Bright and Bold Giftable Books

By Kat La Mantia | November 30 2023 | GiftBlogAdultsGeneralAll

You have our permission to judge these books by their covers! These bright, bold, and eye-catching books are just as lovely inside as their beautiful outsides suggest.

This season, shoppers are scouring stores for the perfect gift. They want to give their friends and family something that feels special, something that will light them up with joy. Nothing fits the bill better than a luxuriously packaged book. Create a display that stops browsers in their tracks with punchy colors, glittering foil, and fresh modern designs!

Check out our favorites below for books that practically pop off the table on their own, and then click into our title list for even more bight and bold heavy hitters.

More Bright & Bold Gift Titles

Behind the Seams
My Life in Rhinestones
978-1-9848-6212-9
A beautiful celebration of Dolly Parton’s iconic sense of style with entertaining personal stories and 450 full-color photographs, including exclusive images from her private costume archive
$50.00 US
Oct 17, 2023
9 x 12
Hardcover
336 Pages
Ten Speed Press

Do One Thing Every Day to Make You Smile
A Journal
978-0-593-57970-1
This guided journal features 365 quotes, jokes, and prompts to make you smile every single day—part of the bestselling Do One Thing Every Day journal series.
$12.95 US
Dec 05, 2023
4-1/2 x 5-3/4
Paperback
368 Pages
Clarkson Potter

The Essential Cocktail Deck
50 Cards for Mixing Modern Drinks
978-0-593-23570-6
Shake up your next get-together with this indispensable deck of 50 cards featuring classic and unique cocktail recipes.
$22.00 US
Jun 20, 2023
5-1/2 x 7-1/2
Cards
52 Pages
Clarkson Potter

Pizza Night
60+ Recipes for Date Nights, Lazy Nights, and Party Nights
978-1-922754-45-5
60+ delicious pizza recipes for any night of the week.
$19.95 US
Sep 05, 2023
7-7/8 x 9-4/9
Hardcover
140 Pages
Smith Street Books

Cocktail Botanica
60+ Drinks Inspired by Nature
978-1-922417-33-6
Create delicious botanical cocktails using flowers, fruit, and herbs.
$19.95 US
Sep 06, 2022
6-5/7 x 8-1/4
Hardcover
152 Pages
Smith Street Books

Black Archives
A Photographic Celebration of Black Life
978-1-9848-5929-7
A photographic celebration and exploration of Black identity and experience through the twentieth century from the founder and curator of the hit multimedia platform Black Archives.
$35.00 US
Feb 14, 2023
8-1/2 x 10
Hardcover
288 Pages
Ten Speed Press

The Happy Houseplant Deck
50 Cards for Intuitive Plant Care
978-0-593-57843-8
This colorful card deck features striking, intricate illustrations of 50 popular houseplants in gorgeous home settings and tips on how to care for each one, from roots to shoots.
$19.99 US
Aug 29, 2023
4-7/8 x 6-3/8
Cards
50 Pages
Clarkson Potter

The Queer Film Guide
100 great movies that tell LGBTQIA+ stories
978-1-922754-29-5
Enjoy your night in with these movies that tell queer stories.
$19.95 US
May 16, 2023
6-2/7 x 8-1/4
Hardcover
208 Pages
Smith Street Books

Harry Styles
978-1-958395-29-5
Calling all Harry Styles fans! Celebrate what makes him beautiful in this gorgeous pocket-sized gift book featuring 100+ photos and a gold-foil cover for the man who’s so golden!Top cultural, music, and fashion contributors answer the question: Why Harry, why now, and just what makes him a Sign of the Times?
$19.99 US
Oct 24, 2023
5 x 7
Hardcover
144 Pages
Hearst Home

Mi Cocina
Recipes and Rapture from My Kitchen in Mexico: A Cookbook
978-0-593-13870-0
An enticing, regional, and stunning exploration of Mexican cuisine from beloved food writer and host of the Babish Culinary Universe show “Pruébalo” on YouTube and Food52’s “Sweet Heat” series, Rick Martínez.
$35.00 US
May 03, 2022
8-1/4 x 10
Hardcover
304 Pages
Clarkson Potter

