The Best Subscription Boxes for Teens – 2019 Readers’ Choice Awards

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Best Subscription Boxes for Teens

Voting for our 4th annual readers’ choice awards is now closed. Stay tuned: our updated list of winners will be announced in January 2020!

Updated: September 20, 2019

These are the best teen subscription boxes as voted on by YOU in our 2019 Subscription Box Awards.

We asked our readers to name their favorite subscription boxes for tweens, teens, and high schoolers—boxes that are trendy and cool, but also age-appropriate and fun. And if you’re young-at-heart, there’s plenty to love for any age, too!

These are the top picks 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

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Cost: $12 per month. Subscribe here!

What Our Readers Say:

“ipsy is an easy way for teenage girls to experiment and discover. The low price is attractive to parents, and the free bag is a great plus.” – Dea

“I always gift it to my 16-year-old sister and it’s perfect for her because she’s kind of in an age that’s starting to try makeup and ipsy is just great at it. The bag is also a great plus for my sister to carry her goodies!” – Coli

“Their samples are perfect for teens of all ages.” – Melissa

About This Box: We love this affordable (and adorable!) beauty subscription box! Each month, Ipsy delivers 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 starter kit for teens exploring new makeup and beauty looks. Check out the Ipsy Glam Bag Plus subscription when you’re ready for full-size beauty goodies!

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


2. OwlCrate

Cost: $29.99 per month. Subscribe here!

COUPON: Use coupon WELCOME10 to save 10% off of your first month!

What Our Readers Say:

“A themed box of fun stuff that uses the senses and isn’t too babyish.” – Sunnymay

“Great related reading items!! Very interesting monthly book choices.” Anon

“My niece loves the items!” – Anon

About This Box: OwlCrate sends literature-loving teens a new release, page-turning YA novel each month. They’ll also get 3 to 5 unique book-related goodies. There’s a new theme with every delivery (things like “Magical Artifacts” and “Power of Illusions,”) and the extra items include things like prints, collectibles, and author-related exclusives. 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 US ($7.99,) to Canada ($10.59,) and Worldwide ($19.99.)


3. Birchbox

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Cost: $15 per month. Subscribe here!

Coupon: Check out the latest Birchbox coupons to get an offer with your first box!

What Our Readers Say:

“It gives the teenager a chance to try or experiment with make up with out buying the regular large size products.” – Judy

“Millennial Box was well curated and at a great price pint for teens.” – J.

“Love all the makeup samples to try!” – Cincimomof4

About This Box: This popular box is perfect for makeup-loving teens! Each Birchbox subscription includes 4 to 5 samples of skincare products, makeup, haircare, and more. 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. Teens love discovering new, unique beauty trends.

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


4.  J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World Crate

UDPATE: We do not recommend subscribing to J. K. Rowling’s Wizarding World Crate by Loot Crate at this time. See this post for more info.

Cost: $39.99 every other month. Subscribe here!

What Our Readers Say:

“I mean….it’s Harry Potter.” – Jennifer

“Because Harry Potter!” – PK

“Love it!” – Anon

About This Box: Calling all wizards! J. K. Rowling’s Wizarding World Crate arrives every other month filled with 5 to 7 exclusive, licensed collectibles from the Harry Potter universe. Think apparel, figurines, and memorabilia curated around a theme. Fans get to choose what house they belong to during sign-up. Teenage (or any age!) Potterheads love to experience the magic!

Check out all of our J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World Crate reviews and our J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World Crate details to learn more. Ships to US for $5, and Worldwide at varied costs.

5. FairyLoot

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

About This Box: The FairyLoot box hails from the UK where it’s sprinkled with pixie dust for fae-folk fans! FairyLoot is a fantasy-themed YA book subscription 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 US, UK, and internationally at varied costs.


6. Loot Crate

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UDPATE: We do not recommend subscribing to Loot Crate at this time. See this post for more info.

Cost: $19.99 per month. Subscribe here!

What Our Readers Say:

“Loot tee and loot wear are a hit with my son. I don’t have to worry about dragging him shopping and he enjoys getting packages in the mail.” – Heather

“FUN” – Anon

About This Box: Fanboys and fangirls love unboxing this pop culture subscription box! Each month, Loot Crate sends you 4+ items featuring your favorite franchises from TV, comics, movies, video games, and more! Expect a monthly graphic tee, gear, figures, and other collectibles! It’s the perfect box for trendy teens who know and love everything about pop culture.

Check out our Loot Crate reviews and Loot Crate details to learn more. Ships to US for $5, and internationally at varied costs.


8.  KiwiCo Crates

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

COUPON: Use this link to save 40% off your first month of a Kiwi Crate, Koala Crate, Tadpole Crate, Atlas Crate, Doodle Crate or Tinker Crate subscription!

