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If you’re looking for #awesomegifts this holiday season, how about a stunning coffee table book? DK Canada has the best coffee table books as they are always gorgeous with large, glossy pages filled with beautiful photography and information. And Smithsonian History doesn’t disappoint.

History tells the story of mankind from prehistory to the present day, with timelines, images of artifacts, photography, graphics, and more. Take a closer look at human achievements through artifacts, architecture, paintings and sculptures, and inventions, discoveries and ideas that have shaped world history. The book provides a comprehensive timeline chronicling the key events of the countries of the world, and key contemporary issues. The new third edition has been revised and updated with today’s current events, including global recession, green technologies, and the Internet and social media.

Holiday Gift Guide gifts for Host Smithsonian History

Holiday Gift Guide Gifts for Hostess Smithsonian History

I was surprised by how large this hard book is! Each page is filled with beautiful photographs and timelines, and all the information is presented in an organized manner. Illustrated using maps, graphs, artifacts, drawings, photographs, and significant works of art, I’m looking forward to exploring this book further with my children.

DK Canada offers books in every genre, from sports to history, design, cooking and baking, crafts – something for everyone in the family. Click on the #awesomegifts photo below to see other awesome gifts from DK Canada. You can find DK Smithsonian History online at Indigo.



Smithsonian Design

Along with Smithsonian History is Smithsonian Design: The Definitive Visual History which covers design from its origins in early cultures to the contemporary design of today. It covers every major design movement, along with the iconic designers and manufacturers who influenced everyday life through the objects and buildings they created.

The book is arranged chronologically, and covers decade by decade from the 1850s onward. It explores the cultural, social, political, economic, and technological forces in the world and how they influenced styles in design. Gorgeous catalogues of objects demonstrate how design in turn has influenced the everyday life, through architecture, fashion, furniture, ceramics, glassware, lighting, fabrics, electronic equipment, and more.

Produced in association with the Smithsonian Institution, Design: The Definitive Visual History is a true celebration of classic design across the centuries. A must have for your coffee table, and a unique gift for the hostess.

Holiday GIft Guide Gifts for Host Smithsonian Design

Holiday Gift Guide Gifts for Hostess Design Book

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  1. Samantha D Reply

    I would keep it for myself and my family – looks very interesting!

  2. I would keep them for my family. My daughters love this type of book.

  3. Travelbuds Reply

    I would give this book to my son as he loves books like this. He’s only 11 but he would get so much out of this book.

  4. i would keep it ! i love books and this one looks to be fascinating! if i need an answer about something, i could look it up!

  5. I think I would give this to my father in law because it looks like a book he would truly enjoy! He loves looking at things about the past.

  6. I’d keep it as a gift for MIss R because she’s always interested in new books with facts.

  7. Victoria Ess Reply

    I’d keep it as I’m a sucker for “coffee table” books.

  8. I would gift the books to my nieces, they would enjoy the pictures.

  9. I’d def keep it for myself! I’m SUCH a history buff! Thx for this!

  10. Jennifer P. Reply

    I would gift this to my husband because I think he would find it fascinating. I would also love to get him the Smithsonian Design book – his background is architecture and he designs restaurants for a living, so anything design-related is always interesting to him.

  11. heather sibley Reply

    I would give it to my father. He loves reading about history and art.

  12. I would give this book to my Uncle as he is very hard to buy for and I actually think this is a really good fit for him! Hurrah!

  13. I’d give this to my Grandma. She loves to read and lives alone, so this would keep her busy

  14. Lushka Smith Reply

    I might keep it for myself, but may just give it to my brother.

  15. I would give it to a couple my sister and I know who would appreicate it.

    Would you keep the Smithsonian History book for yourself or give as a gift and why?

  16. I think I would keep it for a while to read/flip through & then pass it on to my sister in laws family!

  17. SweetPanda Reply

    I will keep this book because it sounds interesting to read with my kids

  18. angela eagle Reply

    I would keep the wonderful and interesting gift for myself and my son

  19. frances mccrindle Reply

    I would keep it but once I’ve read it I would lend it out to trusting friends and family

  20. Angela Mitchell Reply

    I would give it as a family gift. My husband would love but my daughter would also love looking at it with him.

  21. I would gift this to my father in law, who would really enjoy it!

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