As May quickly approaches we recognize the heartfelt celebration of Mother’s Day with earnest appreciation for the ladies in our lives. They are the ones who lovingly carried us, nurtured us as children, protected us throughout our youth and guided us towards adulthood.
Many of you within the Coco Moon community are mothers yourselves, and as such we know that mothers often focus so much on others that we tend to forget to celebrate ourselves. This Mother's Day, let’s make it a point to show ourselves that extra bit of self-care we need and deserve, and to simply enjoy our loved ones' celebration of us too! So in honor of all of you magnificent mamas we rounded up a list of carefully curated gift ideas to pamper yourself (or refer your partner to so they can help pamper you!) or your mama and support the local community!
Stylish, chic and charitable to boot, this line of luxury sunglasses is the brainchild of local girl Ashley Houk Johnson. Style your mama in elegant eyewear with a cause, which empowers young women through education as each purchase of Mohala sunglasses sends a deserving girl to school for a week through the Room to Read Girls’ Education Program which aims to fund at least 770 school years by 2022. We were thrilled to meet Ashley as she is one of the sweetest girls and we just adore her generous heart…a double win as this gift is a purchase with purpose!
What woman doesn’t love luxurious beauty products in sophisticated tropical scents? When in need of a fragrance, candle, cream or reed diffuser, the Kaua’i-born company is our go to for perfectly packaged gifts. Can’t decide on a scent? Pikake and Kokee (maile) are two of our favorites! Our other recent beauty addiction is Maui based company Oshan Essentials. Their ʻEle Face Wash is our founderʻs go-to after a day at the beach and is ideal when you are looking for gentle exfoliation to remove sticky sunscreen and leave you feeling fresh.
We can’t deny our love of flowers, and we know we aren’t the only ones. Paiko Hawaii offers a unique selection of swoon-worthy tropicals that is sure to brighten the home and heart. Not to worry if she’s not a fan of florals, fear not! The Kakaako shop is known for their vast selection of offerings, including customizable succulents and potted plants to ensure there is something for everyone. Wishing you could enjoy a bit of the islands from afar? Order one for delivery to ship these fragrant flower leis to your home so mom doesn't have to miss her favorite scent!
Sometimes the best gifts are memories shared and made with loved ones, and we’ve got a few for mom! Art appreciators can indulge in a variety of art courses at the Honolulu Museum of Art, where mom can explore her interest in jewelry-making, ceramics, calligraphy or painting. Looking for a cultural activity mom can enjoy? Hawaiian boutique Na Mea Hawaii offers classes where she can learn the art of lauhala, lei or hulu (feather) weaving.
Is your mama known for her keen kitchen skills and love of local ingredients? Surprise her with the gift that keeps on giving, a CSA (community supported agriculture) subscription! Select from various subscriptions connected to local farms which will surprise your mom with fresh, local and seasonal produce that is sure to inspire her cooking dreams. Extra sushi points for the seafood-loving mamas as Local Iʻa offers a weekly CSA of locally-sourced and sustainable fresh fish caught in Hawaiʻi!
For The Unexpected:
We love an unexpected gift pairing and this one takes the cake! We went to high school with fellow Maui girl Lily Diamond, who grew up on the slopes of Haleakala to holistically-minded parents who instilled in her a deep appreciation for natural flavors and beauty. Now living in Topanga, California, Lily has amassed her passion for this lifestyle into a one-part-beauty-two-parts-food-based cookbook that is a heartfelt homage to her mother, who passed away from cancer several years ago. Lilyʻs deeply personal book highlights the tricks and tips sheʻs learned to live a healthful, mindful life, complete with delicious, beautiful vegetarian-based recipes and homemade beauty concoctions from the self-proclaimed “honey-washing evangelist” herself! Wrap it up in one of Jana Lamʻs cheerful new pareos and encourage mom to take a beach break wrapped up in beauty and a new book.