With erratic shipping unpredictable weather and supply chains, buying holiday gifts is much more difficult this year. That’s why gift subscriptions for kids are awesome. For an affordable fee, you can continue to surprise and delight the child of your choice for months on end – and they could also serve as useful and entertaining additions to distance learning.
I’ve tested gift subscription boxes on some of the most willing guinea pigs in the world – my kids and their friends – and these have become our favorites. I hope your children enjoy it as much as ours. Be sure to check out all of our other buying guides for children, including the Best STEM Toys and the Best personal technology.
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Updated December 2020: We’ve added more info, removed old choices, and added a new one.