With erratic shipping times and unpredictable supply chains, buying holiday presents is much more difficult this year. That’s why gift subscriptions for kids are genius. For an affordable sum, you can continue to surprise and delight the child of your choice for months to come—and they might also serve as useful, entertaining supplements for remote learning.
I tested gift subscription boxes on some of the most willing guinea pigs around—my kids and their friends—and these became our favorites. Hopefully, your children will enjoy these as much as ours did. Be sure to check out all of our other buying guides for kids, including the Best STEM toys and the Best Personal Tech.
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Updated December 2020: We added more information, removed older picks, and added a new one.