Magnetips – 2017 Holiday Gift Guide Review & Giveaway!

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Welcome to the first installment in my 2017 Holiday Gift Guide!

What is an ideal marker for me? I want one that is sturdy, comfortable to hold, has good coverage on many types of paper, lasts a long time, and is refillable.  Add some plain old mindful (OK, sometimes mindless!) fun to a marker and I’d finish looking.

Magnetips fit the bill. They are not just high-quality, refillable fine-tip markers. Each one contains two super powerful Neodymium (rare-earth) magnets. The markers stick together or to any metallic surface, promising hours of creative fun. Coloring is only the beginning!

I purchased my set of Magentips myself. Magnetips did, however, supply the set I am giving away. I was not financially compensated for this post in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while using this product. This post does contain affiliate links.

Magnetips Overview

Founded by designer Noam Bar Yohai, Magnetips was first launched in 2016 on Kickstarter, and received over 6,000 backers – me among them. They were designed for folks who love to color, draw and fidget.

Magnetips are available in two versions:  the “Colour Edition” markers have matte, color-coded barrels.  The “Black Edition” markers have matte black barrels with a thin color-coded band and interior.

Color Edition Black Edition
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Also available are refills and chrome balls to add moving joints to your creations. You can even make a form of fidget spinner.

Packaging
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Magnetips on the fridge

The box holding the pens is much sturdier than I expected. Most cardboard pen/pencil packages can stand a bit of use before they start to fall apart…but this box (which is really a tray) looks like it will last quite a bit longer. However, you don’t really need the box: with the magnets, the Magnetips make their own pen cup (pen-pen holder?), or you can just stick them to anything metal, like the fridge, where they are always at hand.

Colors

magnetipsAll of the 20 Magnetip colors are bold and vibrant. The range is nicely distributed throughout the color spectrum.

Although not unique to Magnetips, some of the barrel colors do not all accurately reflect the ink color, particularly the lighter shades such as Ice Blue, Lime Green and the lighter Gray. As usual, I made a color swatch and I highly recommend that you do as well. Also, it would be nice if the color names were printed on the barrels for easier identification (color numbers and names are printed on the ink refills themselves).



Performance & Usability
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Magnetips in Lost Ocean

The ink in the Magnetips is vibrant and lays down smoothly on many different types and qualities of paper.

Magnetips really shine when coloring in smaller spaces, such as in designs in Johanna Basford’s coloring books or books made for more expert colorists like Color Me Crazy and Between the Lines. And for  less-detailed illustrations, Magnetips are perfect for adding details – shapes, hashing, and scumbling for example. However, as these are really fine tip (0.4 mm) coloring in large spaces was a a tad draining, and resulted in some streaks, and some uneven coverage without care. 

The high density fiber tips of the markers are very firm and dispense ink evenly and smoothly. Even with pressure (and I did test!) the tips did not slip back into the durable metal collar, or smoosh.

The caps stay securely snapped onto the pen, so you don’t have to worry about them falling off and letting the ink dry up.  While you are coloring, the magnets keep the caps firmly stuck to the end.




The pens themselves have a comfortable-to-hold hexagonal shape. The hand-weight is perfect: just enough to feel solid in your hand without being tiring. Further, these markers will not roll off your coloring surface. This hexagonal shape also makes constructing things quite easy.

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Magnetips in Inkspirations

As with almost any water-based markers, these fine line markers’ performance on bleeding varied depending on particular paper characteristics and how many layers of color that you lay down. For example, I did have some bleed-through in my Creative Haven Mehndi Designs coloring book as well as Fractals only when I used several layers of color. I didn’t have any bleeding or seeping in Lost Ocean or my Inkspirationscoloring books. The ink did not bleed outside any line work.

As for the fun part: when I left my set out of the box, the kids and adults went straight for them and started constructing, not realizing they were markers. I finally told everyone a few days later that the magnets were in fact markers with magnets in them, and received a chorus of “Wows!”

The Verdict

Overall I am very happy with my Magnetips. The colors are vibrant and the mix means that you can do some shading when you want to add some depth to your coloring. My only wish is that there were more colors, specifically tints/pastels and skin tones.

Gifting

2017 Holiday Gift GuideThese markers would make a great gift for ladies, gents and kids alike (keep the chrome balls away from little ones, though), and are great for coloring, writing, note-taking and, yes, playing!

To learn more about Magnetips, to discover ways to use them, and to order, click here.

