Still wondering what to get the seasoned travelers in your life? Here are some of our favorite new travel books — and if your traveling friends and family are anything like us, come Christmastime they’ll happily make room for these travel books on their coffee table.

For the Foodie: Where Chef’s Eat
This handsome food guide brings you the favorite restaurants of those who know food best — 400 of the world’s top chefs. Inside you’ll find personal recommendations from the likes of Rene Redzepi and David Chang.

For the Culture Vulture: Humans of New York
In 2010, photographer-blogger Brandon Stanton began photographing complete strangers and sharing their life’s secrets on his website, Humans of New York. Some 1 million fans later, the eponymous book-cum-intriguing photographic census of New York has become an instant best-seller.

For the Wine Lover: The Essential Scratch and Sniff Guide to Becoming a Wine Expert
Master wine sommelier Richard Betts’ tongue-in-cheek guide takes on the science of wine — without the snobbery. Its simplicity, humor and beautiful illustrations back up Betts’ claim that it’s “the most fun book ever written about wine.” How can this book not be with 16 scratch-and-sniff scents?

For the Explorer: A Map of the World
Accurate, innovative and, at times, interpretive, this whimsical selection of maps from designers, illustrators and cartographers will surely inspire your traveling friend’s next globe-trotting trek.

For the Art Aficionado: Art & Place: Site-Specific Art of the Americas
The editors of British publishing house Phaidon have pooled together 60 truly extraordinary art destinations, from Albuquerque to Rio de Janeiro, in this informative travel guide and supremely artful bucket list.

For the Fashionista: The Sartorialist: Closer
Fashion photographer Scott Schuman, whose fashion blog, The Sartorialist, has garnered international acclaim, has published his second collection of images, delving deeper into street styles in New York, Japan, Korea, Paris, Milan and beyond. The book has both a female and male cover — for whichever most appeals to your well-heeled traveler.

For the Architecture Buff: Monumental Venice
Author and photographer Jacques Boulay’s breathtaking photographs will transport you to the City of Doges, where Gothic cathedrals mix seamlessly with ancient palazzos, secret gardens and gleaming canals. The book is truly monumental — some of the panoramic photos unfold to nearly 6 feet wide!

For the Historian: Houses of the Presidents: Childhood Homes, Family Dwellings, Private Escapes, and Grand Escapes
For a unique tour of the houses and day-to-day lives of American presidents, from George Washington to Barack Obama, look no further than this handsome coffee table book. Author Hugh Howard weaves together personal, presidential and architectural history to shed light on the presidents’ second-most-famous houses, such as Reagan’s Rancho del Cielo and Jefferson’s Monticello.

Still stumped for travel gift ideas? Check out 2013’s Best Travel Gifts and our Editor’s Holiday Wish List.

Plus, if you’re looking for a way to pay for all this, don’t forget to enter for a chance to win our $10,000 Gift of Travel giveaway!

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  1. jennyla says:

    Where Chefs Eat sounds great, thanks for pointing it out.

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