We’re strong believers that books always make a great gift and we’ve got every type of reader on your list covered here: literary novels that will make you want to book a flight, gorgeous coloring books filled with international sites, and a coffeetabler full of French miscellany that will lure every guest in your home to pick it up.


Chef Russell Moore transformed Oakland’s food scene with his wood-fired fare. In This Is Camino ($35), he shares his story and recipes.

The Fantastic Cities coloring book ($15) contains mandala-like grids of busy Rio favelas and the New York skyline.


Jutaku ($25) surveys sly Japanese architecture, from fishtank-like apartments in Tokyo to remote barns in Hokkaido that are anything but humble.

For that moment when you’re sitting at a coffee table but you’d rather be staring at beautiful old Parisian signs, there’s Graphique de la Rue ($40).


If anything could inspire someone to pick up surfing, it’s Barbarian Days ($28), a memoir by New Yorker staffer William Finnegan that surges from Fiji to Madagascar.