Gift Boxes UK – Discover Your Ultimate Guide

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Key Terms Used In The Gift Boxes UK Manufacturing Industry

Are you new to the world of gift boxes UK and keen to expand your knowledge? Here we present an overview of some of the key terms used in the industry, to ensure that you have learnt everything you need to know about gift boxes UK, before you take the plunge and buy your branded packaging. This guide is easy to understand and definitely worth sharing with your colleagues and friends!

Business Woman Artwork

This relates to any text, photos or graphic illustrations which are to be reproduced on the gift boxes UK.  For foil blocking, artwork should be supplied black on a white background as a high resolution PDF file or an Adobe Illustrator. ai or .eps file with all fonts outlined or set to curves (the latter ensures that the fonts are embedded in the file so that they display correctly when the file is opened).  For digital printing or lithographic printing, a template is supplied which the artwork is placed upon, ready for printing.

Board

Gift Boxes UK are made from recycled grey chipboard.  The board thickness is measured in microns. Generally, bespoke gift boxes UK are produced from board which is between 1000 microns and 3000 microns thick, (1000 microns = 1 millimetre).  The board used to manufacture the gift boxes is either white lined or black lined.  Therefore, the interior of the gift boxes will either be white or black unless they are lined in a coloured paper.  The size of the box and its contents will dictate the thickness of the board used.

Bleed

The section of the image that extends beyond the trim marks on a page.  This specifically relates to gift boxes UK that are covered in either a digitally printed wrap or a litho printed wrap.

CMYK

The abbreviation stands for Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black (K).  Full colour (or 4 colour process as it is also known) printed images consist of these component colours. CMYK specifically relates to gift boxes UK that are covered in a printed wrap.

Digital printing

A modern printing method which is Ideal for short runs, digital printing uses large-format and/or high-volume laser or inkjet printers.  Images are supplied to the printer in digital format (e.g. a PDF or Adobe Illustrator file). A printing plate is not required which reduces costs and saves time.  It should be noted that digitally printed material does not give as high a quality finish as litho printed (as outlined below).

Foil Blocking

Foil blocking a logo involves transferring an image to the paper surface by a combination of heat and pressure. In order to foil block an image on to the paper, the following components are required – a printing block (also known as a ‘die’), some foil which carries the pigment and a machine to complete the process.

Foil blocked gift boxes UK

Foil blocked Gift Boxes UK

The block is mounted on the printing machine and heated to the correct temperature. The paper is then positioned on the table of the machine. The two are then brought together with some pressure, and with the foil between. The combination of heat and pressure releases the pigment from the foil and transfers the image to the paper. Foils can either be metallic or solid colour.  Foil blocking is considered to be the most cost effective method of transferring artwork to the box paper covering, on smaller runs.

Forme

Also referred to as a cutting die, cutting tool or cutting knife, a cutting forme is a steel tool which contains a blade which is utilised to cut the gift box template out of the board.

Gift Box With Lid

The most widely used and economical style of gift box, which consists of a base with either a full or partial depth lid which can be removed entirely.

Gift Boxes UK with lift-off lid

Rigid Gift Box With lid

Hinged Lid Gift Boxes UK

Much the same as a gift box with lid, except one side of the lid is hinged.  A three-sided hinged lid has the three remaining sides overhanging the base at either a partial or full depth.  A hinged lid with magnetic closure gift box has a hinge on the top of the base with a flap at the front of the lid with a hidden magnetic closure.

Gift Boxes UK With 3-Sided Hinged Lid

Rigid Gift Box With 3-Sided Hinged Lid

Insert

The elements inside the gift box, which are designed to hold an item in place, or provide some form of cushioning for the contents of the gift box. Examples include a foam insert for a USB stick / DVD, or a bottle. Card inserts are often used in gift boxes UK to hold a brochure or membership card in place. Satin linings with bead cushioning are a popular choice to cushion glass or ceramic items.

