You know who you are. You’re the person in line for 12 gallons of eggnog at Costco on Christmas Eve, the person who pays extra for super expedited shipping and the one who really hopes everyone else is also running late for Christmas brunch, lunch or dinner. I’m not judging. What I am doing is trying to offer you some easy, please-let-me-stop-browsing-online-stores-I’ve-never-heard-of shopping alternatives for awesome, local gifts on Maui for every member of your family.
Shop Local: Maui Gift Guide
Maui Chef’s Table Gift Certificate
This is perfect for the last-minute gift giver. Order a few tickets for this incredibly romantic and fun culinary event by calling (808) 270-0303 and the Mill House will send you something to print out. You’ve got a great gift for when you’re on Maui next, and you don’t have to specify the exact date at purchase!
Maui Chef’s Table is a 7 course dining adventure in the heart of the Waikapu Valley. Chef Jeff Scheer (Chef of the Year, 2015 ‘Aipono Awards) and his talented staff work all week to develop a completely unique dinner with first time recipes that will blow your mind. This is a really fun, casual experience in an open air dining area at the Maui Tropical Plantation. Everything is included in the price except for drinks from the Mill House Bar.
Designed on Maui, Baby Maui offers really fun designs on all kinds of baby and child clothing and accessories. Pillows, stickers, hats, onesies, and much more with fun designs featuring areas of the island and other tropical themes. They’ve also got great pricing at their online store.
Olive Cadwell is a fitness trainer, nutrition consultant and product entrepreneur in Kihei, Maui. Her new product line, BodyHI, features homemade lip balms, body balms and soap bars made from organic, local and healthy ingredients. Her assortment of beautiful soap bars are amazing and include unique ingredients you won’t find anywhere else on Maui, including Maui Brewing Company’s Coconut Porter, Black Charcoal Hawaiian Sea Salt, Organic Coffee, Organic Raw Honey and more. She even sells a special Toy Surprise Antibacterial Soap Bar for kids, which features a hidden toy inside – dinosaur, farm animal or quarter – that’s revealed the more they wash their hands. Brilliant! Contact her directly for orders, questions or requests.
Ocean Vodka/Paniolo Blended Whiskey
When in doubt, give the gift of booze. And what’s better than ordinary booze, you may ask? Local booze, of course! Ocean Vodka and Paniolo Blended Whiskey (part of the Haliimaile Distilling Company) are both located in beautiful areas of Upcountry Maui, offering cocktail-ready bottles with a view. Several retailers on the island offer local spirits, but you can find the nearest bottle of Ocean Vodka here and new Paniolo Blended Whiskey here. Cheers, brah.
Order the world’s favorite beans directly from the source! The Mill House Roasting Company and Cafe roasts beans to order, so you’ll get the freshest coffee delivered to your loved one. Order online 100% Maui medium roast, dark roast, Mokha or a 10% Maui Blend. Nothing reminds you of Maui like great coffee. Give someone you love warm feelings of paradise with each brew!
Pandeia Compass Sundial Watches
Handmade on Maui by another radical chick with the best name ever (Kelsey, duh), these watches are the perfect gift for the artsy fashionista slash funky auntie in your family. Made from stained leather and antique brass, they come with engraved instructions for use and are available in a variety of colors and styles. Order one online or find them in several retail locations throughout the island.
Alright, gents, I did not forget about you. While these aren’t actually made on Maui, they’re the perfect gift for the friend, family member or special someone who lives on Maui and enjoys the ocean. These fins are used by the Hawaiian lifeguards and touted as the world’s best swim and surf fin, and I personally love their lightweight, small size, perfect for clipping onto your backpack or packing in your carry-on for a day of snorkeling fun. They come in several awesome colors and also include women’s styles and sizes. Order online or find them in several retailers throughout the island.
Peter Rimkus is a kayak/SUP guide and underwater photographer on Maui, and his portfolio of turtles (taken at Turtle Town) and waves (taken at Big Beach) is beautiful, to say the least. Grab a metal or canvas print and give someone the gift of Maui’s underwater beauty. Contact him directly for pricing and details.
Go Somewhere/Do Something
If you’re really at a loss and totally out of time, the best thing you can do is take someone out for good ole fashioned real life fun. This can mean a zipline tour, sunset cocktail cruise, ferry ride to Lana’i for the day, outrigger canoe whale watching tour, chef’s table dinner, night at a resort in Hana, day rental of a 1957 Porsche Speedster reproduction convertible, camping trip to Kipahulu, tickets to an upcoming concert, spa day, you name it. You’ll look like a total hero and no one will ever know you just chose their present 10 minutes beforehand. Win win.