DIY Gift Crate Kits by Carpente Core

DIY Gift Crate Kits

Explore our DIY Gift Crate Kits. Inspired by Man Crates, these hand-crafted wooden crates turn gift-giving into an adventure. Each kit includes a crate, matching lid, crowbar, nails, and eco-friendly insert. They are customizable and come in several sizes.

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Create an unforgettable unboxing experience.

Creative uses for DIY Gift Crate Kits.

Milestone gifts

Celebrate significant events like birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, or retirements with an unforgettable unboxing experience. The sturdy, customizable crate adds a sense of occasion and keepsake value.

Tip: Add a personalized message or image to the lid and include memorable items inside the crate that symbolize the milestone.

New product launches

Create excitement for a new product by packaging it inside a “mystery box.. Offer a limited number of these for purchase before you reveal the product publicly. The exclusivity and intriguing packaging add the elements of surprise and anticipation.

Tip: Make the unboxing experience shareable by encouraging customers to film and share their reactions on social media, creating buzz and engagement around your new product.

Themed boxes

Curating a selection of themed items can create an exciting and suspenseful gift. The crate's solid construction and crowbar add to the anticipation and fun of discovering what's inside.

Tip: Add an element of suspense by including a “mystery item” that the recipient will discover only after they’ve opened all the other contents.

Influencer unboxing videos

If you’re a brand looking to leverage influencer marketing, create branded crate kits filled with your products. Send them to relevant influencers who will record the unboxing experience and share with their audience.

Tip: Include a personalized note and a unique hashtag to encourage influencers to share their videos and create a cohesive campaign around the unboxing experience.

If you're an influencer, use the crate for unboxing videos to engage with your followers with a unique experience. The handcrafted crate and crowbar provide a visually appealing and interactive element.

Tip: Have your phone or camera ready to capture the entire unboxing process. Make sure to highlight the craftsmanship of the crate and the excitement of opening it with the crowbar.

Corporate gifts

Impress clients or employees with a custom-branded crate and unique gift-opening experience. Add your company’s logo and a thoughtful message to make the gift feel personal and appreciated.

Tip: Include items that reflect your company’s brand values or products, such as branded merchandise or useful office supplies.

Event favors

Use DIY gift crate kits as unique favors for weddings, parties, or corporate events. Personalize each crate to match the theme of your event for a special touch.

Tip: Fill the crates with small, meaningful items like candles, mini bottles of champagne, or local specialties that your guests will love.

Tips for the best unboxing experience

  1. Capture the moment: Instruct the recipient to have their phone or camera ready to record the unboxing. This is a special moment they will want to relive and share.
  2. Provide a hint: Add a small, intriguing note or clue outside the crate to pique curiosity and build anticipation before opening.
  3. Take your time: Encourage the recipient to unbox the crate slowly, savoring each step and enjoying the anticipation and surprise of discovering the contents.
  4. Use the crowbar: The included crowbar adds an element of fun and adventure to the unboxing. Make sure the recipient receives the included instruction card so they know how to use the crowbar to pry open the lid.
  5. Share the excitement: Encourage recipients to share their unboxing experience on social media. This can be a great way to relive the joy and excitement of the moment.

By following these suggestions and tips, you can make the most of your DIY Gift Crate Kit and create memorable, personalized experiences. Enjoy crafting your perfect gift!

What to know when selecting a stained finish.


We offer eight standard stain colors, available as optional upgrades on individual product listings. For large orders, we can develop a custom color. Please request a custom quote to discuss the possibilities.

Stain samples.

You can request stain samples before your purchase. Please use our custom quote form and include your USPS mailing address.

Stain finishes should not hold surprises.

We use water-based stains that are low odor, low VOC, and mar-resilient. These stains prevent unwanted chemical smells, ensure a pleasant unboxing experience, contribute to a safer workplace, and are better for the environment.

Applying your own paint or stain.

Our natural untreated wood crates and boxes look great as-is or can readily accept your paint, stain, or sealer for bare wood surfaces.

Care and cleaning.

Our stained wood finishes can generally be cleaned with a mild household soap solution, such as Murphy Oil Soap. Be sure to test an inconspicuous spot first. Mars can be removed from the surface using a white eraser. Unfinished wood surfaces may also be lightly sanded.

Time considerations.

Unless stated otherwise on the product listing, our crates and boxes are stained to order. This may add up to three business days to the standard delivery time. Please get in touch with us before placing your order if you have a specific deadline in mind.

Understanding color variations.

Website images may not perfectly match the actual product due to natural wood variations. Each piece is unique, with stained finishes enhancing this character. If color is crucial, please request stain samples before ordering.

[Note: For additional customization options, including our stained finishes, please visit our product pages.]

  • Add greeting to lid of crate by Carpenter Core

    Personalize with your greeting.

    Make your gift even more special by adding a personalized greeting to the lid. Whether it’s a heartfelt message, a memorable quote, or a simple ‘Thank You,’ your words will leave a lasting impression and create a unique, meaningful touch.

  • Your graphic image branded on lid of crate by Carpenter Core

    Customize with your image or logo.

    Stand out from the crowd by adding your customized message, image, or logo. Custom-branded crates connect deeply and leave a lasting impression.

  • Stain added to crates by Carpenter Core

    Add a stained finish.

    Choose from our range of rich and captivating stain colors to elevate your crate's appearance and aesthetic appeal.