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The Top 8 Examples of Custom Holiday Shipping Boxes

When was the last time you looked at custom cardboard examples to get an idea of the latest custom holiday shipping boxes? Many retailers don’t take the time to see what’s out there. Online retailers are in the midst of their busiest time of the year, and things are only going to get more hectic as we continue through December and into January, but there’s still time to get creative in terms of packaging.

Some retailers prefer to cut corners and keep things simple with the basic, brown, cardboard box. Others take advantage of this festive time of year to set themselves apart from other online retailers and leave a lasting impression by presenting customers with beautiful packaging when their orders arrive. The following list includes eight examples of the most unique and creative retail holiday shipping boxes.

  1. Bow-Topped Two Piece Cube Boxes
    There are many creative cube boxes that come with the bow already attached. Simply place the tissue-wrapped item in the box, put on the lid, and place it in a festive slip container for shipping.
  2. Creative Candy Packaging
    Some of the most creative candy packaging includes cone-shaped, cylindrical, handled, purse-style, paper mesh, or cardboard boxes, which may be decorated with gift wrap printing, bows, glitter, and other designs.
  3. Faux Fur and Velvet Bags
    These may not be boxes, but they are very popular during the holidays for gift-givers and online retailers alike. Mimic the look and feel of Santa’s hat with a gift bag full of surprises, easily wrapped in bubble wrap or tissue paper and sent inside a box or slip package of your choice.
  4. Glossy Colored Apparel Boxes
    Clothing retailers can send their shipments in style, even directly to the gift recipient, with glossy boxes in festive colors such as red, green, silver, gold, and shimmering blue with a glossy sheen.
    Custom Printed Box
  5. Pillow Boxes
    Clear, colored, and patterned pillow boxes are popular for gift-giving, and online retailers are even getting in on the fun with gifts sent directly to recipients in beautiful pillow-shaped boxes adorned with stars and other holiday images.
  6. Printed Basket Boxes
    Whoever’s on the receiving end will love a gift in a basket-box printed with eclectic patterns ranging from the traditional Christmas themes to modern seasonal imagery to basic colors boosted with a glittering sheen.
  7. Tab-Top Tent Boxes
    Like pillow boxes, these tab-top tent boxes are another popular item in craft stores, but they are equally useful for retailers looking to send a uniquely packaged gift straight to the recipient’s door.
  8. Unique Wine Boxes
    There are many examples of unique wine boxes for shipping and gift-giving, including one-bottle wine gift boxes, clear plastic wine bottle boxes, European design wine carry boxes, tuck-top corrugated wine boxes, 2-bottle presentation or gift boxes, and wine bags with rope handles.

There are many more creative plastic, cloth, and custom cardboard examples for online retailers to consider during the holidays. So if you want to stand out in the crowd, make sure to get creative.

Stress-Saving Tips for Retailers before the Holiday Shipping Rush

So you’ve ordered your custom shipping boxes, figured out what items to promote for the holidays, and are already busy fulfilling orders for your online customers. Now it’s time to get ready for the final holiday shipping rush, which can be the busiest time of the year for online retailers. The end of the year is nearing and you’ve already survived every holiday from Valentine’s Day through Thanksgiving. The final push of the year is the Christmas, Chanukah, and New Year’s rush. The following how-to-guide will help retailers prepare to ship products throughout December and into January in order to stay on top of things even as orders get out of control and lines at the post office stretch around blocks.

Custom Shipping Boxes

The Importance of Planning Ahead
It may be too late to do any more major pre-planning, but it’s not too late to maneuver your final shipping schedule to be as efficient as possible and, of course, think ahead for next year. It’s ideal to start planning for a holiday rush months in advance, and some experts even suggest starting your holiday preparations as early as August. But even in the weeks leading up to Christmas, you can consider some timesaving and stress-reducing tips just by staying one step ahead of the game.

Important Holiday Shipping Dates
Everyone knows that the day after Thanksgiving is Black Friday, and now retailers also consider the Saturday after Thanksgiving to be Small Business Saturday and the first day of the following week to be Cyber Monday. But here are some other important dates to remember:

Free Shipping Day – This special day of free shipping happens annually in mid-December, when retail customers are offered free shipping through retail participants. This year’s Free Shipping Day is December 18. Online retailers must sign up in advance to be part of this day.

Super Saturday – The last Saturday before Christmas is one of the busiest online shopping days of the year, when many last-minute shoppers finish their final purchases in preparation for the December 25 holiday. This year, Super Saturday is December 20. Many retailers offer one-day sales to take advantage of this big shopping day when so many shoppers are either on their computers, perusing, or making final in-store decisions.

Green Monday – The last Monday prior to Christmas is considered Green Monday, which is often the standard cut-off date for many shipping outlets to ensure your packages reach recipients by Christmas Day. Make sure to be ready for one final push of shipping on this day, and if you’re sending out packages to customers, you’ll want to be sure to do everything in your power to get final shipments out by the end of this Monday, which is December 22 this year.

There are plenty of busy days for retailers throughout November and December, and even into January as shoppers make returns and exchanges following the gift-giving rush. So make sure you have enough custom shipping boxes, prepare for these busy days ahead, and take notes so you’ll be even more prepared for next year.