With only a couple days left before Christmas, you might be scrambling for last minute gift ideas. Despite the fact that several retailers, such as Barnes and Noble and Target, are currently pushing the Coloring Book fad as a great way to cross names off you list; you might want to take a step back and reconsider. Especially since coloring books for adults could easily turn into just another way to clutter up the local landfill.
The problem with this gift isn’t that it’s necessarily a bad idea for everyone. For someone who is already into enjoying coloring books aimed at adults, this is a wonderful idea. It already has found a place in this person’s life, and they most likely already have the tools to enjoy it. However, if you aren’t sure of how the recipient will use this present (or if they’ll use it at all), then you might just be handing them scrap paper to throw away.
Adding to the complexity of this gift is whether or not you also have to provide the means to color the book in the first place. Unless they have kids, then the person receiving the gift might not have a good set of crayons, or colored pencils around. If you’re going to add that to the gift, then what kind are you going to get? This isn’t such a simple question to figure out, as there are so many factors to consider.
First off, is the book you’re getting them made of regular paper, or glossy? If it’s regular, then standard crayons or colored pencils might do. For something fancier though you might want to get metallic or scented coloring tools. However, will these scents trigger an allergy? Along the same line of thinking, you might also run into the allergy problem when dealing with glossy papered coloring books as well, since these type of books require the use of gel pens. Some gels (or markers for that matter) might be scented, but some of them are just overwhelmingly smelly (and not on purpose). This can be true of lower end, or pricey pens alike, and let’s face it, no gift should ever contribute to air pollution. Without being able to open the pen and smell it for yourself, you might be giving your friend, or family member, a coloring book with a nice side of asthma, allergy attack, or scent induced migraine.
So, unless you’re one hundred percent sure that the receiver of you colorful gift is absolutely going to love the coloring book idea, then perhaps stick to a gift card instead. That way you can avoid having your gift wind up as December 26 garbage, all the while still giving them the opportunity to indulge in this fad if they actually want to. In the end you should all have a Merrier Christmas for the effort.