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The Best Subscription Boxes for Teens – 2020 Readers’ Choice Awards

The Best Subscription Boxes for Teens

Below are are the best teen subscription boxes as voted on by YOU in our 2020 Subscription Box Awards.

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, geeking out, nerd chic, bookworms, and more!

Coolest Subscription Boxes for Teens

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

1. Ipsy Glam Bag

bag and all items group shot

Image from our review!

Cost: $12 per month. Subscribe here!

What Our Readers Say:

“My teen daughter is obsessed!” – Mommabear459

“The variety and the value. Best ever!” – Jody E.

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

Check out all of our Ipsy reviews and our Ipsy details to learn more. Ships free to the US, and $4.95 to Canada.


2. OwlCrate

Owlcrate book, candle, enamel pin, and other bookish goods

Image from our review!

Cost: $29.99 per month. Subscribe here!

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

What Our Readers Say:

“Really well curated and awesome customer service. Great value for the price.” – Aleen

“Love this one.” – Amelia Y.

About This Box: For the literature-loving teens out there, OwlCrate is a major score! Each month they ship out a new release, page-turning YA novel, as well as 3 to 5 unique bookish surprises. Every delivery has a theme (recents have included “Tales of Trickery” and “Through the Enchanted Forest,”) 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 and OwlCrate details to learn more. Ships to the US ($7.99), to Canada ($10.59), and worldwide ($19.99.)


3. Birchbox

Fancy Birchbox displayed with six beauty products

Image from our review!

Cost: $15 per month. Subscribe here!

What Our Readers Say:

“Great!” – Maria

“Great box for the price.” – Hyde

About This Box: Here’s another popular beauty subscription that makeup-loving teens will adore! Each Birchbox subscription includes 4 to 5 samples of skincare products, makeup, haircare, and beyond. You can personalize your preferences to receive a custom box picked just for you every month—or opt to pick a “curated” box where you’ll see exactly what you’ll receive before it ships. Items come in sample and deluxe sizes with the occasional full-size product. This is a great way for teens to discover new, unique beauty trends, start a self-care regimen early, and flex their inner artist. 

Check out all of our Birchbox reviews and our Birchbox details to learn more. Ships to free to the US (international orders through Birchbox France, Birchbox Spainand Birchbox UK.)


4. Universal Yums

Universal Yums Australia box with snacks on display

Image from our review!

The Cost: Choose between the Yum Box for $14 a month or the Yum Yum Box for $25 a month. Subscribe here!

What Our Readers Say:

“Our family loves this box! It’s so exciting to discover a new country every month.” – Gintare

“Great box! Fantastic snack selections, and no problem with delivery. The food is always fresh, and the quality excellent. Love the educational aspect as well!” – flowerbunnylove

About the Box: When it comes to an educational experience, who doesn’t love learning through food? Universal Yums sends snacks and candies from a different country each month. Each box comes with a  scorecard, so you can keep track of which snacks you love most. With a variety of sweet and savory offerings, and an exciting element of exploration, this box is fun for the whole fam!

Read our Universal Yums reviews and Universal Yums details to learn more. Ships to the US, Canada, UK, and Israel.


5. KiwiCo Crates

Tinker Crate box's Tinker Zine and materials shown for DIYing a wooden catapult.

Image via KiwiCo.

Cost: Starts at $19.95 per month. Subscribe here!

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

What Our Readers Say:

“Love all the KiwiCo crates.” – marieseitz

“Great for family fun.” – Mommabear459

About These Boxes: Combining STEM-based concepts with crafts and DIY projects, KiwiCo‘s many tiers of age-linked boxes are brilliant for budding teen scientists, artists, and engineers. KiwiCo has subscriptions for kids of all ages, including more advanced options for science and tech-obsessed teens. Tinker Crate focuses on engineering; Doodle Crate is ideal for aspiring designers; Eureka Crate merges both science and design with a challenging, new project each month; and Maker Crate provides art & design projects using high-quality materials. Boxes include supplemental learning kits, booklets, and activities designed to enhance critical thinking, problem-solving, and creativity.

Check out all of our KiwiCo reviews to learn more. Ships free to the US.


6. Book of the Month YA

book cover with broken crown, snow, and a black snake

Image from our review!

Cost: $11.99 per month. Subscribe here!

