A coffee table book is one of the chicest items to gift, and with Christmas just weeks away, now is the time to peruse the shelves and pick out the best, whoever you are buying for.

From fashion to travel and food to film, read on for our edit of the best coffee table books sure to delight friends and family this season and for even more ideas, take a look at our Christmas Gift Guide.

FASHION

Fashion photography is some of the most inspiring and beautiful in the world, and with so many areas of interest – from jewellery to trainers – there is sure to be a tome that will be gratefully received. Jewellery fans should pre-order Assouline’s latest luxury book on the subject, while style mavens can relive the best fashion show moments with Catwalking, a collection of Chris Moore’s photography, accompanied by essays by AnOther Magazine’s Alexander Fury.

TRAVEL

Take yourself off on a journey around the world with a decadent travel book. Cartegna is the latest destination to get the Assouline treatment, and the vibrant colours will add some sunshine to dark winter days. If you want to plan a trip, dive into Lonely Planet’s Train Travel in Europe guide to get inspired for a slow travel holiday.

FILM & MUSIC

Go behind the scenes of your favourite movies or relive the excitement of discovering a new band. A new song from Rihanna will have whet fans’ appetites after years of radio silence –  her luxurious coffee table book will continue their excitement while they wait for a full album. Similarly, 2022’s biopic Blonde may not have gone down well with Marilyn Monroe lovers, but this tome of intimate images, captured before her death, is sure to please.

FOOD & DRINK

Let them eat cake…or at least drool over images of them. From understanding wine to discovering the hottest restaurants in the world right now, these books will inspire you in the kitchen and beyond.


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