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Monthly Subscription Gifts for Kids: Boxes, Books & Magazines for Kids of All Ages

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Looking for a gift idea or something to keep your kids busy over the holidays? Subscription boxes, or magazine subscriptions for kids that arrive in the post every month are just the thing for kids’ gifts!

Gift shopping? Subscription gifts are the gifts that keep on giving! Plus they are an easy gift to give to relatives overseas (no postage required!). No clue what we’re talking about? Subscription gifts include monthly magazines, monthly book deliveries and experience-based subscription boxes like science experiments. And kids LOVE receiving a monthly package in the mail (how novel is snail mail in the digital age?)! Here we round up some great subscription gift ideas. We have listed prices per month but obviously, if you sign up for a longer subscription box term – 3 months up to a year – the price per month comes down. Top tip: You can always use one month’s box for a gift to another kid if you need a present in a pinch! Some subscription options allow you to change the age range or theme month to month, or even pause your subscription when you need.

Scroll on for our roundup of subscription boxes for kids!

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The Tinkerer STEAM Box by Let Kids Be Kids

The Tinkerer STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, & Math) Box is a hands-on STEAM-based project that is made for children between the ages of 3 to 12+. These boxes are all about fun and education. Each Tinkerer STEAM box is designed by educators and child psychologists to help little talents and give kids a head start in the academic world. The boxes include tools and materials to help children express their creativity, get hands-on with building, making, and then ultimately playing so that the STEAM concepts can truly be appreciated!
Best for: Children between the ages of 3 to 12+. There’s the Wonder STEAM Box (ages 3 to 5), the Odyssey STEAM Box (ages 6 to 8), and the Explore STEAM Box (ages 9 to 12+).
Costs: Tinkerer STEAM Boxes are $39, a 3-month subscription is $89. For the subscription plans, you can pre-selet the boxes you want (subject to availability).
Shipping: Free within Singapore!

Use the promo code SM6OFF for a $6 discount on retail boxes while still available.

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KiwiCo is a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) subscription box for kids of different ages from babies to teens. Choose your theme from the Eureka Crate that offers challenging science and design projects for teens to create, to hands-on crafty fun and stickers for 2-to-4-year-olds with the Koala Crate.
Best for: All ages are catered to in 3-year units from 0-36 months up to a box for those aged 14 to 104! 
Costs: Starts at $27.18 per month. There are monthly subscriptions, or opt for the 3-month, 6-month or one year plan.
Shipping: Extra cost (ships from USA)

Mini Marco

Calling all adventurers, explorers and Marco Polo wannabes! We may not be able to travel the world and go on adventures abroad right now but we can still explore different cultures thanks to the Mini Marco subscription boxes! Aimed at children 6-12 yrs old, Mini Marco STEAM activity boxes are designed to help kids learn ‘about’ a new culture but also ‘from’ them. These super boxes of fun help kids understand and celebrate diversity. Where will you be off to next? Each month it’s a different country! Kids will get to learn about that country’s history, geography, culture, traditions, arts, food and much more in a fun, engaging manner. Every Mini Marco box includes arts and crafts, a recipe and other STEAM activities. Everything you need to carry out the activity is included in the Mini Marco box.
Best for: 6-12 yr olds
Costs: $45 for a one-off, 3 months for $120 (save $15) or 6 months for $222 (save $48) 
Shipping: Free shipping in Singapore, discounted shipping worldwide

Use SASSYMAMA15 to get a 15% discount on the Welcome to the World Box!

