Celebrate a golden age of consumerism with Mid-Century Ads: Advertising from the Mad Men Era ($60). Arriving in a slipcase, this two-volume set contains over 700 pages of advertisements from the '50s and '60s, including full-color ads and interesting insights from authors Jim Heimann and Steven Heller. Arriving in February 2012, or just in time to brighten up the middle of a dreary winter. [Scouted by Jimmy]
Sure, they might have taken the title from a similar book about Macs and the people who love them, but that doesn't make The Cult of Lego ($27) any less awesome. Weighing in at over 300 pages, this interesting tome looks at the Lego community and its creations, from a tiny Yankee stadium to a remote-controlled Jawa Sandcrawler, all lovingly photographed and presented in high-quality, full-color images. It's the next best thing to buying yourself a 1,000+ piece model.
Share your love for the fruits of Jony Ive's magical bunker workshop with all your holiday guests by giving Apple Design ($40) a prominent spot on your coffee table. This 320-page hardcover tome mixes photos of over 200 Apple products produced since Ive took the design reigns at the company with stories of the products' development and explanations of the production methods and materials applied. Also makes a perfect gift for the design- and Apple-obsessed.