WHO: The Little Sensory Box
WHAT: Baby’s First Year Subscription – a quarterly series of four baby development play boxes
WHY: Our judges were super impressed with this offering, which is specially tailored to babies throughout their first year. The perfect gift for a newborn, the toys and resources included have all been selected to stimulate a baby’s senses from 0-12 months and to encourage interactive play with parents. Our judges felt this would be a great gift for family members who might not be as close to hand as they would like, giving them an easy way to give regular, exciting and useful gifts to a new arrival. The panel were excited by the quality and innovation of the gifts included and felt that they had all been expertly and sensitively chosen. They also agreed that a more edited and useful play box of tried and tested toys would mean families were less likely to buy excessive “stuff” that they didn’t really need.
WHERE: The Little Sensory Box
WHO: Kind Kids Book Club
WHAT: A monthly subscription to books that nurture social conscience and highlight the importance of kindness
WHY: In a world where you can be anything, be kind, is the essential mantra of this wonderful subscription service that gives children access to joyful books that cover topics like gender stereotyping, racial bias, LGBTQ+ issues and the many different shapes of a modern family. Our judges loved the central ethos of this service and were impressed by the beautiful presentation of each pack. The rainbow ribbon and brightly coloured tissue paper, made these parcels feel like a very special delivery indeed, and the inclusion of reading prompt cards, a book club magazine, collectible journal pages and plastic-free materials for craft activities felt like a lovely added bonus.
WHERE: Kind Kids Book Club
WINNER OF BEST SUBSCRIPTION BOX: SILVER
WHO: Mud & Bloom
WHAT: A monthly children’s gardening and nature crafts subscription box for 3-8 year olds
WHY: Our judges really felt that this subscription would be of great value to children, encouraging them outside and helping them to connect with nature. The presentation of the box and contents was exciting and enticing and the sweetly illustrated activity cards were much admired. The fact that every box includes organic seeds to plant as well as an organic peat pellet so that children can start their planting straight away really appealed to the panel, many of whom have keen mini gardeners of their own. The way the packs follow the seasons and educate children about the nature on their own doorsteps in a fun and engaging way really excited our JDA judges who all had high praise for these monthly gift boxes.
WHERE: Mud & Bloom
WHO: Not Just Nibbles
Our judges loved these jam packed subscription boxes that encourage kids to develop a life-long love of cooking and eating healthy, balanced meals. A fantastic way to encourage independence, boost self esteem and nurture a more adventurous relationship with food.