Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Last Minute Maui Gift Ideas for Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is around the corner. It sneaks up and pounces, right after taxes are paid and the A to Z Challenge is finished.

Here are a few gift ideas for Mother’s Day from some Maui-based businesses – in no particular order. Don’t live on Maui? Some of these places also ship! This is a shamelessly commercial post, but I am not getting paid by anyone to promote it. Darn!

Pearl Butik – A feast for the eyes in Paia with home accessories, jewelry, and some clothing. Great selection of natural fiber, artisan woven bed linens and towels. Also has an online store. Paia.

Native Intelligence – Exquisite island art and crafts. This boutique specializes in authentic Hawaiiana, not imports from overseas. Some online shopping available. Wailuku.

Hue – Interior design store with lovely offerings. Custom upholstery orders and home furnishings. Small but well-chosen interior decorating and DIY books. Read Maui Shop Girl’s review or Maui Made Blog’s review. Kahului. 

Driftwood – New retail boutique that just opened in Makawao. I missed the Grand Opening, but you can read Maui Shop Girl’s pre-Grand Opening Review. Makawao. When a cool new shop opens on Maui, it is a BIG deal. Just updated: Maui Made Blog attended the Grand Opening.

Toby Neal Books – For book lovers who also love Hawaii. I always wish I had met Toby Neal while my mother was still alive, because she would have devoured all of Toby’s books, especially the Lei Crime Series. You can get e-books and hard copies. 

Maui Hands – This popular art gallery and boutique only carries items made on Maui. Four retail locations at last count. 

Seyana Jewelry – Handmade jewelry featuring Swarovski crystals and freshwater pearls. Also 20% off through May 10th using code: mum20

Seabury Hall Craft Fair –  This is the place to go the Saturday before Mother’s Day. Island residents love to bring their moms up here to ooh and ah over handmade items, bid on the silent auction (probably one of the biggest on the island), eat gourmet and homemade desserts, and select flower bouquets. The bouquet selection is huge – because Seabury recruits parents and anyone they can to make flower bouquets using donated vases and containers. $5 admission, free parking.

Sacred Garden of Maliko - a beautiful place to shop, with meditation labyrinths (pathways for reflection and introspection), a flower nursery, and an intimate gift shop. I've spent many special moments here. Makawao.

Sweet Betty Confections (website offline)– Really yummy butter toffee, candied ginger, and macadamia brittle made on Maui. Often can be found at Upcountry Farmers Market on Saturday mornings. You could go early to Upcountry Farmers Market with mom and then hop over to Seabury Hall. If you look at the pic below, I included her phone number. 

Maui Water Lily Farm – Ah, beautiful. Take mom here during Mother’s Day week and breathe in the scent of flowering water lilies. Let Nico make you a custom bouquet. Haiku.

Still not finding anything you like? Paia, Makawao, Kihei, and Lahaina have several boutiques and gift stores. You could also go to the mall. For most Mauians, this means Queen K (Queen Ka’ahumanu) Shopping Center, but it could also mean the Shops of Wailea, the Outlets of Lahaina, or Whaler’s Village. Maui does not have a Mall of America, thank goodness.

Happy Mother’s Day!

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  1. I gotta check out the Lei series. I always like a good mystery story, especially one based in Hawaii. I just heard about the Islands of Aloha Mystery series. The first title is set in Maui.

  2. Elizabeth MuellerMay 5, 2015 at 5:36 PM

    This is better than the mall! ;) Happy Mother's Day to you, Courtney! <3


  3. Not off the top of my head. I think you'll like the Lei series. What I've read is very readable. Papayas - online, hmmm, I'll have to think. You want non GMO, so nothing that says "rainbow papaya" Rainbow is the GMO brand of papaya here.

  4. Yes, these local places are more intimate and not so busy! You too!



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  6. Lots to choose from here. I've told my kids, "If I can eat it, relax in it, not have to store it, that's the gift of choice." Hugs are always the best Mother's Day gifts for me. But I did like the look of that toffee!

  7. I did! Beautiful blog!

  8. That toffee is wicked! I used it to make three ice cream cakes for a party.


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