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The Best Subscription Boxes for Teens – 2021 Readers’ Choice Awards

Samantha Sendor
BySamantha SendorFeb 12, 2021 | 9 comments

Every year, we ask you, our readers, to tell us your favorite subscription boxes. The 2021 Readers’ Choice Awards results are in! This list features our fellow subscription fanatics’ top choices for teens.

We put out a call for our readers to tell us their favorite boxes for tweens, teens, and high schoolers. They came back with boxes that are trendy and cool, but also age-appropriate and fun. Of course, subscribers of any age are welcome to jump on these picks, too!

Here are the top choices from the MSA Community, including boxes for beauty, fashion, pop culture, geeks, nerd chic, bookworms, and more!

P.S. These picks also make helpful hints for great gifts when shopping for the special teenager in your life!

Coolest Subscription Boxes for Teens

These awesome subscription boxes are the most popular for teens, recommended by our readers:

1. Ipsy Glam Bag

Full Contents for the Ipsy Glam Bag December 2020

Image via our review.

Cost: $12 per month. Subscribe here!

COUPON: Get a free mystery gift with subscription. New subscribers only. No coupon needed - just use this link.

What Our Readers Say:

“Good price to build up teens beauty collection.” – Katie

About This Box: This beauty subscription box is one of our faves, and our readers have shown that they love it for their teens, too! With each monthly delivery, Ipsy sends 5 makeup, haircare, beauty products (both full and deluxe sample-size) from beloved and up-and-coming brands. Plus, you get a cute new makeup bag to store all your new products. It’s the perfect way for teens to explore and experiment with new makeup and beauty looks, and startup their own skincare regimen. Check out the Ipsy Glam Bag Plus subscription when you’re ready to kick your beauty stash up a notch!

Check out all of our Ipsy reviews to learn more. Ships to the US and Canada.

 

2. Book of the Month

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Cost: $14.99 per month. Book of the Month

COUPON: Use code FALL5 to get your first book for $9.99

What Our Readers Say:

“I have been subscribed to Book of the Month for a long time, and they almost always have a great selection for the month. I almost always add on 2 books every month.” – Jenni

About This Box: Teens love the carefully vetted selection of hardcover fiction and nonfiction novels from Book of the Month book club. Not only does this book subscription offer early access to hot new titles, it is cost effective, and readers have the option to choose between 5 featured books that month, with the ability to add on up to 2 additional books for $9.99 each. This flexible subscription service follows the reader’s pace, so for teens that get jammed up with homework, studying for the SATs, or prom dress shopping, you can always skip a month as needed. 

Check out all of our Book of the Month reviews to learn more. Ships to the US.

 

3. Pusheen Box

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Suggested Age Range: All ages (teens and grown ups welcome!).

Cost: $43.95 per quarter. Subscribe here!

What Our Readers Say:

“Just adorable!” – Katie

About This Box: Pusheen Box is a quarterly subscription box that features the beloved Pusheen the Cat in exclusive merchandise. Made famous by her animated comics, GIFs, and stickers on Facebook, Instagram, iMessage, and other platforms, Pusheen the tabby cat has clawed its way into the hearts of tween girls and boys everywhere. In this box full of rare first edition items, products include useful items like Pusheen clothing, accessories, electronics, toys, stationery, and more! The age range for this subscription box is ageless, but teenagers love it in particular for all its adorable creature fun.

Check out all of our Pusheen Box reviews to learn more. Ships worldwide.

 

3. FabKids

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The Cost: $29.95 per month for the VIP membership. Subscribe here!

COUPON: Get two pairs of shoes from $9.95 + free shipping when you join! No coupon needed - just use this link.

About the Box: FabKids (little sister brand to Fabletics and JustFab) is a monthly clothing subscription for kids and teens that allows you to shop in two ways – you can shop the regular store, or you can sign up for their VIP membership. With the VIP membership, subscribers start out by taking the FabKids quiz to note size, styling needs, and preferences. Each month, a new collection that matches your preferences is released, and you then shop these looks at 40% off. If you decide to skip the month, the monthly membership fee is yours to be applied to a future month, which you can put toward outfit selections later on. Teens love the stylish fashions at FabKids, and how intuitive the selections are based on their style profile.

Read our FabKids reviews to learn more. Ships to the US and Canada.

 

5. OwlCrate

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Cost: $29.99 per month. Subscribe here!

COUPON: Use code OWLCRATEMSA10 to save 10% off your order!

What Our Readers Say:

“I teach English to high schoolers. OwlCrate has high quality hard bound books, and their choices are definitely trendy.” – Teacher Mom

About This Box: For the literature-loving teens out there, OwlCrate is a major score! Each monthly subscription box includes a newly released page-turning Young Adults’ novel, as well as 3 to 5 unique bookish surprises. Every delivery has a theme, and the extras are items such as enamel pins, pens and pencils, prints, and exclusives related to the author and book featured that month. Teens can join the OwlCrate Society on Facebook to discuss the book with other YA fans!

