Panda Pals is a subscription service that sends two pairs of fun socks for boys or girls ages 3-8 every month, plus fun “socktivities” to do together. Some of the designs are unisex, while others have unique designs specifically for boys and girls.
This review is of the Medium Kids Sock, $16 a month, box for ages 6-8 years.
This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
About Panda Pals
The Subscription Box: Panda Pals
The Cost: $16 per month (or less with longer subscription commitments)
The Products: Two pairs of socks for ages 3-8 and an educational activity
Ships to: The U.S. for free, Internationally for $3
Good to Know: Sock Panda donates a pair of socks to those in need for each new subscription purchased. As of January 2018, the company has donated nearly 100,000 socks to homeless shelters, low-income senior centers, hospitals, and underprivileged classrooms throughout the country!
Panda Pals July 2020 Review
Temporary Tattoos + Socktivities
Every month Panda Pals sends us a "socktivity" along with a small extra item. This month we received a coloring sheet and an educational blurb about "Matter." It was very fitting for Hank who will be going into 2nd grade, as his "Brain Quest" book just had a similar activity. I always appreciate these little sheets because they add a spin of fun and education to round out the socks, and when it fits into a theme, it makes the whole bag more exciting! Plus, who can resist a temporary tattoo?
How cute are those tattoos? I am partial to the science-related theme because I have my Bachelor's degree in Medical Technology and Science, so these were very fitting, and Hank actually purchased his very own microscope at a garage sale for $1, so he thought this was pretty spectacular as well!
When Hank opened this month's socks, he saw this pair and his reaction was, "not math socks!!!!!" He quickly changed his mind when I explained that these socks have all sorts of awesome formulas on them - even Albert Einstein's theory of special relativity equation! While that may be a little bit over his head, we then talked about all of the fun things we need math for and he decided he now likes them - especially because they are such a brilliant kelly green!
Hot Dog Socks
Now this is a pair of socks that really spoke to Hank. Summer is grilling season, and while we enjoy our fair share of venison steaks, beef ribs, and tenderloins, there is just something about a good old-fashioned hot dog that can't be beat. These multi-colored socks feature hotdogs on buns with ketchup and mustard. They have blue heels, toes, and cuffs, and like the previous pair, aren't labeled with the traditional "Panda Pals" logo. We also found these to be a bit more stretchy than usual, which Hank said was more comfortable. Cute and comfy = win!!!
Verdict: Panda Pals is always a surprise! This month's theme was "matter" and I see how the formula socks fit into that, and I suppose since hot dogs are a solid, they fit into that theme as well. Hank was happy with the green theme this month and was pleased with the fit of these socks. He just couldn't resist wearing the hot dog socks with his plaid button-up shirt, even though they didn't coordinate whatsoever. These socks are definitely conversation starters!! Like I have said in previous reviews, I have found these socks to wash up amazingly every time and they are seriously the only socks Charlie will wear. We can't wait to see what theme they will have next month!
To Wrap Up:
Can I still get this box if I sign up today? Each package is customized by size and gender, so yours might look different! If you order today, your socks will be sent USPS within 3-5 days of account activation and will be sent around the same time each month.
Value Breakdown: At $16 a month, you are paying $8 per pair of socks, which is a little higher priced than other socks, but you are also helping people in need by purchasing!
Keep Track of Your Subscriptions: Add this box to your subscription list or wishlist!
Have you tried Panda Pals? If so, what did you think?