The most giftable coffee books are the ones that aren’t just interesting but are beautiful too. I mean, at the end of the day they are basically just adult picture books, right? From delicious food and exotic travel to stoner etiquette and witchcraft, we’ve rounded up books from a wide variety of genres, curated to insure that your favorite hosts and hostesses will ask you back again.
— By Dylan Essertier
FOR THE TRAVEL OBSESSED
Four Seasons (Special Edition) by Pilar Guzmán
We love a bit of wanderlust, so it only makes sense that we would want to capture it and put it on our friend’s coffee table, right? This beautiful Four Season’s book features the incredible people behind the brand as painted by multidisciplinary artist Ignasi Monreal. There are only 100 limited-edition copies available, all of which are printed on special textured paper and signed by the artist himself so it’s sure to wow.
Epicurean Journeys by Joshua David Stein
Love food? Same, which is why we couldn’t help but nerd out reading Epicurean Journeys. The book centers around mouth-watering recipes and dining experiences all around the globe, tapping some of the biggest names in cooking (hi José Andres and Ruth Reichl!) to share their most memorable dining experiences while traveling the globe.
Escape by Gray Malin
Just looking at the cover of Gray Malin’s Escape is enough to instill some serious travel fever. Inside is no different, considering Escape is packed with photos of over 22 exotic destinations shot from over 20 cities across six continents. Warning: reading this will lead to your friend instantly booking their next holiday.
Stay With Me: Best Boutique Hotels Around the World by Catherine Harvey
The perfect gift for jet-setting, design-loving types considering this book features stunning portraits of the world’s most personality-packed hotels (among them the The NoMad, Wythe, Ett Hemm, Hotel Americano and many more) from talented graphic designer and writer Catherine Harvey.
FOR THE DESIGN OBSESSED
Island Hopping by Amanda Lindroth
Is your friend in need of a breezy island getaway but doesn’t quite have the time? Gift this tome instead. Inside you’ll find a curation of interior designer Amanda Lindroth’s breezy, bold and inviting projects, which channel just the warm vacation vibes everyone needs a bit more of in their life.
The Wes Anderson Collection: The Grand Budapest Hotel by Matt Zoller Seitz
If your hostess loves @accidentlywesanderson (and honestly, who doesn’t?) we found the perfect book for them: this homage to the filmmaker’s quirky, colorful visual aesthetic as seen in The Grand Budapest Hotel.
100 Interiors Around the World by Meike Niessen
A comprehensive overview of the world’s most incredible interiors, featuring spaces in North and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia. In other words? It’s the best way to send your friend around the world without making her leave the couch.
Living in Morocco by Taschen
The rugs, the textiles, the mosaics. Seriously, could Morocco be any more eye-catching? Design lovers won’t be able to get enough of Barbara and René Stoeltie’s expertly curated selection of homes styled with Moroccon-inspired interiors.
The Little Book of House Plants by Emma Sibley
Got a friend with a green thumb? Or wants one? Gift this sweet little read to inspire tips and tricks for expertly caring for greenery. With over 60 plants covered, we promise it will help you successfully bring all types of interesting nature into your friend’s home.
FOR THE FASHION OBSESSED
Valentino: Themes and Variations by Pamela Golbin
If a fashion book is doing its most basic job, it will visually dazzle us. This gorgeous Valentino book is not only dazzling but it features in-depth, first-person accounts from the designer himself on his most iconic creations.
The Little Dictionary of Fashion: A Guide to Dress Sense for Every Woman by Christian Dior
Inside you’ll find Christian Dior’s timeless tips and tricks for leading your most stylish life, from how to tie a scarf to how to care for your most precious clothing items based on their material composition.
Love Style Life by Garance Dore
Much like the photographer slash illustrator’s popular blog, Dore’s Love Style Life features her musings on fashion, beauty and lifestyle from the streets of Paris to New York.
Frida Kahlo: Fashion & The Art of Being by Susana Martinez Vidal
This eye-catching coffee table book is filled with a kaleidoscopic curation of Kahlo's most memorable outfits. Consider it a beautiful, color-soaked love letter to Mexico’s most famous painter’s fashion sense. What’s more thoughtful for a fashion lover than that?
Grace: Thirty Years of Fashion at Vogue by Grace Coddington
This 408-page monograph meets memoir chronicles the works of legendary fashion stylist Grace Coddington during her first 30 years at Vogue UK and Us. If that isn’t fabulous enough, did we mention it includes a forward by fashion mavens Anna Wintour and the late great Karl Lagerfeld too?
FOR THE LOVE OBSESSED
Love Poems: A Coffee Table Picture Book
Have a friend who loves love? Then treat them to Love Poems, which features the best love poems of all time, including Mark Antony’s sonnets to Cleopatra and Julius Caesar's ode to Rome. Red roses not included.
Mother and Child by Claiborne Swanson Frank
Headed to your mom’s place this summer? Consider Clairbone Swanson Frank’s Mother Child the perfect gift. Not only does it offer portraits of 70 iconic families (including Carolina Herrera , Lauren Santo Domingo and more) it offers up a series of questions and answers to these famous moms about what motherhood means to them.
Rover: The Barkington Edition by By Amanda Hedlund and Andrew Grant
We all have that friend who’s obsessed with their pet. Good news! Rover centers on photos and stories of 525 adorable adopted dogs. But wait it gets even better, considering this book was created to help raise awareness and funding for animal shelters. Go fetch it meow.
The Big Photo Book of Cats, Kittens, and Kitties: Over 150 Super Size High Quality Photos
Cat lovers, don’t worry we didn’t forget about you! We’ve sifted through the vast world of cat books to present you this beautiful curation of nearly every type of feline out there, from cool cats and flying cats to lazy kitties and adorable kittens.
FOR THE QUIRK-OBSESSED
Weed: Everything You Want To Know But Are Always Too Stoned To Ask by Michelle Lhooq The ultimate resource about weed, this book is packed cover-to-cover with advice on how to grow and cook and smoke cannabis (turn to page 42 for a chapter on “how to roll a blunt like a boss’) as well as a section on proper stoner etiquette. If you don’t know, now you know.
Bad Girls Throughout History: 100 Remarkable Women Who Changed the World By Ann Shen
Get ready to give out some serious goosebumps when gifting Bad Girls, which features the awe-inspiring stories of 100 women who have changed the world including legends such as Coretta Scott King and Anna May Wong Warning: side effects may include soaring self confidence, a sense of empowerment and complete and utter inspiration.
HausMagick: Transform Your Home with Witchcraft by Erica Feldmann
Who needs Marie Kondo when you have Erica Feldmann to help transform your home? As the founder of Hausmagick Feldman advocates six fundamental elements—Manifestation, Clearing, Protection, Comfort, Harmony, and Balance—when setting out to create a beautiful, healing space. From meditations to advice on crystals, this book has a lot of useful information on rituals, tools as well as witchcraft itself. It may not be an obvious gift choice, but it will certainly be an endless conversation starter.
True Style is What's Underneath: The Self-Acceptance Revolution by Elisa Goodkind
Think about every time you haven’t done something because you felt a fear of rejection. One powerful way to unlearn that fear is to pick up True Style to soak up the stories of everyone from Betsey Johnson to Tallulah Willis on how they learned to embrace their uniqueness. File this under: instant bravery boost.