A gift box with a hollow that has the same shape of the gift...

kachibi

Senior Member
Chinese
Context: proposal writing.

Question: as you all may know, inside some gift boxes there are hollows which are crafted in a way that fit perfectly the shapes of the gifts. For example, a heart-shaped gift has a heart-shaped hollow inside the gift box.

Is there a more idiomatic way to refer to this kind of hollow?
 
  • Dretagoto

    Senior Member
    Inglés británico
    Good question! I am doubtful that there would be a term specifically for the hollow - I think probably it would just be "custom-fitted box".
     

    Language Hound

    Senior Member
    American English
    For just the "hollow," I'm thinking of "indentation."
    A "custom-fitted box" is a perfect term for the whole box.

    Kachibi, please give us a complete sentence in which you wish to use this term
    so we can provide appropriate suggestions.
     

    kachibi

    Senior Member
    Chinese
    A sentence like "There is a gift box with a hollow that fits the shape of the gift perfectly."

    Apparently the mid part of the sentence can be shortened with a jargon or alike.
     

    Language Hound

    Senior Member
    American English
    I don't find that sentence very natural sounding.
    Who is this written for? Potential clients?
    Depending on the exact context, I might just say:
    The X (= name of article/gift) comes in a custom-fitted gift box.
     

    kentix

    Senior Member
    English - U.S.
    There has to be an industry term for that but I don't know what it is.
     

    Dretagoto

    Senior Member
    Inglés británico
    In this situation I think I might use "recess", or (and especially if it was a very ornate box) then the jewellery-like term "setting".
     

    kentix

    Senior Member
    English - U.S.
    "recess" sounds good in a gift box. When it's a hollow in foam (like for holding tools), they sometimes call it a cutout.
     
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