Gift wrap­ping

Gift boxes: features of choice

Gift wrap­ping mat­ters a lot. Even a small present can look attrac­tive and orig­i­nal due to an unusu­al box. Many still under­es­ti­mate its role. Remem­ber how chil­dren enjoy unfold­ing lay­ers of paper to get to the desired gift. There­fore, pro­pose to take a clos­er look at the options for box­es. Tak­ing note of the ideas sug­gest­ed below, you can eas­i­ly sur­prise your fam­i­ly and loved ones on any hol­i­day.


On the shelves of sou­venir shops and flor shops you can find a large num­ber of dif­fer­ent gift box­es. All of them look very nice, but not every­one is suit­able for your gift. The most impor­tant para­me­ter will be the style and size. It’s okay if the pack­age is a lit­tle larg­er than the size of the gift. Inside it will be pos­si­ble to put spe­cial dec­o­ra­tive ele­ments in the form of paper, foam balls or spe­cial long shav­ings.

Some­times a gift con­sists of sev­er­al ele­ments. Then you will need to look for a box with sev­er­al com­part­ments. This is a very good option for an ordi­nary gift. In addi­tion­al sec­tions, you can put sets and oth­er items.


There are many dif­fer­ent gift box­es. Some of them are more tra­di­tion­al, oth­ers have an unusu­al shape and design. But all of them can be divid­ed into cer­tain types. So, it will be eas­i­er for you to decide on the right option when the ques­tion of choice aris­es.

Wooden box and crates

This type of pack­ag­ing always looks very expen­sive and respectable. It is espe­cial­ly ll suit­ed for gift wrap­ping for a man. Thanks to his bru­tal appear­ance, he will ful­ly cor­re­spond to the harsh dis­po­si­tion of a man who does not accept var­i­ous bows and bright pack­ag­ing.

You can eas­i­ly put a real “gen­tle­man’s set” in it. Usu­al­ly it includes expen­sive alco­hol, per­fume or oth­er attrib­ut­es. The box or box does not need to be dec­o­rat­ed addi­tion­al­ly. But the engrav­ing will be most lcome. This will only empha­size the sta­tus of the gift.

Cardboard box

You can make it your­self or pur­chase it in a spe­cial­ized store. If you do it your­self, make sure that it is new card­board (and not the one left from an unnec­es­sary shoe box). There are sev­er­al pack­ag­ing options here. You can sim­ply take a box, put a gift in it and tie it with an ele­gant rib­bon. And you can addi­tion­al­ly pack it in gift paper.

The last option is good when the appear­ance of the box does not match your ideas of beau­ty. Now are talk­ing about a reg­u­lar rec­tan­gu­lar box, but it can also have var­i­ous shapes. It is enough to find the sten­cil you need, print and cut the blank on it. Usu­al­ly the col­lec­tion of the box itself does not take much time and effort.


Such a roman­tic pack­age is per­fect for pre­sent­ing a gift to a very close loved one. But do not think that it can only be your girl­friend (boyfriend) or spouse (hus­band). If girl­friends have a rather warm rela­tion­ship, then they can arrange a present in this form. In addi­tion, do not for­get about the main women in our lives — these are our moth­ers.

It is the shape of the heart that will help her express all her love and grat­i­tude, because do not often tell them about how dear they are to us and how love them.


This is a very unusu­al box shape. It is ide­al if you need to give a lit­tle sur­prise. The tri­an­gu­lar box already looks like a piece of cake. But this impres­sion can be strength­ened if you arrange it accord­ing­ly.

If you already have a ready-made box, then it will need to be past­ed over with print­ed draw­ings in the form of a piece of cake. If you pur­chased such ready-made pack­ag­ing in a store, then you don’t have to do any­thing else, because even a rib­bon will be super­flu­ous.

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This is a great option that will suit a vari­ety of gift options. Flors dec­o­rat­ed in such a hat box will look espe­cial­ly orig­i­nal. The lor round box­es can hold cup­cakes and muffins. If you give a soft toy to a child or a girl, then it will also com­fort­ably fit in a round pack­age of the appro­pri­ate size.

The round shape is inter­est­ing in itself, so it is not nec­es­sary to dec­o­rate it addi­tion­al­ly. In most cas­es, it comes with a lid, so it is on it that you can place a bow, which will be enough. You can also find craft­ed round box­es on the mar­ket that look very ele­gant.

Today, anoth­er ver­sion of such a pack­age made of trans­par­ent thin plas­tic is also offered. If you want to demon­strate the beau­ty of your pre­sen­ta­tion, then choose this option.

Thematic boxes

In addi­tion to the shape and col­or, the box­es may also dif­fer in sub­ject mat­ter. For exam­ple, it would be very cor­rect to pack a present in the shape of a Christ­mas tree for the New Year. But here it is not suit­able for any oth­er case. There­fore, the choice of a gift box is large­ly influ­enced by the occa­sion on which the present is pre­sent­ed.

