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The best colouring books for adults - for a relaxing Christmas and a bright new year

We've rounded up our favourite adult colouring books to help make Christmas less stressful - and to ease you through January.

The colouring phenomenon is showing no signs of slowing down - here's a reminder why.

  • Immersing our brains in an engrossing activity that requires concentration (if you're keen to keep inside the lines) forces us to slow down and relax
  • It's a great way to kickstart creativity but isn't as daunting as tackling a piece of artwork from scratch
  • The process improves brain function, much like crosswords do
  • Between Twitter, Insta, Facebook and a relentless 24-hour news cycle, our lives are increasingly dominated by digital impermanence - colouring gives a sense of accomplishment and results in a real thing of beauty

From Johanna Basford's mega-hit Enchanted Forest to Liberty's classic prints, these are the beautiful colouring books to gift or keep.

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