Buying holiday gifts for kids can be stressful. A disappointed look is so much more piercing from a six-year-old than from your sister-in-law. That’s why gift subscription boxes for kids are genius. For an affordable sum, you can continue to surprise and delight the child of your choice for months to come. 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, including the best STEM toys for kids, and the best travel gear for babies and kids.

Update December 2019: We added several new selections, like the We Craft box.

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