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

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Anna Pollitt
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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.

  • Fantastic Cities

    Make your mark on beautifully detailed aerial view illustrations of real cities from around the world.

    £10.99, Southbank Centre

  • Fantastic Cities

    Presented in a large square format, artist Steve McDonald offers almost 60 architectural illustrations.

  • Tattoo Colouring Book

    Unleash your inner rebel - and perhaps get inspired for some permanent ink - with a book full of vibrant tattoo designs. 

    £7.96, Amazon

  • Tattoo Colouring Book

    Ninety-six pages that look good enough to frame. 

  • Flowers of Liberty

    Make Liberty's famous paisley and floral prints all your own with this stunning collection of patterns.

    £9.99, Liberty

  • Flowers of Liberty

    It features 43 prints set over 86 pages.

  • Stop For A Moment

    Hand-drawn designs encased in a beautiful teal and copper foil cover.

    £12, Kikki K

  • Stop For A Moment

    There are 50 pages of attractive designs.

  • 100 Colouring Book

    A sweet collection of arty illustrations in groups of 100 - 100 quirky characters; 100 buildings; 100 things to eat and so on.

    £8.99, 100 Colouring Book

  • 100 Colouring Book

    Every single object is different and provides hours of therapeutic fun.

  • Colour Me Good Arrggghhh

    When it's been one of those days, channel your rage into bringing colour to a classic horror scene. 

    £7.50, Maiden

  • Colour Me Good Arrggghhh

    It includes 18 classic scary scenes from the likes of Carrie, The Shining, Psycho and Jaws.

  • The Classic Comic Colouring Book

    Embrace big green men and blonder-than-blondes in the brash world of 1950s classic comics.
     

    £9.99, Asos

  • The Classic Comic Colouring Book

    There are 128 pages of cartoonish scenes - perfect for a novice colourer.

  • Parisian Street Style

    The Fashion Week phenomenon of snapping the most stylish people on the most picturesque streets has come to the world of colouring.

    £6.99, Amazon

  • Parisian Street Style

    Choose the shades of stylish outfits and the tone of scenery in these fashionable illustrations.

  • Sherlock: The Mind Palace

    If you couldn't get enough of Benedict Cumberbatch's Sherlock on screen, become part of his world with hours' worth of portraits of the crime-solving genius.

    £6.99, Amazon

  • Sherlock: The Mind Palace

    There are more than 50 intricate drawings by artist Mike Collins, with a clue from each episode hidden within the illustrations that can only be unlocked by completing the scene.

  • Enchanted Forest

    These delicate, inky drawings by Scottish artist Johanna Basford take the reader on a journey through an enchanted forest to reach an imposing castle - but they must find nine symbols within the illustrations in order to unlock the castle door.

    £9.95, Amazon

  • Enchanted Forest

    Beautiful, high quality paper and lovingly-drawn designs make this a colouring adventure worth taking.

  • The Corbyn Colouring Book

    Sharpen your red pencil for this one - the hilarious and totally necessary Corbyn Colouring book.

    £6.29, Amazon

  • The Corbyn Colouring Book

    Sixty-four pages of socialist fun, with Corbyn depicted as Moses parting the Red Sea, Corbyn as Mona Lisa, Corbyn as Superman etc.

  • Escape to Wonderland

    Take your wildest coloured pencils and fall into the enticing fantasy world of of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

    £5.25, Amazon

  • Escape to Wonderland

    There are 96 pages filled with beautiful mandalas, iconic scenes and famous characters, with spaces for individual design and embellishment.

  • Harry Potter Colouring Book

    Mesmerising artwork for Harry Potter fans, this is a chance to wind down with your favourite wizards and the vivid scenery from some of the most famous scenes in the franchise.

    £4.99, Amazon

  • Harry Potter Colouring Book

    There are 96 pages of HP magic, including the unforgettable final battle between Harry and Lord Voldemort.

  • A Game of Thrones

    The blockbuster fantasy drama lends itself beautifully to the creative colouring process and this exclusive edition features more than 45 intricate imaginings of the GoT kingdom. 

    £4.99, Harper Collins

  • Travel Inspired

    Luxury holiday firm Oliver's Travels have compiled sketches of picturesque destinations and boutique accommodation and made the book available to download online.

    Free, download here

  • Animal Kingdom

    Immerse yourself in a world of nature and wildlife with Millie Marotta​'s beautiful bestseller.

  • Animal Kingdom

    The book has sold hundreds of thousands of copies in 19 countries. 

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Anna is a freelance writer and editor who’s been making her dime from online since 2007. She’s a regular at Stylist.co.uk, ITV News and Emerald Street and moonlights as a copywriter and digital content consultant. The baby is borrowed.

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