Holiday Gift Guide

No one likes stress, and we certainly don’t want our customers to feel that way – especially during the holidays, when you know you’d much rather kick back and relax rather than spend hours trying to cross off everything on your gift list. This is our gift to you, to make things a little easier and these weeks a little more enjoyable. Make Cardboard Safari your one-stop shop this year with our Top 20 Gift Guide for the holidays and any day thereafter.

Lifelike Animals Set

Eyan the Elephant, Juliette the Giraffe, Leon the Lion, and Zoe the Zebra love to spend time together. This time, all four faux-furry friends have donned their true stripes, dots, and colors to create the Lifelike Cardboard Safari Animals Set.

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These guys are each pretty incredible on their own thanks to their beautifully realistic patterns, but make an even bigger impression as a group. The Lifelike collection will help you bring nature indoors, while making you forget that you don’t actually live in the middle of the Serengeti. Lucky for you, this crowd is probably a little more housetrained than their wild counterparts.

Fred the Moose

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“Fred brings joy wherever he goes,” says one happy moose owner. It’s hard to competewith a statement like that.

What makes Fred such a big ball of sunshine? This antlered ambler is spunk personified. His spread-eagle horns, handsome profile, and adorably intrusive nose give him a winning demeanor that’s equal parts classy and goofy. His design also features just the right combination of simplicity and complexity, as blank spaces and thoughtful subtleties complement one another from his antlers to the bell beneath his neck. Make a new friend with Fred this holiday – he’d love to brighten your day, everyday.

Bucky the Deer

Iconic, illustrious, world-famous: these are the words that best describe Bucky the Deer. Bucky’s been with the Cardboard Crew since the very beginning. He was the first cardboard animal head that we ever created, and has been the perfect foundation for our company to build off of. Basically, he’s kind of a big deal.

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Bucky is the kind of present that your friends and family will never grow out of. After all, we’ve kept him around for almost 10 years and have only fallen more in love with him as the time has passed. For a gift that sends the message of loyalty, affection, and good design sense, Bucky’s your deer.

Jack and Jill Masks

Jack and Jill went up the hill to… sculpt their faces in cardboard! That’s how the story goes around here. It’s much better than the original, because it ends with two cool cardboard products instead of a broken skull. Everybody wins.

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Whether or not you like our retelling, we bet you’ll like our Jack and Jill Masks. This pair is especially incredible because of the remarkable detail that goes into every feature. It looks as if Jack and Jill literally pressed their faces into a cardboard pin mold, and we’d stand behind that theory in a heartbeat if we didn’t know any better. Give the gift of humanity with Jack and Jill.

Vince the Skull

For your friend who wishes that Halloween never had to end, the doctor in your family, or simply anyone that could use a friend, Vince will do the trick. We found Vince at the three-way intersection of creepy, cute, and just plain cool. He’s got the eerie air of an October evening breeze mixed with the “aw” factor of your favorite stuffed animal and the aesthetic of the Old Masters. Equipped with a toothy grin, a sturdy build, a satisfying density, and a meticulous design, Vince is ready to rock the holidays.

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Vince comes in a variety of forms, from his standard brown and white to black and even zebra print. Don’t forget that you can upgrade to Vince’s Boxed Edition to include his special display case.

Pine Cones

pinecone_set_six_branch_001Bring the winter wonderland indoors with our Cardboard Pine Cones. These decorations will help you spread holiday cheer throughout the evergreen season, and make great accompaniments to traditional trees and wreaths. And, no sticky sap or rot to worry about – ever. Our pine cones are holiday gifts that will stick around for many, many snowfalls to come.

They’re unique, too. Where else can you find a foot-long pinecone? We offer our Cardboard Pine Cones in three sizes: small (4.5 x 6 inches), medium (7 x 9 inches), and larger than life (9.5 x 12 inches). Find one of each in the Variety Set, or double your collection with our Set of Six small pine cones for the same price.

Billy the Bison

Billy‘s got The Look. You know, The Just-Rolled-Outta-Bed Shaggy Look that’s all the rage these days. Just pick up any fashion magazine and you’ll find Billy’s influence everywhere. He’s the ultimate trend-setter. That’s why he would make the perfect gift for your fashionista friends and family members, or maybe those in your life who might need a little help in that department.

