New Product Spotlight: Mug Boxes

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Modern technology has introduced many wonderful and useful things into our lives: the internet, cash machines and telescopes that can see galaxies billions of light years away, and thus help understand the very origins of the universe, being three good examples.

It’s also given us the opportunity to create and buy personalised mugs. Not quite as earth shattering, I agree, and certainly not likely to contribute towards a solution for poverty, hunger or disease. But think of the possibilities!

No more are we restricted to what is just available in the local ‘craft’ shop, or in thrall to what professional designers and mugmakers deem humorous, tasteful, witty or stylish. Now you can make a mug that is 100% of your own choosing, with your photos, your jokes, your favourite colours. It’s become one of the most popular gifts we buy our friends and families.

All you have to do is upload your images, design how you want it to look online and a few days later your unique mug (featuring the view from your holiday hotel window, your dog – whatever you like!) will arrive neatly packaged in a little box. How good is that?

Being a packaging company, it’s that little box we’re interested in here. Because it’s not just personalised mugs being sent through the post. Designers working from home can sell their creations through sites like Not on the High Street and Etsy, or on their own sites, of course, and send their mugs directly to their customers.

In short, there are a lot more mugs being mailed around the country than there used to be!


Don’t be a mug – think about your packaging!

There are two things you need to remember when sending mugs out through the post. Firstly, they can easily get broken. Secondly, people don’t view them as luxury items and you therefore want to ensure that sending them through the post doesn’t bump up your costs too much.

We’ve just introduced a new range of mug boxes that fill those criteria admirably.

Firstly, we’ve designed them in the same style as our popular and reliable Econopost postal boxes – that means you get several layers of board to ensure the contents are well shielded from everyday knocks and bumps, plus we’ve allowed 102mm3 of space inside so that there’s enough room for some bubble wrap as well as a standard mug. That’s quite a bit of protection, so unless your postman decides to practice his penalty kicks with them, we’re more than confident that your mug will be safe and sound en route to your customer.

Secondly, our prices start from under 35p per box and you can be 100% confident you won’t pay more than the ‘small parcel’ rate when sending them via the Royal Mail (we did look into designing one that conformed to the ‘large letter’ dimensions, but oddly there doesn’t appear to be a market for mugs that fit into a 25mm high box). We reckon that’s as low a total cost as you’ll find from a trustworthy supplier who’s not going to rip you off with a low quality carton.

For good measure, we’ve also given you the choice between brown and white boxes, and as they’re made out of ‘N’ flute corrugated cardboard, a compact flute ideal for printing on, we can also arrange to have them custom printed with your logo.

Naturally, we can’t guarantee our new mug boxes will be the right size for every mug in existence (one of our senior management has what can only be described as a Winnie-the-Pooh barrel for her cups of tea, which would never fit in!), so you do need to measure your mugs carefully before ordering. And don’t forget that if you do design mugs which hold tea by the gallon, we can make extra large mug boxes to your exact specification; just fill in our custom boxes form or call our Customer team on 01332 821200 to get a free, no obligation quote.

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Sarah Hickson

With more than seven years experience as a member of the Davpack sales team, there are few who know more about the range of packaging materials we sell than Sarah. She recently left the company to become a full-time mother, but still maintains regular contact with her former colleagues. As well as sharing her own accumulated wisdom and experience on the blog, Sarah is looking forward to passing on stories from the front line of packaging sales. Davpack

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