Gift boxes UK with die cut foam insert

Gift Box With Die Cut Foam Insert

Lamination

The process of applying a thin layer of clear plastic to the printed paper used to cover a gift box. Giving a luxury finish, paper can have either a matt lamination or a gloss lamination.  It should be noted however, that a matt lamination offers less protection due to the tendency for it to mark and scratch more easily.

Litho Printing

Also known as lithographic printing and offset printing, this is centred around the principle that oil and water do not mix.  Rollers on the press, moisten the slim metal plates with water and ink.  The plates contain the graphics information (both images and text).  The oil-based ink adheres to the image area and the water to the non-image area. The oil- based inked area is then moved to a rubber cylinder and then onto the paper as it moves around the cylinder.  The process is referred to as “offset” because the image doesn’t transfer straight from the plates to the paper.  Instead, it is offset or moved to another surface as the intermediary.

The litho printing process is more cost effective on larger quantities, due to the fact that the majority of the cost is contained in the set up. Offset printing gives high quality, vibrant, precise colour images and photographs, and is excellent for reproducing fine details.

Pantone® Colours

An industry standard collection of colours that can be accurately matched.  The Pantone Color Matching System allows graphic designers to “colour match” particular colours and is nearly always used in branding.

Pantone Matched Gift Boxes

Shoulder box

Shoulder gift boxes have an extra tray insert or ‘shoulder’ which fits inside the base. There are two variations – a non-exposed shoulder box (as shown below) where the lid and base meet flush and an exposed shoulder, where the shoulder is visible between the base and the lid.  Where a contrasting shoulder colour is utilised, a band of colour can be seen around the middle of the box. Another option is a shoulder box with a hinged lid.

Rigid Shoulder Box

Rigid Shoulder Box

Slipcase

A rigid slipcase is used as a cover to protect a book or a CD / DVD box set. The example below shows a rigid slipcase with an additional pull out tray.

Rigid Slipcase With Pull Out Tray

Slipcase With Pull Out Tray

Spot UV Coating

A varnish applied to the gift box paper covering which is cured by UV light, drying instantly.  This varnish can be applied to plain white paper, but is frequently applied to paper which has been colour printed  The result is a shiny effect with the added benefit of sealing in the colour and protecting the printed paper beneath it.  Although UV coating can be applied to a whole area, the term ‘Spot UV’ specifically refers to when particular areas are coated, to highlight individual parts of a design.  It should be noted that the Spot UV process can intensify the colour of the print beneath it. Spot UV coating is usually carried out with the litho printing process, as outlined above.

When sourcing gift boxes UK, we hope that you find the above information helpful and of course, if you would like a quotation for bespoke gift boxes please click here to provide further details about your requirement.

 

Minty Slippers Stands Out From The Crowd With Stunning Presentation Boxes!

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Case Study –  Minty Slippers 

An Overview Of A Requirement For Presentation Boxes From Initial Concept To Final Delivery…

In this month’s Case Study, we are featuring Minty Slippers, a bespoke film company with a passion for telling stories; stories about people, places and ideas.

Minty Slippers had been considering custom presentation boxes for their films for a number of years.

Filmmaker, Danny O’Neill commented:

‘Our customers often receive several DVDs which have a low perceived value but our films cost considerably more to produce. We needed some way to make our cheap DVDs reflect the value of the film contained on the disk. We also wanted something as bespoke as our films. In the past we have used off the shelf solutions and then had to adjust our offering to match the packaging which was often disk only. As we move to more digital distribution we now needed a packaging solution which would accommodate our custom USB sticks.’

Experiencing the same issues many small businesses face, Danny’s foremost challenge was finding a supplier of bespoke boxes who could supply them at the right quantity and price point. In Danny’s words;

‘So many were happy to provide us anything we wanted but often had a minimum order quantity of 1000 units. As we only film around 30 weddings a year that many boxes would last us far beyond our current branding lifespan. Bespoke Gift Boxes were able to offer a product in a quantity which met our needs and at a price which was within budget.’

We asked Danny to outline his key criteria for selecting a packaging partner and this is what he told us:

‘We had a design and now needed to find someone who could translate that into a real world product. We started with a hand drawn sketch of the rough size and layout. Although we were just looking to deliver a disk and tiny USB stick to our clients, we needed packaging with thickness. This alone makes our product ‘feel’ more expensive than the sum of its parts.’

