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14 Gorgeous Coloring Books That Make Great Gifts

Tolani Osan joined Simon & Schuster’s Associate’s Program in 2015 where she spent her first rotation in S&S publicity. She recently earned a Master’s in Publishing & Writing from Emerson College. A daughter of Nigerian immigrants, Tolani enjoys literary fiction about the tensions between cultures and classes. Her favorite book is Khaled Hosseini’s “A Thousand Splendid Suns,” which she’s made a pact with herself to revisit every three years. She also founded and runs women’s interest blog, MyDresscapades.com, and writes on topics such as fashion, food, perpetual “singledom,” and feminism. You can enjoy her musings about pop culture, fashion, and literature on twitter @dresscapades.  

For the artistically inclined, young at heart, mindful meditators, and everyone in between, coloring books are the perfect gifts this holiday season. Lucky for you, we’ve compiled a list of fantastic coloring books—one for every person on your shopping list. Make the gift complete with colored pencils or fine-tip markers!


Secret Garden
by Johanna Basford

Johanna Basford’s beautiful and interactive coloring book is sure to keep you busy all winter long. SECRET GARDEN features delicate and highly detailed pen-and-ink illustrations—all waiting to be brought to life with color. Can you spot all the tiny garden creatures hidden on the pages, waiting to be found?

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Secret Garden
Johanna Basford

Johanna Basford’s beautiful and interactive coloring book is sure to keep you busy all winter long. SECRET GARDEN features delicate and highly detailed pen-and-ink illustrations—all waiting to be brought to life with color. Can you spot all the tiny garden creatures hidden on the pages, waiting to be found?

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Color this Book: New York City
by Abbi Jacobson

“Broad City” multi-hyphenate Abbi Jacobson isn’t just funny, she’s also a talented artist. Her coloring book captures the charm and personality of bustling New York City—from cultural attractions to quirky shops to everyday street scenes.

Color this Book: New York City
Abbi Jacobson

“Broad City” multi-hyphenate Abbi Jacobson isn’t just funny, she’s also a talented artist. Her coloring book captures the charm and personality of bustling New York City—from cultural attractions to quirky shops to everyday street scenes.

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The Official A Game of Thrones Coloring Book
by George R. R. Martin

We could’ve used a fun distraction like this while we anxiously awaited Jon Snow’s fate last year. It’s not too late—now, fans can fill in the blanks and marvel as this meticulously imagined universe comes to life, one sword, sigil, and castle at a time. This is every serious GoT fan’s must-have collector’s item.

The Official A Game of Thrones Coloring Book
George R. R. Martin

We could’ve used a fun distraction like this while we anxiously awaited Jon Snow’s fate last year. It’s not too late—now, fans can fill in the blanks and marvel as this meticulously imagined universe comes to life, one sword, sigil, and castle at a time. This is every serious GoT fan’s must-have collector’s item.

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Color Me Calm
by Lacy Mucklow and Angela Porter

The adult coloring craze was born from a need to retreat and de-stress. So art therapist Lacy Mucklow and artist Angela Porter teamed up on 100 coloring templates to help adults channel their anxiety into satisfying, creative accomplishments.

Color Me Calm
Lacy Mucklow and Angela Porter

The adult coloring craze was born from a need to retreat and de-stress. So art therapist Lacy Mucklow and artist Angela Porter teamed up on 100 coloring templates to help adults channel their anxiety into satisfying, creative accomplishments.

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Secret Paris
by Zoe De Las Cases

Holiday in Paris with this coloring book that will relax, and inspire you with the City of Light. Stroll the picturesque streets, cross the Seine, and live like the French do—in a world of bistros, flea markets, and opulent architecture.

Secret Paris
Zoe De Las Cases

Holiday in Paris with this coloring book that will relax, and inspire you with the City of Light. Stroll the picturesque streets, cross the Seine, and live like the French do—in a world of bistros, flea markets, and opulent architecture.

