2013’s Best Books to Give as Gifts

If you’ve got a coffee table or bank account big enough to collect all of them, 2013 was a pretty fine year for beautifully packaged books that were interesting reads, but could also make any room look smarter. For those of you who plan to give books as gifts this holiday season, we’ve collected some excellent options published within the past 12 months.

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National Geographic: Around the World in 125 Years, Reuel Golden (editor)

This collection ain’t cheap, but if you know — and care deeply about — someone whose bookshelves overflow with the iconic magazine’s famous yellow spines, why not spend the dough (close to $400) on this gorgeous hardcover collection that compiles some of the best articles and images from the National Geographic archives?