The Secret Life of Gift Boxes

Providing sales incentives is just about standard practice these days. But in the age of covid, one of the most popular none-monetary incentives isn't quite as attractive as it used to be.. And that is incentive travel. Businesses who are looking to pivot should start examining the types of things their sales team wouldn't normally purchase for themselves. They should also start looking at the gift boxes that can help convey the appreciative messages. 

We're a fan of none-monetary employee incentives for a few reasons, but the biggest one, which is backed by research, has to do with mental accounting. When someone is gifted money, it's unlikely that they'll use it to buy themselves a treat with it. When we get extra money, our mind tells us to be responsible with it. Maybe it's the inner child voice of your parent telling you to "put it toward something!" So the money pays down the mortgage, the credit card, or into savings for a rainy day. 

That's why we encourage people to live a little. 

Creating Incentive Gift Boxes

The best gifts are the things that we want, but just can't quit justify buying for ourselves. This varies from person to person, of course. It might be an expensive watch for some. A fancy coffee machine for someone else. Airpods. The options are endless. If your organization is able to tap into these hidden desires, or even have a catalog of possibilities for people to select, it will provide more satisfaction to them as well be a physical reminder of a job well done. 

But then there is the question of uniformity, and that's where custom gift boxes come in. Sunrise can create unique, classic gift boxes for your employee incentive items that will create a cohesive image. The boxes can include any amount of customization desired. Take a look at the example to the side. These foil-stamped, custom inserted boxes are gorgeous and durable, and most importantly, memorable.

Motivating Your Team

Every organization needs some way to motivate their employees, especially in this day and age. They're being asked to deal with A LOT, and any little thanks you can toss them is appreciated. Creating incentive gift boxes can do just that. Chat with our team to learn more about how Sunrise can help!

Innovations for Packaged Products

Creativity and innovation stand on the shoulders of giants. Meaning that, everything that comes afterwards has to build on what came before. Still not entirely picking up what we're putting down? Let's look at some classic packaged products. 

Product packaging is a straightforward concept. You have a product, and it needs packaging for multitude of reasons. Security. Safety. Shelf life. The reasons go on. But just as there are a myriad of reasons for why packaging is needed, there are just as many potential packaging styles. And most of them started with a simple style. Like the cigar box. Or, the case of our most recent packaging innovation, the setup box

"Shouldering" Packaged Products

The basic setup box consists of two trays that slide together. It's a simple and relatively iconic design. Intuitive and accessible for all ages and abilities, it's popular for tech devices, tools, and more. It's also the basis of our new box style: the two piece set up shoulder box.

As you can see in the video and photos to the side, the "shoulder" is actually a small ledge on which the top tray of the setup box sits. Normally, a the top and bottom trays in setup boxes slide and overlap. The shoulder makes this box style even easier to open, and also adds an additional layer of protection to items inside. We love the presentation of the should set up box as well. The delight of a heightened reveal, or unboxing, is a simple joy that doesn't get enough credit. At least, we don't think so 😉

What's Next?

Just when we think we've explored every avenue of packaging design, someone comes to us with something new. A new request, a new product, a new idea. The wheels start spinning, and we start creating. Before you know it, we've crafted something new and personalized to the project itself. 

This is just one reason why we love chatting with our customers so much. We learn as much as we hope we impart, and value all of our partnerships. Whatever your product packaging needs might be, try Sunrise Packaging. We'd love to see what grows out of the collaboration.

Brand Investment & Packaging

Making a brand investment is a great way to bring value to your organization. And we'd argue that one of the most effective implementations is in packaging. 

Packaging covers a wide area, we know. It might be a product your organization sells that needs a rebrand. It could be your new employee materials need a new binder. At Sunrise Packaging, we can help craft a wide variety of packaging solutions. We'll integrate your branding into our design to help you create a cohesive look for internal as well as external packages.

Brand Investment Improves Packaging

Brands and packaging styles alike are subject to trends. Think of the change in how businesses present themselves over the past decade. Minimalism, flat colors, badge logos, sanserif fonts... The list goes on. If your brand is a bit old fashioned, or simply not as dynamic as it could be, a brand investment could be a wise investment for your company.

Your brand revamp needs to be reflected in your company's packaging. Internal and external. It's an important way to market the organization to customers and for your employees to feel invested in the new brand elements. Sunrise can help facilitate this refresh in more ways than one.

