GiftLit Kid’s Book Subscription Box Review + Coupon – June 2018


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GiftLit is a monthly book gift subscription service that sends books to a recipient of your choice each month. They have several collections to choose from for both children and adults. Once you select the age of your recipient, then you can choose from various collections that are curated specifically for that age group.

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They offer 3, 6 or 12-month gift subscriptions. For children, they offer both board and picture books and have collections such as the Cuddle Collection, Science and Nature or even Trains, Planes and Things That Go. For adults, they offer both paperback and hardback novels with genres ranging from Romance, Mysteries, and Thrillers to Eat, Drink and Party. They also allow you to fully customize your collection if you’d like.

This review is of a mix of the Children’s Cuddle Collection for ages 2-5 and for babies.

This box was sent to us at no cost for review purposes. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).

GiftLit June 2018 review

About GiftLit

The Subscription Box: GiftLit

The Cost: This varies based on the collection you choose. My total is $172.46 for 3 months of the Cuddle Collection for Babies and 3 months of the Cuddle Collection for 2-5-year-olds plus $14 shipping.

The cost for the ages 2-5 Cuddle Collection:

  • 3 months- $99.95 + $14 shipping
  • 6 months- $199.95 + $28 shipping
  • 12 months- $399.95 + $39 shipping

The cost for the babies Cuddle Collection:

  • 3 months- $69.95 + $14 shipping
  • 6 months- $144.95 + $28 shipping
  • 12 months- $289.95 + $39 shipping

The Products: For the Cuddle Collection you receive a children’s picture book and stuffed animal from the story each month.

Ships to: currently only the US via USPS

GiftLit June 2018 Review

Before receiving my books, I received a card in the mail from GiftLit that welcomed me and provided my gift code. One thing I really like about this service is that you always have the option to go online and swap out any of the books you’re scheduled to receive. This is great to ensure that recipients get books that they really want and don’t end up with any books that they already have or are not interested in. They also allow you to return any book that is shipped to you within 30 days.

My book came wrapped in this bright, colorful paper. This is an option that costs an extra $3/month. It’s nice that they have this option, but when you’re paying for a gift subscription, I feel like this is one of those things that should already be included.

Penguin and Pinecone: A Friendship Story by Salina Yoon

Penguin and Pinecone: A Friendship Story by Salina Yoon – Retail Value $14.99 (Found here for $13.47)

My kids and I have never read any of these Penguin books although I’ve seen the series before. This book was a cute story about a penguin who befriends a pinecone. The story is simply written with sweet illustrations of Penguin and Pinecone wrapped in matching scarves. They play and have fun together until Penguin realizes that Pinecone needs to go back to his home where it’s warmer. He takes Pinecone home and leaves him there, but comes back to visit hoping that Pinecone has grown bigger and stronger which he has, as he is now a tree. They play together once more until Penguin has to leave for home and the story leaves you with a good message about friendship and love.

I really enjoyed this one and I think the kids did too. I’d definitely like to read more books from this Penguin series.

Merry Makers Penguin Stuffed Animal – Retail Value $15.00 (found here for $10.90)

The Cuddle Collection is such a great idea for my kids who are 2 and 3. It definitely engages them more in the story when they get to hold one of the characters in their arms! Plus this Penguin stuffed animal is so soft and plush. So far all of the stuffed animals we’ve received have looked exactly like the characters which is so fun to us!

Verdict: The total value of the book and stuffed animal was $29.99. The cost of GiftLit is $33.41 per month ($172.46 for 6 months + $28 shipping). This was another cute book and adorable little penguin plush, but the value just isn’t quite there, especially when you take into account the sale prices. It seems like this box just needs something else to make it feel a little more special and unique.

This subscription service does offer a lot of different books and various collections, so the value could change a lot depending on your choices and even vary from month to month. I do think this is a great gift for a book lover since you really can’t go wrong with them being able to choose their own books if they want to, but it just depends on what your budget is.

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? Yes, you can order this collection and customize it so that you receive the same book.

Coupon – Use code Addiction10 to save 10% off your first box!

Value Breakdown: At $33.41 for this box, here’s what you are paying approximately per item:

  • Penguin Book: $16.70
  • Penguin Stuffed Animal: $16.71

Check out all of our GiftLit reviews and the Kids Subscription Box Directory for other fun boxes your child might enjoy!

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Written by Brandi Dowell

Brandi Dowell

Brandi has loved the idea of subscription boxes since joining Birchbox in 2013. Finding new products to test out and possibly fall in love with has always excited her. Now, as a mother of 3, she loves discovering new products that can help make parenting a little easier! Her favorites are FabFitFun and Target Baby boxes.

Posted in Book Subscription Boxes, GiftLit Reviews, Subscription Box Reviews, Subscription Boxes for Kids| Tags: giftlit | 1 comment

1 Comment

  1. This is a sweet subscription. Right now libraries across the U.S. are doing their children’s summer reading programs. They have options for little ones to, since reading to your children count as participation. It is a great way to encourage a life long love of reading.

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