For your brother who loves a good IPA and Mumford & Sons:
Harvey Shepard’s book of beer labels and the histories behind them is absolute eye-candy and perfect for all variety of friends based in Portland, Brooklyn, or anywhere else where beers and beards are bountiful.
For the Cupcake Wars addict and arty museum hopper:
Seton Rossini’s dessert cookbook is to die for. These cakes, pies, cookies, and treats aren’t just yummy, they are dazzling to look at in a way that’s almost too pretty to eat. Seton comes from a graphic design background, and it shows.
For your stressed out, corporate alpha friend who really needs to chill:
Coloring books are probably the perfect holiday present, and what better illustrations to color than mesmerizing designs inspired by ancient symbols? You’ll find yourself lost in the mandalas and celtic knots in these thick, tear-out pages, so much so that you might want to get two copies, one for you and one for a well-deserving friend.
For the couple who just moved in together, or for single ladies cooking for themselves:
From Dessert for Two blogger and world’s sweetest person, Christina Lane, comes this exceedingly practical cookbook with recipes scaled for two. Like a Noah’s ark of cookbooks, filled with sweet and savory recipes ranging from dinner to drinks, this book is perfect for recent graduates or that friend who just moved in with her boyfriend.
For the historian and Boardwalk Empire fan:
This truly unique gift book is a book-within-a-book, the story of a Prohition-era doctor and mixologist who kept a secret diary of alcoholic recipes, discovered by author Matthew Rowley inside a book of poetry. Rowley’s book is a perfect conversation starter, so much so you might just want to start bringing it with you to awkward cocktail parties.
For the traditionalist in your life:
If you have a friend who still sends “Merry Christmas” cards, political correctness be gone, they will find a perfect brethren in this comforting Christmas cookbook, An Old Fashioned Christmas by Ellen Stimson. Recipes are classic and perfect for this special time of year.