Bring Out the Brand

A brand investment equals a packaging refresh. Ar Sunrise, we can help you redesign or maybe completely redo boxes. Look at implementing high end finishing touches, or a new color palette and typefaces. Whatever is encompassed in your revised brand, let us figure out how it affects your packaging needs.

Skincare Packaging

Health and beauty packaging evolves with the times, and that goes for skincare packaging as well. While the products may not change drastically, the trends around packaging tend to inform design. You might have noticed that gender is figuring less and less into marketing campaigns as gender becomes viewed as more fluid. Influencers are becoming more prominent as they highlight brands and fads simultaneously. 

These marketing initiatives are reflected in the packaging. And with the upsurge in the make up box industry coming through 2026, it's the perfect time to revisit some of the key features.

Upsurge in the Skincare Packaging Market

The skincare market is growing. The desire for clean, smooth, and balanced skin is as high as ever, and the market is responding. 

According to the Monroe Scoop, the skincare packaging global market is due for an upsurge through 2026. Skincare is a broad term that includes not just cosmetics, but lotion, sunscreen, and more. The potential is virtually limitless, and with it, so is the packaging. While Sunrise doesn't deal in things like squeeze or pump bottles, we create the box for the these products. 

Check out the product we just created for L'Oreal. From a functional perspective, they feature foam inserts to hold the product in place. The magnetic seal keeps them shut with intention. And the design speaks for itself. It's bold with bright colors, tapping into the zeitgeist.

Custom Boxes for a Custom Beauty Regimen

A custom beauty regimen should be individualized to the customer. Whether it truly is or isn't, the goal of the packaging is to sell that idea. It might reflect a unique proposition to the customer via the content, the advertising, or some other element. But that's the goal of all advertising. That aspect, at least, isn't driven by trends.

Take the best of the trends that are circulating and leverage the growing market. Sunrise can help with the rest. Contact our sales team today!

Upscale Packaging from Sunrise

Upscale packaging does more than makes the customer feel fancy. It might feel like something that an organization can write of when their product isn't sold in the same way as retail boxes, but that sentiment couldn't be further from the truth. 

Consider medical device packaging. Let's say that you need a certain medical device, and there are two options:

  • Option 1: plain, white corrugated box with a stamp on the front.
  • Option 2: full color with a branded logo and content on all sides of the box. Maybe some customer testimonials, instructions, statements on ease of use, etc. 

Which packaging style inspires more confidence for you?

Upscale packaging is, like many things, more than what you see on the outside. It's also custom inserts to product items, sturdy construction to prevent tampering, and much more. But it's near impossible to discount the importance of that first impression.

Signs of Upscale Packaging

Upscale packaging doesn't have to follow a rule book. Just look at these creative takes from Canva. But there are a few things that instantly indicate to a user that this package is a tier above. 

  • Employ a pattern, some stylization, or an interesting color scheme to catch their eye. Taking care to present something attention-grabbing is the first impression your users will have.
  • Think about the unboxing experience, and let the packaging complement the product. Who is using this product? What might make it easier for them to use and understand the intent?
  • Use texture. At Sunpack, we have many finishing options that can add a tactile aspect to any packaging project. The more senses you can engage with your packaging, the more engaged your user will be.

Even if your product isn't necessarily compared to others, upscale packaging should still be a priority to inspire confidence and connection with your users. Sunrise Packaging is able to use our decades of experience to help guide you there. 

Bring us your ideas and preferences, and we can work together on the perfect package! Talk to our team today.

Real Estate Packaging & Influencer Marketing

Working in real estate, mortgages or construction? We've got a question for your marketing department: how do you capitalize on real estate packaging?

Ok, ok, that's a very specific question, we know. So let us explain. 

In each of these fields, it can be hard to set yourself apart. Clients might know what they want, but they don't always understand the unique differences between the agencies that help them get those things. For example, let's say you decide you want to buy a house. Chances are, to find a realtor, you either rely on a referral from a friend, Google one, or simply find a house you want to see and fill out a contact form. A similar process might follow for mortgage brokers and construction or contractors. How do you set yourself apart from the rest?

One way is to engage in influencer marketing. This makes you the referral every time.

