Day 9: The Little Oxford Gift Box

It is day 9 of 12 Days of Christmas with Ivy.  Today I am giving you not a book, but a book set.  It is the Little Oxford Gift Box.  

This is not a Catholic focused gift.  It is an interesting concept which I think caters to a very specific audience.  If you were to get this for someone, you would have to know them pretty well.  

In terms of presentation, these are very well thought out.  It’s all very feminine and there is a very clear colour scheme and aesthetic.  These would look beautiful on a bookshelf. Even the colour of the ribbon for the bookmark was well chosen as it compliments the book very well.  The floral theme continues into the book with the little flowers next to the keywords, but otherwise, the pages inside are much more plain. It’s all black and white and mostly text.  

The books are hard cover, each with their own dust jacket.  The box is made of thick cardboard. It is a snug fit for the books.  I wish they made a divot in the side of the box so you can easily grab the books and pull them out.  The way it is now, I have to shake the books from the box. The print is standard laserjet printing, all the text is clear.  The paper is seems like standard printer paper, only maybe a bit thicker. Even then, it doesn’t feel cheap. Overall, everything seems high quality.  

They stay true to the dictionary concept, so navigating the books is very easy.  Keywords are organized alphabetically and can be found at the top of every page. The contents under each keyword is also organized alphabetically.  The text isn’t too small and the fonts look like variations of Times New Roman and Arial, so they are easily read. The text is well spaced apart. For each keyword, there are also other suggested keywords in case you didn’t find what you were looking for under the keyword you chose.  The “definitions” for each quotation/proverb has a combination of, time period and place of origin, meaning, who said it, etc. It’s really interesting to read.  

One (random) thing I think worth mentioning is that these smell a little strange.  They smell new, but it’s a weird new scent that I can’t even begin to describe. I personally don’t like it, but my brother does.  

The set that I received has proverbs and quotations.  I’ve seen other sets that also include word origins but I don’t know if those are still available.  The set on the box says it is a little under $22 USD. I think that is a good price.  

Overall, I think this set makes an interesting gift, but it caters to a very specific audience.  I’d hate to see these collecting dust on a shelf, so I think you should really think about it before gifting these to someone.  You can find it here.

That’s all for today’s review; I hope to see you tomorrow for my last post of the season!


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