfume, jewelry, reading, cooking, crafting, fashion, you name it, there’s a box for it. And so, when I am looking for gift ideas, need to do some clothes shopping, or looking for things to teach or keep my kids occupied, I’m giving subscription boxes a try. Here are some that I’ve tried or am really excited about trying.

Check them out.


All about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math

When I enrolled my kids in school I learned just how much focus the schools are putting on preparing kids for a future where jobs are centered on science, technology, engineering, and math. There wasn’t a  lot of focus on this when I was growing up and as a result, I found those subjects a little difficult once I got to high school and college. So kids are being introduced to these concepts earlier and I think that is fantastic.

My first set of recommended subscription boxes are STEM-centered. They make great gifts or activities for supplementing what is being learned in school but also for keeping kids interested during breaks like over summer, winter breaks, and long weekends. I love that they introduce kids to a wide range of activities. The STEM field covers a lot of fo areas so kids can discover areas that interest them

Amazon STEM Club Toy Subscription

Amazon offers a box for a variety of age ranges but one specifically for tweens. It’s called the Amazon STEM Club Toy Subscription. You can click here to order your Amazon Stem Club Toy subscription.

  • Appropriate for age: 8-13
  • Price: 19.99 per box
  • Subscription options: Every 1, 2, or 3 months
  • Skippable: Yes you can skip shipment if you do not want the toy for the month
  • Reviewable: Yes, you can review what is scheduled for delivery
  • Cancel: Anytime

BitsBox

I have a kid whose dream is to grow up and be a computer programmer. He wants to program video games. We’ve gotten him coding books and find that he starts enthusiastically but loses steam. I want to have him try a BitsBox subscription because each month he’d be receiving a box with a variety of projects that he can complete depending on his skill level.

When he’s finished he’ll have an app that he can actually use. Then each month the skills build upon the last month’s. Also what’s great is that siblings can share so kids can take turns building projects. My daughter was given her first coding book recently and I would like to supplement it with activity. So really, they can even choose to work on a different project from the same box if they are at different levels.

Click here to order a BitsBox monthly basic subscription

  • Appropriate for age: 6-12
  • Price: 3 subscription levels $19.95 for digital/$29.95 for basic/$44.95 for deluxe per box *based  on 1 month subscription
  • Subscription options: Sign up for 1, 3, or 12 months auto-renewable subscription. Receive discounted pricing for 3 and 12-month subscriptions.
  • Skippable: No
  • Reviewable: No
  • Cancel: Cancel auto renew anytime to cancel future shipments but not available for boxes that have paid for in advance

KiwiCo

monthly subscription boxes for tweensKiwiCo has a number of lines that start as young as 0 and go all the way through the age 16. The younger ages follow an elementary school pattern of focusing on specific interests and then for older children it is based more on general interest. What I really appreciate about KiwiCo is the expansion of the STEM focus to include Art & Design or to keep the acronym, STEAM. For tweens, KiwiCo offers two lines. Doodle is dedicated to art & design and Tinker to Science & Engineering. Visit Kiwico.com for details.

  • Appropriate for age: 9-16
  • Price: 19.99 per box
  • Subscription options: Sign up for 1, 3, 6, or 12-month auto-renewable subscription
  • Skippable: No
  • Reviewable: No
  • Cancel: Anytime

All about Taking Care of Yourself

One of the highlights of the preadolescent years are the changes that begin to occur physically, emotionally, and socially. It’s during this time that learning to take care of ourselves becomes an important life skill. The next boxes I’ll talk about highlight the importance of personal health and the various forms that can take.

Healthy Living

monthly subscription boxes for tweensNow one of the important things to teach kids is to take care of themselves. I am impressed with the Healthy Living Box. It includes 3-4 healthy snacks, one monthly healthy habit and the tools to get started, one kid-friendly healthy recipe, 2-3 activities that are age appropriate, and a mystery surprise. I think it’s a great idea to focus on one habit at a time. It takes time to build a habit and one month is about the time of focus it takes. I think about the benefit to lifelong benefit of learning to focus on one personal development habit if they start now and learn how to do that. That’s twelve habits a year. Think of that impact over a lifetime. Visit HealthyLivingKids.com for details.

  • Appropriate for age: 10-12
  • Price: 35.95 per box
  • Subscription options: Sign up for 1, 3, 6, or 12-month auto-renewable subscription
  • Skippable: No
  • Reviewable: No
  • Cancel: Anytime

Cratejoy

monthly subscription boxes for tweensCratejoy is a great website for searching for subscription boxes for a variety of interest. You can search their site by age and interest. The best part is that there are boxes for every budget here. I love that you can sort by age by interest and find anything your recipient might enjoy. For example, tweens are developing their self-expression. I found this box that contains affirmations and other monthly treats to help build self-confidence and self-esteem. Because Cratejoy is like a shopping mall for subscription boxes, the details for each box vary. To see for yourself, visit Cratejoy.com.