Check out all of our OwlCrate reviews to learn more. Ships worldwide.

 

6. Eureka Crate by KiwiCo

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Cost: $29.95 per month. Subscribe here!

COUPON: Save 40% off your first box. No coupon needed - just use this link.

About These Boxes: Combining STEM-based concepts with crafts and DIY projects, KiwiCo‘s many tiers of boxes based on different kids’ ages are brilliant for budding teen scientists, artists, and engineers. A subscription box for teens 14 and up, Eureka Crate merges both science and design with a challenging, new project each month. Subscribers receive all the materials and instructions needed to create a functional, lasting object with a focus on engineering. The goal of these projects is to use science and math to solve real-world problems while inspiring the recipients to become creative innovators. Teens and parents love this innovative box for its educational value and wow factor, delivered right to their door every month.

Check out all of our Eureka Crate by KiwiCo reviews to learn more. Ships worldwide.

 

7. Maker Crate by KiwiCo

Cost: $29.95 per month. Subscribe here!

COUPON: Use code MERRY to up to 4 months FREE with code MERRY Crates arrive after Dec. 24

About These Boxes: Maker Crate is a monthly craft box dedicated to the discovery of new art and design tools to help turn artistic visions into design realities. Whether new to crafting or a seasoned pro, teens love the exploration of fresh techniques that draw inspiration from real designs, and the pride that comes from a finished product that is both fun and functional. Ideal for the teen with an artistic streak, it’s approachable yet just challenging enough to make this box a universal hit for anyone from 14-year old to 104.

Check out our Maker Crate by KiwiCo details to learn more. Ships to the US and Canada.

 

8. Pura Vida Bracelets

pura vida bracelet club

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Cost: $14.95 per month. Subscribe here!

What Our Readers Say:

“So many casual, fun, affordable bracelets to mix and match!” – Cindy B.

About This Box: Teens go absolutely wild for Pura Vida Bracelets, a monthly jewelry subscription box with a bracelet club feel that has boho vibes in its artisan crafted collection. More than just a stackable fashion accessory, Pura Vida Bracelets help get teens excited about causes they believe in, empowering them to wear their voice. Each month, subscribers receive a trendy surprise pack of 3 bracelets valued at $50, and you can never have too many; finish off the perfect outfit with coordinated colors and styles, this is one subscription that is most definitely addictive!

Check out all of our Pura Vida Bracelets reviews to learn more. Ships to the US and select international destinations.

 

9. Quirky Crate

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Cost: $36.95 per month. Subscribe here!

What Our Readers Say:

“The pins they send are just fantastic. Cool socks and handbags too.” -JodyE

About This Box: Have a teen in your life who dances to their own tune? They sound like a soon-to-be-lover of the Quirky Crate subscription! This color-bursting box comes packed with 5 to 8 completely quirky and extra fun items. They’ll get an enamel pin from the featured indie artist-of-the-month, in addition to funky socks, accessories, stationery supplies, and other goodies. Some serious creative living is about to go down!

Check out all of our Quirky Crate reviews to learn more. Ships worldwide.

 

10. STRONG self(ie)

Strong Selfie box assortment

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Cost: $56 per quarter. Subscribe here!

COUPON: Use code MSA20 to save 20% off your first box!

About This Box: STRONG self(ie) is a quarterly subscription aiming to boost the confidence of tween and teen girls through empowerment. Filled with inspirational, positive products such as accessories, stationery, lifestyle items, and snacks, this box puts a focus on wellness, healthy beauty practices, and fun. The BLOOM box focuses on girls 8 to 12, while the BURST box is ideal for teens aged 13 to 17. P.S. you’ll get info for parents, too! 

Check out our STRONG self(ie) reviews to learn more. Ships to the US.

 

11. The JoJo Siwa Box

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Cost: $30 per quarter. Subscribe here!

About This Box: The JoJo Siwa Box is a quarterly subscription box for teens and kids that contains exclusive, limited edition JoJo Siwa products and collectibles with a $60+ value. Filled with apparel, accessories, and so much more, this spunky fandom subscription is perfect for teen fans of the YouTube sensation that is known for her Dance Moms and Nickelodeon ventures. To know JoJo Siwa is to love her big colorful hair bows, and this box is the closest one can get to achieving her look!

Check out all of our The JoJo Siwa Box reviews to learn more. Ships to the US and UK.

 

12. Pipsticks

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Suggested Age Range: Kids, teens, and grown ups of all ages.