Bespoke Presentation Boxes Sketch

Presentation Box Sketch

Minty Slippers then enlisted the services of a 3D artist from www.3dfluff.com who specialise in product pre-vis, to take their sketch and translate it into a 3D rendering. Danny commented;

‘We wanted to ensure that what Bespoke Gift Boxes created would match what we had in our mind both in terms of size and layout.’

The resulting 3D visual is shown below:

Bespoke Presentation Boxes 3D Visual

Minty Slippers 3D Visual For Presentation Boxes

Danny continues;

‘We now needed to find someone who felt confident they could produce this in small enough quantities and at a price that fits within budget. Anything else like fast delivery was just a bonus.’

Bespoke Presentation Boxes Interior With Die Cut Foam Insert

Minty Slippers Presentation Boxes With Foam Insert

The packaging solution for Minty Slippers is a rigid box with hinged flap lid and hidden magnetic closures covered in a Winter’s Wibalin Pistachio Natural paper, complete with light grey die cut foam insert which neatly houses the DVD wallet and USB sticks. Both the interior and the exterior of the lid have two separate pieces of artwork which have been foil blocked in metallic silver, producing stylish, luxury presentation boxes which we are sure will impress the clients of Minty Slippers, providing them with a lasting keepsake.

Presentation Boxes With Foam Insert

Minty Slippers Bespoke Presentation Boxes

We asked Danny how the bespoke presentation boxes are benefiting Minty Slippers. He told us:

‘The presentation boxes have finally allowed our bespoke film services to meet our clients’ expectations from start to finish. Before we would deliver in off the shelf packaging and to offer a bespoke service that then had standard packaging, it kind of felt like we missed a step. The presentation boxes were also designed with an all digital future in mind and we are now able to deliver our films on custom branded USB sticks as well as DVD and Blu-Ray.’

The Company has also received a positive response from its customers. Danny explains:

‘They love them almost as much as we do. They now have a way to share their film, our work on their coffee table and keep their memories safe for years to come.’

Finally, we were keen to hear why Minty Slippers chose Bespoke Gift Boxes to supply its presentation boxes. Danny told us:

‘Bespoke Gift Boxes were able to meet all of our criteria and within budget. We requested some samples of colour swatches to ensure we would be happy with the look and texture. They also shared their expert advice about the finished product. For example we wanted our logo and text to use clear foil but after testing by Bespoke Gift Boxes they expressed concern that the finer details of our logo wouldn’t come through as well so the decision was made to move to a silver foil.’

We would like to thank Danny and Minty Slippers for choosing Bespoke Gift Boxes to supply their presentation boxes and agreeing to feature in this Case Study.

You can find out more about Minty Slippers on their website at:

www.mintyslippers.com

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If you are looking for assistance on your bespoke presentation box project, please send us the details here

3 Reasons Why You Should Order Your Branded Packaging For Christmas Promotions Early

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“Procrastination is the thief of time” – Edward Young

Imagine this scenario…

Your business has a requirement for bespoke branded presentation packaging for Christmas gifts for your clients. You begin your Internet search for a presentation box supplier mid-September, find a few possible contenders, decide on a box style, contact the suppliers and have several quotes for comparison within a few days. Over the following 2 weeks, you obtain samples, make several revisions to the original box size, obtain more quotes, decide on a final supplier and organise your artwork. 3 weeks after you made your first enquiries, you have decided on your final specification and quantity, you have chosen your supplier and are now ready to place your order. Your supplier confirms that you will receive your boxes in 3-4 weeks, meaning you will take delivery of your bespoke boxes by the middle of October, allowing you plenty of time to prepare the Christmas gifts to be sent to your clients in various countries. A month later you meet with a business associate and show him your impressive new branded presentation boxes. He explains that his Company will require 500 gift boxes with logo at the end of November for a special Christmas promotional campaign. You pass on the details of your box supplier and your associate promptly contacts them advising of his deadline. Due to the high demand for branded gift boxes prior to Christmas, the supplier is unable to accommodate his request to deliver the boxes within a couple of weeks, as they are now fully booked for pre-Christmas orders. This is a real disappointment to your business associate but a lesson learnt that better planning will be required the following year.

