‘The Christmas Bee’ Book

It’s tough to craft a client gift with just the right blend of fun and sophistication. As a design or print studio you want to appear whimsical but not trivial; creative, but with a bedrock of integrity. Packaging firm MW Luxury (now GPA Global) managed to tick all of these boxes at the end of 2018 with “The Christmas Bee” Book. With great elegance it manages to entrance while offering a very personal solution to an impending crisis: the decline of bee populations around the world brought about by climate change, pesticides and loss of habitat.

‘The Christmas Bee’ Book - PaperSpecs

The book arrives wrapped in tissue paper held closed by a wax seal, a bee design stamped at its center. (Already I’m loving this piece.) Removing the paper I get my first real taste of the delights to come – an off-white sleeve with a large, lovely sculptured-emboss bee, gleaming with gold foil and displayed prominently on the front. At this point all my reserve has fled; quickly I slide the contents from the sleeve to reveal whatever treasure lurks inside.

Out comes a rigid board case wrapped in the same uncoated paper, awash in a flowery pattern applied using spot UV. At its center, a UV wreath encircles the same gold bee that greeted me on the sleeve. Lifting the lid at last brings me face to face with the star of this show: a booklet that features a truly memorable cover featuring six black-and-white, embossed bees ringed around a gold-foil flower.

‘The Christmas Bee’ Book - PaperSpecs

Tugging a handy ribbon frees the Singer-sewn booklet from its recessed case. Illustrated by in-house designer Christian Zebitz, the piece transforms the humble world of the honeybee into a vivid, vivacious sensory experience. Its life cycle is rendered in rich blacks and golds against backdrops of purple flowers, intricate patterns, and gold foil stamping, while Melissa Furness’ words make clear just how delicate the balance is between bees and our own food supplies today.


As MW Luxury points out, the bee is “one of the creatures responsible for bringing cranberry sauce, Brussels sprouts and chestnut stuffing to our plates on Dec. 25th.” And beyond the holiday season, “there are just 100 crop species that provide 90% of our food – and 70 of those are pollinated by bees. In simple terms: the fewer bees in our ecosystem, the less we’ll have to eat.”

‘The Christmas Bee’ Book - PaperSpecs

As with their previous year’s client gift, “A Box is Not a Home,” here, too, the company gives recipients of the booklet a way to help out. A golden envelope at the back of the book contains seed paper that, when planted, will produce some of the wildflowers so necessary to honeybees.

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Project Details

Title 'The Christmas Bee' Book Client Self Design GPA Global (designer: Christian Zebitz) Print Midas Paper Uncoated off-White, wrapped grey board, carton board (sleeve)

Production Details

Print Quantity 500 Printing Method Offset Number of Colors CMYK, two spot colors Finishing and Binding Hot foil stamping, emboss, die cut, sculptured emboss, Singer-sewn binding

  1. Tom Bise 5 years ago

    Very, very nice and especially cool. Anyway to get an actual hard copy sample?

    • Aaron Berman 5 years ago

      Thanks, Tom. They’re pretty hard to come by but we hope to be able to give away a few soon – keep watching our social media for more info on this!

  2. Trisha DeWitt 5 years ago

    Are there any of these still available? Awesome work!

    • Aaron Berman 5 years ago

      Funny you should ask, Trisha – we’re cooking up something that we hope to reveal soon. Keep watching our social media for more info 🙂

  3. Trisha DeWitt 5 years ago

    Ok, will do!

  4. Nick Loeser 5 years ago

    Really beautiful. Nice work!

  5. Judy Wheaton 5 years ago

    Beautiful work, would also love to have a copy!

    • Would love to gift a copy to a Bee Keeper that is also a Mead maker that encloses flower seeds in the caps of his bottles!

      • Aaron 3 years ago

        What a great idea for a mead cap, Cami. Wish we knew of a place you could get the book, but they’re extremely rare now. We gave some away at last week’s PaperSpecs Live [unboxed] event, but I believe those were the last ones we had, unfortunately.

  6. Takako Chen 1 year ago

    Beautiful work, I especially love the subtleness of UV coating against foil.
    The link for Foil Cheat Sheet seems to be broken. Would you please provide a valid link for it? Thanks!

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      Aaron 1 year ago

      Thank you, Takako, for the kind words, and also for calling the Foil Cheat Sheet link problem to our attention. This link should work: https://www.foilcheatsheet.com/

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