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Upstatement Holiday Gift Box


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John Boilard; Design, Direction
Mike Swartz; Direction, Box Production



James Weinberg

This year, Upstatement made a huge step up from simply printing a holiday card for friends, family, and clients. The firm designed and hand-crafted wood boxes and coaster sets, with inspiration from the firm’s century-old office building. The triumph of this project lies in the aesthetic connection of the early 1900s with contemporary times. While these singular tokens of appreciation have a quality and style of a bygone era, modern production techniques provide a link back to the here and now.

Process video at the end of the post. 




Quantity Produced


Production Cost


Production Time

1 week

Dimensions (Width × Height × Depth)

Box: 6 × 5.5 × 5.5 in
Card: 5 × 7 in
Belly Band: 2.5 × 12 in

Page Count

Paper Stock

French Paper / Pop Tone / Black Licorice / 100 C

Number of Colors





Hoboken High Sans


Upstatement Holiday Gift Box
Upstatement Holiday Gift Box
Upstatement Holiday Gift Box
Upstatement Holiday Gift Box
Upstatement Holiday Gift Box
Upstatement Holiday Gift Box

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Project Description

For the holidays, we milled, sawed, cut 100 gift boxes for friends, family and clients. We also screen printed a set of cards and coasters to include in this box set.

We found inspiration for our holiday card right here at Upstatement HQ. The card features our building in Boston's Fort Point neighborhood, which celebrates its 100th birthday this year. The coaster set shares views from the neighborhood at the turn of the century.

We had a blast making this gift set this year and look forward to expanding upon the idea in 2014!

Production Lesson(s)

Even though we started two weeks earlier than usually the largest take away was to start this project much earlier in the year. We typically just print a card but this year we had the inspiration to build out boxes and include a special gift set inside. More time to mock up work, sketch ideas and leave more time for production may lend more flexibility in the future.”

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Duncan Robertson

Former intern at UnderConsideration LLC.

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Date Published

March 6, 2014


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