As a presentation box supplier, every year we receive a mixture of the two situations outlined above. Some customers are very organised and order their Christmas packaging months in advance, others fall in to the trap of leaving it until the last minute and it is disappointing for us as well as them, when we have to turn away business, due to a lack of Production time to allocate to their job.

So why should you order your branded presentation boxes for Christmas promotions early?

1. The period from September to December is incredibly busy for all box suppliers and production time is allocated on a first come first served basis. As outlined above, depending on the complexitiy of your requirement, even if you do know exactly what you require from the outset, when you take into account, quoting, sampling and revisions to specifications, the sales cycle can take several weeks before an order is placed and then you also need to allow for the production time. We always make our customers aware of the current lead time when quoting, but it should be noted that this is subject to confirmation at the time of order placement, as new orders are being placed all the time which can increase the original lead time quoted; this is particularly significant when there is a delay between the final quote being sent and the customer’s decision to proceed with an order.

2. You also need to allow time to package your goods, whether it be Christmas gifts for your clients as in the scenario above, promotional items for a Christmas event, or branded packaging for a product being sold prior to Christmas.  With the latter, extra time would be required to ensure that the product is on the shelf in plenty of time for Christmas retail promotions.

3. Christmas is a busy time for us all. For a Company with the objective of getting a Christmas product on the shelf, the earlier you source your branded gift boxes the more competitive advantage this will provide. For those Companies looking to send out Christmas gifts in branded presentation boxes, don’t risk being in a situation where you have nothing to package the impressive bottles of champagne you have purchased to send to your clients.

“You may delay, but time will not, and lost time is never found again” – Benjamin Franklin

We don’t like turning customers away at the last minute, so if you require branded presentation boxes prior to Christmas please consider the points above and contact us soon to avoid disappointment.

You are able to request a quotation for bespoke gift boxes HERE.

You can view examples of our previous work HERE.

We look forward to hearing from you.

A Business Owner’s Guide To Sourcing Eye Catching Branded Presentation Packaging

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There are a lot of elements to consider when sourcing custom made presentation boxes. We have listed the most significant points below to assist you in your search:

Packaging Preparation

– Think about packaging early in the product development process. It is important to consider the costs associated with packaging from the outset as this will influence the selling price of the product. This may seem obvious; however, we are regularly approached by customers who are already selling a product and haven’t allowed sufficient room in their budget for packaging. They are subsequently disillusioned that they are unable to afford the packaging to match their product and reluctantly resort to compromising with unbranded boxes.

Forecast Quantities

– Consider your product and realistically assess how many boxes you are likely to use in the next 12 months. Whilst buying hundreds or thousands of boxes may seem like a good idea to keep the unit cost down, there is little point in doing this unless you are confident you will use them. Ultimately, you are investing money in packaging and storage unnecessarily. An enthusiastic start up business may project that they will use a large amount of boxes quickly based on sales forecasts. However, in our experience, this is usually not the case and very often a Company who projects that they may need 500 boxes per month will place an initial order for 200 boxes and this quantity can last a year or more.

Artwork

– Artwork which can be adapted to be 1 solid colour will provide a definite advantage as printing will be more cost effective particularly with smaller quantities. Simple logos developed in 1 single solid colour are most suited to foil blocking providing that there is no fine detail in the design. If artwork has to be printed in 4 colour process, then the cost can be prohibitive on small quantities.

Do Your Research

– Speak to packaging suppliers, read websites, blogs and articles and research the packaging products you are interested in.  If you are able to give potential packaging suppliers a detailed project requirement, suppliers will be able to quote more accurately first time.  You will also be in a stronger position to establish which solutions are likely to fit within your budget.  Be prepared to supply as much detail about your custom box requirement as possible. Believe it or not, at times, we are asked to quote for bespoke gift boxes without being provided with a size! You, as the customer, have knowledge of the product going into the box, so at the very least we would need the dimensions of the item to enable us to calculate the most appropriate box size. Telling us that the box will hold a T-Shirt or some biscuits does not suffice as the items come in various sizes.

