Acting on the assumption that we should give to others what we’d like to receive ourselves, I’ll be buying books for my friends and loved ones as holiday presents this year. A coffee table book that is as lovely to look at as it is interesting to read is always a failsafe present, and what a bumper year it is for those. In the last few months several brilliant people I admire have published tomes along the themes of beautiful homes, design, art and generally being fabulous, and all of them would make for great gifts – as well as great reads. From Blue Carreon’s Conversations to Aerin Lauder’s deliciously inspiring book Beauty at Home, Tory Burch’s book on color to Mario Buatta’s ‘Buattapedia’ showcasing the fruits of his fifty years in interior design and Daniel Cappello’s celebration of the art of the dinner party, these coffee table books would make beautiful additions to any home – and be an extremely welcome gift under any tree. Here are the ones on my Christmas list.