I got my first coloring book for adults in December 2015 as a Christmas gift, without even knowing that such amazing things actually exist – and today I can say that I am their biggest fan. Coloring as an adult relieves stress and relaxes me like few other things do.
Today I decided to update my list of the best coloring books for adults to 2020 and share with you my favorites in case you’re looking for extra inspiration or if you want to offer somebody a gift they had no idea they needed.
The art (because I can’t call the patterns anything else) in these adult coloring books are also amazing and contribute to the overall feeling of accomplishment when you complete your complex masterpiece. And you can’t help but fall in love with these coloring books for adults.
And since there are a ton of options out there when it comes to coloring books for adults, I’ve decided to share with you my top pick: the best 10 coloring books for adults in 2020 that you have to try or buy to share.
IMPORTANT: All these books are kid friendly and family friendly. They are called “for grown ups” because they are more complicated than regular coloring books for children and because of their therapeutic effect. But nothing stops you from getting these for our kids if you know they can keep up with the really complex designs.
I would recommend to only purchase a maximum of two or three books to start with unless you know that you have a lot of free time to dedicate to this relaxing experience: coloring these complex drawings takes a lot of time, so you don’t really need a lot of coloring books to keep you busy for a long time!
With these in mind, let’s check out below the most amazing coloring books for adults in 2020 below!
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Best Coloring Books for Grown-Ups
1. Enchanted Forest by Johanna Basford
Absolutely beautiful drawings which are complex and rewarding. This is actually the first coloring book for adults that I received as a gift and the one that got me hooked. It’s also probably the most popular of them all, too.
If you want to, you can also consider getting the trilogy from the same illustrator (Enchanted Forest, Secret Garden and Lost Ocean) and you’ll be set for an unforgettable, relaxing experience, as well as tons of beautiful pages to color.
2. Adult Coloring Book Designs
When I got into adult coloring books, this was the #1 best selling on Amazon and even though it’s not as popular as it used to be, it’s still one amazing product that everybody will love.
I loved it because it was so different than Enchanted Forest, yet paradoxically similar and amazingly relaxing. Beautiful floral designs, animals and Mandalas (figures representing the universe in Hindu and Buddhist symbolism) will reward you with a great time and unique works!
3. Good Vibes Coloring Book – Thaneeya McArdle
I really liked this book because it takes inspirational messages and turns then into real works of art that YOU color, all while taking in the message itself. Happy thoughts, relaxing experience, great quality and thanks to the larger design, they’re also very beginner friendly.
Even more, you will get motivated to do stuff right and make your life better while drawing. Highly recommended!
4. Butterflies Garden by Broderick S Johnson
If you like butterflies and flowers, then this is the perfect book for you as it mixes both with style. And if you didn’t know that you like both, then you will after giving this a try.
Complex and delightfully cheerful art makes the pages of this coloring book for adults a complete experience that will boost your mood and make you feel a lot better.
5. Owls – Marjorie Sarnat
You don’t have to be a Harry Potter fan to love owls or this book (although it does help!) Beautiful designs, magical places and complex pages await within its pages, all of them filled with these beautiful creatures.
6. Splendid Cities
Created by Rosie Goodwin and Alice Chadwick, this coloring book for adults comes like a breath of fresh air with the new designs it offers: take a break from coloring nature-inspired models and Mandalas and bring to life entire cities.
And with the air quality getting so bad nowadays – and with the cities themselves getting so crowded, you can at least find your inner peace coloring these serene, beautiful pages.
It’s amazing, trust me, and you can see for yourself by clicking here.
7. Steampunk Designs
I love everything steampunk and you can imagine that I was extremely happy when I found this book from MAntraCraft.
Beautiful scenes and all the details a steampunk fan would love to draw. However, I am sure you don’t even have to be a steampunk fan in order to really appreciate this book!
8. Today Is Going To Be A Great Day
Inspirational quotes are sprinkled nicely on top of the designs offered by this book and many will agree that it helps even more when it comes to de-stressing and feeling better each day.
It also has some nice additions – like gift tags or bookmarks for you to color and cut and use as you see fit! It is, overall, a great coloring book for adults, just like all the others that made it on our list.
9. Dragons: An Adult Coloring Book – Jade Summer
This is the ultimate coloring book for fantasy fans! With 25 unique designs and a total of 50 pages to color, this book will help you feel like you’re living in another world – one that you’re coloring!
On each page you will find beautiful princesses with their dragons, cute baby dragons or mighty dragons engaged in fights. And you’ll love them all for sure!
10. Grimm Fairy Tales 2
With artwork created by several illustrators – and all pages inspired from the fairy tales we love so much (including Sleeping Beauty Snow White, Cinderella, Red Riding Hood and more), this is a perfect coloring book if you’re looking to bring to life some of the most beautiful female characters you have ever seen.
The illustrations themselves are not very complex – on the contrary, so you will be able to go through this book faster than you would go through others, but it’s still really good and totally worth it.
BONUS: F**king Adorable – Cute Critters with foul Mouths
Now if you want something that’s completely different from the books that I have recommended above, then this one’s the coloring book you were looking for.
I guess it’s pretty clear from its title (uncensored on the cover, by the way!) what it’s all about. And since some find stress relief working better when they swear… this is the book for them.
Combining very cute and innocent-looking animals with some very rude messages, this could be the perfect gift – or perfect book – for some!
And this would be it! These are our recommendations in terms of amazing coloring books for adults in 2020. While you can now find something similar in most supermarkets and shops out there, they rarely (if ever) manage to rise to the standards of these top picks.