The best subscription gifts for kids this year: There’s one for every age, and every interest

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It’s final countdown to the holidays, which means  last-minute gift ideas, which means subscription gifts for kids, which are always some of our favorites to give — last minute or not!

Wwe know from experience that our kids love to receive boxes in the mail each month, addressed to them. So fun!

So many of these 37 subscriptions are educational or inspire our kids’ creativity, and they give us a fun excuse to sit down at the table with them and create together. Or hey, some are just pampering or fun, or indulge a kid’s passions and interests.

So if you’re considering a subscription gift for the kids (or grandkids or nieces or nephews) in your life, these are some of the best subscription gifts for kids that we’ve seen this year. Hope you find what you’re looking for!

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9 subscription gifts for kids who are readers

Earlier this year we rounded up 8 favorite book subscriptions for kids, and it’s a great place to start if you’re considering a gift for a kid who loves to read. From books for little feminists to subscriptions featuring Black characters to books that come with costumes, for kids who love to act out their favorite stories!

Or, for kids from preschool on up who prefer to read on their devices and like the flexibility of having, literally, an entire library at their fingertips, an Epic ebook subscription is a fantastic gift. The digital and audio books in their collection are the ones our kids are really wanting to read — like Timmy Failure, Nancy Clancy, Big Nate, Olivia and thousands more.


9 subscription gift ideas for STEAM-loving kids of any age

Kiwi Co, makers of the original Kiwi Crate subscription gift, now offers a total of 8 smart, innovative art and science-based boxes for kids of every age. Their Koala crates are for kids as young as 3 years old, while the Doodle Crates and Tinker Crates send art and STEM projects to kids up to 16. We’ve always been impressed with the quality of their boxes and the types of educational, inspiring projects our kids can create out of them. The site is always worth a look for a great subscription gift for kids.

Runner up: Amazon’s STEM Club subscription for kids is fairly affordable at $15.99/mo, and you can chose for one for preschoolers, for 5-7 year olds, or one for kids 8-13.


Subscription gift idea for crafters

If you have a crafty tween or teen who loves putting a personal touch on their room, then the Crayola CIY craft kit is a great option (in addition to the Doodle Crate from Kiwi Crate, above). Each box has two premium crafts that often seem to be accessory- or home decor-related: think, functional clocks, woven wall hangings, canvas art or things like tote bags and key chains. We were impressed with the quality of the crafts and think your kid will be too.


2 subscription gift ideas for babies and toddlers

Our team received a sample box of these wooden developmental toys from MontiKids for consideration, and whoa, are they gorgeous. They draw from the Montessori educational philosophy in their design and function, and I’ve even shared them as a good gift for kids with developmental delays. They’re a huge splurge, but if you have the budget for it they will make an amazing gift for a family with young kids…who hope to have more on the way who can use these down the road.

For a more affordable option, look at the Please and Carrots quarterly subscription. You’ll get 5–6 toys and books in each box, plus cards with ideas for activities to help you stimulate your baby’s language skills and motor development.


A subscription gift idea for a kid who can’t have a pet

It’s not just our VSCO girls who love their succulents right now. Kids are going carzy for them, maybe because they’re just so easy to take care of. We love them because they’re so pretty…and hard to kill. And teach responsibility. And don’t require walking at 6AM out in the snow. At just $10 a box, this succulent-a-month-club is an affordable gift that a lot of kids will adore.

Related: 30 cool gift ideas for tween girls 9-12, all tween girl approved


A subscription gift idea for the teen who loves some pampering

Don’t worry about accidentally gifting your teen wrinkle cream and anti-aging lotions; with a  Birchbox subscription, they get to choose their own products each month. From eyebrow gels to fragrances, makeup tools and of course, makeup, your glamour-forward teen will love this indulgent subscription box gift. She doesn’t have to know it starts at just $13 a month.

Related: The coolest gifts of the year for an older tween or tween


A subscription gift idea for kids who love superheroes

If your kid eats, sleeps, and breathes Marvel, then they’ll love the Funko Marvel CollectorCorps box, which sends out  collectible figures, mugs, and other swag from the greatest superheroes in the Marvel universe every couple of months. The boxes center around new release movies, too, meaning your kid is always getting current, cool toys.

A subscription gift idea for family game night fans

My kids beg to play board games all the time, but you can only play Life so many times, right? So I love the idea behind the different board game subscription box options at Cratejoy. Their board game options range from vintage games to premium strategy games, and they even have dice subscriptions for role play fans — or opt for one of their video game / gamer subscription boxes instead.  But I have my eyes on the Unbox Boardom premium game subscription (ha, get it?), which gets fantastic reviews.


A subscription gift idea for a tween or teen who loves kawaii

This year, in our big holiday gift guide list of 60+ cool gifts for kids all under $15, we included the genius new KSocks subscription. The K stands for Korea, and yes, each of these adorable socks come straight from Seoul (or thereabout). Such a smart subscription gift for a girl who has enough toys — or really, just would appreciate some surprise adorableness in her life each month.

Just know they’re made for big feet (W5 and up) so it’s a great idea for your tween or teen girl, though admittedly our smaller-footed kids wouldn’t care if they were big. A box starts at just $9.50 a month depending on the length of your subscription.


A subscription gift idea for the adventurous eater

My family has had a lot of fun trying Universal Yums snack boxes, which is themed around a different country’s unique snacks each month and so much cooler than your standard “cookie of the month” club. There have been several items we’ve all tried to grab for at once. (Hi, chocolate truffles from Europe) Other treats have been more of a surprise delight for my kids…See, baklava is delicious! And then, there were those raspberry potato chips that were more of a “we dare you” type item.No matter what, it’s been a lot of fun to see what’s in there, and to try a different unusual treat before bed each night.

Related: 4 smart, stylish and decidedly practical subscription box gift ideas


A subscription gift idea for the budding detective

Take a game subscription one step farther with this! My  kids spent a month trying to work through the clues to their personalized Mail Order Mystery subscription. They receive custom letters and clues in the mail each week, and some are more complex than others. Our verdict: So much fun. Our final box arrived full of goodies for the kids, which they naturally freaked out about. If your kids love adventure and intrigue, this is a great kit for them — and lasts longer than an Escape Room visit.


Subscription gift ideas for kids with a travel bug

Younger kids will learn about different countries and cultures all over the world through Little Passports’ travel-themed subscription boxes. The first shipment arrives in their signature kid-sized suitcase, which you can use to store each subsequent mailing. Educational info about each destination and arts and crafts supplies are included each month, and they’re well–produced and engaging.

Note: Little Passports has subscription box gifts for kids of different ages, including an awesome Science Expedition themed subscription box for kids who love the idea of conducting experiments as a way understand the world.


5 subscription gifts for kids who love to cook

My kids love to cook, and we have recently shared our  4 favorite kids cooking subscriptions on Cool Mom Eats From all-in-one kits that send you everything you need except the egg, to kits based on science or cooking tools there’s a lot to love there, including KidStir, above. A fifth option: The fun Gramma in a Box, aims to recreate the experience of baking cookies with grandma from far away. (Or, uh, Grandpa in some families!)


Subscription gift idea for the empowered girl

The tween years can be rough on many girls, but one of the best ways to help our daughters grow up to be confident, strong, healthy women is to give them great role models. That’s where the TIA Girls Club (“Today I Am”) comes in. This is a subscription gift focusing on highlighting awesome trailblazing women, including entrepreneurs, Olympians, and filmmakers, which might just be the inspiration a girl you know needs to power her through all that middle school drama.

Kate Etue