Gift Boxes

All good things come in pretty packages

Have you ever received a gift so beautifully wrapped you didn’t want to open it? A box so exquisite you didn’t have the heart to throw it away? There is a reason why businesses, in addition to their product, invest in packaging as well. The scientific term for what these companies are doing is ‘Sensation Transference’. In layman’s terms, it means if you like the packaging; there is a pretty good chance you’ll like what’s inside. Think of it this way, the packaging is the first ten minutes of a movie; the hook–it sets the tone for the entirety of the experience to come.

Let’s be honest, appearances matter; especially when it comes to gifts. Just as one’s attire speaks volumes about the person, a gift box speaks to the recipient about the treasure contained within its wrapping. It not only builds excitement but also adds a personal touch to your gift. In addition to store bought gift boxes and wrapping material, it’s not all that difficult to make a gift box yourself. The options are endless – that is if you put some thought into it.

Here are some ideas that can help you wrap a gift so perfectly; you’ll make people marvel at its beauty for a while before even thinking about opening it.

For Women -Women like a little sparkle and shine! Since they have an eye for detail, they’ll appreciate boxes with a little ‘oomph’ or embellishment. Bright colors, a splash of glitter, pretty ribbons or flowers can all be used when wrapping gifts for the ladies in your life… Alternatively, you can use fabric as wrapping for your gifts. Just remember, if you want your gift to stand out, you’ll have to do a little more than just slapping a bow on it.

For Men -Who says the packaging of a gift doesn’t matter to men? When giving a gift to anyone, wrapping is important. For men, go for solid, bold colors and avoid any frills and flounce. Keep it simple. If you’re giving someone expensive gadgets such as cell phones or iPods, you can use cushioned cases to ensure that the gadget is protected and the recipient can see the care with which you bought and wrapped the gift.

For Kids: Let loose your creativity when wrapping gifts for the little ones. Kid’s love bright colors and shiny things. They will appreciate the packaging in their own adorable ways; playing with the box and thinking of it as just as much of a gift as what is inside. Play around with colors, experiment and innovate when it comes to gifts.

Occasion-Specific gift boxes: Gift boxes and holiday themed wrapping for special occasions such as Christmas, weddings, or birthdays are easily available in stores. If you’re looking to add a more personal touch though, you can make your own custom wrapping at home!For Christmas you can use colorful wrapping paper in shades of red and green and tie large satin ribbons around or over the top in bows. Wedding gifts need to look special and delicate as they are often expensive and fragile gift items. Wrap them in shades of white, silver, gold, or tea pink and add a sprinkle of glitter and flowing ribbons with pearl accents.

Making your own gift boxes and wrapping materials is a fun and creative experience. With each gift, the style and embellishment must complement both the occasion and the person. When you take out that extra bit of time to add a personal touch to your gift, your work is guaranteed to bring a big smile to a special someone’s face.