For more gift ideas, check out our 2017 Holiday Gift Guide page!
The Giveaway
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Magnetips Black Edition Bundle

Wanna win? Magnetips has kindly sent me a Black Edition Bundle, worth $83.99, to give away to one lucky reader.  The Bundle includes one set (20 markers) of the Black Edition Magnetips, one package of 10 chrome balls and one set of 20 refills.

This giveaway starts today, November 15, and ends at midnight on November 29, 2017. Winner must have a US or Canadian mailing address.
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64 Comments on “Magnetips – 2017 Holiday Gift Guide Review & Giveaway!

  1. If I won, I would give them as a gift. My son enjoys drawing and I know he would love the magnet part of them.

  2. The magnetips would make an awesome Christmas gift and I would probably gift them to my granddaughter Esme.

  3. If I win, it would be a very tough decision on wether to keep them or not. Being artistic myself, I would love to have them. But as I don’t draw as much as I use to, I have a very talented grand daughter that would get much enjoyment out of owning this wonderful set.

  4. If I win it would be a toss-up. I might give them to my daughter or nephew. Or keep them to use for homeschool, I like doing something artsy at least once a week.

  5. I would keep this for myself if I were to win since I do not own anything like it. It’s such a great concept!

  6. I’ve heard so much about Magnetips, I’m itching to try them out! I would share this set with my husband, we both do lots of crafts that would get a great boost from using them!

  7. I would keep these amazing Magnetips for myself. I’m a busy and hard working Mom of five and usually put everyone else first, I think it would be ok to spoil myself for once. 😉

  8. If I won, I would have to give these to my mom-in-law who is starting to draw.

  9. I would keep them and use them to help me color Ivy an the Inky Butterfly. She is 16 months now so I hope to be finished by the time she’s 3! My supplies are inadequate for such a.beautiful book.

  10. I would probably keep them so my niece and I can use them when she comes to visit. Thank you for the chance to win!

  11. I would have to keep them as I’ve been interested in these since they first started!

  12. Since I’m an adventure colorist I would have to try the Magnetips for myself first then buy other sets for gifts.

  13. My daughter is an artist and I would share. She would love them for herself though.

  14. I would gift this to my boyfriend’s daughter, shes a budding artist 🙂

  15. I like to color myself, but if my daughter saw it and wanted it, I would definitely let her take it with her.

  16. I will keep the set. I have been wanting a nice set. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  17. I would keep them. I love to color but I also like to play with magnets. This would be the perfect set to have.

  18. Both — I’d give them to my daughter, which means I’d get to play, too 🙂

  19. If I win, I would try them out. If they are amazing, I would buy another set for my BFF.

  20. I would be tempted to keep these but would give them to my niece who is very creative!

  21. if I won I’d give this to my niece – this looks like something she’d love.

  22. I would love to win these. I love to color all different types of pictures and the ones I choose usually have very small places to color. I think these markers would make it easier to fill in the tiny spaces.
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  23. I’m not sure…I have markers but not like these! On the other hand they would make a great gift…will decide after I win 🙂

  24. I would keep these for my own enjoyment. If you asked nicely though I’d share. 🙂

  25. I would have to give these to my 13 year old daughter who loves to draw and coloring! I would be able to borrow them too, we do alot of coloring and craft project together.

  26. I would keep these for myself. They look like a lot of fun and I love new products. Thanks for the super giveaway opportunity.

  27. You know, I share a lot of the things I win…but these would definitely be MINE! haha I would love to use these. I have recently been doing the “adult coloring” that is so big now. These would be awesome for that!

  28. If I won I would really like to keep them. I’m becoming obsessed with nice coloring materials and items.

  29. Mine, all mine! I love coloring and I have an addiction to bright colorful markers.

  30. I’m an artist and would love to try a set of these but I would share with my son who also likes to draw. Thanks!

  31. I’d keep this as a gift for myself. My b-day is Monday so this would be perfect. Thank you for the chance ☺

  32. If I win I would keep this in my house for the grandkids to enjoy while they visit. They like being creative so these would be a great prize.

  33. As much as I’m tempted to keep this for myself, I’d probably gift it to my Grandson, if I’m lucky enough to win 🙂

  34. I would gift them to my nephew who loves to draw. I may use them once in a while too.

  35. I think I might want to keep them. Definitely intrigued by them and have wanted to get into coloring haha

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