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The 20 Best Coffee Table Books to Gift This Year

Everyone loves coffee table books. They're usually filled with incredible photography and fun tidbits; it's what makes them the perfect present. We've done the hard work for you and rounded 20 of the best coffee table books to give someone this holiday season.

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Remembering Dianavia

Remembering Diana: A Life in Photographs

This photo collection celebrates arguably everyone’s favorite royal. Walk down memory lane by flipping through a hundred of Princess Diana’s most defining moments with photos starting as early as her school days.

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The Bucket Listvia

The Bucket List: 1000 Adventures Big & Small

If you had endless resources and all the time in the world to make the ultimate bucket list, chances are that it would look exactly like this book. From swimming with dolphins in New Zealand to driving through clouds in Sri Lanka (yes, you read that correctly), this coffee table book will inspire anyone to go out on an adventure.

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Writers and their Catsvia

Writers and Their Cats

The world’s most famous writers—Mark Twain, Alice Walker, and Haruki Murakami to name just a few—have more than their talent with words in common. This coffee table book celebrates the special relationship they have with their cats and will make any cat lover love these adorable felines that much more.

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Tom Fordvia

Tom Ford

Tom Ford isn’t just a famous designer: he is an icon in the fashion world. Take a look through his beautiful designs for Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent from 1994-2004 in this ultra chic catalog. This is a must-have for the ultimate fashion lover.

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The Art of the Cheese Plattervia

The Art of the Cheese Plate

This coffee table book is the perfect present for the ultimate host/hostess. It teaches you how to pair the right cheese with the right textures and flavors, making any cheese lover fall more in love. Check out these healthy holiday food gifts that aren’t fruit cake while you’re at it.

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Yayoi Kusamavia

Yayoi Kasuma: Festival of Life

No need to wait hours in line at the next museum that showcases Yayoi Kasuma’s extraordinary art. Enjoy her work with this documentation of her 2017 New York exhibition. It features paintings from her My Eternal Soul series and the Instagram famous infinity rooms.

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Whiskey Coctailsvia

Whiskey Cocktails

There’s something so classic and refined about a whiskey-based drink. Written by one of America’s top mixologists, Brian Van Flandern not only shares top-notch recipes, but readers will also be delighted by photographs of some of New York City’s legendary bars.

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Photographer Gray Malin is known for his spectacular aerial shots that inspire wanderlust in just about everyone who looks at one of his pictures. You’ll be transported to the world’s best beaches in more than twenty cities across six continents. Don’t miss these gifts from every state in America.

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Donald the bookvia

Donald: The Book

Donald Robertson is the fashion world’s favorite illustrator whose work is collected by the celebrities, editors, and designers. This book showcases his humorous vibrant art along with anecdotes from his famous fans; it’s an instant collector’s item.

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Annie Leibovitsvia

Annie Leibovitz Portraits 2005-2016

This coffee table book showcases the powerful photos photographer Annie Leibovitz has taken of the most compelling and influential people in the past decade, ranging from David Beckham to Anjelica Houston, proving that there is no one who can take a portrait like she can.

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The Drunken Botanistvia

The Drunken Botanist

Explore all the herbs, flowers, trees, fruits, and fungi that make our favorite booze and learn fun historical behind them too. You never know when these bits of knowledge will come in handy.

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Pantone: The 20th Century in Color

Fans of color theory will absolutely love this coffee table book. It goes through the past hundred of years of each color of the year—from pale gold to midnight navy—and how it influences trends and art, products, fashion, and every aspect of life.

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Space Atlasvia

Space Atlas, Second Edition: Mapping the Universe and Beyond

Get a grand tour of the universe in one book. Space lovers will obsess over the spectacular images of the different planets and galaxies while also learning a thing or two.

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For the sports fanatic in your life, this photo album features never-before-seen images of the revered boxer as he was rising to the top. Photographer Steve Schapiro spent five days in Louisville, Kentucky with then-21-year-old Ali and captured the man before he became such an iconic figure in sports and American pop culture. It’s a must-see for sure.

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Mother and Childvia

Mother and Child

We love this book because it celebrates the most important women in most of our lives: our moms. There are stunning family portraits of some of the most important women in the fashion industry, including designer Carolina Herrera and cosmetic maven Aerin Lauder. This coffee table book makes the perfect gift for your own mom. Don’t miss these 42 crave-worthy holiday beauty gifts, too.

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Japan: The Cookbook

For the Japanophile in your life, this book holds over 400 recipes and teaches readers about the tradition and history behind such a loved culture.

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Massimo Listrivia

Massimo Listri: The World’s Most Beautiful Libraries

This is a wonderful collection of the most stunning libraries around the world. You’ll get a tour of public, private, educational, and monastic libraries with breathtaking architecture. It’s the best coffee table book to give the book lover in your life. Discover the most impressive library in your state.

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Inside North Koreavia

Inside North Korea

Readers get a sneak peek inside the world’s most secretive country in this intriguing photo collection. Guardian journalist and photographer Oliver Wainwright documents the development of North Korea’s capital, Pyongyang, and showcases how its lavish architecture embodies an idealism in stark contrast to the authoritarian regime.

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Humans of New Yorkvia

Humans of New York: Stories

A picture is worth a thousand words and no one understands that more than photographer Brandon Stanton. Fans of his impactful blog will be delighted with this book that compiles the most compelling images and accompanying interviews of some of the most ordinary, yet remarkable human beings. This is one of the best coffee table books out there. Period. Don’t miss the 60 best Amazon Prime gifts for everyone on your list.

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Andy Warhol Polariodsvia

Andy Warhol: Polaroids XL

Andy Warhol is less known for his polaroids, and honestly, that’s a shame. This collection showcases polaroid portraits of his infamous entourage and the most iconic people in pop culture, including Mick Jagger, Jack Nicholson, and Debbie Harry. It’s the coolest gift out there, guaranteed. Read on for 100 Christmas gifts for people who are impossible to shop for.

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Audrey Noble
I was born and raised in Los Angeles, California and am a University of Southern California alumna. My previous work experience includes positions at Vanity Fair as the editorial beauty assistant & Refinery29 as the associate beauty editor, branded experiences. I'm a great resource for all things beauty, as well as books, reality TV (Vanderpump Rules especially), and podcasts (Pod Save America is my jam).

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