Cost: $17.95 per month for the Pro Classic subscription, $11.95 per month for the Pro Petite Subscriptions, and $4.95 per month for the Pro and Planner printables subscription. Subscribe here!

COUPON: Use code FRIENDSROCK to get $5 off your subscription!

What Our Readers Say:

“Fantastic, fun and beautiful product. Love getting my Pipsticks every month!” – MSA reader

About This Box: Pipsticks is a monthly sticker subscription from an indie sticker company that believes firmly in the power of putting a smile on your face. Choose between the 15-sheet Classic subscription or 7-sheet Petite plan– inside this sticker pack, you will find stickers with adorable graphics and uplifting messages, a storage pouch, and tons of other paper goodies. Pipsticks also offers a printables subscription that delivers a great creative outlet right to your inbox each month. Filled with creative prompts, coloring pages, pretty stationery, DIYs, and more, select between Kids, Pro, or Planner, and get subscribing to decorate the day for the entire family. P.S. Pipsticks also makes greater filler for a special care package to your favorite teen!

Check out all of our Pipsticks reviews to learn more. Ships worldwide.

 

13. MEL Chemistry & MEL Physics

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Suggested Age Range: 9 to 14+ for MEL Chemistry and 8-14+ for MEL Physics.

Cost: $34.90 per month. Subscribe to MEL Chemistry here and MEL Physics here

COUPON: Use code MSA25 to save 25% off your first box + receive a free Starter Kit and VR Headset ($50 value).

COUPON: Use code MSA25 to save 25% off your first box + receive a free Starter Kit and VR Headset ($50 value).

About This Box: If your teen loves science and performing hands-on experiments, the subscription boxes from MEL Science are sure to be a big hit! Catering to different age groups, science comes to life for every stage of learning. In the MEL Chemistry box, young learners from age 12 and up can explore 2-3 science activities and DIYs per kit, where all the ingredients and instructions needed are included for experiments. MEL Physics is ideal for children 8 years and up, introducing lessons from the laboratory to teach the principles of physics in a fun way.

Check out our MEL Chemistry reviews and MEL Physics reviews to learn more. Ships to the US and select international countries.


That wraps up our list of the best subscription boxes for teens for 2021! What are your favorite boxes for middle-school and high-school kids?


Samantha Sendor
Samantha Sendor
Samantha is a two-time zone editor based out of London and NYC, working behind the scenes with the MSA team since 2020. She enjoys making discoveries, whether through her travels to remote parts of the globe, or diving into the latest subscription boxes right from home. When she's not editing or creating content about all the things that make her happy, she can usually be found cooking, painting, fanatically organizing, or simply cuddling up with her daughter Penny.

Samantha Sendor
Samantha Sendor
Samantha is a two-time zone editor based out of London and NYC, working behind the scenes with the MSA team since 2020. She enjoys making discoveries, whether through her travels to remote parts of the globe, or diving into the latest subscription boxes right from home. When she's not editing or creating content about all the things that make her happy, she can usually be found cooking, painting, fanatically organizing, or simply cuddling up with her daughter Penny.
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9 comments

Suzi

While this is a nice list, the title is misleading and should be tweens and teens as some of these boxes (fab kids, jojo swia, for example) are more for tweens than teens, especially older ones. Not to say teens couldn’t or wouldn’t like these, but adding tween to the title or separating out the tween subscriptions would be, in my opinion, more helpful.

nyanna

super good

jenn

when can you subscribe to ipsy to get march’s bag? i was showing spoilers to my niece and she wanted to do add-ons too, i haven’t been with ipsy in sometime and don’t know how the dates work and don’t want to give it to her without explaining it all first, bc you know she’s going to be asking be 10,000 questions lol after i give it to her. so, if i get her the march bag, can she participate in the march add-ons or would she have to wait? thanks! debating between this and birchbox.

Lacey Volk

Hi Jenn! My understanding is that Ipsy ships mid-month so if you sign up now, you should get March’s bag (Ipsy Help says they’ll confirm which bag you’ll be getting after you sign up). They are showing on the March bag on the sign-up page which typically indicates your first bag that you’ll receive when you join, so it would likely be March. 🙂 Add-ons open on the 2nd of the month for 24 hours.

V

I bought my 16 year old fickle son a year of the universal yums box and he looks forward to it now. He asks when it’s coming each month! I only got it because he always asks for video games, so I thought the snacks would be something different but also perfect compliment to his hobby.

sachi

this is cool! im a pusheen fan too! and i do like the idea of this!

sue

i love ipsy! but do not be fooled i ordered pusheen box and got only one small item its a scam!

Julia

complement

Cary san

Best Cheap teen box for girls
1. Allure
2. Ipsy
Best expensive box for girls
1. Quirky box
2. Pusheen

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