We all do it. Whether it’s anxiety about long lines, parking spots and traffic, or its just how busy we all are with work leading up to the holidays…we all are guilty – at times – of waiting until the last minute to pick up gifts.
If you’re still waiting to get a gift for your loved one and are interested in keeping your dollars local on Maui, here are some ideas:
1. Shop for Gifts at LeRu Atelier: This gorgeous locally-owned shop in Lahaina has plenty of gifts for men and women under $20 and you can always go for a gift certificate if you aren’t sure what gift to get. Visit at 505 Front Street, or learn more at http://www.loveleru.com
2. INSPIRO: This “creativity app” for iOS is just $2.99 to download and brings priceless inspiration to that writer, artist, or performer in your life. INSPIRO was made by a team of artists living on Maui. Learn more or purchase at http://www.inspiroapp.com
3. FirstLight Fast Pass: Each year, the Maui Film Festival puts on the “FirstLight: Academy Screenings” film series at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center – a true holiday celebration of cinema. Movies run through December 30th, and a 4-ticket “Fast Pass” is just $40. Tickets available for purchase at the MACC Box Office or at http://www.mauifilmfestival.com
4. Yoga Classes at Body Alive: Opened earlier this year, Body Alive Yoga & Movement Studio has become a fixture of the Maui yoga community. For $30, first time students will receive an unlimited WEEK of yoga. Visit http://www.bodyaliveyoga.com for more info.
5. Pilates at Peahi Studio (3 sessions for $100): While this total is over $50, each individual private pilates session is about $33 when purchased in a group of three. A deal like this (especially for private pilates sessions) is almost unheard of these days. Visit http://www.peahistudio.com for more info.
6. Dedicate a Tree Planting on Maui with Plant a Wish: By sponsoring a tropical hardwood planting, you are helping to restore some of the earth’s most rare and precious natural habitat for future generations to enjoy. Have the tree planted in the name of your friend or loved one, they receive an e-card gift announcement, and a personalized certificate in the mail 2 weeks later. (The a‘ali‘i tree is $50) Purchase your tree dedication here.
7. Tag A Towel: ”Reuse your towel knowing you’re not drying your naked bits with someone else’s ick.” This simple solution was created by local blogger, Sarah Burns (aka “The Ohana Mama”). She’s got a great 2 for $20, Free Shipping special going on today! Visit http://www.tagatowel.com
8. Subscription to Edible Hawaiian Islands Magazine: It’s published four times a year: summer, fall, winter, spring. Subscriptions are $28 annually for four issues. It’s a gorgeous piece of literature focusing on local food, local farms, and organizations making a difference in Hawaii. Perfect for the foodie or farmer in your life! Get subscriptions here.
9. A Personalized Cleanse from Be Nutritious: A certified nutritionist will assist you with a special dietary cleanse fit to your needs! Call Jessica at (808) 268-2225
10. Maui Grown Coffee! My favorite is from Keokea Farms, available at Whole Foods Maui in Kahului.
11. Tickets to TEDxMaui 2012: Okay, this is #11 because it’s over $50….but for $99 your friend or family member can attend TEDxMaui on January 22, 2012. Includes an entire day of inspiration, meals, and an evening reception. Purchase tickets here: http://www.tedxmaui.com/attend
Note from Sara: There are SO many awesome options to choose from, many that I couldn’t include here…so my final note is – no matter what gift your’re buying – SHOP LOCAL every chance you get!
Feeling stressed? Check out my post of “5 favorite Holiday Stress Busters”.