Find Your Influencers Via Real Estate Packaging

Influencer marketing is a newish strategy that emerged as social media become omnipresent.  Through the endless scrolling, profiles have emerged as knowledgeable or admired for different things. From make-up skills to craftsmanship to, well, simply having an interesting-looking life, these people are influencers. The products or methods they promote to their users have the potential to drastically grow in sales due to the exposure. 

There are many different potential approaches to finding influencers. Or, another approach, is to treat all of your customers as potential influencers. Real estate packaging is about playing the long game, which goes beyond those who cultivate massive Instagram followings. Creating a unique brand, exemplified by your leave-behind or gift packaging, is a great impression to make. 

Sunrise can help develop the perfect branded packaging option for your needs. From high end luxury boxes--designed to hold keys, garage door openers and more--to a FlashPad with a congratulatory gift card or a three ring binder for documents, we can support any marketing initiative. 

Contact Sunrise today for more information!

Key Fob Packaging for 2019 Models

Like it or not, the end of the year is less than 2 months away. For car dealerships, that means it's time to a) push out the old inventory to b) make room for the 2019 inventory. No matter which state your car lot may be in, we have an answer to help move vehicles: high-end key fob packaging.

While it can help add some upscale value to older models, implementing a marketing strategy around 2019 models (and beyond) is a great way to build both customer and brand loyalty. At Sunrise Packaging, we've done a few different custom packaging styles. Some are more compact, like our FobPad. Others, like the image below, are as substantial as the vehicle that goes with them.

The Gift of Key Fob Packaging

Getting a new car should feel like a special occasion for the buyer. It's a decision most people don't take lightly with both a time and monetary investment. Creating a marketing strategy including custom packaging for key fobs is a great way to turn this transaction into feeling like a literal gift. Take a look at the project to the right.

This is one of our standard magnetic boxes, or NetBox. If it reminds you of the classic functionality of a cigar box, you're on track. This a box style that is familiar, and the magnetic piece gives it a little nuance. The magnetic flap on the box has a few purposes. First of all, it's designed to keep the box shut tight in a practical way. But, like we said, it's also slightly unexpected for the recipient. The weight and gentle resistance of the magnet provide a moment of anticipation.

Packaging Worth the 'Gram

Key fob packaging is also a way to do some influence marketing, too. With the right content and design, these items make the perfect influencer post. Alongside their new vehicle as well, of course.

While the new inventory might be a perfect time to start integrating key fob packaging into your car dealership marketing strategy, the best part of these items is that it's never NOT a good time to start developing them. Creating timeless content and design means that they won't be outdated. Contact Sunrise today to start developing your products today.

Luxury Packaging for a Girl’s Best Friend

It's been decades since Marilyn Monroe sang the virtues of diamonds and their place in a girl's life, but with age comes enlightenment. And turns out, many girls are looking for something with a little more edge to it than just diamonds. Like csarite, a stone 10,000 times more rare than a diamond. As trends change, so do the high end boxes and luxury packaging housing these tokens.

In a recent project we worked on with Neha Dani, we gained an insider view into the current market of gemstones, jewelry and what goes in to creating a masterpiece. Naturally, Sunrise Packaging (located in Blaine, Minnesota) rose to the occasion and created one-of-a-kind magnetic boxes to serve as sample kits for gemstones.

Luxury Packaging for Unique Gems

Neha Dani describes herself as an artist that delights in the details. We knew we would hit it off immediately.

Her work is made to worn, admired and exalted. Creating unique packaging to match these products is a tall order--and, if we're being honest, we know that our boxes are little more than stage for the pieces--but using our expertise, we created some beautiful mag boxes.

"Mag boxes" is short for magnetic boxes. Our custom magnetic boxes feature a magnetic flap for closure, and instantly create a high-end feel. Magnetic closure is just one feature that elevates a standard box to luxury packaging, though. We add in offset printing and soft touch lamination. Offset printing ensures a consistently-high quality color transfer. It's vivid and bright, perfect attributes for gemstones. And soft touch lamination? It's like touching silk.

Other Elements of Luxury Packaging

Luxury packaging doesn't stop with the elements we brought to this project. The outside of a box speaks volumes, but when it comes to high end items, the customer really cares about what's inside. We can create custom inserts and thermoformed trays to keep products safe. This also avoids potential shifting or falling out of place. Additionally, there are different types of closures, finishes, embossing, and more that can enhance a simple box.

