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The Colouring Book of Beautiful Gift Boxes: Christmas is published and was very kindly sent to me to review by Nosy Crow Publishing. This book is unlike any other because it’s not a normal colouring book, each page is a gift box which can be removed and folded into a box to gift to friends and family. The book itself is paperback with flexible card covers, it’s just under 30cm square and has a beautiful bright red cover with splashes of turquoise and gold foil accents. On the inside cover are diagrams and written instructions about how to remove and fold the boxes and on the back inside cover are three recipes so you can create sweet treats to go in your boxes – Snowball Truffles, Gingerbread Stars, and Peppermint Creams. The spine is glue and string-bound making it durable but it’s all quite easy to press flat so that you can colour the whole box, or remove it via the perforations before colouring if you find that easier. Each of the 24 pages contains one double-sided box with different matching designs for each of the sides and the inside base and then a small repeating pattern on all of the other edges, there’s heaps to colour in on each one! The card is medium thickness, bright white and lightly textured so it’s perfect for pencils and water-based pens which didn’t bleed or shadow at all when I coloured my box, alcohol markers will bleed so I’d avoid using these. The perforations are well-made and the parts do mostly come out easily, I would advise caution as a very small section of my actual box started splitting so you may prefer to use the perforations as a guide for scissors or just work slowly, a few of the parts have quite large perforations which do leave large bumps rather than smooth edges on the box but again, these could be tidied up with scissors if you wish. The boxes are individually designed and contain themed illustrations from Russian dolls to wreathes, bells to snowflakes, angels to gingerbread men, stockings to presents and lots more Christmas-themed imagery. The images are very cute and have a naïve quality to them which makes them look really charming and they’ll look lovely coloured by adults or children and gifted to others. At the back of the book is a page of gold foiled stickers each with lines on where you can write names to and from, and each with a small Christmassy motif. The set is really well-made and thought out, this book is produced by the same publishing company who created the Colouring Books of Cards and Envelopes so you can be assured it’s good quality though the illustrations are created by a different artist, Sarah Walsh, rather than Rebecca Jones who drew the cards.
In terms of mental health, I think this book of gift boxes is pretty great because it offers up a project with a very clear purpose and end point, ideal for those of us who struggle to get motivated or see the point in things some times. Sharing is always good fun and when colouring these boxes you know you’ll be sharing the love with someone you care about and that’s a great thing to be able to do! The line thickness is consistent throughout and is thin and spindly thin. The intricacy and detail levels are pretty high with lots of small sections so these boxes will only really be suited to those of you with good vision and fine motor control. The boxes take ages to colour so you’re certainly getting lots of colouring hours for your money, however, each box consists of lots of small colourable parts which is ideal for any level of concentration or amount of symptoms, you can colour for 20 seconds doing just one small sprig of mistletoe, or hours and hours doing the whole repeating pattern or somewhere in between. The images on the box are sure to get you into the festive spirit which is just what’s needed as the outside temperature drops and the nights draw in. These boxes will be perfect for sharing some Christmas spirit and they can be filled with small gifts or sweets or chocolates and they’ll be the perfect packaging for anything handmade, the possibilities are endless!
Overall, I would highly recommend these colourable gift boxes, there’s loads to colour on each one and they’re sure to get you and your recipient into the festive spirit and they give a wonderful personal touch to whatever gifts you decide to put inside them.
If you’d like to purchase a set, the book is available here:
Amazon UK – The Colouring Book of Beautiful Gift Boxes: Christmas
Book Depository Worldwide – http://www.bookdepository.com/The-Colouring-Book-of-Beautiful-Gift-Boxes-Christmas-Sarah-Walsh/9780857638038/?a_aid=colouringitmom
If you love the idea of this set and fancy some more, Nosy Crow are publishing a Birds and Blossoms set in March which is available to pre-order here:
Book Depository Worldwide – http://www.bookdepository.com/The-Colouring-Book-of-Beautiful-Gift-Boxes-Birds-and-Blossom-Felicity-French/9780857638687/?a_aid=colouringitmom
The box below was coloured using Stabilo Point 88 Fineliners and Stabilo 68 Fibre-Tip Pens.