US 20060086630 A1
A container for alternately storing objects of different standardized sizes is provided. The container includes a body portion having a bottom with a sidewall around its outer periphery to define an interior area for receiving the object to be stored. First and second flaps cooperate with the body portion to enclose the interior area. At least one storage member is positioned in the interior area. The storage member is movable between an expanded position, which occupies a portion of the interior area, and a collapsed position, which occupies a smaller portion of the interior area.
1. A container for holding objects therein, the container comprising:
first and second sidewalls spaced apart from one another;
front and rear sidewalls spaced apart from one another, wherein the front and rear sidewalls are spaced apart from one another and connected to one another via the first and second sidewalls, wherein the first and second sidewalls are spaced apart from one another and connected to one another via the front and rear sidewalls;
a bottom wall connected to the sidewalls, wherein the bottom and the sidewalls define an interior space having a volume;
at least a first flap connected with one of the sidewalls and positioned opposite the bottom wall, wherein the first flap is movable between a closed position and an open position, wherein flap cooperates with the sidewalls and the bottom wall in the closed position to enclose the interior space, and wherein the flap permits access to the interior space in the open position; and
a means for varying a configuration of the interior space.
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9. A container for holding objects therein, the container comprising:
a sidewall having an upper edge and a lower edge, wherein the sidewall defines an outer periphery;
a bottom coupled with the lower edge of the sidewall, wherein the bottom and the sidewall cooperate to define an interior space for receiving an object, and wherein the upper edge of the sidewal defines an opening into the interior space;
at least one flap, the flap being selectively movable between a first position and a second position, wherein the flap substantially covers the opening into the interior space in the first position and wherein the flap permits access to the opening in the second position; and
at least one storage member positioned within the interior space, the storage member being movable between a first position and a second position, wherein movement of the storage member between the first position and the second position permits a user to alter the configuration of the interior space to accommodate objects of different sizes.
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12. A combination CD/DVD gift box for selectively and alternately holding a CD in an industry standard sized CD case and a DVD in an industry standard sized DVD case and where the CD and the DVD are both an item to be gifted to someone, the box comprising:
a body portion having an outer wall and a bottom portion, wherein the body portion defines a space for receiving the item to be gifted and an opening permitting access to the space;
a first flap connected to the body portion;
a second flap connected to the body portion, wherein the first and second flaps are movable and cooperate with the body portion to enclose the space and hold the item to be gifted therein; and
at least one storage member positioned in the space, wherein the storage member is movable between an expanded position where the space is configured to hold the CD case, and a collapsed position where the space is configured to hold the DVD case.
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14. A method of alternately storing objects of different sizes in the same container, the method comprising:
providing a container having a body portion, which defines an interior space for storing an object, a lid, which selectively permits or prohibits access to the interior space, and a storage member received in the interior space, wherein the storage member is movable between a first position, where the storage member takes up a portion of the interior space, and a second position, where the storage member takes up a smaller portion of the interior space;
placing an object of a first size in the container when the storage member is in the first position;
placing an object of a second size in the container when the storage member is in the second position; and
selectively moving the lid between an open position and a closed position.
15. A generally cross shaped flat blank from which to produce a container for alternately and securely holding objects of different sizes, the container having first and second lids and first and second storage members that are movable to accommodate objects of different sizes, the blank comprising:
a first panel for forming the bottom of the container;
right and left wing panels on opposite sides of the first panel and separated therefrom via generally vertical fold lines, wherein the right and left wing panels each include a plurality of generally vertical and parallel fold lines therein, and wherein the right and left wing panels are foldable inwardly towards the first panel to define right and left sidewalls and the first and second storage members;
a first lid panel separated from the first panel via a front sidewall portion, wherein the front sidewall portion is foldable inwardly toward the first panel to define a front sidewall; and
a second lid panel separated from the first panel via a rear sidewall portion, wherein the second lid panel is opposite the first lid panel, and wherein the rear sidewall portion is foldable inwardly toward the first panel to define a rear sidewall.
