Box sets are some of my favorite ways to give and get books. Ok, I’ll be honest, I pretty much just like buying them for myself. But, if you have a friend or family member who loves books, they make an excellent holiday gift! Here are some of my favorites (pictures of all the sets are at the bottom of this post):
One of the most beautiful box sets I own is this paperback Harry Potter box set, which has an illustration of Hogwarts on the spine. It is seriously gorgeous, and just so special! You can click the link to get it (at a discount) from Amazon, but I’ve also seen it at Target.
I am also a big fan of my pocket leatherette box set of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy and The Hobbit. It is a really nice set, bound in shades of brown vegan leather that looks really classy on a bookshelf (I have many leather bound books and my apartment smells of rich mahogany). There is something about softcover leather books that I absolutely love! They also make a Song of Ice and Fire set, which is equally beautiful (in shades of blue and burgundy), but I’m holding out until the series is complete.
Along the same lines as the Harry Potter set, this Percy Jackson and the Olympians box set is a great gift, with redesigned covers and a great scene of New York with lightning and waves across the spines (plus, it comes with a poster of all the covers, which any Percy Jackson fan will appreciate).
There are a few different box sets of The Hunger Games available, but this sleek, black version is my favorite. It just looks so nice on my shelf. If your gift recipient is a fan of something a bit more flashy and special, there is also a metallic, foiled version that I’ve been admiring for a while.
When I was probably about eight, one of my mother’s friends bought me this Nancy Drew starter set, which I still have in my collection. She remembered reading it as a little girl, and passed it down to me. I think this would make an excellent gift for any budding detective or young reader. There is also a Hardy Boys starter set, if you think your recipient would prefer those books.
And finally, I think almost any teenager (or adult) on your list will appreciate this John Green box set, containing his four most popular books – The Fault in Our Stars, Paper Towns, Looking for Alaska, and An Abundance of Katherines. It’s available in hardcover and paperback, so it works for almost any budget.