No matter how much you love your family and friends, finding the right gift for every niece and nephew’s birthday can be a huge time suck. Make birthday gifts do double duty with these upcycled and green subscription boxes for kids. This means that your gift for that baby shower also checks the charity box on your list, and you have the satisfaction of knowing you’re helping to keep Boston Harbor from overflowing for another year. One click, three wins.
Kids on 45th
$3.29 per item on average
This upcycled clothing subscription uses donated clothes in good condition to make boxes of new outfits for ever-growing children. Not only does it keep the cost of bean sprout-style growth down, subscribers have the satisfaction of knowing they’re not contributing to fast-fashion production. You’re not billed automatically, you check out each time you send a box so you can stop the subscription any time you want.
All you have to do is put in the child’s size, and they’ll receive four boxes a year at each seasonal change. You’ll get an e-mail before each shipment goes out so you can review the number of items and what kind of items are in the box. Plus, you can customize a box, so if your niece really needs some new pants or lives in the color purple, that’s what she’ll get. Every item is carefully inspected for like-new quality assurance and anything that can’t be used for a box is donated to a charity organization to keep the cycle of good flowing.
Books for the Future
$19 per month
Keep your family’s avid reader in books without paying big box prices with Books for the Future, a monthly subscription that delivers 10 used books in great shape to your burgeoning bibliophile every month. You can select the reading level all the way through chapter books to make sure the material is appropriate for your reader’s age. The subscription automatically renews, but you can cancel any time.
The best part of this box is that it doesn’t just benefit its recipient. For every book sold, Books for the Future donates one to a child in need. That means 10 books are being donated for every box you purchase. With just one gift you’re helping grow the minds of your child and others (off-screen!), and you’re keeping perfectly good books out of landfills. What more could we ask for?
Green Kid Crafts
$17.95–$27.95 per month
If you’re worried physical play has gone by the wayside in favor of tablet games and video streaming, Green Kid Crafts is the subscription box for you. They send monthly sustainable and eco-friendly boxes with up to six science and art projects to keep kids learning and having fun in a hands-on manner. You can gift one month, three to six months, or 12 months, and the subscription won’t automatically renew after that period.
Boxes are available for ages two and up so you can choose projects that will be appropriate for the child’s development stage. Projects help kids hone artistic skills and STEM learning, and can include merit badges and books related to the box’s theme. Projects might include painting, building a volcano or constructing a dinosaur habitat. Shopping for siblings? No problem, there’s a sibling box that comes with double the fun.
Honest Diaper Subscription
$79.95 per bundle
What every new mother needs (other than perhaps a glass of wine) is diapers. And, that’s the best gift you can give her. With Honest Diaper Subscription you can send one or multiple bundles of eco-friendly, plant-based diapers and wipes. Each bundle comes with up to 224 diapers and 288 wipes. They free of latex, chlorine processing and fragrance or lotions, so it’s good for baby and for the environment.
All you have to do is choose the size, the print (cause what fun would plain white diapers be?), and how frequently you’d like to send your pack. You control your ship date, package frequency and size, so you can update as the baby grows. You can also cancel the subscription at any time and you don’t pay until the bundle ships.