Don’t know what to give your creative friend for the holidays? Give them the gift that keeps on giving! These monthly subscription boxes are made with artists and art lovers in mind. They’re even great for last-minute buying if you’re still stumped.


For the Experimenter

ArtSnacks sends 4-5 full-size art supply items to your door each month. (True to its name, a little piece of candy is included, too!) The recipient can discover new products – some are not available in stores yet, and some are even limited edition. The company also started Mix, a community of “ArtSnackers” who share ideas and techniques, and inspire one another.



For the Global-Minded


While this box isn’t specifically for artists, it does consist of beautiful items made by artisans around the globe. GlobeIn’s “The Artisan Box” is perfect for anyone who appreciates quality handmade items that help make the world a better place. The purchase of this subscription supports artists and farmers by keeping them employed, expanding their businesses and providing them with the means to take care of their families and communities. Each box is centered around a theme and includes information about the artisans whose items are included.



For the Illustrator

Each SketchBox includes 4-6 items. While not exclusively drawing supplies, these items do predominantly enhance the needs and techniques of illustrators: pens, pencils, erasers, and more. Each box includes a small work of art that was created with the enclosed items by the month’s featured artist.



For the Stressed-Out Artist

The adult coloring book trend has proven to be calming and therapeutic. That’s why Monthly Coloring Club includes limited-edition coloring books, each by a different artist with a unique art style. The community of subscribers can vote on upcoming themes such as mandala, animals and water. Choose between digital and physical pages. Physical pages are printed on card stock, making them ideal for markers and watercolors.



For the Artist With a Creative Block

While some other subscription boxes provide you with the supplies and let your creativity run wild, Smart Art puts the items in context. Each box has a theme. With your 6-8 full-sized items, subscribers will receive a pamphlet that gives the history of that month’s theme, information on the supplies, and step-by-step instructions on a project to make with the items. Past themes include marbling, soft pastels and encaustic painting.


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