Identify Packaging Elements

– Pinpoint which packaging elements are essential to projecting the brand image effectively.  Do you really need custom printed tissue paper, or could you use plain tissue paper with a custom printed label, which would be a more cost effective option?  Is it imperative that your boxes have a full colour printed wrap or could you choose a coloured stock paper with a 1 colour foil blocked logo? Are you able to compromise on the height of your box? The deeper a rigid box is, the more expensive it will be.

Compare on a like for like basis

– Be sure to compare quotes fairly on a truly like for like basis. Whilst this may sound obvious, we have, on more than one occasion been told that our price is much higher and assured that the product is the same. However, on closer inspection we have found that the two quotations are in fact completely different. You cannot compare the cost of one size of flat-packed box to a rigid ready made up box, for the same quantities, as the rigid box will always be more expensive. A quotation should detail the type and style of box (for example rigid box with lift-off lid or rigid shoulder box), the material and its thickness. As a general rule rigid boxes are manufactured from rigid board which is between 1000 microns to 2000 microns, sometimes thicker. 1000 microns = 1 millimetre. You can assume that anything produced from board which is thinner than 1000 microns will be manufactured from folding box board and supplied flat-packed. Folding cartons and flat packed two-piece box and lid boxes are both made from folding box board and are more suited to lighter weight items. Finally, presentation boxes can also be made from printed corrugated board or alternatively corrugated board which has litho lamination (where litho printed paper or card is adhered to the corrugated board). These boxes are also supplied flat-packed. As you can see, there are many variants in box styles and the materials used to produce them, so be sure to compare quotes on a like for like basis.

Bespoke Gift Boxes puts you in touch with the manufacturer directly, ensuring you obtain the best prices.  You can view our extensive gallery containing examples of previous work here.  If you are ready to request a quote please click here to send us the details.

 

30 ideas for gift boxes and presentation boxes

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Gift boxes and presentation boxes are used in every day life for a whole host of different purposes, both within the consumer and business markets.  Whether they are sold online or on the high street many Companies benefit from presenting their products in branded packaging and a large proportion of organisations opt to send out promotional items, gift vouchers and gifts in bespoke presentation boxes to raise brand awareness and increase competitive advantage.

Have you ever thought of buying bespoke gift or presentation boxes? There are some great ideas below which may be of interest whether you are an individual or a business.

  1. Gift boxes for promotional campaigns
  2. Gift box hampers
  3. Gift boxes for jewellery
  4. Media presentation boxes
  5. Gift boxes for biscuits, cookies and cakes
  6. A3, A4, A5, A6 and DL gift boxes for stationery
  7. Gift boxes for perfume and cosmetics
  8. Presentation boxes for photographs and albums
  9. CD and DVD presentation boxes
  10. Gift boxes for hats
  11. Gift boxes for ornaments, ceramics and glassware
  12. Gift boxes for awards
  13. Gift boxes for bridal accessories
  14. Gift boxes for belts
  15. Presentation boxes for pens
  16. Presentation boxes for wine glasses
  17. Presentation boxes for books and folders
  18. Gift boxes for gift vouchers
  19. Gift boxes for gloves
  20. Gift boxes for wedding favours
  21. Gift boxes for shirts
  22. Bottle gift boxes for wine and champagne
  23. Gift boxes for ties
  24. Presentation boxes for club membership packs
  25. Gift boxes for lingerie
  26. Scarf gift boxes
  27. Ashes presentation boxes
  28. Gift boxes for equine products
  29. Gift boxes for T-shirts
  30. Gift boxes for wedding invitations

The above list is by no means exhaustive but covers the presentation packaging ideas we are asked about most frequently. Feeling inspired?  Then submit a request for a quotation for bespoke gift boxes here.  We look forward to hearing from you.