You can never have enough good books. I love each and every one of my art and design books and refer to them often. Over time they become like old friends that wait patiently for you on the table or shelf, always ready to welcome you back into their world. You can’t get that from the Internet and they’re not filled with rabbit holes to trip into. Just total immersion into beautifully curated worlds to lose oneself in.
Choosing a good book for a friend with whom you share similar interest is one of the least stressful forms of shopping I can think of. If you find yourself buying two copies, one as a gift and one for yourself you know you have a winner. Here’s my list of good books I would love to find under my own tree.