As the holidays draw nearer, the clock is ticking when it comes to finding the perfect gifts for your family and friends. Whether you're shopping for your significant other or your workplace Secret Santa, it's such a satisfying feeling to give everyone on your list something chic, memorable, and useful. And there's one great go-to for when you're not exactly sure what to get a certain someone, and that's an eye-catching coffee table book.
As the owner of beloved Los Angeles boutique (and online shop) Individual Medley, Monica Navarro has a knack for sussing out special gifts of all sorts. Besides the handmade ceramics, indie apothecary items, and stylish culinary goodies in the shops, she's always sure to have a handful of coffee table books to offer customers. "I love giving coffee table books as a gift because each one is unique and full of inspiration, and I love to share that with my friends," she shares.
What constitutes a truly great coffee table book is that it's as interesting to look at on the outside as it is on the inside — whether that means it's filled with stunning imagery or compelling information. Those listed ahead offer both, and range from featuring inspiring interior design photography to cute cat pics to suit the various interests of your gift recipients this year.
Cats & Plants By Zioxla
As the title suggests, this book features over 200 collages of, well, cats and plants by artist Stephen Eichhorn. It will surely satisfy all the feline and flora lovers on your list.
Gio-Graphy: Fun in the Wild World of Fashion By Giovanna Battaglia
If you're shopping for a fashion-phile, consider this text from street style star Giovanna Battaglia. In addition to what it offers in imagery of colorful, inspiring ensembles, the book also includes the editor and stylist's tips for dressing in specific situations, how to pull off certain styles confidently, and just living life more fabulously.
You Are A Circle By Guillaume Wolf
The wordsmiths and creatives on your list ought to love this "visual meditation," a quietly inspiring and challenging book from communication design professor and author Guillaume Wolf.
Women Making History By The New York Times
Shopping for a phenomenal, inspiring, forward-thinking woman this year? This book, put together by the New York Times, highlights major equal rights moments from the 1912 Suffragette March to this year's Times Up movement and so many crucial historical times in between.
You Can Change Your Mind By Small Spells
Los Angeles-based artist Small Spells created this sweet, limited-edition book of motivational drawings.
Unicorn Food: Beautiful Plant-Based Recipes To Nurture Your Inner Magical Beast By Kat Odell
Technically this is a cookbook, but editor and author Kat Odell's gorgeous book deserves to be displayed prominently for anyone to flip through and be inspired to eat healthier and more beautiful meals.
Home decor lovers will gravitate toward this collection of eye-catching architecture and interior spaces, essays from stylish contributors, interviews, and more from Cabana magazine.