Sprung from the mind of mom-of-two Jessica Kim – a powerhouse of creativity named to Crain’s Chicago Business “40 Under 40” list for 2011 – BabbaCo knows kids. The company’s BabbaBox doesn’t just fill a box with “stuff” and ship it out. Each package for kids ages three to six has useful, reusable, and “giftable” projects based on a worthy topic, along with materials, a relevant book, and interactive downloads.

From the “Gratitude” box, they can make a serving tray, thank you cards, and a hot pad (perfect for holiday festivities); there’s also a disposable camera, photo album, and the book “Giving Thanks.” Each box is built around the question “What do you want to do today?” which makes the experience all the more enriching. BabbaBox costs $29.99 per month.