About These Boxes: Budding teen scientists, artists, and engineers love KiwiCo’s STEM-based crafts and DIY projects. KiwiCo has subscriptions for kids of all ages, and more advanced options for science and tech obsessed teens. Tinker Crate focuses on engineering. Doodle Crate is ideal for aspiring designers. And Eureka Crate merges both science and design with a challenging, new project each month. 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 US.


9. Boxycharm

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Cost: $21 per month. Subscribe here!

About This Box: Teenage beauty fans will love the Boxycharm experience! Each month, you’ll get 5 to 6 beauty products from on-the-rise, as well as established brands. Boxes have a retail value of $100+, and include at least 4 full-size items. It’s a great way for makeup-obsessed teens to sample beauty products and experiment with new items in nailcare, skin care, makeup, fragrance, and lots more! Join the Charmer community to connect with other makeup newbies and gurus!

Check out all our Boxycharm reviews and our Boxycharm details to learn more. Ships free to continental US, and $5 to AK and HI.



Cost: $49.95 per quarter. Subscribe here!

COUPON: Use coupon code FALL20 to save 20% off your first box!

About This Box: CAUSEBOX is a great subscription that lets globally-minded teens connect with a cause! CAUSEBOX delivers artisanal goods across the globe with the aim to empower artists. Boxes include handicrafts, decor, beauty products, apparel, and other unique goods. CAUSEBOX partners with companies who support artisans through socially-conscious business practices. Boxes have a value of at least $200 each, and contain items that have been ethically-sourced and curated. Each box also features artist stories so teens get an intro to international cultures and histories.

Check out all our CAUSEBOX reviews and our CAUSEBOX details to learn more. Ships to US.


11. Play! by Sephora

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Cost: $10 per month. Subscribe here!

What Our Readers Say:

“Inexpensive and can teach them about skincare.” – Jen D.

“My teen daughter loves it.” – Bridget

About This Box: Teens who love the fabulous mall store, will adore a Play! by Sephora subscription. Each box includes 5 trial size makeup products from name brands, plus an exclusive beauty bonus item. Contents are typically worth up to $65, and include 50 reward point from Sephora’s Beauty Insider program that can be redeemed for more samples. There’s also a how-to Play!Book with beauty tips and tricks about the products.

Check out all our Play! by Sephora reviews and our Play! by Sephora details to learn more. Ships to free to US.


12. Pusheen Box

All 9 Pusheen items in a group surrounding the box

Cost: $43.95 per quarter. Subscribe here!

What Our Readers Say:

“Love this cute little guy. And many useful items such as robes, towels, and even fans shaped like Pusheen!!” – Heather1211

About This Box: Can you handle all this cuteness? Each quarterly Pusheen box includes 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.

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

Looking for more ideas? Check out some of our editors’ picks below:

13. CampusCube

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Cost: $39.95 per month. Subscribe here!

COUPON: Limited Time Only! Use code MSA15 to save 15% off your first box.

About This Box: Need a care package for a college kid? Look no further than CampusCube! This subscription service has an option for every occasion whether that’s “just because,” or targeted for exam prep, health, or birthdays! 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 arrive with perfect timing!

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


14. Penny + Grace

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Cost: $19.99 per month. Subscribe here!

About This Box: When your teen needs a little pick-me-up that’s perfect and pretty, think Penny + Grace. This monthly jewelry subscription includes three coordinating pieces in delicate, elegant designs. Pieces come in your choice of metal, (options include 18k Gold, Silver, & 18k Rose Gold,) and are 100% lead and nickel free. Plus, you get a canvas pouch for storage and a bonus enamel pin!

Check out all of our Penny + Grace reviews and our Penny + Grace details to learn more. Ships free to US, and $6 to Canada.


15. Quirky Crate

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Cost: Starts at $33 per month. Subscribe here!

About This Box: Eccentric, walk-to-their-own-beat teens will appreciate the quirk! The Quirky Crate subscription comes packed with 5 to 8 amazingly quirky and fiercely fun items. You’ll get an enamel pin from the featured indie artist-of-the-month, in addition to funky socks, accessories, stationary supplies, and other goodies. Finally, a box cool enough for teens with a radical, whimsy edge!

Check out all of our Quirky Crate reviews and Quirky Crate details to learn more. Ships to US for $5.95, and Worldwide at varied costs.


16. Earfleek

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Cost: $3.49 per month. Subscribe here!

COUPON: Use code MSA50 to get your first box for $1.75.

About This Box: Get a new pair of cute, trendy earrings each month with this super affordable jewelry subscription! You get to “swipe” your likes and dislikes to set up your style preferences. Each month, you’ll get one pair of 100% nickel-free earrings. Expect styles that mix studs, danglies, understated looks, or quirky statements. Teens love the easy, breezy style surprise that arrives each month!

Check out all of our Earfleek reviews and Earfleek details to learn more. Ships free to US.


The Very Best Subscription Boxes for Teens Ages 13+

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

Written by MSA


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