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Bun B's Rapper Coloring and Activity Book
by Shea Serrano

Rapper Bun B lends his street cred (and occasionally his face) to this creative, hilarious, and just flat-out fun coloring book. Chock-full of unbelievably clever activities and smart plays on rap culture, Bun B bring these stars—from Drake to LL Cool J, Childish Gambino to Tupac—and their music right into your living room.

Bun B's Rapper Coloring and Activity Book
Shea Serrano

Rapper Bun B lends his street cred (and occasionally his face) to this creative, hilarious, and just flat-out fun coloring book. Chock-full of unbelievably clever activities and smart plays on rap culture, Bun B bring these stars—from Drake to LL Cool J, Childish Gambino to Tupac—and their music right into your living room.

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Vogue Colors A to Z
by Valerie Steiker

Relive the rich history of one of the fashion industry’s enduring staples. Twenty-six archived Vogue magazine covers from 1912 to 1932 will take fashionistas of all ages back to playful and whimsical moments of boas, bows, and even exotic animals.

Vogue Colors A to Z
Valerie Steiker

Relive the rich history of one of the fashion industry’s enduring staples. Twenty-six archived Vogue magazine covers from 1912 to 1932 will take fashionistas of all ages back to playful and whimsical moments of boas, bows, and even exotic animals.

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I Love My Hair
by Andrea Pippins

Here’s a hip, gorgeous doodle coloring book about all things hair. Lose yourself in page after page of bold hairstyles and accessories, from rows of braids to Mohawks to sweeping updos to cascades of ribbons and beads.

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I Love My Hair
Andrea Pippins

Here’s a hip, gorgeous doodle coloring book about all things hair. Lose yourself in page after page of bold hairstyles and accessories, from rows of braids to Mohawks to sweeping updos to cascades of ribbons and beads.

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Beards rock coloring book
by Horacio Cassinelli

Yes, beards are still setting hearts ablaze. Unleash your creativity with 64 drawings of bearded men—from the temples of antiquity to the streets of contemporary San Francisco.

Beards rock coloring book
Horacio Cassinelli

Yes, beards are still setting hearts ablaze. Unleash your creativity with 64 drawings of bearded men—from the temples of antiquity to the streets of contemporary San Francisco.

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The Coloring Book for Goths
by Tom Devonald

This one is ideal if your art supplies are limited—you’ll only need one color: black. This hilariously nihilistic “off-color” coloring book encourages moodiness, moroseness, and misery over mindful meditation—perfect for the goth in us all.

The Coloring Book for Goths
Tom Devonald

This one is ideal if your art supplies are limited—you’ll only need one color: black. This hilariously nihilistic “off-color” coloring book encourages moodiness, moroseness, and misery over mindful meditation—perfect for the goth in us all.

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The Art of Nature Coloring Book
by Adams Media

These flora- and fauna-inspired prints will fill your life with the beauty of the outdoors. These ornate creations will not only provide you with hours of entertainment, but will also serve as one-of-a-kind decorations that will liven up any wall or workspace.

The Art of Nature Coloring Book
Adams Media

These flora- and fauna-inspired prints will fill your life with the beauty of the outdoors. These ornate creations will not only provide you with hours of entertainment, but will also serve as one-of-a-kind decorations that will liven up any wall or workspace.

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Pusheen Coloring Book
by Claire Belton

Pusheen—internet's favorite chubby, tubby tabby—jumped on the coloring book wagon and we couldn't be more excited. This purr-fectly cute coloring book featues adorable kitty drawings that will charm coloring book fans, cat lovers (and cats) everywhere.

Pusheen Coloring Book
Claire Belton

Pusheen—internet's favorite chubby, tubby tabby—jumped on the coloring book wagon and we couldn't be more excited. This purr-fectly cute coloring book featues adorable kitty drawings that will charm coloring book fans, cat lovers (and cats) everywhere.

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