Posted on December 18, 2016
Luxury Coloring Gifts : 2016 Holiday Gift Guide
Is there a colorist on your holiday list that deserves a luxury coloring gift?
What is a luxury coloring gift? The following list includes technical “marvels” as well as items you would never buy for yourself. I’ve included others because of their “bling,” precious packaging, or hoity-toity brand name. But luxury does not have to be exceptionally expensive – two luxury coloring gifts are under $50.00.
If you are in the mood to spend a bit (or a lot!) more on a coloring-related holiday gift this year, here are some great ideas that any colorist would appreciate!
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This colorful and cute boxed set contains 4 books in a slip case, each covered with a favorite Vera Bradley pattern. Each book has a theme (Strong, Beautiful, Bold and Bright) for the 20 colorable post cards it contains. Use for stress therapy and color yourself, add a note and a stamp and send to a friend. Or, you can simply send a stressed-out friend a therapeutic note and let them color the design when they receive it in the mail.
If your giftee is big on designer names, you cannot get much more exclusive than Hermes! The Petits Felins coloring book has designs of scarves as well as other sketches by Robert Dallet. For some strange reason, this book full of relatively intricate designs is sold in Hermes’ Baby section.
This handcrafted version of this coloring book is about 5″ x7″ and includes line drawings based on many of Yves Saint Laurent’s original sketches for dresses over the years. The drawings are accompanied by full-color photos of original dresses for reference. The Yves Saint Laurent Coloring Book is perfect for fashionista and other colorists with an interest in the history of fashion and in the life of this designer. This book is leather-bound and includes one to three initials for personalization.
You can also get this book in a paperback version without the monogram at Amazon.com for a less-pricey $9.50.
This set of Prismacolor coloring tools has everything a colorist needs: 48 soft core pencils, 6 Art Stix, 12 Verithin pencils, 12 watercolor pencils and a mini sharpener. Great for beginners and experienced coloring fans.. The Verithin pencils are useful for tiny details and the watercolor pencils are ideal for liquid effects and textures.
This large limited edition wooden box features everything British for the Anglophile colorist. It contains 165 pencils and blocks of Colorsoft, Inktense, Graphic and Watercolor media in a special edition Union Jack tin, with a few coloring accessories. The recipient will also receive models of a London Taxi, Routemaster Bus and Cumberland delivery van. Additional treats include a vintage metal sign, four UK floral emblem coasters and pictorial map round. Each presentation box is individually numbered with a Certificate of Authenticity.
If a colorist is a fan of printables, they are probably very familiar with the challenges an ink-jet printer creates (read more about printables here). A laser printer makes those headaches all disappear! This HP laserjet is a compact model that also includes a scanner (to make super-sharp images for social sharing) and a copier function to quickly print duplicates of coloring pages so the giftee can try out different techniques and color schemes on a single illustration.
If you are ready to go “over the top,” this limited-edition collection of high-end drawing tools and artists’ supplies is the bomb. The KARLBOX contains high quality art tools for coloring (and drawing and painting), all in a sleek black box that has been designed by Karl Lagerfeld. The wood-frame cabinet resembles a Chinese wedding cabinet: inside, drawers store the art supplies, sorted by color shades, all of which have been personally selected by Karl Lagerfeld and “…symbolize the synergy between fashion, art and design.” The individual drawers are removable in order to set them up for creative work. Every one-of-a-kind box has a serial number and certificate of authenticity, making each completely unique and unmistakable. The KARLBOX has been produced in a limited edition of 2,500. The 350 tools are:
120 Albrecht Dürer Artists’ Watercolour Pencils
60 Polychromos Artists’ Colour Pencils
60 Polychromos Artists’ Pastels
60 Pitt Artist Pens Brush
13 Pitt Artist Pens Fineliner
3 Pitt Artist Pens Metallic
12 Castell 9000 Pencils
5 Castell 9000 Jumbo Pencils
5 Graphite Aquarelle Pencils
4 Pitt Graphite Crayons
1 Watercolour Brush
1 Dual Sharpening Box Castell 9000
1 Dual Metal Sharpener
1 Sharpening Knife
1 Sandpaper Block
1 Clic & Go Watercup
Color choices galore! The Prismacolor Premier soft core pencils are professional artist grade. They are made to blend beautifully and are a top choice for colorists. The waxes in them are high quality, making blending and layering easier.
This marker set includes 95 colors, 1 colorless bender and a black desk stand to hold it all. Each brush pen has two tips – a versatile, flexible, nylon fiber brush tip and a fine, hard tip – with a single reservoir ensuring exact color match.can create fine, medium or bold strokes and the fine tip gives consistent lines. They work wonderfully with another luxury coloring gift idea: Derwent Inktense pencils to create a bold, painting look. The colorless blender pen also softens and blends colors, creating a watercolor effect. The water-based ink is non-toxic, blend able, non-bleeding, and odorless
For colorists who prefer alcohol-based markers, this is a generous set of 200 Prismacolor Premier markers with a fine tip at one end for precise lines and a brush at the other for layering and smooth strokes. Anti-roll caps keep your markers in place, even on slanted drawing boards. Includes a handy storage box.
Imagine having a dedicated area just for coloring! No more hogging the dining room table if you are a recipient of this gift. The Pro Craft Station has a large 38″W x 24″D work surface that adjusts up to 45 degrees, four removable side trays, and two three-drawer storage shelves with adjustable height to keep your coloring supplies organized and accessible. A 24” pencil ledge slides up and locks into place when needed. The base features a padded footrest and four wheel casters, two of which lock for secure mobility. Sweet!
Like I mentioned at the beginning of this post, luxury doesn’t have to mean pricey. This cute gel pen set has 120 different colors – almost overwhelming!
Nothing says luxury like a chair that coddles you while you are coloring. And isn’t stress relief part of the reason we color? This recliner has zero-gravity positioning to relieve any stress points and full body massage in various modes (percussion, rolling, etc.). One of the unique features is the Yoga setting that will do a 30 minute massage mixed with a stretch – I can just imagine how well my sorry excuse for a back would feel after this! On top of it all, there is heat, and the massage extends all the way down to your rear-end (something that lacks in many of the recliners I’ve checked out). Cushy.
So, what is your dream luxury coloring gift? Let us know in the comments section below!