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Monday, June 6

Trapped In a Box (No Doubt)

Thinking of ways to keep the kids focused during the summer?  We've tested some of the best subscription boxes for you!  Here are ten ideas that we highly recommend....

Educational Goodies
Little Passports (see a more detailed review here) :  Little Passports lets you travel the world, collecting all kinds of fun little artifacts that encourage kids to learn more about the places they’ve visited.  Sam and Sophia do the “traveling,” and each month they send a goody bag, geared towards kids ages 5-10, full of souvenirs and facts about each place they visit.

The Nitty Gritty

  • Three choices : World Geography, US geography, and Early Explorers (preschool).
  • The Cost:
    • Month-to-Month Plan: $13.95 / mo + $3/mo shipping  (US & World)
    • 12 month Plan : $173.40 (incl. shipping)  (US & World)
    • Month-to-Month Plan : $17.95 / mo + $3 / mo shipping (Preschool)
    • 12 Month Plan : $215.40 (incl. shipping) (Preschool)
Mail Order Mystery : (Read a full review here)  A series of letters, documents and curious objects begin to arrive in the mail, all connected to an ongoing mystery.  After several weeks the story comes to its exciting conclusion. All is resolved. The final mailing contains an artifact or collection of keepsakes related to the mystery.

The Nitty Gritty

  • The Cost:  
    • Spies - $85
    • Pirates - $77
    • Enchanted Slumber - $77
  • Shipping $9
  • Packages are every week for six weeks or all at once (your choice)
Powered Geek Box:  Every single month you will receive exceptional items varying from the most awesome, epic, amazing, t-shirts, action figures, comics, and so much more.  They collaborate with Marvel, DC Comics, Star Wars, Funko, and many other companies to provide you an epic experience every month.

The Nitty Gritty

  • The Cost:
    • Geek Peek : $19.99
    • Premium Geek : $29.95
    • Geek Chic : $100
    • Ultimate Geek : $125
      • Multi-box subscription gives a discount on all four choices
  • Shipping is $9.99
Box of Challenge :  Every month, they’ll send you a magical box tailored to a super fun theme Box!  Boxes include challenges, brainteasers, puzzles, instructions and tons of inspiration. Perfect for spending quality time with your family and for hanging out with friends. Whether you’re 8 or 88, you’re sure to enjoy it.

The Nitty Gritty
  • The Cost:
    • $26.95 / first month
    • $24.90 / each additional month
  • Shipping appears to be free
Brick Loot : The perfect box for Lego enthusiasts, each month you will get unique items including LEGO, LEGO compatible products, and brick items. (The box is not just LEGO.) These are Legos that you won't find in any store, and they're pretty unique! Some of the themes we've received in the past include Ancient Mythology, gaming, Guardians of the Galaxy, Star Wars....the list goes on...each box is uniquely fabulous!

The Nitty Gritty
  • The Cost:
    • Month-to-Month Plan: $27
    • 3 month plan  $25 / mo
    • 6 month plan  $24.95 / mo
  • Boxes ship mid-month ; $6 shipping to USA
  • Coupon Code:   bricks10 to save 10% off your first box
  • Worth noting : They also have a store with individual products
 Bookcase Club

Bookcase Club : With several different options to choose from - v
arious kids' ages and adult packages - this literally has something for everyone!  Each month, you also have the opportunity to join in book club discussions with other members reading the same books.

The Nitty Gritty
  • The Cost:
    • Quarterly - $9.99
    • 6 months -  $18.99
    • Yearly -  $35.99
    • 18 month -  $50.00
  • Eight adult boxes to choose from ; Five kid levels
  • $5 shipping
Educents : At our store, you'll find brick-themed products for the elementary and middle school aged child. Hands-on learning is something we believe in strongly!  We also create Home Economics units for middle & high school grades.  Poke around, and you'll be able to pick up some freebies, too!

The Nitty Gritty

  • The Cost:
    • free items available
    • bundles pricing is discounted
  • Products are downloadable - no shipping costs
10% Off Smart Art Box
Smart Art Smart Art provides artists with diverse high quality materials that inspire and nourish creativity. Each month subscribers receive a new box featuring: a different artist that highlights their time period, 8 or more FULL SIZED art supplies, a unique project, and a pamphlet detailing a new art medium.

The Nitty Gritty

  • The Cost:
    • Monthly : $49.95
    • 3-months : $142.95
    • 6-months : $269.95
  • Shipping is FREE
  • Coupon code : CREATIVITY for 10% off
For Moms & Dads
Faithbox - Embrace Your Faith Today!

Faith Box : Each Faithbox is based on an uplifting theme and includes a daily devotional book, Everyday Faith, plus inspired content and tools to help you end the month more centered in Christ than you began. They also include amazing products and books that have a positive impact on the world!

The Nitty Gritty
  • The Cost:
    • Monthly : $25 / mo
    • 6-month : $24 / mo
    • Yearly : $22 / mo
  • Shipping $5 / mo
  • Added bonus : Every box that you purchase provides three meals to hungry kids via their Rice Bowls partnership.
  • Worth noting : They offer a 'bulk box' program for churches and ministries.
Healthy Snacks Delivered Monthly

Urth Box (see a more detailed review here): Also for your budding chef, this box focuses on Non-GMO, organic, and all-natural products.  Each month, you'll receive up to thirty full-size products in the box ($100 value).
The Nitty Gritty
  • The Cost:
    • Mini $12.99 / mo
    • Small  $19.99 / mo
    • Medium  $29.99 / mo
    • Large  $39.99 / mo
  • Boxes ship to US (FREE) or Canada ($6.95)
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