The world of adult coloring books has ballooned into a robust market, and it couldn’t come in handier this time of year. Creating lush gardens, lively oceans, and enchanted forests can serve as an antidote to holiday stress. But how do you pick the perfect coloring book for the readers on your shopping list?
Here’s one foolproof way to decide: shoot the gap and pick up one of the many literary coloring books populating the aisles of your nearest B&N. A handful of your favorite fictional worlds—and more by the day, it seems—are awaiting your artistry. Here are some of our top picks for perfect gifts for your bookish loved ones, though you may need to pick up a second copy for yourself.
Harry Potter: The Coloring Book #1
Yer a wizard, Harry, a wizard of the crayon. Always had bigger aesthetic ambitions for the Sorting Hat? Ready to give Buckbeak a new look? Have you always longed to lovingly detail Dobby’s sock? Here’s the book for any diehard Potterhead. Hours of penciling in a Quidditch scene might distract them from their failure to secure opening night tickets to Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
The Official Outlander Coloring Book
Gird your loins, Sassenachs. Things are about to get steamy. So many kilts! So many exquisitely tailored gowns! Not that anyone will be spending much time coloring those in when there’s a genuine Jamie Fraser chest to bring to life, but they’ll be waiting when the Jamie-hued colored pencils run out.
The Official Game of Thrones Coloring Book
Contrary to popular belief, more colors will be used than just red. There are a lot of blonde people to render, not to mention the heaps of polished steel on the Iron Throne and all that black up there at the Wall. But never fear, there are plenty more-complex color schemes inside, like Cersei’s lavish duds and the quiet beauty of a weirwood.
Sherlock: The Mind Palace: A Coloring Book Adventure
Trust me, it’s possible to spend more than an hour just on the wallpaper of 221B alone, but since this particular coloring book is based on the BBC show, there’s also ample opportunity to lovingly craft the shading on Benedict Cumberbatch’s cheekbones and the exact shade of red on Watson’s face when Sherlock does, well, almost anything really.
A Brothers Grimm Coloring Book and Other Classic Fairy Tales
Much like coloring books, the stories of the Brothers Grimm hold appeal far beyond childhood. And nothing is more fun to bring to life than the lush, fantastical stories of Rapunzel, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, and so many more that you know by heart.