5 Essential Beauty and Fashion Books to Gift ASAP

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They call it the most wonderful time of the year, but for anyone planning on a gift exchange it can also be the most stressful. Coming up with inventive ideas for your stylish friends – who may or may not have everything already – is tough. Finding a gift that will surprise and delight and give years of pleasure and happiness is a challenge. Never fear – we’re here to help! Books to the rescue! All you need to do is take a surreptitious gander at your recipient’s coffee table or bookshelf and then bam! Surprise them with the perfect book to enhance their collection. Here are some of our top picks – some brand new, some a few years old, all well worth collecting, admiring and savoring every page.

Vintage Black Glamour by Nichelle Gainer 

Fans of Vintage Black Glamour from its days as a Tumblr sensation have been rooting for this to happen for years. Now the ultimate volume of black women’s style and beauty throughout history is here in a stunning volume that belongs on your coffee table ASAP. It’s earned glowing reviews from O Magazine and the New York Times for a reason. There’s absolutely nothing else like it.

Tomboy Style by Lizzie Garrett Mettler

Style isn’t about expensive clothes and glamour, it’s something deeper, more innate, more reflective of self. Lizzie Mettler’s Tomboy Style illustrates that beautifully, as women in jeans and teeshirts and overalls exude more effortless and genuine style than your average fashionista.

Make Up: Your Life Guide to Beauty, Style, and Success -- Online and Off by Michelle Phan

Michelle Phan is a phenomenon in the beauty industry. As a vlogger, she’s one of the trendsetters and arguably the most popular YouTube beauty sensation of all time. As an entrepreneur, she’s created a popular cosmetics line (Em Cosmetics) and now she’s written a book that illustrated her knowledge in terms of both beauty and business.

Vogue and The Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute: Parties, Exhibitions, People by Hamish Bowles and Chloe Malle

When it comes to the sheer spectacle of fashion, the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s annual Costume Institute exhibition is akin to the Olympics. It’s where celebrities celebrate fashion at the “Party of the Year.” This book takes us behind the scenes and gives the reader access to the hottest looks at one of the world’s hottest annual events.

Advanced Styleby Ari Seth Cohen

First it was a lovingly curated blog, and then Ari Seth Cohen turned his vision into a beautiful coffee table book, one that casts a warm spotlight on glamorous, fabulous older women who express themselves through fashion and style. Advanced Style is now a documentary, but this book makes a wonderful companion for the moving visuals. Well worth the purchase for ongoing style inspiration, regardless of age.

Contributing Editor, Patrice Grell Yursik is the creator of Afrobella.com, one of the first blogs to celebrate the beauty of natural hair and ladies of all skin tones and sizes. Affectionately called the Godmother of Brown Beauty Blogging, Patrice takes her readers inside unique beauty, fashion and cultural experiences.