40+ Best Coffee Table Books of 2022


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If you think about coffee table books as beautiful reference material, you immediately get the two most important requirements of a good one: It must be visually stunning and immensely informative about its subject. These qualities are also what makes them such a perfect and valued Christmas gift idea. They allow the receiver to become even more expert at a chosen hobby or interest and, when they’re not enjoying it themselves, leave it out as tabletop decor that doubles as a way to showcase and share their love with visitors.

We’ve gathered the best coffee table books on the market right now spanning a large range of categories — including home design, fashion, food, travel, pop culture, sports, music, history, and more. You could get through your whole list with this round-up alone! As a treat for being such a thoughtful and efficient shopper, pick up one or two of these gorgeous tomes for yourself — believe us, you will find a bunch you would be overjoyed to find under the tree.

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1

best for history buffs

Wolfgang Wild and Jordan Lloyd

‘History as They Saw It: Iconic Moments from the Past in Color’

2

best hostess gift

Tia Keenan and Noah Fecks

‘The Art of the Cheese Plate: Pairings, Recipes, Style, Attitude’

3

best for art lovers

Andre Saraiva

‘André Saraiva: Graffiti Life’

4

best for your travel buddy

Lonely Planet

The Travel Book: A Journey Through Every Country in the World

5

best for royals followers

Robin Muir and Josephine Ross

The Crown in Vogue

6

best for soccer fanatics

Robin Muir and Josephine Ross

Men In Blazers Present Gods of Soccer: The Pantheon of the 100 Greatest Soccer Players (According to Us)

7

best for all the women in your life

Ashley Longshore and Diane von Fürstenberg

‘Roar!: A Collection of Mighty Women’

8

best for home design buffs

Architectural Digest

Architectural Digest at 100: A Century of Style

9

best for dog lovers

Traer Scott

Finding Home: Shelter Dogs and Their Stories

10

best for outdoor adventurers

Christopher Cauble

Yellowstone: A Land of Wild and Wonder

11

best for your bestie with wanderlust

Gray Malin

Gray Malin: The Essential Collection

12

best for cat owners

Rojiman & Umatan

Cat-Hair Hats For Cats: Craft Fetching Headwear For Your Feline Friends

13

best for your favorite scrapbooker or vision boarder

Maria Rivans

Extraordinary Things to Cut Out and Collage

14

best for vinyl devotees

Michael Ochs

1000 Record Covers

15

best for photography enthusiasts

Annie Leibovitz

Annie Leibovitz: Wonderland

16

best for anyone into coastal chic style

Nina Freudenberger, Heather Summerville, and Brittany Ambridge

Surf Shack: Laid-Back Living by the Water

17

best for LEGO lovers

Brian Lyles and Jason Lyles

The LEGO Neighborhood Book: Build Your Own LEGO Town!

18

best for the family’s head chef

Joanna Gaines

Magnolia Table

19

best for would-be world travelers

National Geographic

Destinations of a Lifetime: 225 of the World’s Most Amazing Places

20

best for car nuts

DK

‘Classic Car: The Definitive Visual History’

21

best for Old School Hollywood admirers

Oscar Abolafia

Icons

22

best for budding home chefs

Alison Roman

Dining In

23

best for… anyone!

Bruce Velick

Joy!: Photographs of Life’s Happiest Moments

24

best for design gurus

Gloria Koenig

Eames

25

best for sneakerheads

Simon Wood

Sneaker Freaker. The Ultimate Sneaker Book

26

best for creative types

Leatrice Eiseman and Keith Recker

Pantone: The 20th Century in Color

27

best for the loved one all about mindfulness

John Burns

Kinfolk Travel

28

best for animal lovers

Tim Flach and Richard O. Prum

Birds

29

best for New York-ophiles

Assouline

‘New York By New York’

30

best for the person who thinks organizing is fun

Shira Gill

Minimalista

31

best for quote enthusiasts

Christina Scotch

I Feel That

32

best for Star Wars superfans

Paul Duncan

‘The Star Wars Archives’

33

best for coffee connoisseurs

James Hoffmann

The World Atlas of Coffee: From Beans to Brewing — Coffees Explored, Explained and Enjoyed

34

best for your fanciest friends and family

Assouline

Hamptons Private

35

best for classic film buffs

Taschen

Through a Different Lens: Stanley Kubrick Photographs

36

best for beer aficianados

Tim Webb and Stephen Beaumont

World Atlas of Beer: The Essential Guide to the Beers of the World

37

best for the beauty mavens on your list

Tracey Cunningham

True Color: The Essential Hair Color Handbook

38

best for admirers of tattoo art

Frederic Claquin

1000 Tattoos: The Most Creative New Designs from the World’s Leading and Up-And-Coming Tattoo Artists

39

best for astrology followers

Louise Edington

The Complete Guide to Astrology: Understanding Yourself, Your Signs, and Your Birth Chart

40

best for art lovers

Taschen

Andy Warhol. Polaroids 1958-1987

41

best for baseball fans

Graphic Image

Ballparks, Past and Present

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