It all started with a coffee box. Las Arca’s founder, Maxinne Ignacio-Liwanag, used to run a small diet delivery business back in 2017 that folded in the middle of the year. During the inventory, she noticed that there were still a lot of ingredients left to make mana cookies. Her customers loved pairing the cookies with coffee, so Maxinne had a lightbulb moment to do a coffee box. The coffee box consisted of sugar crystals she made herself, a mug she marbled herself and a decently-priced coffee press.
On her search for inspiration to come up with her own packaging design, she discovered the world of gift box solutions already proliferating in the US. She then went on a mission to find a carpenter to make wooden crates and the best paper, ribbons, and flowers to decorate the box.
“We always take to heart that a gift is your expression of gratitude that words cannot express, so translating the overwhelming thanks you feel to the giftee is the magic we don’t want to lose.”
Today, the coffee box has evolved into a bridesmaid box, a best friend box, a groomsmen box, you name it! Most of their customers are soon-to-wed couples who are looking for the perfect gift for their entourage, sponsors, and guests. You can even ask them to design your gift boxes according to your wedding theme!
What makes Las Arca different from other gift box curators is their “Make Your Own Box” system online where you could easily choose your box, the gifts you want to include, and the card– very convenient for those last-minute gifting needs! Not to mention that all prices are listed there, making it really easy to stick to your budget.
“It’s never about sourcing for cheaper alternative tokens, it’s about finding the right vessel to show the person how much they mean to you.”
If you browse their website, Las Arca carries staple products and trinkets that could be personalized and could also easily compliment other gift items in the box, so it shouldn’t be hard to actually do the curating yourself. They constantly expand their already-wide range of gift items, making them a one-stop shop for your gifting needs.
“Gifting is a soulful act.”