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In the midst of a global pandemic, a racial reckoning, the ever-shifting political landscape and the dying bees there’s one thing almost everyone can agree on — it’s a stressful world we live in. There’s so much demanding our attention and emotional energy on the daily, making it absolutely crucial we find ways to take care of ourselves and calm our mind. Whether it’s with CBD products, meditation apps, a digital workout or a new hobby — taking care of your mental and physical health is crucial. Coloring books are one of the best ways to calm your mind, as being creative and doing something with your hands eases thoughts of worry, and can even release feel-good neurotransmitters like serotonin. Funny coloring books take the therapeutic effects a step further by introducing humor into the equation, and we all know laughter is the best medicine.
In between your back-to-back Zoom meetings in the morning, lunchtime Twitter check and evening Instagram scroll make sure you give your brain a break to reset, refresh and absorb the sensory input. Crack open one of these books, grab a pack of colored pencils or crayons and go to town. Within a few strokes your mind will ease and you’ll start to feel like a kid again, coloring outside the lines to your heart’s content. Plus, these books all have pretty funny jokes in them from cat butts to mom jokes and even something for the stoner crowd. Pick up a funny coloring book and your stress, to-do list and monthly expense breakdown will melt away as you bring life to these humorous images. Here are the best funny coloring books for humor and calm in 2021.
1. Calm The F*ck Down: An Irreverent Adult Coloring Book
This author has numerous coloring books that sound hilarious, and this one is very highly-ranked on Amazon for its sense of humor and single-sided coloring pages. The coloring book also includes color testing pages, because we all know how bleeping annoying it is when your colored pencil turns out to be an entirely different color than you thought. Color pictures of animals, a tea set with the caption “How about a nice cup of shut the fuck up?”, and even a beautiful rendition of the word “no.” Let the sass ease your worries and express your creative side with this volume that’s conveniently part of a series of similarly hilarious coloring books.
2. Fucking Adorable — Cute Critters With Foul Mouths
Is there anything funnier than tiny woodland creatures swearing? How about an adorable dinosaur with a perfectly pointed insult? You’ll get all of that and more in this cute critter coloring book complete with potty mouths galore. This book contains 30 different single-sided pages to color and has an even adorable-er sequel if you end up liking it.
3. Pooping Animals: A Funny Coloring Book for Adults
BEST FOR ANIMAL LOVERS
I mean really, is there anything funnier than that little squat a dog moves into when relieving themselves? The answer is no – as evidenced by this coloring book for adults. Let your inner child squeal with delight as you color in these hilarious images after a long work day. Each drawing is on bright white paper and is single-sided so you can color it in with any materials you’d like.
4. Fuck Off, Coronavirus, I’m Coloring: A Self Care Coloring Book
Who’s ready for COVID-19 to, politely, leave us forever? I know I am, and if you are too this is the funny coloring book for you. This pandemic has been tragic, challenging and incredibly eye-opening about our society. But you don’t always have to think about it like that. You can just be mad and color in these foul-mouthed pages filled with insults aimed at the illness no one asked for. Social distancing sucks, self-quarantining is terrible, and this book will help you tune out the news, coronavirus BS and just enjoy a little immature bliss.
5. Hot Cup of Joe: A Piping Hot Coloring Book With America’s Sexiest Moderate, Joe Biden
Good ol’ Joe. No matter what point on the political spectrum you land upon, this political coloring book helps introduce a little humor into our government and the people who now run it. This book is filled with funny, flattering images of our 46th president Joe Biden — on an Amtrak train, sailing a boat or wrestling a bear because… well… it’s America. Turn in the dirty, disappointing politics we’ve all come to know and not-love for this hilarious coloring book with Mr. Left-of-Right. Your political consciousness will be raised and that news stress will melt right away.
6. Pusheen Coloring Book
You know him, you love him — it’s the internet’s favorite chubby cat Pusheen! Now in coloring book form! This chubby little tabby has probably already landed on a soft spot in your cold, dead heart and now you can color him in one page at a time! This book features him doing all his regular awesome activities and is sure to help you relax.
7. 50 Shades of Bullsh*t: Swear Word Coloring Book
BEST BLACK PAPER
This is another funny coloring book filled with dirty words to make you giggle whenever you need a mental break. This coloring book is printed on black paper instead of white so your colorful designs will pop that much more, and all of the coloring pages are single-sided. The images include cute animals, leaves and other beautiful designs alongside a central swear word. Explore all of the wonderfully insulting words we have in the English language with the help of this coloring book.
8. ‘When Life Gets Complicated, I Wine’ – Funny Adult Coloring Book
BEST FOR WINE LOVERS
There’s nothing better than a nice glass of pinot grigio, merlot or rosé after a work day. Melt your stresses away by pairing your refreshing vino beverage with this wine-themed coloring book. Give your brain a break and shade in fun, intricate designs that include a glass of wine. Each page also includes a wine-themed quip such as “age gets better with wine” or “love the wine you’re with.” Crack open a bottle, grab your pencils and enjoy!
