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Handmade gifts are not only unique and personal, they genuinely convey the time and thought that goes into finding the perfect gift. The island of Maui is brimming with artists whose imaginations see beyond natural elements and envision these magnificent creations. From sea glass jewelry and Koa wood carvings to island-scented soaps and handmade slippers (that’s Hawaiian for flip-flops) – this island is teeming with one-of-a-kind gift-giving possibilities. So take a break from today’s fast-pace and “slow down and smell the Plumeria”! 

If you plan on being on Maui during the holidays, Destination Resorts Hawaii offers specialized amenities to help you feel “at home in the islands” during the holiday season including pre-decorated holiday trees delivered from Maui Sunset Florals, and holiday meals to enjoy in the comforts of your privately-owned vacation condo.

If you can’t make it to the islands, you can still spread a little aloha with these island gifts that will warm the hearts of those you love this holiday season.

FOR THE CHEF ON YOUR LIST - We all know someone who has everything or is just down-right hard to buy for, but you can get to the heart of these folks straight through the stomach!  And if you happen to have a chef on your list this year, you’ll hit the jackpot with Tutu’s Pantry!  This tiny shop (located in both the Kihei Marketplace and on Front Street in Lahaina) is stocked full of culinary treasures like coffee (grown and roasted on the volcanic slopes of Hawaii), teas, island spices and rubs from the University of Hawaii Culinary School, exotic jams and jellies, Maui onion mustards, pineapple, coconut, mango, lilikoi and strawberry syrups, Hawaiian BBQ sauces, macadamia nuts in a variety of flavors and so much more!  Don’t worry if you’re not sure what to do with any of these.  The website also has a recipe link. 

Maui’s own Surfing Goat Dairy also creates gourmet gift baskets featuring their award-winning goat cheeses and an assortment of other goodies for those with a discerning palate!

Gift basket from Surfing Goat Dairy on Maui
 Surfing Goat Dairy Gift Set

JEWELRY - Sea glass can be found all along Maui’s miles of shoreline.  Starting out (who knows when) as a piece of regular glass, it becomes frosted over time as it’s tumbled in the sea and crafted by nature’s hand before being masterfully fashioned into a distinctive piece of colorful sea glass jewelry like these beautiful earrings from Footprints in the Sand.

Beautiful Sea Glass earrings

KOA WOOD GIFTS - Made from the Koa tree that only grows naturally in the Hawaiian Islands, richly carved wooden boxes and pen sets are often given as prestigious commemoration awards by local companies.Koa Wood Maui is one of the Maui based carvers offering Koa jewelry boxes. Symbolize your love and commitment with a Koa Eternity Ring and give a gift that will become a timeless treasure.

CUSTOM MADE PLACEMATS - Elegantly sewn placemats, napkins and table runners, in a collection of colors and styles from Tiare’s Specialties make a great gift for someone who may have recently remodeled their dining room. Select an island fabric to match the room’s color scheme for a customized gift.

SOAPS AND BATH PRODUCTS - Nothing evokes a memory like the sense of smell! Luxury bath products from Maui Tropical Soaps scented with the heavenly fragrances of Tuberose, Pikake, Lavender, Pineapple, Jasmine and Passion Fruit will forever remind them of their time in the islands. If they haven’t been to Hawaii – they will surely remember you when they get here! Put a gift basket together with soaps, body lotions and spa treats!Maui Tropical Soaps Gift Set

In a tiny shop tucked behind the Wharf building on bustling Front Street in Lahaina, you’ll find the Island Sandals shop. Michael, the owner, taught by the master craftsman who made sandals for Greek and Roman movies of the 50’s and 60’s, has been making these custom, hand-made leather sandals for over twenty years. Trace your feet and place your order!  Because they are hand-made, you will need to order early!

Island Sandals in Lahaina

By being creative with your wrapping, you can add a personal touch to any gift!

We hope you will find these links inspiring and helpful. Happy holidays from Destination Resorts Hawaii.

Tutu's Pantry

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