23 Coloring Books for Adults That Make Perfect Gifts

While the holidays are a perfect time to get cozy with a quiet activity, they often also demand some solitary time to decompress. Read on for 23 coloring books from Chronicle Books and our publishing partners that are just the thing to pack for your holiday gathering, or to give to the coloring fan on your list.

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HBO Game of Thrones Coloring Book

Game of Thrones Coloring Book

Complete portraits of your favorite characters, and experience the dramatic landscapes and cities of the Seven Kingdoms and beyond. Order

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Pies, Fries, and Ice Cream

A range of iconic cuisines, culinary settings, and intricate food-themed patterns are sure to please any discriminating foodie or coloring book addict. From a bramble of juicy berries to a Parisian café scene, the beauty of food on display here will help users unwind as they immerse themselves in a delicious coloring experience. Order

Dr. Stan Rodski Coloring Books

Oprah's Favorite Things

Oprah (!) chose these three coloring books—which are the only coloring exercises scientifically proven to ease stress—as her “favorite things” for 2016! Order

This Annoying Life by Oslo Davis

This Annoying Life Coloring Book

Here at last is the stress-reducing coloring book that lets adults color their way through the funny and true annoyances of everyday life, from trying to assemble flat-pack furniture and clearing an office paper jam to juggling remote controls and dropping contact lenses on the bathroom floor. Order

Jon Burgerman’s Burgerworld

Color, scribble, and have fun as you and your pens make friends with strange monsters and doodles on your journey to Burgerworld. This book contains a list of mind-boggling creatures and objects to check off as you find them, as well as a page of crazy stickers. Order

Fantastic Collections by Steve McDonald

Fantastic Collections

From the author of the internationally bestselling Fantastic Cities, Steve McDonald’s newest coloring book is packed with playful and immersive illustrations of the unusual (museum collections, antiques, and quirky toys) and the everyday (leaves, butterflies, vintage cameras, store product displays). Order

642 Things to Color

642 Things to Color

The original creative, inspiring, and often hilarious 642 things from the book that started it all—the bestselling 642 Things to Draw—are back as whimsical illustrations in this unique new coloring book. Order

Matthew Williamson: Fashion, Print & Coloring Book by Matthew Williamson

Renowned for being a master of print, embellishment, and kaleidoscopic color,  fashion designer Williamson’s collections reflect a sense of glamour inspired by global and artistic influences. This book is full of inspirational shots, behind-the-scenes photographs, sketches, and prints from his 20-year archive. Order

Journey in Color Scandinavian Designs by Molly Hatch

Journey in Color

The newest book in Molly Hatch’s Journey in Color series features designs inspired by art, embroidery, and textiles from Norway and Sweden, printed in both black and brilliant neon red inks. Order

Nordic Wilderness by Claire Scully

Untouched nature, deep blue fjords, impenetrable forests, rugged cliffs, wolves, owls, and bears—journey into the wild landscape of the Nordic Wilderness. This book features some perforated foldout pages that provide scope for panoramic coloring. Order

Where the Wildflowers Grow by Adriana Picker

Where The Wildflowers Grow and OOTD Coloring Books

Tiptoe through the wildflowers to discover a world of intricate botanical illustrations. These delicate, organic shapes are beautifully rendered on the page, allowing you to immerse yourself in nature. Order

#OOTD Fashion Flat Lay Coloring Book by Laura Hickman


Color in chic black and white fashion fashion flat lays—including real pieces by independent designers and many timeless fashion trends. Order

Creative Cat by David Sinden

Creative Cat Coloring Book

The Creative Cat is your muse in this irresistible journal. Extend, complete and/or color in these charming cat-themed illustrations, letting the cat guide you. He starts, you finish. Order

The Cath Kidston Classic Coloring Book and The Cath Kidston Florals Coloring Book

Cath Kidston coloring book

From one of the UK’s most-loved design brands comes two new coloring books. With illustrations from the Cath Kidston archive, as well as contemporary designs, the books are must-haves for fans of this iconic vintage look. Order The Classic Coloring Book, Order the Florals Coloring Books

The Great British Coloring Map by Ordnance Survey

Based on the maps of Ordnance Survey, the coloring pages explore the coasts, towns, forests, and countryside of England, Scotland, and Wales. Includes detailed maps of cities and other places of interest, such as Britain’s most recognizable tourist and historical locations, plus a stunning gatefold of London. Order

Pierre the Maze Detective and The Great Coloring Adventure by IC4DESIGN and Hiro Kamigaki

Pierre the Maze Detective and The Great Coloring Adventure

Complete the exciting new challenges, trace the mazes, and color in the scenes. Can you help catch the pirate in his airplane? Can you reunite a lost puppy with his owner? There’s also a werewolf who needs to find his lunch as soon as possible, a lost professor, and even a sea-monster expert in search of a scary monster. Order

Lost in London by The City Works

Take a stroll down Portobello Road, discover famous attractions including Big Ben and The London Eye, and color in your favorite blooms at Columbia Road Flower Market. Fun facts and quotes about each destination are included alongside the detailed line drawings designed to help you to immerse yourself in London’s story as you color. Preorder

Birds of Paradise by Lorna Scobie


Using a mixture of repeat bird patterns and motifs, as well as more intricate birdlife scenes, these beautifully illustrated designs help you focus and release your inner creativity. Bonus: the book includes a sheet of metallic stickers! Order

The Dreamday Pattern Journal and The Dreamday Pattern Journal

Each journal contains patterned pages for coloring-in and doodling interleaved with blank pages for taking notes and drawing. Order Marrakech – Moroccan Style or Order Kyoto – Japanese Style

Toolshed Coloring Book by Lee Phillips

Featuring 50 illustrations drawn from Lee Phillips’ attention-grabbing Shed Project, which started in 2013 as one drawing a day to document item-by-item the contents of his late grandfather’s shed. The project has received national coverage in the media, and has generated profiles of Phillips and his work as far apart as Belgium, Japan, and Australia. Order

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  • Luis Felipe August 11, 2016 at 9:38 pm

    I admire how relaxation, breathing, concentration and meditation have become important tools to balance the day-to-day. It is important to know how to deal with stress levels, stress will always be around, but is in us handle it. I am also an entrepreneur and I like to keep my mind occupied, but even more I realized this when designed a book that allowed connect my ancestral culture with activities that can cause positive effects through the use of creativity. (You can find it here: ). It is a joy to find articles like this to share experiences.


  • Ali Gibbs August 30, 2016 at 8:03 am

    A great, comprehensive list. The Cath Kidston books are gorgeous, and I just got ahold of Fantastic Collections, and it’s amazing!


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