Go Get the best gifts on Maui
You will have a merry Christmas as you find treasures for your loved ones at our local artisans, shops and manufacturers. You know, buy the premises first. We know that finding all the treats can be time consuming, so our MauiTime elves were looking for the greatest gifts, from groceries to artistry to make your Christmas shopping a breeze. Mele Kalikimako!
Go get the gold
Pineapple is more than a symbolic nod to our past, it is also the farming of the future for Maui. Find pineapples, pineapple field tours, pineapple treats from the pineapple bar, and pineapple themed gifts and clothing at the Maui Pineapple Store in Lahaina. ul. Frontowa 695, Mauipineapplestore.com
Do you have a dead head for shopping? Get all the handmade tie-dyed merchandise, from sunglasses to t-shirts, at Jammin on Maui! It’s one-stop-shop psychedelic. 137 Hana Hwy., Paia
Maintain a winter solstice temperature all year round in a Yeti refrigerator. Now they have these handy koozies to keep your canned drinks from heating up in your hands as well. Skateboarding gear is always the best in Hi Tech, and this Pa’ia Youth Center contest winning art deck is no exception. Hi Tech, Hana Hwy.
The Hawaiian Host Founders Collection chocolate macadamia nuts is a tribute to their founder Mamoru Takitani, who started making sweets in 1927. To this day, they are manufactured at the Honolulu facility! You can easily find them at your local store. Cioccolato Amore, made in Maui by the Italian Chocolatier Valeri Nagri, contains small pieces of cookies in its dark chocolate. Napili Farmers Market, Take Home Maui, Aina Gourmet Cioccolato-amore.com
Parfum is a super sweet gift, especially if sourced on Maui. Designed by Bootzie herself, these juicy fragrances are created in small batches and can be worn by both men and women. The new gift sets can be cut in a sweet or savory version, as well as in pink or blue boxes. Sorceress’ Gallery, Shops in Wailea, Bootzie.com.
I have tested my hammock all year round and it is worth having a seat in my beach bag. Don’t go outside without it! When packed, it provides great relaxation in the fresh air. Hangloose, Lahaina and Ha’iku hammocks, Hangloosehammockshi.com
Give a gift from the past. Rag Queen of Maui has a curated selection of vintage aloha clothing, accessories and costumes. 1942 Main Street, Wailuku.
What’s the tea like?
Delicate loose leaf teas require proper tuning. Get every cup machine and all the tea while you’re at it. Wailuku Coffee Co. 26 N Market St.
A bracelet is still one of the most popular ways to take keys, phones, wallets and other gadgets. These clever handcrafted screen prints sewn by A Maui Day are the perfect way to wrap up your Christmas presents. Amauiday.pl
These hot air balloons can’t get you up in the air, but they’re remarkable. Made by Aaron Jackson from recycled oil drum barrels, each one is a wonderful piece of fantasy. Gift shop of the Pacific Whale Foundation, Ma’alaea.
Drink for health! This Maui elixir is made from Hawaiian liliko and chili pepper water. Creator Tina Kekoolani says you can add this chilled sweet and savory drink to your favorite foods like soup, salad, poke, and kalua pork, or just drink it alone to boost immunity, fight inflammation, and be awesome. Maui Sunday Market, Kahului or order from 808-357-1927.
Santa was awakened by the wisdom of the Cane Haul Road tea towels, keiki books in “Olelo Hawai” and the Maui Thing zen tanks and rompers for babies. The Komoda Bakery also has its own line of fun limited Cane Haul Road designs. Maui Thing, 7 N Market St., Wailuku.
No one can ever have too many pillows – especially those gorgeous tropical soft ones that will instantly turn your space into a work of art. Mind’s Eye, Lahaina.
Cookie Lab and Home Maid Bakery are packing broken cookie boxes full of Christmas spirit. Even the Grinch can’t resist. Home Maid Bakery, Wailuku. Cookie Lab is available from Maui Coffee Roasters and Mill House Roasting or by order at 808-385-6202.
The power of flowers
Petaloom is an all-female, two-generation family business that grows flowers organically on the slopes of Haleakala. These ladies also design breathtaking bouquets that can be purchased individually or as a subscription. It is a gift that keeps on giving. Petaloom Floral Co., 808-777-8598.
Go flying a kite
Well, not just any kite set – the new exclusive women’s DUOTONE SOLEIL 132 cm board and the DUOTONE NEO 8m kite will give your lover a safe recharge in style. Second Wind, 111 Hana Hwy. Kahului, Secondwindmaui.com
Add a hydrofoil wing to your board in Adventure Sports Maui. GLIDE WIND is a friendly, easy-to-swim and carving foil for small waves and freestyle riding. With an early start it flies at a slow speed making foliation beginners feel safe and comfortable, now it’s time to give it a try. 400 Hana Hwy, Kahului, adventureasportsmaui.com
Catch the drift
Literally help the North Pole donate upcycling T-shirts with a hand-printed message. There is no better way to reduce Christmas’ carbon footprint. Cut Market, 45 N Market St. Wailuk.
What is OOFOS? They are technologically advanced, specially developed foam boots that absorb impact better than any other footwear in the world. Find them in Green Ti, Wailuku, and If the shoe fits in Kahului.
Kitsch Self-Care Products will give your friends some serious style while they get ready. Gift shop candles in cute tins, Papaya luggage and merchandise tags, and a selection of handcrafted jewelry on Maui. Mercantile, Baldwin Ave., Makawao
Ray Masters photography epitomizes the miracle of nature and its Floating Flowers series is mesmerizing. Take a trip to his website where you can choose the medium, packaging and size for a custom item. Raymasters.com. Enjoy the world through the mixed media color lens via Ines Gurovich. It has original art, T-shirts, posters and postcards or orders. Instagram.com/insitapapafrita/.
Silver Italic Aloha Maui Dive Girl is the meowing of cats. Just like those hammered rims from TKTK from a merchant. Crafting gems never go out of style. Etsy.com/shop/mauidivegirl. Merchant, Makawao.
Nothing says Maui as much as opening one of these Maui Coffee Roasters gift sets with 100% Maui coffee, macadamia nuts, honey, jams and chocolates, all packed in a lau hala. I mean you don’t even have to wrap it! Coffee Roaster Maui, Hana Hwy., Kahului.
Hardworking bees work all year round to pump out these amazing beeswax candles, reusable container lids and honey inspired body products. Maui Honeybee Sanctuary, Kula.
These paper thin, tasty beef chips are original from Maui! This high-protein treat will delight the most seasoned snack. Maui chips, Mauicrisps.com/
Wash your naughty until nice with these handmade glycerin soaps from Aloha Therapy Spa. These hypoallergenic bars are made from coconut oil and can also be obtained in essential oil fragrances. Etsy.com/shop/AlohaTherapySpa
Don’t underestimate the power of the Komoda Bakery. Butter rolls, delicate cakes, massive cream puffs, donuts on sticks and cookies will make the celebration joyful. Komodas, Makawao.