Frequently Asked Questions

I don’t get it. What’s A Boombox?
A Boombox is a beautiful memory box filled with custom-printed messages and photos that can be given “one-to-one,” or as a group gift. A box holds up to 150 cards, and every card is typeset by a designer and printed in small batches, creating a one-of-a-kind, treasured collection of memories and sentiments. The effect is – boom! – emotional and unforgettable.  Most say it’s the best gift they’ve ever given, and the best they’ve ever received.

Can’t I just do this myself?
Of course you can. That’s how we started out: friends making memory boxes for friends. We found the gift itself to be amazing and powerful. But, the process of finding a box, finding people, keeping track of their letters, and designing and printing their cards was overwhelming and disorganized and a little stressful. So, here we are.

How does the process work?
Once you place your order, you will immediately receive an email from us including your receipt and instructions for getting started. You’ll click the link in that email, set up a simple password-protected project page, and get started uploading messages and photos, and inviting others using our address book and email invitation tools. If you can use email, you can do this. If you’ve ever sent invites to a party online, you can do this. If the chart on our How It Works page still doesn’t make sense, email us for more info.

What if my people are not tech savvy?
If they can use email, they can do this. If they can’t, you can do it for them! The purchaser, or Gift Giver, can upload as many messages/photos as you like, for yourself or on anyone else’s behalf.

Can I upload a bunch of photos at once?
Yes. Your project page has a bulk photo upload button, and you’ll be able to give each image a name and an optional caption, and then sort them into the order you’d like them printed inside the box.

What’s the lead time?
We need a minimum of 4 weeks from the time you order to the time a Boombox arrives on your doorstep. That’s 2 weeks for YOU to collect/upload messages, 1 week for US to design and production, and 1 week for UPS Ground shipping. We can eliminate the shipping week if you’re able to pick up the box in NYC, and tweak these dates if necessary. Just email us.

How many cards fit in a box?
Our box styles are 3.5 inches tall, and @150 cards fit comfortably when stacked inside. 1 card = 1 message/photo, so you’ll be able to accommodate about 150 messages/photos.

How long can my message be?
We can handle up to 3,400 characters for text-only messages. If you include a photo, your text will be limited to one side of your card (1,700 characters). Don’t worry – our live text box will count down for you as you write your message.

What do you do with all of the messages and photos?
We hold onto the data from each project in your password-protected account. That way we can re-produce a box of letters/photos if your original is ever lost or damaged.

How much does this cost?
Our Deluxe boxes (with printed cards inside) are all the same price ($295). This includes: Use of our super simple project dashboard where you can see your messages in real time, make copy edits, invite others to upload a message/photo for your recipient and kindly nudge/remind them as your deadline approaches. We will provide you with concierge-level email support as needed along the way. You have up to 150 cards in your Boombox, which you can fill with messages/photos on your own, or use our invitation tool to include others as a group gift.  Our team will create a custom layout for every one of your cards, which you will see and proof in PDF format before we go to print. We also offer DIY Boxes with blank cards inside for $100 (100 blank cards) and $110 (150 blank cards)

Can I get 2 ‘copies’ of a box or a digital copy of my finished file?
Yes, duplicate boxes, final PDF’s and flash drives are available for purchase at check-out, or at any time from your project page.

Who’s reading my messages?                                                                          Your recipient is reading them. We’re designing and printing them. Our design team treats each unique message/photo with care and respect. We choose a typestyle and card layout that suits the tone and style of the message. We will not change any of your language, your nicknames, your shorthand or your slang. And we won’t tell your mom if you use a bad word.

Who are you people?                                                                                 Boombox Gifts was created by Christina Geist, a brand strategist and children’s book author who lives in New York City with her husband, Willie Geist (yes, that Willie Geist), and their two children. There is a dedicated team of super sharp human beings behind this pretty webpage. We created this brand to help others give the gift of love, and we take that responsibility seriously. We’re keeping a close eye on every active project and making sure the end result is as amazing as it can be!

Can I see what others have to say about the product?               Absolutely. Our Facebook and Instagram (@boomboxgifts) pages are full of customer’s stories and photos of finished projects.  www.facebook.com/boomboxgifts

Email us any time at hello@boomboxgifts.com for more information.

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