Besides the fact that subscription gifts are the perfect option for the kid with everything, there are so many reasons that gifting subscriptions to kids is a great idea. For one, they offer ongoing benefits ranging daily to monthly, which means you’ll be brightening a kiddo’s day long after that holiday wrapping paper has been tossed in the trash!
The subscription ideas we have for you here range from a monthly audiobook subscription to a monthly gift-wrapped book box subscription to annual subscriptions to our favorite educational apps. These unique gifts will definitely earn you “cool” status with the recipient (who will likely not even realize you’re helping them boost their literacy skills)!
We are huge fans of listening to audiobooks. They are so great for so many reasons, and there are so many ways to fit them into the day: driving in the car, quiet time, and winding down at bedtime, to name just three. Monthly subscriptions to Audible.com can be given to anyone, even if they already have an Audible member. You can even gift a specific audiobook if that’s what you prefer. It’s also straightforward to exchange an audiobook if they start listening to something they’re not loving. Pair the subscription with a set of headphones.
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Gift audiobooks to anyone in the world from the comfort of your home. You choose the membership (3, 6, or 12 months/credits), your gift recipient picks their own audiobooks, and Bookshop.org is supported by your purchase.
When children are exposed to various kinds of texts and genres, not only do their literacy skills improve, but a love of reading is instilled. ReadingIQ makes it easy to create this exposure with a library of over 7,000 books for kids of all reading levels, ages two through twelve. ReadingIQ is a 100% safe and kid-friendly environment accessible on desktops, tablets, and phones. You can read our complete review here.
For children ages 8-13, we recommend that you check out Age of Learning’s latest digital learning resource: Adventure Academy. Kids get to practice math, science, reading skills, and more through fun learning games and videos.
In case your gift recipient needs a device for audiobook listening or educational apps, we highly recommend Amazon’s Fire HD10 Kids Edition Tablet. It comes with one year of Amazon FreeTime Unlimited, which gives kids access to over 20,000 apps, games, books, videos, Audible books, and educational content from PBS Kids, Nickelodeon, Disney, and more.
Inspire young girls with award-winning GIRLS CAN! CRATE—a monthly subscription box created to empower girls–and boys (ages 5-10) to Do and BE anything by introducing them to fearless women of history who made the world better. Each month, a new kit celebrates the life of strong, diverse female role models such as Ella Fitzgerald, Florence Nightingale, Marie Curie, Frida Kahlo, Malala Yousafzai, Sally Ride, and more. Crates include the GIRLS CAN! 28-page activity book with an original story celebrating a featured woman and other fun activities, 2-3 hands-on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) challenges with necessary supplies, a collectible button, and much more.
Sign up for a Baketivity subscription and you’ll receive monthly boxes bursting with new recipes, activity booklets, and your favorite easy-peasy baking kits, delivered right to your door. Finally, a fun-filled subscription box made just for kids—perfect for mini bakers, cookie-lovers, and family time.
eat2explore is an award-winning educational food & culture “explorer box” that inspires families to cook, taste, and discover different world cuisines and cultures. New country and regional boxes include Jamaica, Thailand, Iran, and Germany. You can purchase one box at a time or through a monthly subscription. eat2explore provides three easy-to-follow recipes and a shopping list to buy proteins and vegetables of your choice, as well as including hard-to-find spices and sauces.
Highlights is a diverse and inclusive family of products for kids from birth to 12. We love their huge range of monthly magazines designed specifically for each age set. The company’s mission is to help children become their best selves by publishing content and creating experiences that engage, delight, and foster joyful learning. NPR has this great article that discusses Highlights’ winning formula: ‘Highlights’ Magazine Sticks To Winning Formula Of Mixing Fun With Learning.
Entertaining and engaging, the Reading Eggs platform is genuinely egg-cellent! Reading Eggs helps kids learn to read independently through fun, interactive educational lessons that teach phonics, sight words, phonemic awareness, vocabulary, reading fluency, comprehension, spelling, and grammar. This safe, kid-friendly digital learning resource is trusted by tens of thousands of schools and used by ten million children—it is both computer and tablet (IOS devices) friendly. Highly recommended! You can read our complete review here.
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