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Non-Toy Gift Guide: Gifts To Receive In Your Mailbox

Non-Toy Gift Guide: Gifts To Receive In Your Mailbox

Welcome! We’re thrilled you’ve found our Unrivaled Guide to Non-Toy Gifts For Kids Of All Ages. Not to toot our own horn or anything, but when it comes to presents that aren’t toys, this is the biggest, most extensive and foolproof gift guide on the Internet (toot toot).

This part of our Non-Toy Gift Guide focuses on fun surprises that kids can receive via the mailman. I mean, how exciting is it for a child to get mail?! They love that special feeling of something arriving just for them (because it doesn’t happen very often), and a subscription to a fun magazine or subscription box will give them something to look forward to every month. It’s a fabulous gift that literally keeps on giving.

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Magazine Subscriptions

Not only will your child delight in pulling these out of the mailbox, but with the engaging content, they won’t be able to put them down. Our recommended magazines are all high-quality with a healthy balance of education and entertainment, and are a great way for kids to practice their literacy skills as they get older.

 

Highlights

Highlights is one of our favorite magazines for children, and with 3 different magazines that cater to different age groups, your child can start at Hello (ages 0–2), move on to High Five (2–6) and then graduate to Highlights (6–12). Each issue is filled with stories, crafts, learning games, recipe ideas, science experiments, and fun puzzles. The varied stories and activities make these magazines the perfect companion for a road trip, airplane ride, or to look at while waiting at a restaurant or Doctor’s office.(editor’s note: my kids also love Highlight’s Puzzle Buzz series which features tons of “hide and seek”, mazes, complete the picture, spot the silly things, and more.) 

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National Geographic Kids

National Geographic Kids magazine is perfect for kids ages 6–12 who are interested in nature, wildlife, science and geography. The beautiful photography, engaging articles and interactive activities will hold your child’s attention while teaching them to protect and care for the planet. There is also a wonderful version, National Geographic Little Kids, for the younger set (ages 3–6) which focuses on animals, cool science and families around the world.

 

Zoobooks

For over 30 years, Zoobooks has encouraged kids’ natural love of animals, with award-winning photography, incredible illustrations and articles full of fascinating, kid-friendly information. Zoobooks is highly recommended by teachers, and is perfect for animal lovers ages 6–12. For the younger set, the same high-quality is available as Zootles for kids 3–6 and Zoobies for 1–3 year olds.

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Sports Illustrated Kids

If you have a budding athlete, or a child who loves to watch sports, this magazine takes home the trophy. Perfect for boys and girls aged 8–14, SI Kids gives youngsters the inside scoop on their favorite athletes, plus news and photos from the world of sports. Add in a healthy dose of puzzles, games, “tips from the pros”, gear recommendations and rules of the game, and you’ve got a magazine that will be read over and over again. 

 

Subscription Boxes
Speaking of getting fun surprises in the mail, these monthly Subscription Boxes for kids are the newest trend, and one we’re happy to jump on board with. Whether your child likes science, art, geography or books, there’s a subscription box to cater to almost any interest. We’ve tested out the best of ‘em and have listed our favorites for your child to enjoy every month. 
Surprise Ride

This brilliant box comes jam packed with fun crafts and activities, a book, and even a snack that all revolve around a monthly theme. Whether it’s Treasures, Rockets, Super Heroes or a specific location or animal, it’s a fun surprise for kids to discover. And the best part – all supplies and easy instructions are included, so Mom gets the afternoon off!

Surprise Ride subscriptions are available on a month-by-month, 6-month or 12-month basis. Alternatively, you can order single boxes and select the theme best suited for your child.

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Best Subscription Boxes For Kids - KidStir
Kidstir

We adore this company for creating an experience for kids that not only educates them, but gets them excited about food. Their monthly kits are so well-crafted and center around a theme like Appetizers, Snacks, Salads or Breakfast. Each contains 3 fun recipes, a shopping list, extra info on the foods involved, games, activities and our favorite: 2 top-quality kid-sized tools. Kidstir is a total winner in our books – informing kids about food, and arming them to make healthier choices (editor’s note: Don’t be scared if your kids are pickier eaters — you’d be amazed what our kids tried amidst the excitement of the tools, recipe cards and them actually making it…new foods were consumed, and even enjoyed!)

Kid Stir subscriptions are available in monthly, 3-month, 6-month and 12-month plans. A small selection of single kits are also available for purchase.

 

Order any subscription box or magazine subscription 4–6 weeks in advance. This way the first issue/box can be wrapped up and presented as the gift, with an explanation that more will arrive via the mailman!

 

The Story Box

You can never go wrong with gifting books, and The Story Box makes receiving them that much more exciting. Each box is curated by a speech-language pathologist and includes 2 brand-new books and a parent guide. Choose from Board Books (ages 0–2 ½), Picture Books (2 ½-6) or receive one of each in the Family Package. The parent guide includes some great tips and ideas for how to engage with your child while you read. Your kids will fall in love with reading – and with The Story Box!

The Story Box subscriptions are available on a month-to-month, 3-month or 6-month basis.

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Best Subscription Boxes - Groovy Lab In a Box
Groovy Lab in a Box

This award-winning subscription box arrives stuffed with everything your child (or as Groovy Lab calls them, STEMist) needs for a cool hands-on project based around Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). After they’ve completed several experiments, your STEMist is challenged to an Engineering Design Challenge, where they must apply what they’ve learned to complete the challenge. Our budding STEMists had a blast with these kits, creating a hydroponic garden while learning about seed germination, drip irrigation and photosynthesis! Recommended for ages 8+.

Groovy Lab In A Box subscriptions are available in monthly, 3-month, 6-month or 12-month plans. Themed single, duo or trio boxes also available subscription-free.

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Little Passports

Teach your kids all about the world, with a monthly adventure from Little Passports that focuses on geography, history, culture and language. Choose from the Early Explorers (ages 3–5), the World Edition (ages 6–10), or the USA Edition (ages 7–12). Our testers really got excited about the featured destinations (a new country or US State is featured each month), diving into them with the accompanying souvenirs, pop-out models, activities, stickers and other fun goodies. It’s a really fun and unique way to inspire kids to learn about new cultures and inspire them to travel.

Little Passports subscriptions are available on a monthly, 6-month or 12-month plan.

SPECIAL OFFER: Get $20 off any 12-month subscription! Use code: THANKS20 at checkout. Don’t wait, offer expires on November 21st!

 

Phew. If you’ve been through all of our Non-Toy Gift Guides that’s over 200 ideas to choose from! If you missed any of them, be sure to check ‘em out:

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But wait, there’s more! If you love the idea of non-toy gifts, but still would like to give something that IS a toy, you’ll want to head over to The Ultimate TOY Gift Guide For Kids. We’ve given our top recommendations based on extensive testing for functionality, longevity and fun (all based on your child’s current obsession!)

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