Topic: Kids Magazine Subscriptions as Gifts, Minimalist Non-Toy Gifts for Kids
As I look around our house at the toys that are overflowing our closets and filling every square cubby bookshelf we own, I’m pretty convinced that my kids don’t need any more toys for Christmas. Or at least not 127 different toys from all their friends and family. I try to put together a helpful Christmas list every year for our extended family of experience-type gifts but I always get requests for more ideas from generous family members who want to give a physical gift.
One of my favorite suggestions is giving magazine subscriptions as gifts. My kids love getting mail each month, it’s a semi-disposable gift (we recycle or pass on to friends after a few months), and it gets my kids excited about reading. There are magazines on just about any topic so you can personalize the gift in way that can really target a child’s interests.
Don’t worry, I have some ideas of how to gift the magazine subscription as well so that kids have something to open on the actual holiday and you can be assured that your kids will have a gift that keeps on giving all year long!
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Giving Magazine Subscriptions As Gifts For Kids
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For animal lovers, this magazine is a classic for a reason. I love that it’s available for two different age levels. Include passes to the local zoo or a stuffed version of a favorite animal.
National Geographic for Kids
If your kids love learning new things and weird but true facts, you can’t go wrong with this subscription. Perfect for non-fiction fans. Include a Weird But True book or puzzle activity book.
With everything from a durable baby-friendly option to a publication focused on teens, Cricket has a whole host of magazine options that are full of stories for any age. It’s one of my favorite gifts to give. Include a pair of cozy socks and the world’s best hot cocoa to encourage some curled-up reading time.
Sports Illustrated for Kids
Perfect for sports fans who want to learn more about the athletes and teams they love. Unlike the adult version, this one really does focus on playing the game. Include tickets to a local sporting event or a sports bag in their team colors.
Lego Life Magazine
Lego enthusiasts can get sneak peeks of new products, fun games, and photos of other kids’ creations. The best part is that this is a FREE subscription. Include a small Lego set or a Lego design book.
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For budding young chefs, you’ll find recipes and articles about healthy eating. Include a few coupons for some special cooking time with you or a personalized apron.
This UK magazine is stunningly designed and completely worth the overseas shipping charge for any young designers or artists who will spend hours poring over the stories and drawings. There’s also a younger child version called Dot. Include a coloring book and some high quality pencils or pastels.
How Do I Give Magazines Subscription As Gifts?
Giving magazine subscriptions as gifts is easy. Since most magazine subscriptions take some time to arrive, it’s best to order as far ahead of time as possible. To let your recipient know a gift is on the way, print a small certificate to include with one of the gift ideas above or purchase a single issue at your local bookstore or on Amazon. Magazine gifts are especially great for long-distance gift giving since shipping is included.
- Order the subscription and make sure you have the shipping information for your recipient
- Create a small certificate or write a note announcing the subscription. Some magazines will send a notice but I prefer to print my own.
- Select a small gift or card to include with your gift announcement
- Follow up in a few months to make sure the magazine is arriving correctly or contact the publisher to verify the address
Give the gift that lasts all year with a kids magazine subscription this holiday season. You won’t be adding any clutter and you’ll be thought of each time a new issues arrives in the mail!
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Do your kids have a favorite magazine subscription? Have they received any magazine subscriptions as gifts? Leave a comment with your suggestions!
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