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The present invention relates to a container. More particularly, this invention relates to a single gift box designed to alternatively securely hold either a CD case or a DVD case for presentation as a present or gift.
In today's society people often give one another gifts for various holidays and/or special events. These gifts are generally wrapped with wrapping paper or, more recently, placed in a gift bag along with tissue paper, to permit the person giving the gift to dress up the item as well as obscure the identity of the gift until such time as the gift is opened. While the relatively recent option of using gift bags represents a welcome alternative to having to wrap a gift, as evidenced by the enormous success of gift bags, gift bags can be undesirable to some people for a variety of reasons.
For example, while it is certainly easier to place a gift in a gift bag than to wrap the gift with wrapping paper, the user must generally purchase tissue paper in addition to the gift to bag so that the present may be obscured from view once it is placed in the gift bag. The requirement of having to purchase tissue paper represents an additional expense to the user. Additionally, gift bags can be quite large in relation to the presents that they are holding. Further, gift bags cannot be generally stacked on top of one another for transport to different locations, such as for a birthday party. Accordingly, if a large number of presents are placed in gift bags, the presents may take up a large amount of room and make packing for travel difficult.
In recent years, two very popular gifts are compact discs (“CDs”) and DVDs. These items generally come in a plastic case of a standardized size. For example, a CD case is generally approximately 5½ inches wide by 5 inches tall and is approximately ⅜ of an inch thick. A DVD case, however, in which movies are generally packaged, is approximately 5¼ inches wide by 7½ inches tall and is approximately ⅝ of an inch thick. Because these items are popular gifts of a standardized size, some gift wrap and gift bag manufacturers have created dedicated gift boxes sized to house either a compact disk case or a DVD case. These boxes are generally ornamented on their exterior so that the user does not need to purchase wrapping paper and/or a gift bag. While these boxes overcome some of the problems of the prior art, these boxes do little to obscure the contents of the gift box. Additionally, retailers are required to purchase and stock both types of gift boxes as neither gift box is suitable for holding both DVD cases and CD cases.
Therefore, there is a need for a gift box which can alternatively securely hold either a CD case or a DVD case in an attractive manner. The present invention fills these and other needs.
In order to overcome the above-stated problems and limitations and to achieve the noted advantages, there is provided a combination CD/DVD gift box. The gift box is preferably made of a card stock or paperboard material that is designed to securely enclose either a CD case or a DVD case.
The gift box has a body portion with a peripheral sidewall and a bottom that define an area for receiving the item to be given as a gift. First and second flaps are connected to the upper edge of the side wall to permit the user to close off the area holding the item and thereby secure the item in the area. Inside the container is preferably a pair of storage members that are individually moveable between first and second positions to permit the user to customize the configuration of the interior space of the box depending on the size of the object that is being placed therein. With the storage members in their first position, a CD case may be placed there between. The storage members cooperate with the sidewall of the box to define an area approximately the size of the CD. The storage members, which are biased towards one another, then pinch the CD case there between to hold the CD case securely in place.
Alternatively, the user can collapse the storage members and move them to their second position to provide a larger area inside the storage container for receiving a DVD case. The DVD case then rests on top of a portion of the storage members. With both flaps closed, the storage members press upwardly on the DVD case, thereby pinching it between the storage members and the flaps to securely hold the DVD case in place.
Further objects, features and advantages of the present invention over the prior art will become apparent from the detailed description of the drawings which follows, when considered with the attached figures.
The features of the invention noted above are explained in more detail with reference to the embodiment illustrated in the attached drawing figures, in which like reference numerals denote like elements, in which
Referring now to the drawings in more detail and initially to
The sidewall 14 includes a front sidewall 28, a right sidewall 30, a rear sidewall 32 and a left sidewall 34. The sidewalls 28, 30, 32, and 34, are connected to one another and cooperate to define an outer periphery of the body portion 12. The bottom 16 is connected to a lower edge 36 of the sidewall 14 around its outer periphery 38.