For the New Year

Since child­hood, have been accus­tomed to the fact that New Year’s sets are packed in a spe­cial way. Usu­al­ly it was a beau­ti­ful bag in which the trea­sured sets and choco­lates re kept. Today, it is not nec­es­sary to resort to this triv­ial method. If you want to pack a small present, then cut out the appro­pri­ate sten­cil and assem­ble the box. It is quite easy to make it, name­ly:

  1. to start, draw a cross on paper;
  2. fur­ther, you need to draw four Christ­mas trees; their foun­da­tions will be the lines of the cross.

You can make an ordi­nary box in Kraft col­or and tie it with bright bows. Inside, you can put tin­sel and small Christ­mas dec­o­ra­tions.


Lit­tle fid­gets espe­cial­ly like to unpack gifts. There­fore, you can make mul­ti­lay­er pack­ag­ing, which will only enhance the feel­ing of cel­e­bra­tion and antic­i­pa­tion of the gift. In addi­tion, chil­dren’s gifts can be dec­o­rat­ed in the form of fun­ny ani­mals. It’s not dif­fi­cult at all. All you have to do is cut and glue the cor­re­spond­ing ele­ments of the faces of bears, deer or kit­tens.

It is worth remem­ber­ing that even babies have their own col­or pref­er­ences. So, it will be much more pleas­ant for a lit­tle princess to receive a beau­ti­ful box in a del­i­cate pink col­or. But for boys it is bet­ter to arrange a gift in a blue, blue or green box.

For professional holidays

In addi­tion to the main com­mon hol­i­days, there are also high­ly spe­cial­ized hol­i­days, for exam­ple, the day of a med­ical work­er or the day of a min­er. It would be most appro­pri­ate to arrange gifts in appro­pri­ate box­es accord­ing to these cas­es.

On the day of the para­medic, you can choose a white box on which the tra­di­tion­al red cross will flaunt. But a gift to a min­er can be wrapped in black lac­quer paper, sym­bol­iz­ing coal. A gold rib­bon will soft­en the impres­sion a lit­tle and hint that coal is black gold.

If you give a gift to a for­eign­er, then you can arrange it in the form of nation­al sym­bols, for exam­ple, it can be nest­ing dolls; besides, it is very easy to hide the main present in it.

For a birthday

This is one of the most beloved and expect­ed hol­i­days for every per­son. It is sim­ply nec­es­sary to please rel­a­tives and friends on this sig­nif­i­cant day for them. There is no sin­gle recipe for dec­o­rat­ing a box for this occa­sion. Here every­thing will depend on the age, gen­der and tem­pera­ment of the recip­i­ent.

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In spe­cial­ized stores, you can find a lot of options for gift box­es for this occa­sion. Some sim­ply have the inscrip­tion in Eng­lish or Russ­ian “Hap­py Birth­day”, oth­ers are made in the form of a round cake. Think about which option suits your birth­day: cheer­ful and bright, or more restrained and clas­sic.

For Valentine’s Day

On this day, in addi­tion to tra­di­tion­al valen­tines, it is cus­tom­ary to give small gifts. And although this hol­i­day does not belong to the orig­i­nal Russ­ian, but it has tak­en root ll with us. The most pop­u­lar option for a gift box for this occa­sion would, of course, be the shape of a heart. Since gifts for Valen­tine’s Day are giv­en to each oth­er by spous­es or lovers.

But this is far from the only design option. An ordi­nary rec­tan­gu­lar card­board box is quite suit­able here. To reflect the mean­ing of the hol­i­day, you can dec­o­rate it with hearts and oth­er ele­ments.

On September 1

Most often, stu­dents present only flors to their teacher. But some par­ents want to thank teach­ers in a spe­cial way for their hard work and give gifts.

In this case, the box should be rather mod­est­ly dec­o­rat­ed, but the pic­tures and oth­er ele­ments should reflect the theme. And also in some fam­i­lies there is a tra­di­tion to give gifts to the child, which helps him per­ceive the begin­ning of the school year as some­thing joy­ful and pleas­ant. In this case, you can arrange a gift in the form of a large pen­cil or styl­ize a box like a book, for exam­ple, a primer.

For a dding

For such a spe­cial occa­sion, the gift must be spe­cial. Increas­ing­ly, the new­lyds them­selves ask to give them mon­ey, rather than spe­cif­ic items. This is jus­ti­fied, since a lot of mon­ey needs to be spent on a dding. But if you still decide to give the new­lyds a gift, then take care of its pack­ag­ing.

The col­or for the box or wrap­ping paper is bet­ter to choose from light col­ors, because on this day every­thing should be asso­ci­at­ed with ten­der­ness and inno­cence. An excel­lent dec­o­ra­tion for the box will be two dding rings or a cou­ple of doves made of paper.

branded boxes

Some­times, expen­sive items are already sold with pack­ag­ing. This is a good watch, per­fume or jel­ry. In this case, you can addi­tion­al­ly not buy anoth­er box. Brand­ed pack­ag­ing jus­ti­fies itself. If you want to indi­cate that this is still a gift, tie a rib­bon.

