Pretty Theresa writes:
I’m trying to get ready for Christmas, and I have 9 nieces and nephews to buy for. They all have so much STUFF, that I thought magazine subscriptions may be the way to go. I did this for my nephews last year and it was a big hit – they loved getting mail every month, and enjoyed reading the magazines as well (and their sisters were jealous!) In looking on line at the multitude of choices, I can’t decide what’s a good pick – there’s such a large selection. I would like something at least a bit educational, but enjoyable as well. Their ages range from 18 months to 15 years, and while magazines may not be the solution for all of them I’m hoping that it’ll work for at least some. I’ve got girls in preschool, boys in kindergarten, girls in 1st, 3rd and 6th grades and a boy in high school. Do you or your readers have any suggestions?
First, I just want to say that I love that Theresa is doing this. Magazine subscriptions are fabulous gifts for kids with too much stuff, and they foster reading, too. Win!
I have a few suggestions, and then I hope y’all will chime in.
I love, love, love the Cricket family of magazines unabashedly. Cricket is for ages 9-14. Spider is for ages 6-9, Ladybug is for ages 3-6, and Babybug is for baby-3. Love them all. And if you’re ready to buy, The Savvy Source is currently discounting subscriptions, which means savings ahoy.
All of these magazines I’ve mentioned so far are things I read as a kid. That means they’ve been around for a million billion years, of course. Heh.
The magazine my son enjoys the most now is the LEGO Club magazine. The good news is that it’s free! The bad news is that it’s a not-so-subtle multi-page advertisement for all of the wonderful things he could build if only we would buy him hundreds (more) dollars worth of Lego. So. Maybe not the best gift…?
My daughter’s current magazine love affair is with Kiki Magazine, which is kind of pricey but I happily pay full price for it because 1) it has no advertising, 2) it’s extremely diverse in the models it uses, 3) it has craft projects instead of tips for getting boys to look at you, and 4) it is smart and sassy yet appropriate for girls as young as 8. It is the most girl-positive publication I’ve ever encountered, and I recommend it to everyone. We love Kiki!
Alright, readers: What are your kiddie magazine recommendations? And does anyone have a recommendation for the high school boy on Theresa’s list? I have no idea what high school kids read these days.