 


All about Fashion

Now, my personal gateway into subscription boxes was in the fashion category. Most of these boxes work similarly, kids take a quiz and are sent items each month based on their style. There is a period in which you can try on the clothes and decide whether to keep them. Keep what you like; send back what you do not. There’s often a discount if you keep all items.

Kidpik

monthly subscription boxes for tweensKidpik offers their own branded girls’ clothing in sizes up to 16. Each box contains 3 mix and match outfits and a mystery gift. You can choose your frequency. Clothing is Kidpik brand. The box includes shoes if you choose. You can opt out of receiving shoes.

I started my daughter with this one and I love it, she found a new favorite dress that is unique because it wasn’t picked up at one of the local stores where all her classmates also shop. She did not love everything which was a bummer but returns were easy in the prepaid envelope. Exchanges were also easy, you check out and return any exchanges along with any returns. Exchanged items are shipped out after check out.  You can use my referral link here to start your Kidpik subscription.

  • Appropriate for age: 4-16
  • Price: approximately $95 per box if all items kept, otherwise individual articles vary. No styling fee.
  • Subscription options: Sign up for a box every 1, 2, or 3 months.
  • Skippable: Yes
  • Reviewable: No
  • Cancel: Anytime
  • Review period: 7 days

Kidbox

monthly subscription boxes for tweensKidbox is another kids clothing box, similar to Kidpik but the clothing is 120 premier brands that you would find at the mall or other stores. They have babies clothing and clothing for boys and girls. Their boxes contain 6-7 items, but not shoes. What sets Kidbox apart is for every complete box you keep, Kidbox delivers clothing to children in need. Find out more by visiting Kidbox.com.

  • Appropriate for age: 0-14
  • Price: $98 per box
  • Subscription options: 5 shipments a year (seasonally, spring, summer, fall, winter, & back to school)
  • Skippable: Yes
  • Reviewable: No
  • Cancel: Anytime
  • Review period: 7 days

Stitchfix for Kids

monthly subscription boxes for tweensOk, Stitchfix for grown-ups is the company I tried and loved. At that time I started with them, they did not offer kids clothing but now they do for boys and girls. Each box contains 8-12 items. The best part of this service is that a personal stylist is assigned for each subscription so you can see a number of ways to style each item in your box. By interacting with your stylist, each fix feels more personalized to your unique style. You can use my referral link here to start your Stitchfix subscription.

  • Appropriate for age: 2 – 14
  • Price: varies depending on the items in the box, large discount for keeping entire order. You can set your price per type of item preferences plus $20 styling fee applied to your order when you keep any item.
  • Subscription options: Sign up deliveries every 1, 2, or 3 months or schedule manual fix anytime.
  • Skippable: Yes
  • Reviewable: No
  • Cancel: Anytime
  • Review period: 3 days or may request an extension.

What do you think?

I know that there’s a lot here to think about and that boxes can be expensive over time. The biggest risk is getting subscriptions that you do not get full use of.

My recommendation for beginners is to

  • Chose maybe one clothing subscription for a season to try it out.
  • If you don’t like it, you can send back clothing you don’t like or that won’t work for your kids without risk.
  • However, if you are only returning a few items, it can be more cost effective to keep the box and donate or gift the unwanted items.
  • You can even try reselling if you are so inclined through your local thrift shop, your next garage sale, or online through eBay or Craigslist.
  • Consider making the cost of the subscription a part of your planned budget instead of an additional expense
  • For education or hobby type subscriptions choose one for a break period or as a gift as a one time box. You can upgrade if you would like to continue.
  • If you’re on an auto-ship option, always review what’s coming when available to opt out if you don’t want the shipment.

Let me know in the comments below:

What do you think about subscription boxes? Do you use any? Do you use any for your kids? What’s your favorite? What are the pros and cons for you?

Or, if you have any questions on the boxes I’ve recommended, feel free to ask them in the comments and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.

Happy Boxing:)

Nicole

 

 

 

 

 

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2 Comments

  1. Hey Nicole,

    I remember my parents getting boxes similar to these for me back in the 90’s, I use to love getting them because it was like open a present ( even though they only had arts and crafts and educational material within them). They are definitely far more sophisticated then they were back then, but if kids enjoy opening them the way I did, it is definitely worth the buy!

    • Hi KB,
      I’m glad to hear that you enjoyed receiving boxes in the mail. I remember getting magazines in the mail and being excited. There’s always something special about getting mail. I’m excited for today’s boxes because there is always something for every interest or hobby.

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