But want to warn you. In such pack­ages, you can give only those things that re orig­i­nal­ly in it. You can’t take a beau­ti­ful box from a watch that was once giv­en to you and put com­plete­ly dif­fer­ent ones in it (espe­cial­ly if they are much cheap­er). This will be an unpleas­ant sur­prise for the recip­i­ent. No mat­ter how beau­ti­ful the brand­ed box is, it is only for a spe­cif­ic prod­uct.

How to choose?

The sou­venir mar­ket offers a huge selec­tion of gift box­es. They can be huge and small, met­al and ply­wood, black and hot pink. When choos­ing, you should start from sev­er­al main fac­tors, which are pre­sent­ed below.

  • Gift size. It is log­i­cal that for a big gift you will need a large box, and for a gold ring or ear­rings — a very small one. Try to pick up the box in size so that the gift does not hang out in it.
  • Occa­sion. We have already writ­ten about the the­mat­ic pack­ag­ing of the box. So, it is impor­tant that the design match­es the upcom­ing occa­sion.
  • By gen­der. For the aker sex, more del­i­cate and sophis­ti­cat­ed options for gift box­es are select­ed. For men, box­es with engrav­ing made of wood, ply­wood or met­al are suit­able.
  • Age. Chil­dren can pick up a bright and cheer­ful box, but for an adult respectable man, this option is no longer suit­able. And also, you should not arrange gifts for teenagers in a naive child­ish style, as they have already left this ten­der age.
  • Decor. Any box can be trans­formed beyond recog­ni­tion by apply­ing the orig­i­nal design. If you want to empha­size the occa­sion on which the present is pre­sent­ed, then dec­o­rate the box with the char­ac­ter­is­tic sym­bols of the hol­i­day. Uni­ver­sal options are beau­ti­ful rib­bons and bows.
  • The form. Not only the size mat­ters, but also the shape. For exam­ple, it is inap­pro­pri­ate to try to fit a rec­tan­gu­lar object (tablet, book, and so on) into a tri­an­gu­lar or round box.
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How to do it yourself?

Mak­ing a paper box with your own hands is not dif­fi­cult at all. In order not to bore you with long sto­ries about what shape you need to draw and cut out of card­board or paper, let’s just give a uni­ver­sal sten­cil. Fol­low­ing the instruc­tions below, you can eas­i­ly arrange a gift in a beau­ti­ful and orig­i­nal box. The main advan­tage will be that no one will def­i­nite­ly have such a pack­age, and you will not spend addi­tion­al funds on it. So, the man­u­fac­tur­ing process includes the fol­low­ing steps:

  1. save the sten­cil image to your com­put­er (lap­top, tablet, and so on);
  2. scale it to the desired size;
  3. print on plain paper;
  4. trans­fer the sten­cil to thick card­board and cut out the blank;
  5. already at this stage, you can paste over the box with the nec­es­sary draw­ings or bright images;
  6. assem­ble the box and glue it; let it dry a lit­tle and you can use it.

How to make a gift box, see the fol­low­ing video.

How to decorate?

If the box itself is very bright and ele­gant, then you should not dec­o­rate it addi­tion­al­ly. It’s very easy to over­do it here. If you think that it is not beau­ti­ful enough to present a gift, then use sev­er­al ways to dec­o­rate.

  • Bows and rib­bons. This is the most tra­di­tion­al and eas­i­est way to trans­form even the most ordi­nary box. It is enough to tie a satin rib­bon, as he will play in a new way. In stores, you can eas­i­ly find large beau­ti­ful bows that are assem­bled in one move­ment.
  • The­mat­ic dec­o­ra­tions. We have already writ­ten about them above. There are no spe­cial restric­tions here. The main con­di­tion is that the sym­bols used in the design cor­re­spond to the theme of the hol­i­day.
  • Flors. These del­i­cate plants are able to melt the heart of even the most cold-blood­ed beau­ty. So why not use them when mak­ing a gift box. They can be both liv­ing and arti­fi­cial. The lat­ter are pre­sent­ed in a large assort­ment in stores, but can also be home­made.
  • Hearts. Such a roman­tic sym­bol is more suit­able for dec­o­rat­ing gifts for your beloved chil­dren, your soul­mate or mom­my. But you should not dec­o­rate gift box­es with hearts that you are going to give to a col­league or friend. This may be mis­in­ter­pret­ed.
  • Wrap­ping paper. Any box can be trans­formed in the blink of an eye, just by wrap­ping it in beau­ti­ful wrap­ping paper or film. It can be eas­i­ly found in stores. It is attrac­tive that you can choose the desired size and pat­tern.

Many peo­ple neglect gift wrap­ping, believ­ing that the main thing is the present itself. But, you see, it is much more pleas­ant to receive a beau­ti­ful­ly designed gift. This is espe­cial­ly appre­ci­at­ed by kids, who asso­ciate hol­i­days with such mag­i­cal ele­gant box­es.

There­fore, when prepar­ing for the next hol­i­day, do not for­get to pur­chase or make a decent pack­age for it.