We view every project as unique. Sunrise takes the time to create something original for every customer, whether you're looking for high end packaging, sports packaging, etc. Contact our team today!

High End Packaging for Real Estate

Short supply and high demand is a recipe for a crazy housing market. Particularly as more and millennials start to dip their toes into home ownership. It can be daunting for mortgage brokers, homebuilders, and realtors to find ways to make an impact on this tech-savvy, immediate-results generation of homebuyers. Utilizing tools, like social channels featuring high end packaging, is one way to reach people.

In this Uber & DIY-focused economy, brand loyalty and expertise counts for less than it did in the past. For a business like realty, which are hugely relationship-based, this means that their basic marketing model needs to change. Referrals are still a big way to gain business, but reaching out on various mediums is another way to gain interest. It's the online shopping effect. We see something we like, we tap on it and can buy it.

Obviously, real estate doesn't work *quite* like that. But check out Carrington Creek's Insta, and tell me you're not enticed to learn more about these gorgeous homes. Particularly that signature Welcome Home box.

High End Packaging for High End Homes

Carrington Creek (located in Arkansas) is a homebuilder focused on building relationships as well. They've won multiple awards for quality, customer satisfaction, realtor excellence, and more. And when we began work on a special project for them, we knew it was going to be a special collaboration.

High end packaging always presents interesting challenges. At its heart, the best packaging utilizes simple design techniques. But the unique features are where we like to make it truly high end, the little touches that speak to a users tactile or visual senses. For this project, we used offset printing and a scuff free matte lamination.  This box is as sturdy as the homes they build, and just as classic with monochrome coloring. With spot UV over the logo, this is a box that pops. Maybe not as much as that champagne, but it's a coordinated effort!

Use Custom Packaging as Part of a Targeted Marketing Strategy

These welcome boxes are gorgeous on every level. They're highly Instagrammable, prominently featuring the logo, and create a true connection with the homebuyer. It's clear that this is a celebratory gift while still being functional.

But it's still part of a marketing strategy. If you're homebuilding organization or realty company is looking to put that extra panache into your marketing tactics, reach out to Sunrise to sketch out your own welcome kit!

Luxury Packaging Details

When it comes to luxury packaging, what do you think matters most?

Customers tend to notice different things, and those things aren’t always obvious to the manufacturer. While you might want a customer to read everything they can on the package, chances are they won’t. You want the customer to recognize the brand and colors, but how many actually do?

Well, it depends. 

Luxury and high-end packaging rely on some common tropes to float ideas into the minds of consumers. Soft wraps. Bold fonts. Foil inlays. And more.  If you use secondary packaging, or a box encasing your main product, read on. 

Luxury Packaging Details Not to Miss

The fastest growing luxury packaging market is the beauty industry. From make-up to lotions to creams, new products are hitting the market daily. But what entices a consumer to pick up a new brand?

Clarity

Slip Slant Boxes with box closures luxury packaging

If you’re using secondary luxury packaging, 40% of those surveyed said that an easy-to-read name was an important factor in whether they gave the product a second thought. Additionally, 33% need the product to be easy to see on the shelf or display area. Makes sense, right? Customers can’t buy your product if they don’t see it – and they can’t recommend it if they can’t pronounce it. 

Durability

Additionally, customers want luxury packaging that’s durable. It might surprise you to know that there’s a market on eBay and other resellers for luxury brand packaging, from Lululemon bags to Cartier watch cases. Ensuring that your packaging is durable and hardy is a sure sign to convey high-end to customers. Thirty-six percent also note that the packaging needs to be easy to open. Depending on your market, this becomes increasingly important if you’re targeting baby boomers. Like it or not, aging hands aren’t as dexterous or strong as they were. Making luxury packaging easy to open helps them out. 

Content

While it’s true that most people won’t read every bit of content created for your packaging, they do like to see certain things: 

  • promised benefits
  • independently-conducted consumer study results
  • recognizable recommendation (hello, influencers)

Highlight any other important selling points. Is your product eco-friendly? Say so on the packaging. Give consumers every reason to pick up your product boxes. 

Targeted High End Primary and Secondary Packaging 

By using these factors to design your luxury packaging, you can start to learn to what customers respond, and make it better with every iteration. Another option is to do it right the first time. Contact Sunrise Packaging ASAP to leverage our expertise in the high end packaging market.