Subscription boxes can be a great gift option for teens and tweens, an age group that is notoriously tough to buy for. There are subscription boxes for all different kinds of kids to appeal to varying interests, and perhaps even broaden them a bit. These boxes will make gifting the teens in your life easy this holiday season.
While most of the boxes on this list are available as a one-time gift, these companies also offer subscription options for varying numbers of months so that the gifts coming. As Cousin Eddie says in Christmas Vacation, "It's the gift that keeps on givin'."
Even if they're getting older, tweens and teens still love getting mail. Really. Getting to bypass the crowds at the mall is just an added bonus for you.
I compiled this list of 11 subscription boxes. They are still available, but readers asked for more, so here are 9 more great subscription boxes for teens and tweens. (Update: You can find the 2016 list of subscription boxes here, and there are no repeats.)
For the kid who loves to read: Owl Crate
Books make great gifts. A hand-picked page turner and fun items to go with it? Even better! Owl Box focuses on young adult literature. They send a book and 3-5 other treats that match the book selection. The additional items range from notebooks to posters to temporary tattoos to jewelry to tote bags.
Owl Crates are for teen readers and start at $29.99 a month.
For the kid who loves certain kinds of books, or is a reluctant reader: GiftLit
Gift Lit also offers a subscription that is another great option for getting books to kids. This service sends just books, and uses experts to select ones that fit a child's specific interests as detailed by the recipient.
It allows the giver to select an age range, including 8-10, 10-12, 12-14, and teen. Then the giver can select from categories including by gender, fiction, nonfiction, reluctant reader, mystery, new releases, fantasy/magic, and American History.
Subscriptions are for 3, 6, or 12 months and start at $57.95 for a 3 month subscription.
For the kid who loves candy: BoCandy
How fun is a candy subscription box? This is a way for kids to travel the world with their taste buds, as BoCandy gathers candy from a wide array of countries. This reminded me of the time we went to Epcot and my tween used her money to buy candy from around the globe. This could be a fun family gift, or one that works for all ages. Boxes start at $11/month.
Another option for those with a sweet tooth is CandyClub, which features more domestic, more gourmet candy. One-time boxes are $27.99 and a year's subscription is $19.99/month.
For the kid who loves science: Groovy Lab in a Box
With Groovy Lab in a Box, kids ages 8 and older will receive boxes full of everything needed to learn about and do hands on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) experiments, which aim to both enhance critical problem solving skills and be a lot of fun.
Single box options include options like Lunar Launch, which explores force, motion, and Newton's Third Law in the context of the Apollo 11 mission, and Greenhouse, which poses the challenge of designing a portable greenhouse with all the necessary items included. Boxes start at $36.95
For the kid who loves comics: Comic Block
Comic Block contains both "licensed merchandise and comic books hand-picked by our team of uber nerds." They focus on exclusives and each box contains three comics, one comic collectible, and a limited-edition T-shirt. Comic Block boxes start at $13.99/month.
For the girl who loves dance, soccer, or cheer: IBBeautiful
IBBeautiful made the list last year, and it's my favorite box in large part because of their positive messages. There is a tween option and a teen option, so we were able to age up easily. IBBeautiful recently released one-time boxes focused on particular interests, including a box for dancers, soccer players, cheerleaders, and a love box. This is good for people who want a one-time option or a gift tailored to the recipient's favorite activity.
For the kid who loves being a fashionista: Posh Pak
Boxes are divided up into three different age ranges: 5-8 years, 9-12 years, and 13 years and up. Boxes include 4 to 6 items ranging from health & beauty, fashion accessories, tech, school supplies, tasty treats, and some designer labels.
For the kid who loves products from Japan and Korea: Kawaii Box
"Kawaii" means "cute" in Japanese and this subscription box is based on the belief "that even small amounts of cuteness can provide a huge boost of joy and happiness to our daily life." The box includes 10-12 super cute kawaii products, everything from Japanese candy to stationery & beauty accessories.
What subscription boxes would you add to this list? Leave your favorites in the comments, please!
Disclaimer: This post is not compensated in any way and all opinions are my own. These are boxes that I've found online on my own and would be willing to gift myself.
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