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His first piece of advice? “Work hard to make your hard work look effortless!” Billy has mastered this technique: each individual spike of fur around his mane has been carefully cut and groomed, but he still gives off a vibe of casual carelessness that will have you scratching your head about how on earth he does it. Maybe if you take him home or wrap him up this holiday, Billy will reveal the rest of his style secrets.

Fantasy Weapons

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Brand new to the fantasy lineup are our Cardboard Weapons, three fierce designs based on their historical and fanciful predecessors. Pull a Katana straight out of a Japanese history lesson or a scene from The Walking Dead, unsheath the Arming Sword in the name of King Arthur, and raise your Battle Axe like Gimli.

The world is your playground with our collection of weapons. These would make a great gift for fantasy bookworms or movie fiends, fencers, history buffs, and anyone with a bit of restless energy to get rid of. Make someone’s dueling dreams come true this year.

Eyan the Elephant

Elephants are wonderful creatures, plain and simple. Big, beautiful, boisterous, and benevolent: just look at this heroic clip for all the evidence you’ll ever need. Give Eyan as a gift to tell someone, “You are my beloved elephant in this crazy, mixed-up world”. We think it’s a pretty high compliment.

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Eyan features a design that is simultaneously powerful and delicate. Those broad ears stand strong and steady, with gentle folds carved subtly into their edges. That proud trunk makes a solid statement, and bends with careful grace. From every angle, Eyan’s got the best of both worlds.

Math and Science Set

Add some dimension to your education with our discounted Cardboard Math and Science Set, which includes a DNA Helix and Pi Wall Hanging. Give these pieces to teachers, scientists, mathematicians, or even kids who have no idea what they’re looking at yet – for some early inspiration.

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The DNA Helix is an intricate piece of work. Packed into its 14 inch tall frame are all the right nucleotides, hydrogen bonds, and base pairs in all their proper places – to the best of our printing ability. Our Pi Board is a dazzling celebration of the magical 3.14, decked out in rainbow layers on a bright red base. Put them together and you’ve got a combination fit for lab rats everywhere.

Safari Animals Set

In addition to their own individual listings, this Cardboard Crew also comes as a package deal in the Safari Animals Set. And when we say “deal”, we really mean it: buy Eyan the Elephant, Juliette the Giraffe, Robbie the Rhino, and Leon the Lion all together to save 10% on your purchase.

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The gang that explores together, stays together. In honor of the African Safari landscape that these animals all share, we’ve kept them united in that bond. They may not get along quite so well in the wild, but they sure are great friends in this environment. Give them all as a 4 in 1 present, or split them up to share the love.

Symbols

Symbolize your feelings for your family and friends with these marvelous wall hangings. There’s an option out there for everyone: our Hipster Combo in honor of your uncle’s new ‘stache, a Prohibition Sign for your teenage daughter who just can’t get enough alone time, or maybe a Lightbulb to hang in your pal’s new local business to inspire more bright ideas.

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Whatever the occasion or personality, our Cardboard Symbols can help you say what you want without saying anything at all. Save your words and send a message with symbols this time around, just to switch things up.

Tex the Longhorn

Tex the Cardboard Longhorn knows how to make an entrance. One look at those broad horns, and nobody will be able to turn away. When it comes to turning heads and catching eyes, Tex fits the the bill. bling_tex_glry_013

All this Longhorn wants for the holidays is a place to spread out and get comfy. His horns take up a lot of room, and he’s pretty tired of feeling so cramped in our warehouse. A nice open wall or mantle would make Tex jump for joy, at least in our imagination. Kill two birds with one stone by finding a spacious home for Tex and making his new owner happy with this fantastic gift!

Fleur de Lis Wreath

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The worst part about  wreaths is that they don’t last much longer than the occasion that you initially buy them for. Sure, they serve their intended purpose by making it until January before turning brown and falling slowly to the ground, but what about next year? Another purchase to add to the books? No, thanks. We prefer something a little more timeless, like our Cardboard Wreaths.

Wrap this Fleur de Lis Wreath up for someone that appreciates a gift that will hold up season after season. Plus, it’d be tough to twist leaves and branches into such an intricate design. There’s a clear winner here.

Shake things up even more with the Fleur de Lis Wreath in a colorful Mardi Gras print, which is also right around the corner.

