Did you pull uncle Bob’s name in the gift swap this year and haven’t a clue what to get him? Or maybe you need one last thoughtful gift for mom to round out that cashmere (ahem, splurge!) scarf you got her? Well, we’re here to rescue you from exorbitant last-minute shipping fees with a list of 12 super rad new(ish) coffee table books that you can get shipped for free in time for Christmas (with Amazon Prime).
What’s so great about a boring old coffee table book? Well, a lot of things, actually. One, it’s an actual book that you can—ya know—read. And learn stuff from. Second, it functions as décor, brightening a man cave or adding a dash of high-fashion to a low-budget living room. Third, it’s a conversation starter. Friends and family gathered around a sofa are sure to leaf through the below books, and whether you opt to gift Stephanie Mark’s The Coveteur or Grey Malin’s Beaches, they will likely inspire discussions and anecdotes that would have never arisen otherwise. Which is why (to reiterate), coffee table books make such great gifts. Oh, and all but two of our selection below are under $30—wootwoot!
FOR THEATER BUFFS
Hamilton: The Revolution
FOR THE WANDERLUST
Overview: A New Perspective of Earth
FOR SHARK WEEK FANATICS
Michael Muller: Sharks, Face-to-Face with the Ocean's Endangered Predator
FOR BEACH BUMS
FOR DESIGN FREAKS
domino: Your Guide to a Stylish Home
National Geographic Rarely Seen: Photographs of the Extraordinary
FOR URBAN DWELLERS
Humans of New York: Stories
FOR GREEN THUMBS
Gardenista: The Definitive Guide to Stylish Outdoor Spaces
FOR ANY WOMAN EVER BORN ON EARTH
In the Company of Women: Inspiration and Advice from over 100 Makers, Artists, and Entrepreneurs
FOR ANY MAN EVER BORN ON EARTH
FOR FASHION COVETERS
The Coveteur: Private Spaces, Personal Style
The Wes Anderson Collection
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