What Our Readers Say:

“They tend to have a great selection of books that are fun to read.” – BC2

About This Box: Book of the Month YA is a monthly book subscription box for teens or anyone who’s into the YA genre. Each month, 5 curators pick out their favorite new young adult hardcover books, and you can choose which one you want to receive on the first of the month. And if your teen can’t get enough? You can also add up to 2 additional books for only $9.99 each.

Check out all of our Book of the Month YA reviews and Book of the Month YA details to learn more. Ships free to the US.


7. Pusheen Box

9 items surrounding pusheen box

Image from our review!

Cost: $43.95 per quarter. Subscribe here!

What Our Readers Say:

“Everything is so cute!!!!! Also, a lot of it quite useful. I especially like the items that add a bit of whimsy to the everyday, like desk accessories and decor.” – Karol

“Consistently quality products. And how cute.” – Hearhers

About This Box: We can barely keep our cool each quarter as we wait for the oh-so-cute Pusheen box to arrive! Four times a year, deliveries include a selection of Pusheen-inspired clothing, accessories, electronics, toys, stationery, and more! Boxes have a total retail value of $100+, and include exclusive surprises and rare first editions for the ultimate Pusheen collector. It’s a dream subscription for fans of the cartoon cat from the Everyday Cute comic—but even folks who don’t typically identify as a “cat person” find themselves flipping over Pusheen’s charm!

Check out all of our Pusheen Box reviews and Pusheen Box details to learn more. Ships to the US for $6, and worldwide at varied costs.


8. Quirky Crate

Quirky Crate subscription open to show a rainbow scarf, enamel pin, socks, and other colorful items.

Image from our review.

Cost: Starts at $35.83 per month. Subscribe here!

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 and Quirky Crate details to learn more. Ships to the US for $5.95, and worldwide at varied costs.


9. STRONG self(ie)

STRONG self(ie) subscription box with all teen girl items shown

Image from our review.

Cost: $56.00 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, and the BURST box on ages 13 to 17. P.S. you’ll get info for parents, too! 

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

10. FairyLoot

FairyLoot box displayed on a furry rug with twinkle lights, a quote pillow, and all items shown.

Image via FairyLoot.

Cost: $37 (£26.00) per month. Subscribe here!

About This Box: Fae-folk fans, gather ’round! The FairyLoot box is a fantasy-themed YA book subscription from the UK, intended for teens who love magical and mysterious literary worlds. Monthly boxes contain 5 to 6 exclusive, book-related surprises, in addition to a new YA novel. Teens will love reading along with the FairyLoot community!

Ships to the US, the UK, and internationally at varied costs. Ships from the UK.

11. MEL Science

Snapshot of the inside of a MEL Science subscription box

Image via MEL Science.

Cost: $34.90 per month. Subscribe here! 

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

About This Box: The MEL Science subscriptions take kids, tweens, and teens through an exciting journey of learning through experimentation. The MEL Chemistry box is an educational kit featuring 2-3 science experiments and DIYs per delivery, recommended for ages 10+. It includes all the ingredients and instructions necessary to carry out 2-3 safe-for-kids chemistry experiments, plus a companion virtual reality app to learn more. (There is also a MEL Kids box for kids ages 5-10 which includes hands-on building projects as well as a companion app.)

Check out our MEL Chemistry reviews and MEL Chemistry details to learn more. Ships free to the US and UK.


12. CampusCube

Campus Cube shown with the many snacks, pens, and other items that would be sent to a college student.

Image from our review!

Cost: $39.95 per month. Subscribe here!

COUPON: Use code MSA5 to save $5 off your first regular cube order.

About This Box: If your to-do list includes sending a care package for a college kid, CampusCube is all you need! This subscription service has an option for every occasion from exam prep, health, birthdays, or “just because!” CampusCube makes packages for gals and guys packed with snacks, gadgets, wellness items, beauty products, and other unique goodies. Their shipping schedule is geared around the semester system, too, so boxes will always arrive with perfect timing!

Check out all of our CampusCube reviews and CampusCube details to learn more. Ships to the US for $4.95.


That wraps up our list of the best subscription boxes for teens for 2020! What are your favorite boxes for middle-school and high-school kids?

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Comments (8)

  1. super good

  2. 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.

    • 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.

  3. 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.

    • complement

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

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

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

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