(This story won’t sound relevant to recyclable boxes or setup boxes, but I promise it’s getting there)! Last December, I received a glass tumbler from Starbucks that I absolutely loved. Although it technically *just packaging,* I also loved the box it came in. Starbucks does a great job creating attractive packaging, and their two-piece setup boxes for the holidays are durable and always feature rich colors. Each year has a different color: last year was red, this year was green, and so on. They also design a brand new series of tumblers every year, so when they sell out, they’re gone forever.
But I used the setup box to package another gift, keeping the lovely tumbler for myself. However, maybe as a lesson regarding growing too fond of things, I accidentally dropped the tumblr at a gas station in sub-zero temperatures. It shattered. I was sad, and I must have mentioned the fact to my mother (we bought the tumbler together).
Lo and behold, this Christmas, I took the wrapping paper off a present. I recognized the red box, but in the back of my head, I knew that the gift boxes from Starbucks this year were green. I opened the box, and there it was. My shattered tumbler, which she had found online, whole again. Added bonus: I got to keep the box this time around!
As the major December holidays pass, most households are left with a lot of new things which need to find homes as well as a lot of boxes and wrapping paper. Recyclable boxes aren’t a problem (wrapping paper is another story, since the majority of it isn’t recyclable). There are plenty of ways to take sturdy gift boxes and repurpose them around the house.
Tips for Reusing Recyclable Boxes
The easiest thing to do with when you receive a nice gift box? Reuse it for its intended purpose. The wrong attitude is to think of it as someone else’s problem; rather, think of it as spreading the joy of a nicely-packaged custom gift box.
- Use it as a desk organizer
Full disclosure: This is how I’m using my own Starbucks setup box. My workspace at home has drawers with organizers, but I’m always looking for something to help me out on top of the desk that doesn’t look like it came from an office supply store. The red box is colorful and not too big. It’s made of sturdy chipboard with sharp edges, so I know it won’t look battered in a few weeks. It’s perfect to hold my oh-so-necessary supply of Gin-Gins, lip balm, favorite fine tip marker pens, and other random necessities, all in one place.
- Holiday storage
It’s nearly time to pack up all those holiday decorations. Use the sturdier of the boxes you received to switch out any older packaging that’s starting to wear, or to keep any new items safe. In my house, the holiday decorations are pretty secure, in one spot, but occasionally there might be some jostling. Keep your memories safe and secure with an updated custom gift box.
And When All Else Fails
Break them down and put them in the recycling. Reasonable sentimentality can only go so far. But next year, keep in mind how someone might get some enjoyment out of a nice setup box for their gift.
How do you upcycle recyclable boxes from the holidays?
We found the packaging set shown here from the Packaging of the World gallery. The entire set is a collection of fifteen chocolates that each represent an element of being the black sheep of a family or group. A clever way to brand themselves and create a collection, this set uses cohesive branding and design in order to be consistent with their message and product line. The use of color and design in this set it strategic in bringing the attention to the only dark chocolate in the box, creating the black sheep (Sheep Noir) of the group of sweets. We specifically like the use of a custom rigid box to house the diverse set on the inside. By creating a collection with cohesive branding and a variety of colors, makes this luxury packaging set a nice novelty gift that just about any consumer can identify with.
This hard cover two piece setup box holds a small notebook. Baron Fig, is a movement that was started by a group of people that wanted to reintroduce creativity of thoughts and ideas put on paper. They felt that many notebooks on the shelves today are too corporate and branded, creating an initial disconnect from the user. Baron Fig aimed to create an easy-to-use, simple journal of which users truly take ownership. The box that holds the journal is based on simplicity and utility, indicating the category of notebook- and that’s about it. Turned edge boxes were chosen because as a web start-up, they needed a package that would be thick enough to protect the notebook in shipping. We found this packaging solution on thedieline.com.
The youtube video below gives more insight into Baron Fig