Reviewed by Louise Totton
It seems like there is a subscription box for almost everyone these days – from makeup to alcohol to cheese on toast (yes, really!) So, it’s no great surprise that kids now have their own subscription boxes available.
My girls, aged 8 and 5, were really excited be asked to try out one of these boxes from Fred’s Box, a subscription box service aimed at kids ages 3-12. The website promises that every month, your child will receive a mystery box containing a reading book, a pack of trading cards and between 2-5 mystery gifts, along with a pencil, stickers and four postcards. Kids aged 3-4 will receive four jumbo crayons, whilst older children will find an Ooshie.
You can either purchase the box as a one-off, or subscribe monthly and receive a 10% discount and a free gift. The boxes are £11.99 for a single child, or £20.99 for a Twins’ Box (one off prices). You can also opt for the Twins’ box if you have different aged kids, as there the website asks the chronological and reading age of both siblings, as well as their gender.
We were lucky enough to be sent a Twins’ Box for the girls to try out. We were really looking forward to the box dropping through our letterbox. Unfortunately, instead we received a red calling card from the postman stating that our box was waiting in the sorting office as it was too big to fit through the letterbox. I found this a bit disappointing as the website does promise the boxes are letterbox sized, so there is no need to wait in. (Editor’s note: the one off boxes do normally fit through the letterbox but the twins box sent was a bigger box to accommodate all of the goodies).
Nevertheless, the girls were really excited to open their box, and they were delighted with the contents. Between them, they received a Rainbow Magic book, Romeo and Juliet book, 2 packs of Shopkins trading cards, a Shopkins slapband, an ‘AWESOME’ slapband, 2 Squishie Tsum Tsum Surprise packs, a pack of Shopkins rings, a pack of My Little Pony hairclips, a double pack of Mickey and Minnie Tsum Tsum necklaces, a pack of Superhero Top Trumps cards, 2 colouring pencils, 2 Ooshies and stickers and postcards.
I thought the contents were very well suited to the girls’ ages. They’re both mad on Shopkins, My Little Pony and Tsum Tsums at the moment, so they all went down really well. My eldest loves the Rainbow Magic books, so was over the moon to have a title she didn’t already own to add to her collection.
Whilst the contents didn’t really entertain them for a great deal of time, they both really enjoyed receiving the box and looking at their new little trinkets. Whilst I don’t think £20.99 is exactly cheap, the books that they contained had an RRP of £4.99 each, and the kids did really enjoy all the other bits in the box too. The novelty of having something just for them in the post, and looking forward to it every month would probably be something they would enjoy. Fred’s Box also promise that their gifts won’t be duplicated, and that they will never receive the same Ooshie twice.
Overall, we enjoyed receiving the box, and thought the contents were good quality and very appropriate for the ages and interests of the girls. Whilst it seems expensive, it works out at around £2.50 per child per week, so isn’t unaffordable. If I were to look at a subscription box for the kids, this is the one I would choose.
Prices start from £6.99 to £20.99.
For more information or to order your own box today visit fredsbox.co.uk.