The first flap 22 is connected to the front sidewall 28 along its upper edge. As best illustrated in
The second flap 24 is connected with an upper edge of the rear wall 32. The second flap 24 is designed to cover the aperture 44 in the first flap 22 when the second flap 24 is in the closed position illustrated in
The storage members 26 are preferably coupled with the right and left sidewalls 30, 34 and are positioned adjacent thereto. The storage members 26 are preferably made out of the same material as the remainder of the gift box 10, as discussed in greater detail below. The material of the storage members 26 causes the storage members 26 to have a rest position, which is illustrated in
In use, a user of the gift box 10 would most likely purchase the gift box 10 in the closed condition illustrated in
At this point, and as best illustrated in
Once the CD case 64 is placed in the interior space 18, the user can release the storage members 26 with their thumbs. The compressed v-shaped members 60 will attempt to decompress and to move the storage members 26 to their normal rest position. However, before the storage members 26 can return to their rest position, the inner sidewalls 56 of the storage members 26 will abut the sides of the CD case 64, as illustrated in
If the object 20 that the user wishes to store in the gift box 10 is a DVD case 66, as illustrated in
After placing the DVD case in the interior space 18 of the gift box 10, the user closes the first flap 22 and the second flap 24. By pressing downwardly on the outer surface 50 of the first flap 22 before closing the second flap 24, the user can compress the storage members 26 to their second position, as illustrated in
It should be noted, as illustrated in
While the various portions of the gift box 10 were discussed above in relation to one another and as being coupled to one another, it should be noted that the gift box 10 could be manufactured from a single piece of paper or cardstock. In that regard,
The majority of the portions of the blank 74 are readily identifiable by their numerals as discussed above. However, the blank 74 also includes tabs 76 which help form the sidewall 14. The tabs 76 are folded inwardly along fold lines 78 to a generally perpendicular orientation with respect to their adjacent sidewall sections 28, 32. The front and rear sidewall sections 28, 32 are then bent along fold lines 80 until they are generally perpendicular to the bottom 16. The blank 74 also includes a right wing section or panel 80 and a left wing section or panel 82. At this point, the right and left wings 80, 82 are folded along their five fold lines 84 to arrive at the orientation illustrated in
Many variations can be made to the illustrated embodiment of the present invention without departing from the scope of the present invention. Such modifications are within the scope of the present invention. For example, instead of using two storage members 26 in combination, a single storage member of approximately twice the size could be used and accomplish generally the same objects. Such modification would be within the scope of the present invention. Additionally, while the gift box 10 has been talked about in connection with alternately storing a CD case or a DVD case, the box 10 and the storage members 26 could be configured to various different sizes to hold any combination of containers of varying sizes. For example, the gift box can be configured to hold any combination of VHS tapes, computer game cartridges, cassette tapes, or any other item of standardized size.
Additionally, while use of the box has been described with both of the storage members being in a first position or a second position, an object of a size intermediate a CD case and a DVD case could be positioned in the box 10 by compressing only one of the storage members 26. In this arrangement, the compressed storage member would push upward on the object while the laterally disposed storage member exerted a sideways force on the object. Further, the height of the sidewall 14 is such that a dual CD case, which is generally twice as thick as a single CD case, can also be stored in the gift box 10, as evident from and in the manner illustrated in
From the foregoing it will be seen that this invention is one well adapted to attain all ends and objects hereinabove set forth together with the other advantages which are obvious and which are inherent to the structure. It will be understood that certain features and subcombinations are of utility and may be employed without reference to other features and subcombinations. This is contemplated by and is within the scope of the invention.
Since many possible embodiments may be made of the invention without departing from the scope thereof, it is to be understood that all matter herein set forth or shown in the accompanying drawings is to be interpreted as illustrative of applications of the principles of this invention, and not in a limiting sense.