Best subscription boxes for families

Subscription boxes are all the rage now, and there are some fantastic ones that'll provide regular treats to mums-to-be, children, parents and any one who wants one

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1. toucanBox, £35.70 for 3 months or £112.81 for 12 months (currently on sale)

Type: Crafts

Suitable for: Children aged 3-8 years

Awards: MadeForMums Awards 2019 Subscription box / discovery boxes – Gold

Subscription boxes have been hot news for some time and our Gold Award winner, the Toucanbox, is a brilliant example of when it’s done well.

The company champions STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths) activities, with a focus on fun, hands-on projects developed by educational experts.

Similar to the Rainy Day Letterbox Club in quality, the Toucanbox is marginally higher priced and focuses solely on crafts, whereas Rainy Day covers craft, baking, games and other activities.

Finished projects turn into games, dress-up, role-play, toys and more though, so you’re sure to get your money’s worth.

Judge Natalie says: “As a mum of three, I love the size of the toucanBox – it contains enough to occupy and entertain each child but not too much to create a huge mess to clear up. A great value product – we loved it!”

Available from: toucanBox

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2. Bookabees, from £4.99 per month

Type: Books

Suitable for: All ages

Awards: MadeForMums Awards 2019 Subscription box / discovery boxes – Joint Silver

A Silver winner in our awards, the Bookabees subscription service is a modern-day library that’s just the ticket for getting your little one excited about books.

Every month you’ll receive 1, 3 or 5 books, depending on your subscription, selected especially for your child based on their interests. It’s on the pricier side, considering the amount you pay doesn’t buy you the titles like the other book service on our list – Little Box Of Books – which is only £7 a month more.

But Bookabees is ideal if your local library is closed and after keeping the books for two months, you can either send them back in pre-paid packaging or purchase them at a 50% discount.

Along with the books, each parcel comes with fun, educational activities including a monthly story featuring Bookabee characters.

Available from: Bookabees

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3. Little Box Of Books, from £18 a month

Type: Books

Suitable for: All ages

Awards: MadeForMums Awards 2019 Subscription box / discovery boxes – Joint Silver

Books are a magical way to ignite your little one’s imagination and the Little Box of Books subscription service wants to encourage a passion for reading in every child.

A Silver winner in our awards, the idea behind the service was developed by a single mum who struggled to find books that represented her family and all the reads are diverse, inclusive and representative of the world in which we live.

For £18 a month you’ll receive up to 4 beautiful, interesting, lesser-known stories hand-picked for you based on your child’s age, all to enjoy together as a family. Unlike the Bookabees service, which is more like a library, with Little Box of Books, you get to keep each title, making it fantastic value.

Available from: Little Box of Books

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4. Geo Journey, from £155 per year

Type: Geography activities

Suitable for: Children aged 4 to 10

Spark creativity and curiosity in your little explorers with a genius Geo Journey subscription. The only service on our round-up that’s geared towards geography, Kids are invited to travel the globe with cute characters, Geo and Atlas, who will send them photos, stickers, activities and fun souvenirs as they visit each country, like mini wooden clogs from Holland.

They’ll also receive a journal and passport in the first explorer kit, which they can fill out as they go along. All activities are gender-neutral, designed by experts, hassle-free for parents and delightful for children!

Available from: Geo Journey

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5. Rainy Day Letterbox Club, from £6.99 per month for a 12-month subscription

Type: Activity box

Suitable for: Children aged 3 and above

The pain of staying home for the third day in a row with a child or two during a rainy day or bout of illness is very real and that’s where the Rainy Day Letterbox Club comes in.

A themed box will drop at your door every month filled with 3 seasonal activities, which include crafts, games, baking tasks and more.

It has less of an educational feel than the toucanBox, our Gold winner, but it’s better value and kids are guaranteed to enjoy every minute of the interesting tasks, which will certainly stop cabin fever setting in. The boxes also include a reward chart and reward sticker, which is a nice touch.

Available from: Rainy Day Letterbox Club

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6. Little Cooks Co, £8.99 per month

Type: Cooking

Suitable for: All ages

Awards: MadeForMums Awards 2019 Subscription box / discovery boxes – Bronze

Who doesn’t love a box of goodies dropping at their door every month? Especially when they’re filled with something tasty to make, like the Little Cooks Co kits are.

The company are on a self-proclaimed mission to get children to love cooking and eating healthy food and the beauty of the easy, fun recipes inside the boxes – all designed by a nutritionist – are that your kids won’t even realise they’re natural, organic and healthy.

Each box includes a fun baking recipe and all the ingredients handily measured out, plus a dinner recipe and small activity or craft. Our judge Anna says: “The finished product was super tasty and the recipe worked really well. It was also easy enough to follow, so the kids stayed engaged.”

Available from: Little Cooks Co

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7. Project-B Pregnancy Wellbeing, £14.99 per month

Type: Pregnancy

Suitable for: Mums-to-be

There’s no getting around it, pregnancy can be hard work at times and the Project-B Pregnancy Wellbeing box is a lovely way to spoil yourself and encourage some ‘me time’ while you’re expecting.

One of three pregnancy subscription services on our list, while the FitBumpBox is geared towards health and fitness and the Sassy Bloom Box continues into motherhood and includes products for your baby, the Project B box is specifically geared towards pregnancy, with expert advice and goodies depending on how many weeks pregnant you are.

The service is the best value of our pregnancy bunch as the products inside amount to double the price of the box itself.

Available from: Project­–B

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8. FitBumpBox, £49 for 3 months

Type: Pregnancy

Suitable for: Expecting and new mums

If you’re keen to be as fit as possible while you’re expecting, the FitBumpBox is your ultimate helping hand for a happy, healthy pregnancy.

It can be tough to know exactly how much to push it when you’re pregnant, but produced by Joanna Helcke, a pregnancy and postnatal fitness expert, this subscription box will help you every step of the way.

When you sign up you’ll receive a resistance band, ball, Pilates cushion, treats and guides – as well as membership to Joanna’s online workouts. The only subscription service we’ve listed that’s purely for pre-natal fitness, it’s sure to give you a much-needed energy boost during the moments you’re flagging.

Available from: Joanna Helcke

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9. Sassy Bloom Box, £24.95 per month

Type: Pregnancy

Suitable for: From mums-to-be to kids up to 3

The only subscription box in our round-up that starts during pregnancy and continues after your baby is born, the Sassy Bloom Box includes must-have products, handpicked for you based on your stage of pregnancy or the age of your little one.

It isn’t an activity-based subscription like others that are aimed at children on our list, more of a lucky dip delivery that can include all manner of items, including soft toys, books, nappy cream, teethers and treats for you.

You’ll receive anywhere from three to eight items direct to your door, depending on the subscription you’re signed up for. You can also pay for a one-off Sassy Bloom Box for a slightly higher price, if you want a taster of what’s on offer without committing further.

Available from: Sassy Bloom

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