What do you give to those hard-to-shop-for-folks on your list? Simple. A coffee-table book. Even in today’s increasingly digital world, people love to pore over the printed pages of a visually inspiring book. Coffee-table books can act as cultural conversation starters in a casual living room or statement pieces in the formal design of a home or office. Whatever the purpose, here are five personality-propagating coffee-table books to give this holiday season. Best of all? Each of these gifts is priced under $30!
For the Dog Lover
You can almost hear the dogs thinking, “I’m king of the world!” as you flip through the beautiful photographs in Dogs in Cars. Lara Jo Regan has captured the pure joy of our canine companions in the pages of this book.
For the Comic-Con Attendee
Wonder Woman posing as Rosie the Riveter? Yes, please! The Art of DC Comics Bombshells reinvents iconic, female superheroes in retro roles. In addition to never-before-seen artwork, the book also includes commentary from the artists, and preliminary designs. It’s the perfect gift for diehard comic book fans and mainstream moviegoers alike.
For Nocturnal Creatures
There’s more to nightlife than trendy clubs. National Geographic Night Vision: Magical Photographs of Life After Dark captures all things nocturnal—from faces around a campfire to brightly lit cityscapes to flowers that only bloom at night. The photographs are beyond stunning, but we’d expect nothing less from the renowned NG photographers.
For the Beer Aficionado
Drink in the pages of Cool Beer Labels: The Best Art & Design from Breweries Around the World. With over 400 photographs of innovative beer labels, interviews with master brewers, and case studies from working designers, it’s as educational as it is entertaining.
For the Eclectic Designer
100 Interiors Around the World offers international inspiration from six continents for interior designers and armchair travelers. Whether they live in a luxury UDR apartment or elsewhere, your friends and family can use it create their own individual style in their home.
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