Kiwi Crate

Cost: $19.95 per month/$220 annual subscription at kiwicrate.com.

Contents: Materials for two kid-tested projects (often includes a bonus project); inspiration sheet with step-by-step instructions. For more hands-on ideas, go to blog.kiwicrate.com.

DIY Creativity Crate

Cost: Zippo. Let your imagination reign as you gather art-making materials around the house.

Contents: Colored paper, crayons and markers or colored pencils, glue stick, child-safe scissors. Empty paper towel and toilet paper tubes, old clean sock or two, roll of aluminum foil (out of the box), gift wrap scraps, pipe cleaners, cotton balls, buttons. Just pick wisely, and err on the side of caution.