22 Subscription Boxes That Make Great Gifts for Kids and Teens

A gift that keeps on giving just might be the best gift of all.
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Subscription boxes for kids make for an always-appreciated gift idea for birthdays, holidays, and other special occasions. Recipients get a new surprise in the mail every month, extending the fun long past the initial gifting day.

The Best Monthly Subscription Boxes 

With picks for babies through teens, here are some of the best monthly subscription boxes to give as gifts during the holiday season or any time of year. 

Subscription Boxes for Kids

123 Baby Box 

Send the little ones in your life a monthly delivery with the 123 Baby Box. With options for babies through age 3, the subscription box delivers a curated collection of toys, essentials, and other goodies for kids based on their age. The monthly subscription box deliveries often include a little something for parents, too.

Little Passports Early Explorers Kids Subscription Box

Help kids start exploring the world from a young age with the Little Passports Early Explorers subscription box geared for ages 3 to 5. Kids get a wall-sized world map when their subscription kicks off where they can track their travels via future boxes that include booklets, games, and other fun activities for preschoolers. 

KiwiCo Subscription Boxes

Perennial fave KiwiCo offers subscription boxes for babies through teens. Choose the Panda Crate for fun toys and books for babies and toddlers, the Yummy Crate for kid-tested recipes and other kitchen fun, or the Doodle Crate for crafty older kids.

Highlights Subscription Boxes for Kids

Longtime classic Highlights magazine offers a variety of monthly subscription boxes for kids of all ages. They can seek and find with the Highlights Hidden Pictures Club (offered in boxes for ages 3 to 6 or 6 and up), challenge their minds with the Highlights Puzzle Club (also available in two options for younger and older kids), or travel around America with the Which Way USA subscription box for kids 7 and up.

Amazon Book Box

Amazon hearkens back to its early book-selling days with its Amazon Book Box. With options for kids from baby through age 12, the subscription box delivers two hardcover books (or four board books for babies) selected for a specific age group every month with opportunity for customization.

We Craft Box

With a subscription to We Craft Box, kids receive monthly boxes filled with all the supplies, materials, and instructions needed for fun arts and crafts projects designed for little ones ages three to nine. Boxes can even be shared between two kiddos!

Cheryl’s Cookies Buttercream Frosted Cut-out Cookie of the Month Club

Sign up your favorite kid for the Cheryl’s Cookies Buttercream Frosted Cut-out Cookie of the Month Club, and they’ll receive monthly shipments of two dozen oh-so-sweet cookies, often themed to the time of year. Think frosted heart-shaped cookies in February, eggs in April, and pumpkins in October. 

Bitsbox Kids Subscription Box

No experience is necessary for kids to start coding with a subscription to Bitsbox. Designed for kids ages six to 12, the monthly STEM kits feature coding projects where kids learn how to make video games, simulations, and other cool techy things using concepts that build on each other.

Brick Loot LEGO Subscription Box

LEGO fanatics will get excited when their Brick Loot subscription box arrives each month. The themed monthly shipments feature four to eight LEGO and brick-related items that aren’t found in local stores that they can use to construct and create.

MEL Chemistry Subscription Box for Kids

Create a reaction with a MEL Chemistry subscription box. Kids get a monthly science kit with all the needed equipment to conduct two to three experiments designed for ages 10 and up that explore a variety of STEM concepts.

Green Kid Crafts

Created by a mom who’s an environmental scientist, Green Kid Crafts offers monthly subscription boxes that combine science and art, with different options for preschoolers and kids five and up. Each box contains experiments and art projects plus a 12-page “Green Kid” magazine filled with even more fun ideas.

Subscription Boxes for Teenagers and Tweens

Comic Garage Super Box 

Know a tween who’s into the Marvel Universe or a teen who’s a fan of Batman? Indulge their love of all things superhero with the Comic Garage Super Box, a monthly subscription that sends them 10 classic and new comic books every month that can be curated based on the recipient’s interests.

Candy Club Monthly Subscription Box

This monthly subscription box from Candy Club will make any tween or teen with a sweet tooth smile. Pick a “candy profile” (Mostly Sweet or Mostly Sour) and then the recipient gets a monthly box filled with candy from both small artisans and well-known names.

Birchbox and Birchbox Grooming Subscription Boxes

The monthly subscription boxes from Birchbox and Birchbox Grooming are filled with beauty, skincare, haircare, and grooming essentials selected based on the recipient’s profile and interests. Included info explains why they were chosen and how to use the products.

OwlCrate Book Subscription Boxes for Teens or Tweens

If your teen or tween bookworm likes books like Harry Potter or other young adult novels, they’ll love a subscription to OwlCrate. Each month recipients get a new young adult book with a letter and signed bookplate from the author, plus other themed goodies to go along with the new read. There’s also a subscription box option called Owl Crate Junior for middle-grade readers ages eight to 12. 

STRONG Selfie Teen Box

STRONG Selfie’s Teen Box features monthly shipments filled with three or four trendy lifestyle products plus collectable wall art, all intended to inspire, uplift, and encourage self-confidence. There are also options for tweens and college-age recipients.

Universal Yums Subscription Box

Expand your tweens’ and teens’ palates with a Universal Yums subscription box. Each month they can receive snacks and treats from around the world ranging from sweet to salty and everything in between!

Allure Beauty Box

The monthly Allure Beauty Box features at least six editor-tested and -selected beauty items in each box, including at least three full-sized products. An included mini-magazine offers makeup and skincare tips along with other info.

Finders Seekers Subscription Boxes for Teenagers

Monthly boxes from Finders Seekers are filled with clues and puzzles to help tweens and teens solve a mystery. Each month’s “Find” lets players travel (virtually, of course) to new locations where they learn about the local culture and traditions.

Penny + Grace Jewelry Subscription Boxes

A gift subscription from Penny + Grace sends recipients three coordinating jewelry pieces every month available in 18-karat yellow gold, silver, or both on a rotating basis. And since the jewelry is 100 percent lead- and nickel-free, it’s even a good option for tweens and teens with sensitive skin.

Loot Crate Pop Culture Subscription Boxes for Teenagers

Loot Crate offers a variety of subscription box options filled with gear, apparel, and collectibles related to pop culture, anime, video games, horror movies, sci-fi, and big-name franchises from Harry Potter to Deadpool. There’s an option for almost anything a tween or teen might be a fan of!

Pura Vida Jewelry Subscription Boxes

Popular jewelry brand Pura Vida offers two subscription options that would make great tween or teen gifts. The bracelet club sends members three exclusive bracelets every month, while the jewelry club sends two exclusive jewelry pieces each month. Monthly subscription box deliveries from Pura Vida also come with an exclusive sticker.

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Beth Luberecki is a Florida-based freelance writer who writes about travel, business, and lifestyle topics for a variety of publications and websites. She enjoys exploring destinations close to home and farther afield with her husband and teenage daughter. Visit her website at bethluberecki.com or find her on Instagram at @bethluberecki and @findingfloridafun.

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