I don’t think you can go wrong giving a beautiful book for Christmas—or any other occasion. I’m especially partial to those that you can leave on a coffee table or cut to pieces and use as artwork. These are four favorites that I’ve received and/or bought and used around our house:
This is hands-down my new favorite picture book. It’s filled with beautiful illustrations of all kinds of animals. I guess it’s technically for kids but these pages would be beautiful framed in rooms all around the house. I’ve ordered one for a gift already and am going to order one for myself (and for my scissors).
I’ve had this botanical book for several years and covered the walls of our last dining room with it. It’s huge and has a big variety—flowers, butterflies, insects, etc. Lots of color in this one! My sister and I have passed it back and forth and have both pulled pages from this book to frame. You can see that my copy is starting to fall apart from lots of use—and love :)
One of my friends gave this book to me soon after we moved into this house. I, of course, went to work framing the pages for a gallery wall. It’s a classic—and there’s lots of white space, which I like.
I actually found my copy of this one at a flea market and didn’t realize what a prize it was. It was first published in 1953 and has 400 pages of green goodness. I’m showing you what the book looks like without the jacket because it’s so much prettier that way. This was the book I used for the botanicals that were most recently above our piano. (They’ve now been moved to the living room.) I had custom mats cut for them and put them in inexpensive frames from Michael’s.