North American Animals Set

Just like their friends in Africa, these North American Animal Heads come in a group for 10% off the total price. This set combines four magnificent creatures that you’ll find somewhere between the Atlantic and Pacific coasts, from your backyard to the mountain bushlands.

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This team represents the broad spectrum that is North American nature. We’re lucky to have all these cool critters under our roof, and they’re just the beginning! Celebrate a new kind of patriotism with these guys. You never know, you may start a new movement. Get that trend off the ground by sharing the North American Animals Set with the people on your list.

Rocky the Ram

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Rock on with Rocky the Cardboard Ram. All your favorite cliff climbers, wilderness wanderers, and peak pursuers will find something to love in Rocky. He’s rugged, striking, bold, and full of adventure – just like the wild, wild west.

When the outdoorsmen and women around you already have more gear and REI gift cards coming to them this holiday than they know what to do with, give them something different that still captures their free spirit. Rocky will become the best inspiration for all their mountain explorations in the new year, and you’ll get to be the mastermind behind it all.

Merlin the Unicorn

Merlin the Cardboard Unicorn makes dreams come true. Just imagine how excited your favorite little ones would be to find this fantastic creature waiting for them. And don’t forget the kids at heart, too – there’s no age limit on Merlin’s magical spirit.

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So what happens when our unicorn makes his amazing appearance among all the holiday festivities? Merlin has been known to cause extreme happiness manifesting in high-pitched squeals of delight, chaotic jumping, rapid clapping of the hands, and bear hugs. Be aware of these symptoms and take steps to protect ear drums, exposed toes, and delicate home decor.

Vintage Map Print Animals

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Where in the world are our animals? They may hail from Virginia, but they’re headed to new places all over the globe with our Vintage Map Print collection on Eyan the Elephant, Bucky the Deer, and Fred the Moose. From Boston and California all the way to Tokyo and India, plus so many more, these guys are really going places.

 

Fuel the jetsetter lifestyle with these geographic beauties. This creative twist on map decor could make a thoughtful gift for veteran travelers and novices alike. Anyone with a good dose of wanderlust will appreciate a print that whisks them away on an adventure with every glance.

Stewart the Bear

Ah, good ol’ Stu. Stewart the Cardboard Bear is a classic, just like the quintessential teddy that almost every kid grows up with from crib to college dorm and beyond. Our version is a little less cuddly, but just as adorable and much more remarkable to boot.

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Trust Stewart to guard his new home, while also charming the pants off of anyone who walks in the door. He’s the finest mixture of fierce and lovable that we know, which makes for a winning combination if we ever saw one. Let your recipients decide when they put Stewart together. The big smile you see stretch across their faces in that moment? That’s what Stu lives for.

Submarine Blimp

This cardboard creation becomes especially interesting when you realize that the Submarine Blimp is actually a transformer. Better still, it’s probably one of the easiest transformations ever – to make this little switcheroo from submarine to blimp or vice versa, just change the way you display it. For a deep-sea-diving sub, place it on a table. For a high-flying blimp, hang it from the ceiling.

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The Submarine Blimp is your best bet for fickle and finicky friends, so that they can give their decor a mini makeover on any passing whim. Everyone could use a change in scenery from time to time, anyway.

History of the Katana

In honor of our new Cardboard Weaponry, let’s take a trip back in time and across the globe to explore the story behind one of our most culturally significant creations: the katana.

Say hello to feudal Japan, circa 1400. The katana first appeared around this time in the Muromachi Period, and acted as the next version of the more basic tachi sword.  The difference between the two began as a pretty nominal one, because some samurai prefered to carry their swords with the sharp edge facing up instead of down. Thanks to these early trendsetters, the nature of Japanese combat took a giant step forward. That simple change, which makes it easier and faster for warriors to pull out their weapons, marked the beginning of the katana’s path through history.

Swordsmiths caught on to the movement and started to design their weapons with the new style in mind. The katana’s most distinguishing characteristics are the way that it is worn (in that efficient edge-up fashion) and the placement of the maker’s signature. Because samurai carried their katanas upside-down in comparison to tachi swords, swordsmiths also switched the placement of their signatures to the opposite side of the blade so that their names would remain visible on the outside of the katana. This is probably the best way to tell what kind of sword you are looking at, since the carry method can be a bit unclear when it’s not strapped onto someone’s back.

