Updated on November 17, 2017
Coloring Planners – 2017 Holiday Gift Guide
I know, I know – there is a smartphone app (or hundreds of apps) for that. But if you are like me and many, many other folks, there is something comforting about a paper-based planner.
Why gift one? Sometimes it is nice to have a small coloring space for a mindful moment during your day that doesn’t overwhelm you.
If you have a coloring and planner junkie in your life and need a good holiday gift idea for them, here are some of my favorites. Any of these would put a huge smile on a coloring and planner fan’s face!
This is the planner I use (read my full review here). Because this planner is undated, you can start at any time in the year with no need to wait until January. In fact, if you have a month or week with few events you can just wait and not waste pages. This one includes 12 two-page fold out views of the months and 52 single-page views for each week. Sections are book-marked by colorful tabs (new since my review earlier this year – great addition!). Sections include: information page, multi year-at-a-glance, notes, goal setting, important dates, to-do list blank pages and three full coloring pages. The planner is 6″ x 9″ with a hardback cover which can also be colored. Also available as a set with the wonderful Scraft Artise markers.
Every weekly spread of this spiral-bound planner offers an opportunity for calm reflection while coloring an image from one of Johanna Basford’s five amazing coloring books—Magical Jungle, Johanna’s Christmas, Lost Ocean, Enchanted Forest, and Secret Garden. There are 52 images in all to color, one each week.
This 2018 dated planner is available in two sizes: 7″ x 8.5″ and 8.5″ x 11″. Made in Colorado, the planner is intended to help you successfully schedule each day, and to finish each day by coloring. For Facebook fans, each month includes a Facebook banner to share creations with friends. The paper is a hefty 90-pound card stock, and the front is protected by a clear plastic cover.
If the coloring fan on your gift list has joined the witchery trend, this is the planner for them! Besides the standard planner contents, this one also includes moon phase and moon sign tracking, a spell for each month and a ritual idea for each Sabbat, lots of magical illustrations to color, and extra space for notes. It is 6″ x 9″. Available in both regular and spiral-bound formats.
If you are looking for a more traditional planner with a bit of zendoodle coloring, this is the one. Special pages include DIY coloring pages. It has a clear plastic front and back to protect the colorable paper covers for durability. This one is 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, but it is also available in a large format (8-1/2″ x 11″) and as a month-per-page desk pad.
And don’t forget supplies for the planner!
One accessory planner fans love is washi tape, which is a decorative Japanese-style tape that resembles masking tape. It comes in a plethora of colors and designs, and now you even get color-your-own washi tape!
Many folks who color and plan appreciate the benefits of pens that don’t have caps. That is why this set of medium-tipped (0.8mm) gel pens is so popular. They feature brilliant gel inks that drie three times faster than other gel pens. Also, these colorful pens are fully wrapped with a comfort grip.