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Color Me Book

Give the gift of serenity


According to a January 2016 CNN report, "everyone from researchers at Johns Hopkins University to the editors of Yoga Journal [have suggested] coloring as an alternative to meditation." Meanwhile, in recent years, coloring books for adults have been huge sellers. Combine that with the trend of taking (and posting) pictures of our food, kids, pets and selves, and it should come as no surprise you can buy a customized coloring book containing pages made from your Instagram/Facebook/Pinterest/whatever photos. What makes the Color Me Book special is creators Cory Will and Amy Faussett don't use a photo editing program or apply some digital filter to make colorable pages—each photo is hand-traced.

Color Me Books come in books of five, 10, 15, 20 and 25 pages and, while they aren't cheap—$25, $50, $75, $100 and $125, respectively—getting one is easy as uploading a few photos and waiting a few weeks. Plus, by giving someone a box of markers and a book filled with pictures of their vacation, pets, kids, brunches or selves they can color, what you're really giving them is the gift of serenity. Try getting that at IKEA.