Gifts for the Future with the Timeless Box

Do you remember what it feels like to be a kid on Christmas Eve? The magic. The anticipation. The expectation. Feeling like time has slowed down and you’re lying awake and you’ll never ever be able to fall asleep and then you open your eyes and it’s Christmas morning—do you remember? That’s the power of anticipation…and Timeless Box has, amazingly, figured out how to gift-wrap it.

The idea of a time capsule certainly isn’t anything new, but it’s never looked quite as good as Timeless Box. For $100, you get a sleek aluminum (or titanium) box with a programmable time lock that can be set anywhere from 0 days to 365 days (or up to 10 years, if you have some extra cash to burn). You put something inside, lock it, gift it…and then you wait. And the giftee waits, wondering what’s inside, unable to open it until the countdown ends. Every time they see the Timeless Box, they are reminded that they have something to look forward to—a specially preserved unopened gift.

If Apple made boxes, this is what they’d look like.

As fun and simple as the concept itself is, there is real depth in the possible uses for the Timeless Box. The soldier, deployed on the other side of the world from her family, leaves her children gifts that will open on their birthdays. The employee who has to work on Christmas—Bob Cratchit, perhaps—prepares a present that will open in his absence. The cancer patient with months to live leaves behind a message to comfort his beloved wife after he’s gone. The Timeless Box has the potential to deliver deep, emotional impact. In the words of the creators, “We’re into emotional time-travel.”

Ignasi Giró, the Creative Director at Honest&Smile, dreamed up the Timeless Box. “I really felt there was room for a sort of “anti gadget” that removed almost all power to its users… but gave back two very precious things: A re-gained perception of time passing by, neatly confronting something from years ago with your present time and an extremely simple and easy to use time-capsule object, that won’t get lost with time, or that you won’t need to call NASA to set up properly.”

Timeless Box is a unique idea with oodles of potential, but it hasn’t yet met its Indiegogo funding goal. You can back it and claim yours here. Or you can test a virtual version and send a future message to yourself or a friend.


Brent Urmey is an avid reader and writer on a variety of subjects, including social media, SEO, the Wireless industry, and life in Lancaster County, PA. He is a graduate of Drexel University and a survivor of the 2012 Mayan Apocalypse. You can connect with Brent on Google +.