Now, time for a real kicker: traditional katanas are not made of cardboard! Shocking, I know. Unlike our version, which is pretty fierce in its own right, true katanas are so strong because they are built from a Japanese super-steel called tamahaganeUnfortunately, Cardboard Safari didn’t quite have the resources to replicate that intense process. But hey, ours is much safer to keep in the house.

Cardboard Safari at the UVA E-Cup

Last Friday, November 13, Cardboard Safari President Chris Jessee had the pleasure of serving as a judge for the Entrepreneurship Cup at the University of Virginia. Thanks to his long history in the creative and business worlds, Chris had the perfect background to guide these young self-starters during the competition.

The UVA E-Cup works to give students the chance to create and present their own original answers to society’s unanswered questions. For many budding entrepreneurs, this is one of the first steps toward breaking into the professional world. The Cup is put on the Darden School of Business, and is broken down into three stages.  Last Friday’s event wrapped up the first portion, Concept, by selecting 25 winners out of 50 initial presenters. These winners will go onto the Discovery stage where they will compete for 5 spots in the final round, Launch.

This first stage asked participants to submit an idea under one of five categories: Consumer/Business-to-Business, Health Care, Social Entrepreneurship, Science/Engineering, and UVA Wise (a UVA off-shoot located in Wise, Virginia). Chris helped to evaluate the Consumer/Business-to-Business presentations. 5 competitors in each of the 5 categories were chosen to continue on in the contest and to win $1000 toward their projects.

We’re looking forward to seeing where these ideas go. Follow these talented students on the UVA E-Cup website and catch of glimpse of the future.

 

 

Rambling Robbie Around the Shop

Robbie enjoyes rambling around town but he also enjoys working at Cardboard Safari.

Here is a bit of Robbie’s day at the shop.

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“Overseeing some production with Forrest. Double checking for quality control.”

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Keeping things neat in the office

“Yup, keeping up with filing!”

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Working with designer Nate Main on new projects.

“Nate and I are discussing some new and exciting products soon to be launched!”

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Taking a quick water break.

“Yum, I wonder who’s fruit cup that is?”

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It’s been a long day!

“True but an even longer walk home. I need a Robbie car. Have a great evening everyone!”

Rambling Robbie Goes Cross Country

 While one Rambling Robbie stays to explore Charlottesville with Cori, his twin has embarked on a cross-country adventure with our Colorado crew. Join us – Jackson and Lucie – as we explore our new home with Robbie by our side.

First things first, a mountain town needs a mountain truck.

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Robbie can’t get enough of his new wheels. The bright red complements his natural cardboard hue quite nicely, don’t you think? Unfortunately that front seat seems a bit too big for Robbie still. We’re hoping that he’ll grow into it. Until then, he’ll settle for shotgun.

We can see two peaks from our front yard: North Table Mountain and Mount Galbraith. Robbie hasn’t taken any trips all the way up there yet because he’s still getting acclimating to the altitude, but he’s been practicing.

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He’s a natural, clearly. Look out for Robbie on the cover of Climbing Magazine – he’ll be a pro before you know it.

Stay tuned for more adventures to come!

Rambling Robbie Getting Ready For Halloween

My friend Rambling Robbie stopped by Spirit Halloween at Hollymead Town Center looking for some Halloween inspiration.

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“Maybe I will be a black cat for Halloween. Hey how’s it going?”

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“I made a new friend. She was so nice and helped me find some cool stuff!”

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“Yikes, look at those teeth.”

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“I’m not scared………..aaaahhhhhhhh, I’m outta here!”

Have a fun and safe Halloween from Rambling Robbie!

Please visit our Facebook page and let Robbie know what you are dressing up as for Halloween!

Leah Yellowbird’s Detailed Designs

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Meet Leah Yellowbird, American Indian artist.

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And admire her amazing work!

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 You can imagine the awe that swept over us when we received these photos from Leah Yellowbird, our new line of birch plywood products all dressed up in bright beaded suits.

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We were even further blown away to learn that these are not beads at all, but dots of paint applied with a spotter brush.

Leah paints each piece with incredible detail.

Even though some of her work is not visible once the animal is assembled, the animal is reborn with heart and spirit.

