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The Top 13 Magazine Subscriptions for Kids

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These top 13 magazine subscriptions for kids make GREAT non-toy gift ideas for Christmas! And it's a gift that gives all year long!

Are you looking for non-toy gift ideas this year for Christmas? One non-toy gift I love giving my kids is magazine subscriptions!

My kids LOVE getting magazines as gifts because it means they’ll get fun mail every month all year long! Then you can recycle them or pass them on when you’re through with them.

Here are 13 suggestions for fun magazine subscriptions for kids that our family has loved and my readers also highly recommended:

Be sure to use coupon code MONEYSAVING at checkout to get 20% off your purchase of these magazine subscriptions!!

1. Highlights Magazine — This is a top children’s magazine that makes learning fun and adventurous through the use of hidden pictures, games, puzzles, and other interactive activities. Choose from Highlights for Children (ages 6-12), Highlights High Five (ages 2-6), or Highlights Hello (for ages 0-2).

2. American Girl Magazine — A great alternative to more traditional teen magazines, each issue of this magazine includes craft ideas, puzzles, contests, advice, games, and other fun activities and articles. Each issue celebrates girls’ creativity, confidence, and independence. It is perfect for girls ages 8 and up.

3. Thomas & Friends Magazine — For ages 2-7, each issue of this hugely popular magazine is filled with stories your children will love, a collectible poster you can hang on your wall, and a pull out workbook filled with activities like counting, matching, and reading.

4. Peppa Pig Magazine — Perfect for young Peppa fans ages 2-7, this highly-rated magazine is packed full of games, puzzles, stories, crafts, posters, and more.

5. Sports Illustrated Kids Magazine — This magazine is not only a fun and entertaining way to promote reading, but also serves as a wonderful and wholesome source of inspiration for young kids who love the world of sports. Edited for children 8 years and up, the magazine features great news articles, player profiles, and much more.

6. National Geographic Kids Magazine — This award winning magazine features a combination of facts, photos, and fun for kids. The articles are designed to inspire children to learn about their world around them and consist of incredible information about science, technology, animals, geography, archaeology, and pop culture. Each issue also comes with jokes, fun games, and activities. Choose from the Kids version for ages 6 & up or the Little Kids version for ages 3-6.

7. Sparkle World Magazine — This magazine features Care Bears, Strawberry Shortcake, Angelina Ballerina, and more. Each issue is packed with these popular characters, activities, games, posters, stickers and more. It is suited for younger girls ages 3 and up.

8. Disney Princess Magazine — This magazine is for girls ages 4-9 and is filled with magical stories, fun projects, games, activities, and more. It is narrated by Disney’s leading ladies like Ariel, Belle, Cinderella, and Snow White and every issue features a pull out poster your child can hang on her wall.

9. Babybug Magazine — This magazine is for infants and toddlers up to 3 years old. It’s a unique magazine, because it’s one that parents and their babies can enjoy together. It’s filled with colorful pictures and simple rhymes and stories that can be read together.

10. Zoobooks Magazine — This is the kid’s magazine for animal lovers. It brings the excitement of the zoo right into your home. Each issue features breath-taking photography, fascinating articles, facts, and diagrams that brings the animal world alive.

11. Jack & Jill Magazine — This magazine teaches young readers ages 7-10 about health, self-confidence, and better living through humor and adventurous stories. It also features regular publication of reader’s stories, poems, photos, and artwork.

12. Ranger Rick Magazine — Published by the National Wildlife Federation, this magazine is designed for boys and girls ages 7-12 who love the outdoors. Each issue is packed with full-color photos of animals and stories of adventure. It focuses on teaching young kids about wildlife, nature, and conservation.

13. LEGO Life Magazine — This is one of my kids’ favorite magazines, and the best part is that a two-year subscription is totally FREE! This magazine is the ultimate print experience for young LEGO fans, and it is filled with stuff like comics, fun activities, challenging competitions, and interviews. Readers can keep up with their favorite characters and themes, and discover what other LEGO builders are creating.

Don’t forget to use code MONEYSAVING at checkout to get an extra 20% off these subscriptions!

BONUS magazine we love: Clubhouse Magazine — You know how our family is HUGE fans of Adventures in Odyssey! So it’s only natural that my kids LOVE Clubhouse magazine! This Christian kids’ magazine for ages 8-12 reinforces family closeness with hands-on activities, challenging puzzles and exciting stories. (Discount Magazines doesn’t offer this magazine, so I don’t have a discounted price to offer you, unfortunately.)

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23 Comments

  • Karen says:

    I always encourage parents to get magazines for reluctant readers. You can find one that suits your child’s interest. The pictures entice them to open it up, plus an article is much shorter than a book.

  • Emily says:

    Really bummed you didn’t include “Clubhouse” (and “Clubhouse Jr.”) and “WorldKids” – both EXCELLENT magazines for kids from a Christian worldview. My kids LOVE these magazines. While the World magazines are a tad more pricey, we use them for school projects all the time and to help discuss tricky current events. I found that some magazines like “Ranger Rick” and even “Highlights” have sometimes have humanistic or very liberal themes – either subtle or overt – that I don’t want my kids exposed to in a flashy “fun” way while they are still so young and can’t discern truth well.

    • Aubrey says:

      Agree! We love Clubhouse Jr. at our house. My daughter will spend all evening reading hers when it comes in the mail.
      Haven’t heard about WorldKids, but will have to check it out!

    • Thank you so much for mentioning those! My kids have LOVED Clubhouse! We haven’t checked out WorldKids before… though I remember reading it as a child. Is it the same thing now? Do you know?

      • I went ahead and added Clubhouse to the list. I had planned to include it (because it’s one of my kids’ very faves!), but I couldn’t find a deal on it and Amazon doesn’t offer it anymore and I was trying to focus on magazines that were great prices. But I decided to go ahead and add it as a bonus! 🙂

        • Amy Nan says:

          There is kind of a deal. If you subscribe to multiple years, the price per year is lower.

          So crazy that you posted this today – I just bought a three year subscription this morning.

          Also – you did mention Clubhouse (ages 8-12), but don’t forget about Clubhouse, Jr (ages 3-7).

  • Aimee says:

    Thanks for this – just ordered Sports Illustrated Kids for our son and American Girl for our daughter. Will be a fun Christmas gift that keeps on giving. 🙂

  • Christin says:

    I tried clicking the link and it says the promotional rates expired 11/12 at 11:59 pm.

  • Meagan says:

    The Lego magazine link isn’t working for me, I get a 404 error. Does it work for anyone else?

  • KR says:

    The post says they’re valid through 11/17, but they seem to have gone back up. Can you help? Thank you.

  • Kaylee says:

    I was going to order today as well, but the prices have increased. Is the sale still valid through today? Thanks

  • Leigh Ann says:

    We were getting ready to order and the prices have gone back up but it supposed to still be valid through today. Are you able to get it fixed? Please and thank you!

  • Kari says:

    The Lego subscription is not working. I created the login and then it says you will be sent an email. It sends the email and the link just takes you back to the same page and sends you another email. it never brings you to the page to fill out your information for the subscription.

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