Best Art & Coffee Table Books: 2021 Holiday Gift Guide
It’s time to start shopping for your loved ones this holiday season, and art books and coffee table books are a great idea to add to any video game fan’s collections. From video game bios of industry legends like Hideo Kojima and Satoru Iwata, to art books featuring franchises like Halo and Final Fantasy, there is no shortage of gift ideas for every player on your shopping list.
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Final Fantasy VII superfans will enjoy the new Final Fantasy VII Remake: Material Ultimania book, which is packed with artwork featuring Cloud, Tifa, Sephiroth and more. For gamers who don’t like Final Fantasy, check out The Game Console 2.0: A Photographic History from Atari to Xbox. This book shows the evolution of video game consoles and controllers over the past 40 years, including Xbox, PlayStation, and Nintendo.
Final Fantasy VII Remake: Hardware Ultimania
Filled with concept art and images from the development of Final Fantasy VII Remake, this hardcover book makes a great gift for Final Fantasy fans.
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The Game Console 2.0: A Photographic History of Atari at Xbox
This second edition of The Game Console book introduces video game fans to the past 40 years of game consoles and controllers, including iconic brands like Nintendo, Xbox, PlayStation, and Atari.
Play! features the biggest games of 2021, including a look at game development and tips for beating them. Each game is rated T for Teen or below, making it a great choice for younger players.
Best Halo Book Gifts
Halo Infinite is set to be one of the most popular games this holiday season, and Master Chief superfans will want to peruse the art of the game in The Art of Halo Infinite. The book is available in standard and deluxe editions, sourced from renowned video game book publisher Dark Horse Books.
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The Art of Halo Infinite Deluxe Editing
Halo Infinite is the most ambitious Halo game to date, and you can browse some of its magnificent sights in this deluxe edition of the Halo Infinite art book. The book also comes with a pouch featuring the iconic Master Chief armor.
Best Video Game History Books Gifts
For video game fans who want to learn more about what goes on behind the scenes, there are plenty of books to choose from this holiday season. Fans of Metal Gear Solid and Death Stranding can find out more about Hideo Kojima, the man behind the adventures of Solid Snake. Or, Nintendo fans can reflect on the legacy of the late Satoru Iwata with Ask Iwata. There are also stories about retro games, the NES and more.
The creative gene: Hideo Kojima
Metal Gear Solid and Death Stranding creator Hideo Kojima shares his favorite inspirations in this book. Written by Kojima himself, this book offers new insight into his work.
Best Novels for Pop Culture Fan Gifts
Dune and Ready Player One have gone from books to big movies. To help the Dune fan in your life see where it all began, take a look at the Dune Sage 3 Book Set, which tells the story of the first movie, and beyond. And video game fans will love the references in Ready Player One and the sequel, Ready Player Two.
Ready Player Two: A Novel
The sequel to the best-selling Ready Player One, Ready Player Two takes us back to the virtual universe seen in the first book.
Best Video Game Coffee Table Book Gifts
For fun books to flip through and leave in view of your friends and family, check out our selections of the best video game coffee table books. There are great coffee table books for fans of The Witcher, Lord of the Rings, Tomb Raider, God of War, and more.
The last wish: illustrated edition (The witcher)
Fans of The Witcher games or the Netflix adaptation can read about its origins in The Last Wish: Introducing the Witcher. The book tells the story of Geralt’s magical powers, his first quest, and more.
Logan Plant is a freelance writer for IGN. You can find him on Twitter @LoganJPlant.