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Says Leah,

In my culture we have a “circle of life,” it means to represent all colors of people being together as one. The colors are red, black, yellow, and white. And the tourquise stone is important to us as well. So I did this bear as the circle of life colors . . . He has the strength of all people in the spirit of the bear.

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Leah Yellowbird poured hours into these designs, drawing inspiration from the beading work she did in her youth, applying traditional Indian ways to these North American animal heads, infusing them with profound significance and artistry.

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Says Leah Yellowbird about her work,

I am an American Indian artist trying to understand the world and express myself through learning and practicing the traditional art forms of my Anishinabe people. My preferred medium has been beadwork for many years and I hadn’t painted for about 20 years. I recently decided to try expressing my beading tradition with paint & canvas. I hope that you find my efforts successful.

Each canvas is painted “as if I was beading it” with millions (OK, maybe only hundreds of thousands) of small dots of paint to make the finished piece.

My inspiration is given to me by my ancestors in the way of dreams. “When I wake up from one of these dreams I have seen the completed work and feel compelled to draw and paint the vision as it was given to me”.

My message or point of view is very simple. “Seek harmony.”

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We are so very honored that Leah choose our products as a canvas.

These and other amazing works will be displayed in a show she will have in November,

A Magical Journey with Leah Yellowbird. 

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 Please follow her on Facebook!

Visit her Website.

And if you are anywhere near Duluth, MN, do go and see her show on November 6 at Trepanier Hall at 212 W. 2nd Street.

It is sure to be a magical journey!

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We wish Leah all the luck in the world with her work and look forward to seeing more photos!

To learn more about the Anishinabe people, please check out the following websites!

www.anishinaabemdaa.com

https://intercontinentalcry.org/indigenous-peoples/anishinaabe/

www.ojibwe.org/home/about_anish.html

www.anishinabek.ca

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Thank you Leah Yellowbird for sharing your talent and traditions, and for making this world a more beautiful place!

Think Small!

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It is time for a Small Safari as we are discontinuing our Micro Sized Cardboard Animal Heads to make room for exciting new designs.

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This is the perfect opportunity for you to stock up while supplies last.

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All small sized products have been eliminated from our website, but remain available on Etsy at an all time low price of $13 each.

Order now and be well prepared for the holidays!

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Small safari stocking stuffers are serious fun!

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A Micro size animal head is a sweet surprise for any unlikely space.

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So many small guys to choose from, why not get one of each!

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They are indeed moving quickly, so grab up a few now!

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Create a Colorful Habitat at a Discount!

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Seeking a gift for a friend or family member who could benefit from a focused pastime?

Short on material to take to the next adult coloring party?

Searching for an activity to share with children while educating them?

Straight from the hands of a local Charlottesville artist, we have the perfect solution in two Little Rhino Coloring Books, Costa Rica and Africa.

Both books are spectacularly illustrated by artist, architect, author, and conservationist, Bob Anderson.

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Better yet, they are discounted by at least 20% in our Sale Section.

Purchase these while supplies last!

 

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Diversity

Anderson’s coloring books feature drawings and brief descriptions of a wide range of animals that inhabit savannas, rain forests, and tropical terrains.

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Education

The Africa book includes detailed information about each animal, including scientific name, size, weight, distribution, habitat, and status.

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Fine Art & Fun

The Costa Rica book features black & white coloring templates with the artist’s colored versions on the facing page, making it a book of fine art & fun activity.

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Coloring Book Craze!

Adult coloring books have taken a recent rise in popularity. As quoted by fans of the genre in, Inside the Adult Coloring Book Craze,

“I love it,” said Nichole Schmidt, a stay-at-home mom. “It’s very meditative. It gets me away from the kids. And this is my Zen.”

“Far more people are looking for things that are unplugged,” said Ann Garbarino, an advisor at the Small Business Development Center at Stony Brook. “And it’s something that a lot of generations can agree on.”

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Also on Sale. . .

Included in the sale are Bob Anderson’s beautiful hard cover story books, When I was a Little Boy I was a Black Panther, based on the author’s own childhood fantasies of being able to turn into his favorite animal, and Obo, a tale about a young spot-nosed guenon monkey who goes off on an quest through the African rainforest in search of paradise.

A coloring book for mom, a storybook for son. It’s the perfect match!

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