I think books are a great gift for anyone, but coffee table books in particular make an elegant, timeless gift. Their substantial heft, pretty covers and bindings and, of course, interesting and beautiful contents inside make them really fun gifts to receive; I recently received a few books for my birthday (some included here in this guide) and loved them. They’re great to give someone who’s into home decor, fashion, photography, travel, and cooking.
I use coffee table books as decor around the house, stacked and layered on coffee and side tables and on shelves. If you look at any space that feels comfortable and collected, you’ll notice books as integral parts of the decor. But of course they are awesome reading material for guests and me, too, when I have a moment to myself (rare, but it DOES happen!) I like to read cookbooks for fun and collect them, and some of them make them onto my coffee tables (the rest are in my pantry. In rainbow order, of course.)
They say to not judge a book by its cover – but coffee table books are where you DO have to take their aesthetics into consideration. They’re going to be out there on display so you want something that looks good, too. One trick is to remove the book covers because many times the binding underneath will be really neutral and pretty. But some books have gorgeous covers that you won’t want to remove, so play around with the colors, how you layer and stack them. All these books I’ve included in the guide have passed the “pretty cover and/or binding” test!
I think writing a personal note inside, when appropriate, is a nice touch 🙂
I’ll let the descriptions of each of the books below tell their stories, but have included my notes on a few :
2. Sweets : Desserts from London’s Ottolenghi – This is Yotam Ottolenghi’s newest book. The binding is really pretty with “sweet” written in a thin foiled rose gold print. Great for someone who loves to bake!
3. Living with Pattern : Color, Texture, and Print at Home – the sides of the pages are a bright orange, which is a super fun pop of color and in keeping with the book’s mixed vibes
4. Mother and Child – gorgeous for a nursery or kids’ space
5. Home Body: A Guide to Creating Spaces You’ll Never Want to Leave – Joanna Gaines’s newest book. And who doesn’t love some Joanna Gaines. ake the cover off of this one and you’ll find gorgeous neutral binding with gold typography. It’s a thick and really pretty book. I actually just bought it for myself today!
6. This Is Home : The Art of Simple Living : I bought this at the McGee and Co store in Costa Mesa. I often buy books when I travel somewhere, so I have to remember to pack a little lighter on the way there!
7. Eat Beautiful : Food And Recipes to Nourish Your Skin from the Inside Out – great choice for anyone into wellness or beauty
8. Dream Spaces
10. Simplicity : take the cover off of this one and you’ll discover it’s a beautiful black and white ink dot print, with black page sides. This is another one I bought at McGee and Co’s store.
11. Plenty : Vibrant Vegetable Recipes from London’t Ottolenghi. This was his first cookbook and is such a beautiful and inspirational collection of veg-centric dishes. It’s now a classic for any cookbook collector.
12. Where is Karl? – I literally laughed out loud when I first saw this. It’s a Where’s Waldo, but with Chanel’s Karl Lagerfeld. Perfect for any fashion fan.
14. Tom Ford – pretty much every blogger has this large and luxe book in their home, but for a reason. It looks great and photographs well. The end.
15. Harper’s Bazaar 150 Years– when I was growing up, the walls in my bedroom with plastered with pages from Bazaar, in particular their September issue. I would have LOVED this book.0