Holiday 2015: Best Books to Gift

by in , , , — Updated December 3, 2015

This holiday season I’m starting up a new annual tradition. A ‘best books to gift’ guide! I think books are one of the best things in life – fiction, nonfiction, coffee table books, and everything in between! Though for this guide I’ve focused on beautiful coffee table style books and cookbooks – which make perfect gifts for everyone on your list. I’ve chosen my favorite recent releases (most were released in 2015) for ten categories below from vegetarian foodies to new home owners. And I admit I couldn’t choose just one for some of these categories – they’re too pretty to pass up! You might just want a few for your own shelf.

For the Beauty Lover

Natural Beauty Solution_Front Cover
The Natural Beauty Solution by Mary Helen Leonard
Spring House Press, $19.95;
Photography by Kimberly Davis

Face Paint: The Story of Makeup by Lisa Eldridge
Abrams New York, $29.95;

For the Fashionista

Badgley Mischka: American Glamour 
By Mark Badgley and James Mischka
Rizzoli New York, $65; 

For Vegetarian Foodies

crossroads cookbook cover
Crossroads: Extraordinary Recipes from the Restaurant That Is
Reinventing Vegan Cuisine
 By Tal Ronnen; With Scot Jones and Serafina Magnussen
Artisan, $35;

The Vibrant Table
The Vibrant Table: Recipes from My Always Vegetarian, Mostly Vegan, and

Sometimes Raw Kitchen by Anya Kassoff
Roost Books, $24.95;

For Aspiring Cake Artists / Cake Fanatics

Decorated: Sublimely Crafted Cakes for Every Occasion
by April Carter
Hardie Grant, $29.95;

Naked Cakes
Naked Cakes: Simply Stunning Cakes
by Hannah Miles
Ryland Peters & Small, $21.95;
Photography by Steve Painter

For the Chocoholic

Theo Chocolate: Recipes & Sweet Secrets From Seattle’s Favorite

Chocolate Maker by Debra Music & Joe Whinney
Sasquatch Books, $24.95;

Delicously Chocolatey
Deliciously Chocolatey: 100 cocoa-rich recipes for bakes, cakes and chocolate
treats by Victoria Glass, Photography by Dan Jones
Ryland Peters & Small, $21.95;

Flowers, Flowers, Flowers…

Enlightened Blooms: Solarized Diptych Floral Photographs
by Brad Oliphant
Glitterati Incorporated, $55;

For Nature Lovers

butterflies of north america
The Butterflies of North America: Titian Peale’s Lost Manuscript by
Abrams Books, $40;

For the DIYer/ Crafter

The Complete Book of Chalk Lettering
The Complete Book of Chalk Lettering by Valerie McKeehan
Workman, $19.95;

Garden Made: A Year of Seasonal Projects to Beautify Your Garden and
Your Life by Stephanie Rose
Roost Books, $24.95;

For the Dreamer + Fairytale Enthusiast

Mister Finch: Living in a Fairytale World, Preface by Justine Hand
Glitterati Incorporated, $50;

For the New Home Owner

the Kinfolk Home
The Kinfolk Home: Interiors for Slow Living, by Nathan Williams
Artisan, $35;

sage living
Sage Living: Decorate for the Life You Want by Anne Sage
Chronicle Books, $30;

For the Wedding Obsessed

Weddings in Color (2)
Weddings in Color: 500 Creative Ideas for Designing a Modern Wedding
By Minhee Cho, By Vané Broussard, Photographs by Jainé M. Kershner
Chronicle Books, $32.50;

The New Fashioned Wedding
The New-Fashioned Wedding: Designing Your Artful, Modern, Crafty,
Textured, Sophisticated Celebration by Paige Appel and Kelly Harris
Rizzoli New York, $45;

wedding notes
Wedding Notes by Antonia Swinson
Ryland Peters & Small, $14.95;
An indispensable planner that contains everything you need to organize your wedding
with maximum style and minimum headaches, presented in a portable journal format.

I hope this list has given you some great ideas for those on your holiday gift list! If you have any specific questions about these books or want to know more about why I’d recommend a certain one then please don’t hesitate to comment below! Happy reading xo – Naomi

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