Welcome to the third annual Between Us Parents roundup of subscription boxes that are great for teens and tweens. They make great gifts for the holidays and for birthdays, graduations, and other occasions. You can find the prior years here and here. This year’s list features new suggestions not included on any previous list.
All prices are on the date published and subject to change. Cost per month usually declines when you sign up for a longer subscription. Boxes can also be purchased as a one-time gift. (Just make sure you aren’t subscribed or cancel as necessary.)
If the recipient loves art:
How much: starts at $25, and $5 shipping
What you get: Art supplies (examples include Koi Watercolors, Montana Acrylic Paint Markers, Alphacolor Pastels, charcoal, etc.) and an inspirational piece of art made with the materials in the box
This box aims to the be fuel for the artistic fire of the special artist in your life. Budding artists can try out new mediums and find inspiration from the art included in each shipment. While great for an individual, some users purchase for their family and schedule time to create together.
If the kid loves beauty supplies and make-up:
How much: $30 + $2.95 service fee for 3 month subscription
What you get: 5 beauty product samples from high-end brands
A mom on the 17 year-old recommended Birchbox on the Facebook page. She gave it as a gift to her daughter and reports that her daughter loves it. It’s also nice to be able to try out these items in small doses before spending a lot on a regular sized item. There are options for either men or women.
If your kid loves to read:
How much: $9/month (cheaper with longer subscriptions)
What you get: 1 paperback book + a note about why the personal who selected the book loved it + the book will be autographed by the author or the book will include a signed bookplate from the author or there will be at least one goodie.
This box is from Bethany Beach Books, an independent book store that There are subscriptions for Young Adult books and also books for kids 8-12. The YA book for January is described as having “a little something for everyone in it… football, love, family, high school, and a bit of Jane Austen.”
Book Riot YA Quarterly
How much: $50
What you get: 3 books a quarter, including a brand new release annotated by the author with hand-written notes, two more curated titles and delightful bookish goods
If you’re looking for a more substantial one-time gift, this larger box with more books is a good way to go.
If the gift recipient loves creating:
How much: starts at $24/month
What you get: 3 new craft projects and one hand-made artisanal treat each month, with goods retailing at $50 or more. Gift cards are also included should the maker want to share.
For kids who are hands on and love to make things, this box could be perfect. Past projects include creating jewelry like necklaces and rings, making a cement planter, tea blending and soap making.
If the person you’re gifting has a sweet tooth
How much: $27.99/month plus shipping
What you get: 3 amazing candies plus “candy splash” that together weigh as much as 3 pounds
Boxes are customized based on the recipient’s preference between sweet or sour. If you’re unsure, don’t worry, you can also get a little of both. Items range from nostalgic favorites to popular new treats, from sour gummy octopuses to triple dipped malted milk balls.
If the recipient embraces their geeky side:
How much: from $19.99/month
What you get: 4-6 collectibles and 1 t-shirt from all genres including movies, television, video games and internet culture. (You can also opt for a t-shirt box that is just 5 shirts.)
There are options based on interests, including sci-fi and comics, or a classic box that includes a bit of everything. For tweens there is Nerd Block, Jr. with options for both boys and girls. The items include figures, shirts, pins, and more goodies from everything from favorites like Doctor Who, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Batman, Star Trek and more.
If your kid is a foodie who appreciates healthy snacks:
Love with Food
How much: Starts at $7.99/month
What you get: 8-10 snacks per box that are either “organic or all-natural and free of artificial junk.”
Their tag line is “snack smart, do good” and with each purchase, the Love with Food donates to a food bank. It’s a fun way to try new foods. If you love an item, you can purchase more of it. Past items include chocolate, cookies, chips, and popcorn. A gluten free box is also available.
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