Wrapped Like a Gift
GiftLit’s name is quite appropriate, not just because you are giving the gift of reading to your little tyke, but also because each book that you receive per month is actually wrapped in deep red paper with a white ribbon – which, effectively, makes each book a monthly gift.
More than that, they also include a complimentary gift card, as well as a set of personalized bookplates – one for each month of your gift. The card, as well as the bookplates, are also printed with your personalized message, which makes it even more special.
Of course, not everyone will want to have their books wrapped month after month, or at all, which is why it’s also great that GiftLit offers flexibility when it comes to wrapping options.
You can choose to have every month’s book wrapped, or only the first book, or even skip the wrapping altogether. While this isn’t a groundbreaking feature, options are always a plus.
Pricing and Features
As mentioned previously, GiftLit offers a monthly subscription of books that are handpicked and curated by a collection of literary experts. Their advisory board, so to speak, consists of librarians, educators, authors, and industry experts — which is great as it assures you that each book that they offer is carefully and meticulously considered for each age group. This is especially good news for responsible parents as it gives them that added peace of mind that their child won’t accidentally read something that isn’t appropriate for their age group.
Of course, this doesn’t mean that GiftLit’s selection of genres suffer in the curating process – quite the contrary, in fact. They offer everything including board books for babies, picture books, books for boys and/or girls, mysteries, fantasy, thrillers, teen fiction, and many, many more – including books that adults would love.
As for the subscription prices, GiftLit’s suggested collections each carry different price tags – one collection would cost $57.95 for 3 months, while another would cost $40.95 for the same subscription duration, for example. This is because of the differing prices of each book. Similarly, while the Build Your Own method provides a more uniform pricing scheme, the cost of subscription will still adjust accordingly if you add books that are higher or lower than the average book price of $18.
However, if you do stick to choices that adhere to the average book prices, then expect to pay $59.95 for 3 months, $114.95 for 6 months, or $224.95 for 12 months of subscription to their Custom Children’s Collection. You can customize books for children ages 2-5, 5-8, 8-10, 10-12, or 12-14. Alternatively, they also offer Custom Teen Collections, Custom Adult Paperbacks, and Custom Adult Collections – with prices that are nearly similar to one another.
As for support concerns, GiftLit’s team can be reached by completing an online form or by calling via phone. Beyond that, they provide a pretty informative FAQ section that should satisfy basic queries regarding their service. They also provide ample information on shipping and delivery, ordering and payment, and even substitutions and returns. All in all, their support is pretty decent – if a little basic.
What's the Verdict on GiftLit?
GiftLit Review 2017 – Conclusion
If you are looking for a subscription service for kids, but want something with a little more substance than the usual toy subscription, then you might want to look at GiftLit. It allows you to introduce your child to the world of literature, or even feed his/her growing passion for reading. Each book is handpicked and categorized by a team of literary experts to ensure each collection offers books that are enthralling, engaging, educational and, of course, age-appropriate. Beyond that, they also offer a wide range of genres, customizable monthly collections, and even books for teens and adults. While it might not be for readers outside the US nor is it more budget-friendly compared to buying your books in, say, Amazon, it does offer convenience and the thrill of discovering new books month after month. All in all, GiftLit is a very worthy subscription service for kids – and adults alike. Check them out now and see for yourself!