Looking for the perfect way to say “thank-you,” “happy birthday,” or “congratulations”? Whitney Holofchak can help. The Louisville native, Furman graduate, and now Charlotte resident, creates customized gift boxes for most any occasion.
Holofchak has always enjoyed curating gifts for family and friends, thanks to her grandmother Bonnie, who taught her that the ultimate expression of Southern hospitality is giving to others. After graduating Furman in 2004, she moved to Charlotte shortly after. Holofchak suddenly lacked the time to peruse local markets after she got married and had two children a year apart.
Crate Expectations // Whitney Holofchak of Bonnie + Bud creates custom gift boxes for special occasions or just because. Her box for the foodie includes local products and fresh flowers for residents of Charlotte, NC.
So, she launched Bonnie + Bud, an online gift-box business that honors her grandmother and her husband’s great uncle, whom she describes as “the most thoughtful, kind, and family-focused” people she knows. “With my boxes, I wanted to carry on the tradition of thoughtfulness, generosity, and compassion that Bonnie and Bud bestowed on me and my husband,” Holofchak explains.
To do this, she haunts regional craft shows and local shops for eye-catching handmade items. Her website offers eight standard boxes (starting at $100) for occasions from birthdays to housewarmings, plus more for holidays. This month she will offer a Mother’s Day box with a tea-garden theme. There’s also a box for foodies, brimming with gourmet items such as local honey, specialty oils and vinegars, and even edible flower petals. Boxes delivered in the Charlotte area come with a petite bouquet of fresh flowers. All come with a hand-written note dictated by the sender. Made by a local carpenter, the slide-top boxes are keepsakes in themselves.
Motherly Love // This month Bonnie + Bud will offer a Mother’s Day box with a tea-garden theme.
At its heart, Whitney’s business is all about making people feel special. “I love knowing that one of my boxes will put a smile on someone’s face,” she says. “It’s something made just for them.”
Find Bonnie + Bud’s boxes online at bonnieandbud.com