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We know that at this point in the year you’re probably spoiled for choice, but we might argue that an artfully chosen photography book is actually the perfect holiday gift. Sure, it may not be glitzy, or on its surface particularly romantic, but hear us out: A photography book is a beautiful object. It’s a treat that most people wouldn’t buy for themselves (as are all good gifts), and though most are purely visual endeavors, they’re not without substance. Think of it this way: You can give friends and family something entirely edifying without asking them to, you know, read. It sounds silly, but when most of us are reading all the time—for work, on our smartphones, every morning when we scroll through the news—giving a beautiful photo book can mean giving what we all could use: a break.

Accordingly, the books included in this year’s guide have something for everyone, from dog lovers to garden enthusiasts; from American art legends to cinematic auteurs; even a window into North Korea. Without further ado, below you’ll find the very best photo books to gift this holiday season. Go ahead and take a gander—you might even see something to add to your own wish list.