US 20050011802 A1
A device for display and mailing of a gift. The device includes an inner gift holding box having a transparent top surface through which a display item could be viewed. This inner gift box is inserted into an outer mailing box. When the gift holding box is nested into the outer mailing box, the gift may still be viewed through a cutout on the top of outer mailing box. An opaque panel is inserted inside the outer mailing box over the transparent top surface of inner gift holding box. This panel allows the mailing box to be shipped without showing the contents of the box.
1. A device for display of gifts suitable for mailing the gift comprising:
a gift holding box, said box having a transparent surface;
a mailing box into which said gift holding box nests, said mailing box having a cutout, wherein when said gift holding box is inserted into the mailing box, a viewer may look through said cutout, through said transparent surface and view an item contained within said gift box; and
a removable opaque panel fitting inside the mailing box over the transparent surface of the gift holding box, said panel retained within said mailing box covering said cutout thereby blocking the cutout.
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This application claims priority from provisional application Ser. No. 60/472,834; filed May 22, 2003.
The present invention relates to gift boxes.
In selling gifts, merchants want to present a gift in an attractive display, and add value to the gift by providing customer needs at airport and gift shops visited by travelers. When traveling, people often desire to buy gifts for friends and relatives back home. However, given airport baggage restrictions, it is cumbersome to transport numerous gifts. Furthermore, if the gift includes metallic elements, a wrapped gift may have to be opened and inspected, causing travel delays. A merchant could add value to the gift by presenting the gift in an attractive package that could subsequently be mailed to a recipient. This package could allow display of the gift item, would provide a wrapping for the gift, and could be mailed to the recipient. Such a prepackaged item ideally would be ready to immediately be mailed to a recipient.
The present invention is a gift box that includes an inner box for holding a gift. The inner box includes a top transparent surface through which a display item may be seen. This inner box may be entirely transparent, such as a vinyl box. This inner box may include a metallic display item and/or a card.
The inner box is nested to fit into an outer box. The outer box is a mailing box into which the inner gift holding box is inserted. This mailing box includes a cutout positioned such that when said gift holding box is inserted into the mailing box, a viewer may look through the cutout, through the transparent top surface of the gift holding box and view an item contained within the gift box. Fitting under the cutout is a removable opaque panel which may be inserted inside the mailing box over the top transparent surface of the gift holding box between the gift holding box and the mailing box. This removable opaque panel may include printing, such as a “to” and “from” section with lines allowing a sender to address the box for mailing. Alternatively, mailing information may be printed on the mailing box.
The present invention includes three components. With reference to
Gift display box 10 is nested into outer mailing box 26, into which gift display box 10 snugly fits. Flap 28 may then be closed, securing display box 10 in mailing box 26. A cutout 30 on the outer mailing box 26 allows display box 10 to be viewed through mailing box 26. A merchant would have the option of displaying the display items either alone on a display panel, in display box 10 or in mailing box 26. It could be possible to sell the mailing box separately. It could also be possible to print onto mailing box 26 graphic decoration. The graphic decoration could allow this item to be used as a promotional item packing, a fund raising product, a corporate gift, or an advertising item. A printed advertisement or corporate logo could be printed on the package exterior. Decorating the outer box would make wrapping the box unnecessary.
Removable opaque panel 18 fits within outer mailing box 26 over the transparent top surface 15 of display box 10. Panel 18 could also include printing, such as a sender identification lines 22, a recipient identification lines 20 and a graphic indication 24 of where to affix the stamp. The box may be sold with postage stamp or a metering stamp already on the card. This allows a purchaser to simply address the box and send the box. This allows mailing without waiting, adding convenience for the customer. This stamp area may be preprinted with the bulk rate and postal mailing permit number to simplify the mailing procedure. This would reduce the postage rate and could save the need to weigh and sort each box. Panel 18 may be removed for the display of the gift box, and subsequently inserted to allow mailing of the gift box.