When you give a thoughtfully curated gift box, you create a special moment between you and the recipient. As they open their beautifully wrapped gift and discover each unique item, they’ll feel joy, appreciation, and connection. But how do you build a memorable gift box?
At Patet, creating unique gift boxes is our specialty. We’re here to help you build the perfect gift box by going over five expert tips for creating a custom gift box with care. We’re also sharing dozens of theme ideas to help inspire your creation.
Tips for Building the Perfect Gift Box
Pick a Specific Theme
If you want to create a cohesive and unique gift box, you should pick a specific theme. Ideally, you want to pick a theme that’s tailored to the recipient’s personality and interests. If you know them well, this will be easy. If you don’t, deciding on the right theme can take some research or guesswork.
To get a better idea of what someone may like, think back to conversations you’ve had with them or look at what they post on social media. If you can find out simple information like their favorite color or what they like to do on weekends, that’s a great starting point for your theme.
Don’t Box Yourself In
While it’s called a “gift box,” a box isn’t the only container you can use for a curated selection of gifts. A box can be a great choice (especially if you need something that’s easy to ship), but it’s not your only option. You can package your gift in any container that fits your theme, which could be a picnic basket, a jewelry box, or even a purse. You can even DIY your own basket!
Focus on Gift Variety
If you want your gift box to feel luxe, focus on picking a variety of items within the theme. For example, say you’re putting together an art-themed box. Art supplies are a must, but only including art supplies may feel a bit basic. Consider including other on-theme items, like gourmet art-themed candies, a chic artist’s beret, or an inspiring book on a favorite art style. Including a variety of items not only makes a gift box more unique but turns it into a full sensory experience.
Another important aspect of variety is variety in size, shape, and texture. From a design perspective, a collection of items simply looks better when it features a visual variety. While it's not an absolute necessity, keep in mind that choosing gifts in a wide range of sizes, shapes, and textures will help your gift look that much more appealing.
Raise It Up
When making a gift box, you need to think about not only exterior packaging but also interior presentation. For the most polished look, raise your gifts inside their container. A box with assorted small items looks more attractive when the items appear to be displayed, rather than thrown together in a jumble. Using a bit of tissue paper or packing straw to carefully arrange your goodies in the forefront of your box makes all the difference.
Be Thoughtful With Small Details
Last but not least, be thoughtful about the small details of your gift box. Keep every element of your box on the theme and in the same color scheme. Making sure things like your filler and your gift tags are on theme will elevate the entire gift into something that feels truly special.
Gift Box Theme Ideas
Picking a good theme is arguably the most important step in building the best gift basket or box. If you’re drawing a blank during the theme selection process, here are some theme ideas to help you get inspired.
Special Interest:Star Sign Theme
Sports Team Theme
Favorite Musical Artist
Welcome to the Neighborhood
New College Student
First Day of School
Mother’s Day Spa
Holiday Season:12 Days of Christmas
Naughty & Nice
Christmas in New York
New Year’s Ball Drop Celebration
Mulled Wine Making Kit
Food & Drink:Breakfast in Bed
Wine & Charcuterie
International Food Favorites
S’mores & Hot Chocolate
Crystal Healing Kit
Get Well Soon Care Package
Creativity & Crafty:DIY Candle Making
Painter’s Starter Kit
Readymade Gift Boxes
Don’t have time to put together the perfect gift box? We’ve got you covered. Whether you’re looking for a birthday, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, anniversary, or just-because gift, we have a unique gift box they’ll love. Browse the featured boxes below or shop our full readymade gift box selection.
Our Lemon Beach gift box allows you to experience the beachy vibe of the Amalfi Coast from the comfort of your sofa. This gift features a tour of Costa Amalfi via Assouline’s Amalfi Coast coffee table book, a silky lemon PJ set by Averie, and two treats for the senses in the form of a coral diffuser and an Amalfi lemon candle.
Out with the old and in with the new. With an on-theme candle and a collection of crystals to help spark new beginnings, our Thank You, Next box is the perfect post-breakup gift idea.
Treat them to a wild night in with The Rational Irrational. This gift box features a casino game experience in a box and a 3 decanter set to ensure their night goes smoothly. It’s the perfect holiday gift or birthday gift for a loved one who’s wild at heart.