Colossal hasn’t shared a gift guide in a few years—2020 is full of surprises—but we’ve prepared our new list with two principles in mind: the desire to support small businesses and reduce giving items that’ll be forgotten in the closet or tossed after a year. Instead, we’ve curated a collection of subscription boxes and kits centered around doing, whether that’s through learning a new craft, doodling, or kneading a loaf of bread.
Check out our picks below, and for similarly thoughtful options, head to Colossal’s Bookshop for a collection of craft- and art-centered titles.
Each month, Art Snacks curates a selection of four to five high-quality art supplies along with a menu describing the proper pairings and suggested usage for each item. There are boxes geared toward kids and adults, and members also get access to exclusive products and a discount in the shop.
For those who haven’t found themselves elbows-deep in flour and yeast in recent months, there’s a remedy in Bread Cult. The one-time kit includes reusable loaf pans, dough scraper, recipe books, and some ingredients to join the secret society “on a lifelong pursuit to make thy holiest bread.”
Pen and paper devotees often have anecdotes about cracking open a new notebook or scribbling on one page only to find the note months later, and scribeddelivery understands that passion well. The monthly subscription includes writing utensils, notebooks, and other curated items designed to get folks jotting down lists and thinking up the next big idea.
We’ve been eyeing Powell’s bi-monthly subscription, Indispensable, which pairs anticipated new reads with exclusive author interviews, similar titles, and other edible goodies. As the name suggests, the service focuses on independent publishers, sharing the most enticing picks you’ll consume in one sitting—plus chocolate and snacks, too.
The Sketchbook Project
The idea behind The Sketchbook Project is simple: “Order a sketchbook, fill it up, and send it back to us to be a part of the world’s largest collection of artist sketchbooks!” Your giftee might even see their work travel to popups and exhibitions across North America.
A buoy for cold-climate dwellers and anyone who likes to stay cozy, Knit-Wise ships skeins of yarn and patterns for creating wearables and home items based on skill level. There’s a monthly and quarterly option, in addition to a box geared toward crocheters, as well.