For Makers: Kit of the Month Gift Ideas


The maker revolution is alive and well online. Artisans now have countless outlets to channel their creativity thanks to monthly subscription boxes with the crafter in mind. Whether it’s receiving all the tools to make a fabulous necklace, supporting handmade goods, or having rainy day activities for the kids, a subscription to any of these boxes makes such a great gift, you might just have to order them for yourself as well!

For the Makers is perfect for the friend inspired by the crafts she bookmarks online but isn’t quite sure where to start with her love of making. This box provides four crafts each month, with a focus on jewelry, so you know each DIY will be used and loved.

Gift Kiwi Crate to a busy mom always on the search for more kid-friendly activities to complete with the little ones on weekends. Recent months have included supplies to make window clings and a mad scientist lab. Plus, for a little extra money, a sibling add-on makes sure all the kids can get in on the fun.

Turntable Kitchen

The Turntable Kitchen Pairings Box is what your hippest friend doesn’t yet know they want to see in the mail every month. A limited edition 7-inch vinyl record by a band Turntable Kitchen loves is paired with a digital mix tape, one to two dried premium ingredients, and three seasonal recipe cards that use the ingredient of the month. Could there be a cooler subscription?

WhimseyBox calls itself “Pinterest at your door” and with recent kits to make a textured clay dish and needle felted animals, it really is the best of the Pinterest popular page — in real life!

Nicely Noted

Nicely Noted revives the art of the hand-written letter by delivering each month three gorgeous letterpress cards plus postage — crucial in getting those notes actually sent out. The card trio is based on collection themes like Green, for springtime correspondence and Rawr, featuring the most adorably fearsome letter-pressed dinosaur.

The Umba Box is designed for Etsy lovers and craft fair enthusiasts. Each delivery is filled with two to three handmade goodies in categories like jewelry, home goods, women’s accessories, and bath. Think watercolor prints, hand-dyed clutches, and sterling silver necklaces.

Olive Box mixes paper and lifestyle goods — all those cute odds and ends your friend eyes at boutiques. With Parisian sticky notes, travel journals, and messages in a bottle, seeing this box on the front stoop would be the best mid-week pick-me-up.

Chic Maker’s tag line “Stylish DIY jewelry from Paris” really can’t be beat for the friend that’s a budding jewelry maker. Each kit comes with all the supplies needed to make the necklace or bracelet of the month, inspired by what’s already in fashion magazines.

Makr won’t deliver kits and handmade goods to your door, but as a design studio in an iPad app, it’ll let you create beautiful gifts for others. Make professional-grade and Pinterest-approved labels for your famous jams or create postcards and business cards for your friend’s new salon. Maybe whatever dreamed up with Makr will find its way into a subscription box!

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