9. My Therapist Says… To Color Funny Coloring Book
BEST FOR GIFTING
You’ve probably heard of the Instagram account @MyTherapistSays and if you haven’t, go check it out during one of your IG breaks. This coloring book includes popular memes from the account over colorful designs to help you take a break from the screen. Channel your inner creative genius, unwind from the workday and avoid burnout with this fun, meme-filled book that includes patterns, adorable characters and relaxing mandalas too.
10. A Swear Word Coloring Book for Adults
BEST FOR SWEAR WORDS
If the other coloring books on this list didn’t have enough swear words for you — this book should. The theme is “Sweary AF” and the book includes designs with plenty of insulting, hilarious words you probably wouldn’t want aimed at you. This book makes a great activity for a saucy book club, a gift for someone you know well or even a white elephant contribution. I’d avoid any work functions though, since it’s definitely NSFW.
11. Holy Mother Forking Shirtballs: Clean Swear Word Coloring Book
BEST CLEAN VERSION
The fact that this coloring book is the clean version of all your favorite swear words makes it even more hilarious, and worth purchasing for yourself or a friend. The clean swear words are all worth a giggle, and are placed on top of designs you can color in to your heart’s content. Some of the clever quips include “abso-forking-lutely” and “shirt happens.” This one would be perfect for a work party, your in-laws or any other group for whom the full-fledged cuss words would be too much.
12. Stoner Coloring Book for Adults
BEST FOR WEED LOVERS
This coloring book is designed to take you on a trip — alongside whatever substances you decide to consume, legally of course. This book is filled with trippy designs to help your mind drift away and express your creative side. It features little creatures, a smiling bong, munchies snacks and friendly mushrooms. Gift this to your ganja-loving friend who could use an expressive outlet.
13. The Splat: Coloring the 90’s (Nickelodeon) Coloring Book
Celebrate the shows you enjoyed your entire childhood with this 90’s-themed Nickelodeon coloring book complete with characters from Rocko’s Modern Life, Hey Arnold! and more! The cover is foiled and designs perfect for anyone for whom the splat will always be orange.
14. Cat Butt Coloring Book
BEST FOR CAT LOVERS
If you have a cat, you probably know their butts are sometimes, hilariously, in your face. They’re not shy with them, and nor should they be! This hilarious coloring book is perfect for those who love their feline friends and want to express their creative side. Each image celebrates cat butts in a hilarious way and is waiting to be colored in. This is a great gift for cat lovers and is perfect for any animal lover as well.
15. People of Walmart.com Adult Coloring Book
The website peopleofwalmart.com is worth a browse, if you haven’t seen it already, and this coloring book includes some of their most hilarious images. Each page has swirls, mandalas, paisleys and other patterns to accentuate the main characters of the scene who, yes, are real people who were photographed in a Walmart somewhere. Choose the mystifying Walmart creature who best inspires your creative side and melt away your stress with laughter.
16. Cheer the F*ck Up: Positive Sh*t to Color Your Mood Happy
Sometimes, we all need a little tough love mood boost. This book is filled with swear-filled messages of positive affirmation that are hand-drawn to remind you of the “boss-ass betch” you really are. There are more than 60 hand-drawn illustrations and each is tear-away, so you can share them easily with friends and family. Each page is the perfect mix of glee, motivation and sarcasm and is waiting to be donned with your colorful gel pen art.
17. Farting Magical Creatures Coloring Book
BEST FOR FARTS
Another key pillar in the pantheon of hilarious humor? Farts. Farts are funny, and they’re even better when coming out of unicorns, mermaids and other mythical creatures who yes, do fart too. This coloring book features 24 different mythical creatures in their natural habitats letting loose. This list includes unicorns, dragons, leprechauns, goblins and more. The drawings are not overly complicated and are single-sided so there’s no worry about bleeding.
18. Make Life Your Bitch: Motivational Adult Coloring Book
Need a kick in the butt to get you going? This coloring book is swear-filled and contains inspirational graphics to help you muster up the courage to go out and grab life by the balls. Each positive swear message is surrounded by fun, decorative patterns designed to help you relieve stress and relax. This is another coloring book with black backgrounds on each page so your drawings will really pop by the end, and every one is single sided. Life isn’t always easy, and sometimes we need reminders that we’re in charge. Let this coloring book be your motivation and relaxation all at once!
19. Mom Life: A Snarky Adult Coloring Book
BEST FOR MOMS
A segment of our population who almost always needs a laugh? Moms. If you’ve got a mom in your life who needs help unwinding, give her the gift of a quiet, creative outlet for relaxing while all the kids are asleep, playing, fed or all of the above. She’ll celebrate the highs and lows that come with motherhood with each page and enjoy pages made for all coloring mediums.
20. Dog Shaming: The Official Adult Coloring Book
BEST FOR DOG LOVERS
Sometimes dogs do bad things, but they’re adorable anyway. This coloring book features 35 hilarious images of dogs admitting to their wrongdoings, and being lovable regardless. Relax, let go, and enjoy these hilarious canines relaying the trouble they’ve gotten into, despite their best interests. Each one is projected onto a backdrop with a beautiful design and details worthy of your best colored pencils. Just make sure your artistic instruments stay out of reach of your pup, unless you enjoy rainbow poop.