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Magazine Subscriptions: Gift Ideas for Kids of All Ages

Updated on November 10, 2012
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Gift Giving Ideas for Kids

I don't know about you but my house is over run with toys (and books but I won't complain about that!) With the holiday season upon us, followed by my daughter's birthday, I find myself in a bit of a quandary. Who really needs more toys cluttering their home? But how can you deny your child a celebratory gift? I am quite sure that I am not the only parent that is stuck with this dilemma. So here is a solution that I have found to help lessen the clutter of the holiday season. Give magazine subscriptions as gifts.

Why magazine subscriptions to kids?

Magazine subscriptions are such a wonderful present for many reasons. First, they are reasonably priced in comparison to most toys. They can be as cheap as $12 or as much as about $35 for a year long subscription. Another advantage is that you are able to give a gift that lasts throughout the year. Children love to receive mail and it is a great thrill when that new magazine comes.

Not only are magazines the gift that keeps on giving, but they also promote literacy. Research shows that most children are interested in reading fiction stories, but it is often harder to get kids to read non-fiction selections. Magazines are a great way to help children build that interest. The articles are not long and overwhelming in the way that a book may be and they are usually filled with color pictures, charts, maps and tables.

Magazines for Toddlers and Preschool Aged Children

Magazines for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Even though your toddler or preschooler is not able to read the words on a page, the importance of having a variety of literature for them to explore is very important in their development as readers. Here are some great magazines that will continue to spark an interest in learning for your young child.

Highlights High Five If you are familiar with Highlights Magazine for older kids, this one is similar, but for those younger siblings. It is packed with activities, stories, and fun for children.

National Geographic for Little Kids Animals interest children of all ages. Young children love to look at and learn about baby animals. This magazine is filled with colorful photos, facts and fun for young children.

Ladybug This delightful magazine has stories, activities, poems and more for your young child. It is sure to keep your child entertained and wanting more!

Magazines for Tween Boys and Girls

Magazines for Tween Boys and Girls

There are many choices of magazines out there for tween boys and girls. From sports to science to history, there is something for every interest.

Sports Illustrated for Kids Just like the adult version, this magazine is packed with sports action. From articles on teams to interviews with players, this is a must for any sports enthusiast.

Ranger Rick The science of animals is the focus in Ranger Rick. Children have the fun of learning about new animals as well as increasing their knowledge about animals that they are already familiar with. This is a great gift for animal lovers.

Calliope If your child is a history buff, this is the perfect magazine for him or her. Your child will have the pleasure of learning about historical world events. Expand your child's knowledge about world history through this engaging magazine.

Discovery Girls We know that girls especially struggle with self esteem and beauty issues in today's world. This magazine is designed to empower young girls and act as an inspiration and support for many issues that they face in their young lives.

Recycle and Reuse Old Magazines

So your child has read the magazine several times and you don't want to keep it around to clutter your home. What do you do with the old magazines. Here are some great ways to reuse and recycle your old magazines.

  1. Hand Me Downs Nope they are not just for clothes! Give the magazines to the a younger neighbor, cousin or sibling. Local classrooms may even want them for their students to read.
  2. Projects Pictures can be cut up and used to embellish various projects for school. Students are often asked to add pictures to reports or create collages. These magazines are great for this.
  3. Posters or Art Maybe there is a particular photo that your child loves. You can have him tear out that one page and then hang it in his room or even frame it to hang. If there are several pictures, why not make a collage to display?

Additional Magazine Subscription Information

There are also multiple options for teenagers, magazines like Teen People, Sports Illustrated and more. So don't discount this option for older kids as well.

Remember that most magazines take 6-8 weeks for processing and delivery. If you are in a pinch and have waited until the last minute to purchase this gift, don't worry! The solution is quite simple. Just head over to your local bookstore and purchase the current issue of the magazine that you have ordered. Wrap it up and present it with a note that they will be receiving this in the mail each month for the next year. Trust me, your gift will be a hit!

**Please note that these are only a small sampling of the magazine choices available for children. Keep the child's interests in mind and then search amazon for ideas. There are magazines for almost every interest.


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    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Michigan

      Glad you liked it Mom. Thanks for reading and commenting!

    • Denise Handlon profile image

      Denise Handlon 

      6 years ago from North Carolina

      Loved the hub and rated it up. (the assortment of mag. at the top of the page isn't bad either...)

      One tip that I thought was especially great is the one of buying a mag at the local store for the receipiant to get a sample of what they will be receiving.

      Nice job on a great idea!

    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks randomcreative for your comments. I don't think that many people think of magazine subscriptions as gifts for kids.

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      Rose Clearfield 

      6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Great suggestions! Magazines are a wonderful alternative to toys and a great option to choose instead of books if you want something different. You're definitely right about all of the different uses for magazines.

    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Michigan

      I keep some of those commemorative editions as well Flora. And of course everyone should be recycling in some form when they are through reading their magazines.

      pmccray, I'm glad you liked it. I'm all about finding the unusual gifts to give kids. I want it to hold their attention longer than 5 minutes and this gift gives all year. Thanks for your feedback.

      Thanks for sharing those titles Christina. I didn't want to make the hub too long but there are so many that are fantastic so I'm glad you added those.

      Glad you enjoyed the hub katedonavon. Receiving mail is such fun for kids. Thanks so much for reading and commenting.

    • katedonavon profile image


      6 years ago

      I found this to be a well-written, interesting piece on kids' magazines. I remember that my grandma gave us a subscription to Highlights one year when I was a little girl, and I loved it! Voted up and useful.

    • ~Christina profile image


      6 years ago from Northern Virginia

      My kids LOVE magazine subscriptions. Their favorites are MUSE and SPIDER from the Cricket Publishers. And my 8 year old son loves Lego magazine.

    • pmccray profile image


      6 years ago from Utah

      What a unique, economic and education gift for children. Voted up, marked useful and interesting.

    • FloraBreenRobison profile image


      6 years ago

      When I am finished with magazines that I don't want to keep, I quite often put them in the recycling bin. However, I do keep some magazines that are commemorative, such as anniversary issues.

    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Michigan

      Yes the still publish it but I think it's Your Big Backyard. I didn't include it because I was trying to give a variety but Marco and Olivia used to get it. They are great magazines and the kids always love getting them. Thanks for commenting.

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      Danette Watt 

      6 years ago from Illinois

      Good suggestions here Cara. I remember getting Ranger Rick and My Big Backyard (didn't see it on your list, wonder if they publish it any more? I think that was the name)for CJ and Sam. And we got Puzzlemania for a while too but I think I was probably the only one really looking at it!

    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks KKG. My kids always get books as Christmas presents too but this is a nice alternative. Hope your grandkids enjoy the magazines!

      Yes seedplanter, adults love to get magazines too! Thanks so much for adding your comment. I appreciate your visit.

      I know that my kids love their magazines Genna East and so do my nieces and and nephews. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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      Genna East 

      6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      I love this gift idea. Magazines also encourage them to read, and often, they will treasure these magazines for years to come! Excellent hub.

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      6 years ago

      I agree! Some of the best gifts are magazines. I remember receiving Highlights for Children as a gift when I was a child, and it was such a treat to anticipate a new issue every other month. I've received favorite magazines as birthday gifts the past few years, too. It's one of my favorite gifts. Great hub!

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      Susan Hazelton 

      6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      You have some very good suggestions. Every year I buy my grandchildren a book or two along with their other gifts. This year I think I will be buying a magazine subscription.


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