Me, You, Us (Love)
A Book to Fill Out Together
978-0-593-42162-8
A fun and revealing journal to fill out with your true love
$15.00 US
Dec 28, 2021
7-3/8 x 9-1/8
Paperback
208 Pages
TarcherPerigee

Dream in Color
A Coloring Book for Creative Minds (Featuring 40 Bonus Waterproof Stickers!)
978-1-950968-29-9
Coloring pages + 40 waterproof vinyl stickers! 
$14.95 US
Feb 09, 2021
8-1/2 x 11
Paperback
84 Pages
Blue Star Press

Christian Louboutin
978-0-8478-3651-2
The iconic fashion book of the season, celebrating nearly 20 years of work by Christian Louboutin, one of the most important, upscale, and creative shoe designers working today. A must for anyone interested in shoes, fashion design and contemporary fashion culture.
$150.00 US
Oct 25, 2011
9-3/4 x 13
Hardcover
304 Pages
Rizzoli

Fancy Plants Playing Cards
978-1-922417-71-8
Challenge your friends to decide once and for all which plant is the one plant to rule them all.
$15.95 US
May 10, 2022
2-5/8 x 3-1/2
Other Formats
54 Pages
Smith Street Gift

Safe and Sound
A Renter-Friendly Guide to Home Repair
978-0-7440-7907-4
#1 New York Times BestsellerDon’t panic—Mercury Stardust, AKA The Trans Handy Ma’am is here to help!
$24.99 US
Aug 22, 2023
7-11/16 x 9-3/16
Hardcover
224 Pages
DK

Anime Through the Looking Glass
Treasures of Japanese Animation
978-3-7913-8014-8
The magic and mastery of anime springs to life in this gorgeous celebration of the genre that features more than 150 full-color frames.
$39.99 US
Oct 03, 2023
8-1/2 x 10-1/3
Hardcover
192 Pages
Prestel

Historically Black Phrases
From "I Ain't One of Your Lil' Friends" to "Who All Gon' Be There?"
978-1-9848-6171-9
A fun and thoughtful dictionary of Black language you didn’t know you needed, Historically Black Phrases is a love letter to the Black community and the ways it drives culture.
$27.99 US
Sep 19, 2023
6 x 9
Hardcover
304 Pages
Ten Speed Press

Hello, South Korea
Meet the Country Behind Hallyu
978-0-7440-7969-2
Korea is a global phenomenon. K-pop tops the charts, kimchi spices up meals and K-drama dominates TV screens. Now, it’s time to discover more of the country and culture that’s captivated the world.
$25.00 US
Jun 27, 2023
6-11/16 x 8-9/16
Hardcover
224 Pages
DK Eyewitness Travel

Free the Tipple
Kickass Cocktails Inspired by Iconic Women
978-3-7913-8988-2
This new edition of the wildly popular cocktail book features revised and updated texts and a bold new cover.
$16.99 US
Sep 26, 2023
6-1/2 x 7-1/4
Hardcover
144 Pages
Prestel

A Guide to Midwestern Conversation
978-1-9848-6133-7
Learn (and love) the language of the landlocked in this bitingly funny illustrated guide to the common phrases and sentiments of the American Heartland, from the author of the McSweeney’s series “A Guide to Midwestern Conversation.”
$16.99 US
Apr 11, 2023
6 x 8
Hardcover
144 Pages
Ten Speed Press

The Illuminated Tarot
53 Cards for Divination & Gameplay
978-0-451-49683-6
The mysteries of the tarot come to vivid life in this gorgeous deluxe card deck that features a colorful and distinctly modern take on this ancient card game and divining tool.
$18.99 US
Apr 25, 2017
4-3/4 x 6-3/8
Cards
53 Pages
Clarkson Potter