Handmade gift boxes, quilts, African fabrics

The Hague, The Netherlands

HildesQuiltsandBoxes is taking a short break


Note from shop owner As I am moving house my Etsy shop is temporarily closed. You can still reach me for info or special requests at geckoboxes [!at] gmail.com

Will be back soon!
Cheers, Hilde

Note from shop owner

Last updated on Jul 6, 2021

As I am moving house my Etsy shop is temporarily closed. You can still reach me for info or special requests at geckoboxes [!at] gmail.com

Will be back soon!
Cheers, Hilde

Hilde Hoogwaerts

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Hilde Hoogwaerts


Average item review
5 out of 5 stars

About HildesQuiltsandBoxes

Sales 35
On Etsy since 2011

Something about me

I am a quilter and box maker. When living in Atlanta (USA) I got infected with the quilters bug. I just love playing with colours and designs and sew them together.
When I lived in Singapore a Dutch friend learned me the technique of making boxes out of cardboard/binders board (cartonnage) and together we started giving workshops in this craft.

When my husband got a new position within the company I moved with him to Vietnam and started my own little box-making company. I had to come up with a name of course and after some little lizards were hiding in some of my boxes, and seeing/enjoying them in many other places where we had lived before, I came up with the name of Gecko Boxes.

Since then, every time we moved, I tried to set up the workshops in box making again. Our last posting was in Accra, Ghana, and also here the workshops became very populair, thanks to the abundance of colourful African fabrics. Besides making boxes I also design and make quilts with African prints.

A few years ago we returned to The Netherlands where I continued making boxes and quilts.
On my blog you can read more about my African fabric adventures: http://www.geckoboxes.com/

Shop members

  • Hilde Hoogwaerts-Cayman

    Owner, Designer, Maker

    For the past 20 years I have been making boxes and quilts and always try to improve and try something new. It is just me who makes the products for my Etsy shop. After living in Ghana for 3 years I now mainly work with the colorful African textiles.

Shop policies

Last updated on December 31, 2020
Hello and welcome to my shop!
My name is Hilde and I make quilts and boxes. I have a true passion for designing and making boxes out of grey cardboard/binders board. I always enjoy the challenge of bringing together different colours and textures.

If you would like to know more about me please visit to my website for more updated news:


Accepted payment methods

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Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
All prices are listed in € (euros), however you may be able to view prices in your own currency by following the link at the very bottom of this page.

I prefer payments by bank transfer but you can also use PayPal.
You do not need a PayPal Account to pay for your items through PayPal:

You can choose the PayPal Option during checkout. After you submit your order click the "Pay Now" button. On the right hand side of the next page you will see 2 options, the 2nd one is to pay using a Credit or Debit Card WITHOUT having to sign up for a PayPal account.

Payment must be made in full and have cleared before the item is shipped. If you are having any issues with your payment, please do not hesitate to contact me and I will assist you in anyway I can.
Shipping takes place from The Netherlands. Please contact me for further details.

All items are shipped within 3 working days of your payment clearing.
- Shipping within the Netherlands normally takes 2-3 working days.
Additional policies and FAQs
All items will be gift wrapped.

I will be happy to answer any questions.
Just contact me and I'll get back to you as soon as possible.
This Privacy Policy describes how and when I collect, use, and share information when you purchase an item from me, contact me, or otherwise use my services through Etsy.com or its related sites and services.

This Privacy Policy does not apply to the practices of third parties that I do not own or control, including Etsy or any third party services you access through Etsy.

Information I Collect

To fulfil your order, you must provide me with certain information (which you authorised Etsy to provide to me), such as your name, email address, postal address, payment information, and the details of the product that you’re ordering. You may also choose to provide me with additional personal information (for a custom order of a box, for example), if you contact me directly.

Why I Need Your Information and How I Use It

I rely on a number of legal bases to collect, use, and share your information, including:

*as needed to provide my services, such as when I use your information to fulfil your order, to settle disputes, or to provide customer support;
*if necessary to comply with a legal obligation or court order or in connection with a legal claim, such as retaining information about your purchases if required by tax law; and
*as necessary for the purpose of my legitimate interests, if those legitimate interests are not overridden by your rights or interests, such as 1) providing and improving my services. I use your information to provide the services you requested and in my legitimate interest to improve my services; and 2) Compliance with the Etsy Seller Policy and Terms of Use. I use your information as necessary to comply with my obligations under the Etsy Seller Policy and Terms of Use.

Information Sharing and Disclosure

Information about my customers is important to my business. I share your personal information for very limited reasons and in limited circumstances, as follows:

*Etsy. I share information with Etsy as necessary to provide you my services and comply with my obligations under both the Etsy Seller Policy and Etsy Terms of Use.
*Service providers. I engage certain trusted third parties to perform functions and provide services to my shop, such as delivery companies. I will share your personal information with these third parties, but only to the extent necessary to perform these services.
*Business transfers. If I sell or merge my business, I may disclose your information as part of that transaction, only to the extent permitted by law.
*Compliance with laws. I may collect, use, retain, and share your information if I have a good faith belief that it is reasonably necessary to: (a) respond to legal process or to government requests; (b) enforce my agreements, terms and policies; (c) prevent, investigate, and address fraud and other illegal activity, security, or technical issues; or (d) protect the rights, property, and safety of my customers, or others.

Data Retention

I retain your personal information only for as long as necessary to provide you with my services and as described in my Privacy Policy. However, I may also be required to retain this information to comply with my legal and regulatory obligations, to resolve disputes, and to enforce my agreements. I generally keep your data for the following time period: 4 years.

Your Rights

If you reside in certain territories, including the EU, you have a number of rights in relation to your personal information. While some of these rights apply generally, certain rights apply only in certain limited cases. I describe these rights below:

Access. You may have the right to access and receive a copy of the personal information I hold about you by contacting me using the contact information below.
Change, restrict, delete. You may also have rights to change, restrict my use of, or delete your personal information. Absent exceptional circumstances (like where I am required to store data for legal reasons) I will generally delete your personal information upon request.
Object. You can object to (i) my processing of some of your information based on my legitimate interests and (ii) receiving marketing messages from me after providing your express consent to receive them. In such cases, I will delete your personal information unless I have compelling and legitimate grounds to continue using that information or if it is needed for legal reasons.
Complain. If you reside in the EU and wish to raise a concern about my use of your information (and without prejudice to any other rights you may have), you have the right to do so with your local data protection authority.
How to Contact Me

For purposes of EU data protection law, I, Hilde Hoogwaerts, am the data controller of your personal information. If you have any questions or concerns, you may contact me at hildehoogwaerts [!at] gmail.com. Alternately, you may mail me at:

Hilde Hoogwaerts, Burgemeester Patijnlaan 212, 2585BP Den Haag, The Netherlands