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Coffee Table Book Gift Guide

Coffee Table Book Gift Guide

When it comes to decorating, there are two items that I don’t think you can ever have too much of: candles and coffee table books. I have already shared my love for candles, and made some recommendations for Christmas Gift Giving, here.

Now I want to share with you my coffee table book recommendations, and also give some ideas on who a gift, such as a coffee table book, may be suitable for. I currently own several of the books that I am recommending. Each year at Christmas, I generally ask for an addition to add to my collection. My daughters know exactly what I like, so it is always a nice surprise when I open my gift and see what coffee table book they had selected for me each year.

There are many reasons I am so in love with all kinds of coffee table books … they usually offer some pretty incredible photography, fun facts, and provide some interesting reading material. But what I love most is how their beautiful covers look atop my coffee table, bookshelves, side tables and anywhere else I can tuck a stack of beauties.

Coffee table books can be the perfect gift for your hard-to-buy-for person. Who really doesn’t like receiving a book? Novels make a lovely gift, as well. If you know of a specific type of novel that the person you are gifting likes to read, that is great option, and generally very affordable. However, coffee table books are a great alternative. You really can’t go wrong with purchasing a book like this. They are not your typical reading material. A coffee table book’s purpose is mainly for the visual interest they create, and therefore are designed to be just that: something to set out on a coffee table.

Coffee table books can range from fashion and beauty, to decor and DIY’s. There are coffee table books pertaining to history, sports and everything in-between. It really has to do with what a person’s interest is. Cookbooks make a lovely coffee table book.

All of the books listed, which have the ♥ symbol next to them, indicate the ones my family & I currently have. As you can see, my girls and I love coffee table books.

Decor / DIY’s

Elements of Style ♥ | The Year of Cozy  ♥ | Black & White ♥ | Styled ♥ | Domino | Domino (New Release) | Domino (Boxed Set – New Release) | Paper to Petal ♥ | Young House Love ♥ | The New Bohemians ♥ | Sage Living ♥ | Design Sponge at Home ♥ | Living with Pattern: Color, Texture, and Print at Home | The Coveteur: Private Spaces, Personal Style

Fashion /  Beauty

 Chanel | Love Style Life ♥ | All In Good Taste | Tom Ford | Valentiono | The Fashion Book | The Little Dictionary of Fashion


Vintage Cocktails ♥ | Christmas with Southern Living 2016 ♥ | The Forest Feast ♥ | The Forest Feast Gatherings | The Forest Feast Kids | The Art of Pie  ♥| Skinnytaste ♥ | Milk Bar Life ♥ | Cravings ♥♥ (meaning two daughters have this cookbook) | Mug Cakes ♥ (just ordered this book this morning … to put together a gift for Pips. I am going to do a themed gift, adding in some fun mugs

Stories / Travel / Art

Humans of New York Stories ♥ | Humans of New York | Beaches | Pop Art ♥ (just ordered this book this morning, for a gift)

Sports / Investing

The 500 Worlds Greatest Golf Holes | Planet Golf Modern Masterpieces | 100 Yards of Glory The Greatest Moments in NFL History | Stock Trader’s Almanac 2017 ♥ (My husband has been collecting these since 2003. He purchases one for his father every year for Christmas, as well) | Dave Ramsey ‘The Total Money Makeover’ + Workbook ♥ To hear more about this money game changer book, read this blog post, here

Dog Lover

The Dogist: Photographic Encounters with 1,000 Dogs

I hope you enjoy this gift guide, and find a coffee table book that one of your loved ones may enjoy. You never know, you may find a book for yourself that you can add to your wish list. Don’t forget to check out my Christmas Candle Gift Guide blog post, here. And please share … what are some of your favorite coffee table books?


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  • Reply Heather Henderson

    Just ordered the southern Christmas book for myself :). Great guide, I’ve got some ideas for giving and receiving 😉

    • Reply tracyhensel

      That’s great Heather! What a nice tradition .. if you choose to add the new editions, each year. I wish I would have kept up with the collection, myself. I will definitely enjoy watching my oldest daughter collect over the years.

  • Reply Tiffany Palmer-Jones

    I LOVE this idea, especially when combined in a gift bundle (like the one for Pips)!!! I’m working on thinking of incorporating this into other gift bundles. Thanks for the GREAT ideas!

    • Reply tracyhensel

      Thank You Tiffany!! Yes, I love doing little ‘themed’ gifts! Its that little ‘something extra”. Can’t wait to hear what bundles you come up with! xx

  • Reply Lisa

    I love this post!! I just bought three books for Christmas gifts for my girls!! Also love ordering from Amazon, it’s so easy:)

    • Reply tracyhensel

      Lisa, I am so happy to hear that this post was helpful. I too love Amazon … we have been utilizing them for years. I am glad that they finally started working with bloggers. They don’t do a lot. And it’s probably because they keep their prices so low … but it all helps! For someone who does very little reading .. due to time, I am a bookworm … when it comes to pretty coffee table books!!

  • Reply Jaymie Ashcraft

    Great selection of books!!!


    • Reply tracyhensel

      Thank you Jaymie! I appreciate it! Hope you and your family had a nice Thanksgiving, and wishing you a Happy Holiday Season! xo


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