Sometimes it seems that coloring gifts are so outrageously priced, such as the set of pencils for several thousand dollars (really!). However, you don’t have to break the bank when buying coloring presents for the holidays, whether they are supplies or books.
Here is my list of gift ideas, all under $10.00. You could also use these as stocking stuffers, or bundle them together for a single, larger gift. Wrap a few and keep them hidden in a drawer for those “uh-oh” gift exchanges.
Note that prices in Canada and the UK, where available, and may be more, or even less, than the US$ equivalent. As well retailer prices on the internet change constantly, so double-check your cart before you check out.
Even if your giftee already has one of any of these, they can always use at least one more.
If the colorist in your life is on-the-go, or, like me, colors on their lap or in bed, they need a sharpener that catches the shavings. One of the reasons I like this well-priced sharpener more than others like it is that the top screws on and off. I find the sharpeners with snap-on lids tend to easily pop off after a little bit of use, and shavings spread all over. Average customer review 4.5 out of 5.
Available at Amazon.com for $3.69.
Pencil wraps are great because they hold each pencil individually so you can see your colors without digging. They also keep your pencils safe from breaking and are easy to carry. You can also use wraps for most pens and markers.
Colorless Blender Pencils
Colorless blenders are great gifts for colorists who love coloring not just for the mindfulness and stress-release, but for the satisfaction they get from the creativity. They can be used for intensifying colors, blending colors, softening edges, and getting rid of annoying paper speckling. I find these Prismacolor ones work with any brand of pencil and, unlike others I’ve used, don’t mute the colors. Two-pack.
Two-hole Pencil Sharpener
The blades on these tiny wonders are made of long-lasting and very sharp high-carbon steel. It only takes one turn to get a sharp point, minimizing pencil waste.
Electric Pencil Sharpener
As you color, you realize how handy an electric pencil sharpener can be. This one from X-ACTO comes with cool “Pencil Saver” feature that turns it off when your pencil gets to a point. This means you won’t over-sharpen – or waste – your pencils. Multiple pencil sizes mean you can accommodate the more comfortable-to-hold larger sized pencils. Average customer review: 4.3 out of 5 stars.
Available at Amazon.com for $9.88.
Pencil extender pack of 5
By using a pencil extender you can use almost every bit of a wood case pencil before having to throw it away. It becomes a writing instrument by making shorter pencils feel more balanced as it allows for a better grip.
White Gel Pens
White gel pens are super-handy for adding highlights to coloring, such as in eyes or water drops. In a pinch they can also help cover up little mistakes (although who really cares?). And even these top-of-the-line Sakura brand ones are inexpensive! Average customer review 4.6 out of 5 stars.
Metallic Gel Pens: White, Gold & Silver
If your gift recipient is ready to add some “bling” to his or her coloring, metallics are awesome! This well-priced set of three is great to experiment with. Average customer review 4.7 out of 5 stars.
Gel Ink Pens, set of 10
A colorist can never have enough gel pens! And if your giftee has never tried them, this is a perfect place to start. This super-cute set has 10 vivid colors. Average customer review 4.5 out of 5 stars.
I hear a lot from readers about their frustration with the prices of new adult coloring books: our pastime is supposed to be inexpensive, but those $15.00 books can add up! Here are some highly-rated wallet-friendly adult coloring books you can even stuff into a stocking.
Creative Haven Snowflake Mandalas Coloring Book, by Marty Noble
These 31 mandala patterns are graced with delicate star-shaped images of snowflakes, ready to burst into a kaleidoscopic array of colors. Pages are perforated and printed on one side only for easy removal and display. Specially designed for experienced colorists.
Adult Coloring Book: A Coloring Book For Adults, by Victor Oj
This Amazon best-seller has 50 coloring pages, the majority of which are flowers and mandalas but there are also some animals and sea life. The pages are all single sided and easy to tear out of the book even though they are not perforated. 8″ x 8″ .112 pages. Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars.
CityScapes: A Coloring Book with a Hidden Picture Twist, by Alexandra Cowell.
Twenty-eight dynamic illustrations offer snapshots of cities all over the world, from London, Paris, and Florence to New York, Chicago, and San Francisco. Hidden pictures make each page worth a second look! Answers are included. Pages are perforated and printed on one side only for easy removal and display. Specially designed for experienced colorists. 8.5″ x 11″, 64 pages. Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars.
Adult Coloring Book Designs: Stress Relief Coloring Book
The 48 designs in this coloring book include gardens, animals, mandalas, and paisleys, among others. The difficulty ranges from simple to detailed. The more detailed paisley patterns are made up of very tiny elements that need sharp pencils or fine-tipped markers and a steady hand, but if you do not enjoy the tiny details, just color the larger shapes and let the tiny details serve as pattern accents. This little treasure has something for every skill level and mood. Printed single-sided. 8.5″ x 8.5″, 98 pages. Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars .
Adult Coloring Book: Cats, from Two Hoots Coloring
Who doesn’t love cats and coloring together? This compact book has 30 one-sided designs of a variety of styles.The pages are not perforated but there ample room in the gutter to cut them out if you want to. 8.25″ x 8.25″. 62 pages. Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars.
Adult Coloring Book: Butterflies, by Two Hoots Coloring
This coloring book has 31 designs which have butterflies as their focus. In some cases, the butterfly is the design and in others, the butterfly is shown with flowers or as part of a pattern. Many of the designs are intricate and will certainly take a little more time and thought.
$5 to $10
Good Vibes Coloring Book, by Thaneeya McArdle
This book has 30 whimsical images from an established and popular coloring book artist. Designs include flowers, stars, hearts, geometric shapes, birds, butterflies, each with an aspiration that will brighten anyone’s day . The back of each illustration has another uplifting quote . Includes eight fully colored example pages and five coloring tip pages. Perforated for easy removal. 8.5″ x 10.8″. Average customer review 4.8 out of 5 stars.
Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt and Coloring Book, by Johanna Basford
So many coloring fans have never actually tried what some have called “The book that started it all.” For more experienced colorists, this book features delicate and highly detailed pen-and-ink illustrations and tiny garden creatures are hidden on the pages. A key and index are included in the back of the book. The only downside for this one is that the designs ar printed on both sides of the paper so colored pencils or water-based markers are best. 10″ x 10″. 96 pages. Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars.
Kaleidoscope Wonders | Color Art for Everyone
24 single-sided designs of intricate line drawings of diverse patterns inspired by flowers, orbs, stars, mosaics, and more. 8.5″ x 11″. Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars .
Vive Le Color! Japan, from Abrams Noterie
This is one of my all-time favorite coloring books! Very portable, it has 72 single-sided pages of beautiful and meditative designs inspired by Japanese motifs. The top-bound book is perfect for the right- and left-handed. Some of the designs are repeated but that doesn’t detract from its beauty. Detachable sheets. 144 pages.6″ x 6″. Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars.
Pocket Posh Adult Coloring Book, from Andrews McMeel Publishing
This is a cute little book with a heavy cardboard cover which makes it easy to use if your desk/surface space is limited, and it fits perfectly into a purse or travel bag. Designs are varied: patterns, animals, Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars
Do you have any ideas for wallet-friendly coloring gifts? Share them with us in the comments section below!