Cool Stuff to Color: 2016 Holiday Gift Guide

colorableWhenever I see something – almost anything! –  that is black and white I start thinking about color schemes and which pencils or markers would work with it. And there are so many colorable decorative and functional items that are not coloring books.

A “colorable” would make a great gift for any enthusiastic colorist on your holiday gift list – or as a gift for yourself! This is just a short list of the many to consider, with prices starting at just $2.99.

When buying a colorable as a gift, consider the following suggestions for coloring media, and add a set of the right tools to your package if not already included:

  • If the colorable is fabric, such as a T-shirt, pillow, or device case/cover, fabric markers are best, particularly because they won’t feather on the surface and are color-fast. Colored pencils such as Derwent Inktense will work, too, but they may fade if handled a lot.
  • Ceramic, glass or porcelain colorables (such as mugs) need markers that are labeled as permanent on glass and ceramic such as Pebeos.  You can also use oil-based paint markers. Regular Sharpie ink can come off even after baking.
  • On canvas prints, you’ll want to select something that doesn’t bleed. Fabric markers are a great idea, or you can even use gel pens.
  • For a plastic colorable, permanent markers like Sharpies are ideal.

And if you are gifting a separate medium with your colorable, remind the giftee to test the medium  in a hidden area before they begin coloring!

Light Up Their World

Inka Shade is a colorable lampshade. Inka has a wide range of designs, many from coloring book artists such as best-selling Jenean Morisson.  Pencils and water-based markers won’t work on this material so this is definitely a project for colorists who like to use alcohol markers, such as Sharpies. You can buy kits for a hanging drum or table-top pedestal lamp that come with everything your giftee needs, or simply the shade to change out the design.  Prices range from $32.00 for a shade to $65.00 for a drum shade kit.

Color While You Eat

The Coloring Table makes unique fabric tablecloths with many designs, including mandalas.  A colorist can use permanent fabric markers for a lasting memory, or washable markers or crayons for multiple uses. Include some markers for your gift recipient: Crayola Fine Line Fabric Markers or Creative Joy Fabric Markers would be perfect for permanent coloring; for the wash-out option, try Crayola Ultra-Clean Washable Markers. These tablecloths are machine washable and wrinkle free. Each has a special backing that ensures marker will not bleed through the fabric onto your table. Available sizes are 59″ x 59″ (square), 59″ x 84″ (rectangle) and 59″ x 102″ (rectangle).  Prices range from $29.99 to $36.99.

Color the Walls

OK, so you don’t actually color your wall, but Magic Murals has over 130 unique colorable murals that you can stick to your wall!  Designs include abstracts and nature, and of course a few of the ubiquitous mandalas. The murals are made of vinyl that in most cases you can remove – without damaging the wall – and re-position in another wall space.  You can even choose a special finish that you can color over and over again using DryErase markers, like these and these. You can eve get white DryErase markers for highlights (like white gel pens for coloring books)! Available sizes are about 4 feet x 4 feet and go up to about 8 feet by 11 feet, but you can order custom sizes. Prices start at $66.00, but for a limited time all designs are on sale for 33% off.

Post It!

Maybe coloring the wall is a bit overwhelming…why not a poster? DoodleArt started making colorable posters way back in 1972. Today they are going strong with a large selection of 24″ x 34″ posters with butterfly, flower, and fairy tale themes, and many more. These are printed on 100 pound stock for maximum durability and longevity, and each poster comes with 12 dual-tip non-toxic markers. Your giftee will receive about 60 hours of coloring fun with each poster, and and they make a fantastic family activity. Prices range from $18.09 to $31.99.

Frame It

Fodeez® Frames are colorable frames – with a twist. First, they are wonderful for displaying your smaller colored-in pages practically anywhere including most walls and stainless steel refrigerators. You can even use them as laptop skins! Fodeez® Frames are held in place by reusable, repositionable adhesive. As well, you can color them, and then wipe them clean and re-color.There are three Fodeez® Frames in the package along with four double-ended (fine tip and broad tip) Dry Erase Markers. The clear display area is 4″ x 6″. Kits are $12.99 and $13.80, depending upon design.

Stick It

If like me your giftee is a fan of coloring book artist Thaneeya McArdle, The Peel People have created DIY Decor Colorable Decals that may be a perfect gift. These 5.25″ x 5.25″ decals are wall-safe and always removable. You can use  crayons, colored pencils, pens, or markers, and marker inks will not bleed through. Each decal is $2.99, plus a small shipping charge of usually less than $3.00.

Catch the Sun 

Let the sun shine in! Klutz products offer this Color In Stained Glass kit to easily create beautiful “stained glass” sun-catchers to hang against your windows. The kit includes 18 designs printed on translucent, opaque vellum, 18 coloring pages to practice, and 10 precision-tip markers for thick and thin lines. Only $19.09.

Tape It Up

I’ve only just discovered Washi tape, a style of Japanese paper tape.  Right now I am loving it for wrapping Christmas packages, but there are literally thousands of ways to use it.  But colorable Washi tape?  That just extends the options! With Forever in Time’s generous 2-inch wide x 10-foot long rolls, your giftee can color, peel and stick to add creative and personal detail to packages, cards, and other paper crafting projects. Designs include circular abstract, paisley, butterflies (very detailed), and more. Prices range from $3.77 to $9.96 per roll, depending upon design.

Colored Water

Stay hydrated in style! The Your Decor Water Bottle allows your gift recipient to express their style by decorating their own BPA-Free water bottle with markers, gemstones and glitter. The included carabiner clip makes it easy to carry and show off. The kit includes 1 BPA-Free water bottle with carabiner clip , five markers and 20 peel and stick gemstones. From $23.99.

Hold It

Use your creativity to bring this trio of high-quality porcelain vases to life! Each 5″-tall vase is printed with a fun and fanciful design to color with six special porcelain paint markers (included). Baking instructions are included for creating a permanent, waterproof finish. $24.95.

Puzzle Time

Karmin makes several colorable puzzles, including this very elaborate Butterfly motif. After assembling this breathtaking puzzle, color it, frame it, keep it, or give it away as a stunningly original hand-made gift. The finished puzzle is 16″ x 20″.  Note that it does not include any coloring media. Also available in feathers and leaves and chakras. $12.85.

On the Run

The Coloring Book Ceramic Travel Coffee Mug kit lets your giftee make their own colorful travel mug. With food-safe markers (included), they can color the mug over and over again. Alternatively, they can make the coloring permanent by  baking it in the oven. The unique lid has three rings of silicone to ensure no leaks. The cover fits tightly and 1.5″ into the cup for even more safety. A pop-top attachment provides a third level of leak protection. $16.95.

Skin It

If the colorist you are buying for is a fan of Wendy Piersall’s coloring book designs, they may love a “skin” to color for their laptop or tablet.  Society6 also has carry-all pouches, laptop sleeves, notebooks, and – yes! – comforters in many of the same designs. The skins start at $20.00.

Sock It To ‘Em

Crayola Color-In Socks are a really fun way to let a colorist show the world what they can do! The flower designed polyester socks fit up women’s shoe size 11.   Other more adult designs include chameleonsoceancandy, and a cool leopard. The set includes 4 fabric markers.  $12.00 for each pair, including the fabric markers.

There you have it!  This is just a shortlist of the many options out there, so what have you found that would make a great colorable gift?  Let us know in the comments section below!


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