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Bayard Presse Box Collection: Magazines for Kids

Bayard Presse, one of the largest publishers of educational children’s magazines, advocates for allowing kids to learn about real topics that help children comprehend complex human emotions such as grief, loss, suspense, sadness, anger and jealousy, in their wide range of magazines. Their Box Collection, includes monthly issues of StoryBox (ages 3-8), AdventureBox (ages 6-10), AdventureBox Max! (ages 9-14) and DiscoveryBox (ages 7-14). These magazines are a mix of  light-hearted material as well as stories that might help children process difficult emotions and broaden their world views. The collection features monthly book-length magazines for kids to read aloud by themselves or with a parent. From fairy tales to exciting adventures, science features, comic-strips, and facts about the animal world – all with great pictures and illustrations. Your kids will look forward to this in the post (and while they are reading educational interesting stuff, you can have a moment’s peace!)
Best for: For 6 to 14 years old (with adult guidance: 3 to 5 years)
Costs: Get a one issue sample for only $2 or a 10-month subscription from $96
Shipping: Free within Singapore

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Curious Kits

Curious Kits is a Singapore-based subscription box set up by two local architects. These fun, hands-on art and science boxes are delivered every month. The actual theme is a surprise, though some information about the following month’s topic is revealed in your subscription box. Every kit promises to be very different so that your child gets to have fun with a range of different experiences and topics.
Best for: 6-to-9 -year-olds, and 10-to-12-year-olds
Costs: $146. Subscriptions are 3 months, 6 months, or one-off subscriptions.
Shipping: Free within Singapore!

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My Messy Box

My Messy Box was founded by a father of two here in Singapore. He enlisted the help of early childhood certified teachers to develop these sensory play boxes to help junior’s coordination, knowledge and problem-solving skills. Themes are designed to be age-appropriate from nursery rhyme-themed sensory play for 19-month-olds, to science concept boxes for 3-year-olds and up.
Best for: 12 – 18 months, 19 – 24 months, 2 – 3 years, 3 – 4 years and 4-5 years.
Costs: 3 months ($108 UP $119.70), 6 months ($192 UP 239.20), 12 months ($360 UP $478.80)
Shipping: Free within Singapore!

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Josh and Cherie Books

Josh and Cherie Books get little ones excited about books – something we are so on board with! Plus their promise is that the subscription price of the box is always lower than the combined retail prices of the books! Toddlers will receive a box with 3 simple board books, while older kids might receive a subscription box with 3 books with more complex plots that use more complex vocabulary. There’s the option of English as well as Mandarin books – all hand-picked by the Josh and Cherie Books team.
Best for: All ages from 0-18 months, to 19-30 months up to 5-7 year olds
Costs: from $33.90 per month. Month-long, 6 month or 12-month plans
Shipping: Free within Singapore!

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National Geographic Kids Magazines

National Geographic Kids is a monthly magazine subscription for kids packed with nature stories and stunning photos of wild animals, exotic places, and interesting phenomena from around the world. Kids will love the “Weird But True”, “Bet You Didn’t Know” factual information tidbits, plus there are puzzles and more.
Best for: 6 – 12 years old
Costs: $65 for a total of 10 issues per annual subscription.
Shipping: Free within Singapore!

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Little Passports

Little Passports is a subscription box for kids that aims to inspire children to learn about the world by exploring far-off nations. There are different subscription options to learn about a new country in a fun and playful way. World Edition includes a cute blue suitcase to start them off, then regional recipes, treasures to excavate or something to build. Each subscription comes with a new coin to add to your child’s collection and they get to add the new country to their “Little Passport”.
Best for: All ages from 3-5 years categories, to 6-10 years up to 9+ years.
Costs: From $14.95/box
Shipping: Extra cost (ships from USA)

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The Week Junior

The Week Junior is the kid’s version of British weekly news update magazine The Week. The Week Junior is pitched at 8-to-14-year-olds and covers what is happening in the world that week, from news to nature, science to geography and sports to books — all explained in a safe, accessible and inspiring way. There’s also The Week Junior App for Digital versions of the magazine.
Best for8-14-year-olds
Costs: You can get 6 issues of The Week Junior for FREE and then it’s £23.99 for every 13 issues
Shipping: Free to Singapore

Read more: How to get your kids interested in current events

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