Mother’s Day is around the corner and many stores are closed at the moment, but don’t panic! This is a great chance to practice local shopping while respecting social distancing. Here are some ideas we collected to honor your mama and give the local economy a boost.

1. Score a Sweet Potted Plant

You can never really have enough plants and they make wonderful gifts. With so many unique containers to choose from, follow Goin Left’s Instagram for that perfect succulent or air plant for mom’s kitchen windowsill or desk. 

2. Surprise Her with a Family Photography Session

These have been challenging days, but one gift has been the extra time with family. Commemorate these moments with official family portraits. Book a local photographer like Sean Michael Hower who captured the sweet moment above. If hiring a photographer is out of your budget, set the stage on your own. Pick the perfect location, get dressed up, set up a camera, and say, Cheese!

3. The Perfect Pairing: Flowers & Food 

Flowers are a mainstay on Mother’s Day but if you want to level up this year, here’s an idea: FEAST Hawaii is now offering a unique delivery service featuring wellness-focused food and locally-grown flowers in collaboration with local farms, chefs and makers. Space and deliveries are limited, with their next delivery on Friday, May 8th. 

4. Chocolate is Never a Bad Idea

Every Mother’s Day (and Valentine’s Day) my husband gets me chocolate. You know why? It’s a sure thing in our household. We recently tried Maui Ku’ia Estate chocolate and fell in love with their dark chocolate lemongrass bars. 

5. Make a Donation

Find a local nonprofit or GoFundMe that resonates with your mom’s values. If she’s passionate about art, donate to a local arts organization like The Hui No’eau. Food security? Donate to the Maui Food Bank. Has she been concerned about the rise of domestic violence? Women Helping Women could use support.

6. Art, Art, Art

Having locally made art on the walls can really liven up a home. We love local mama Jackie Eital’s work which often captures women surfing waves, riding horses, and enjoying the sun. You can buy originals or prints, along with other fun gifts in her online shop Paradise Now Hawaii.

7. The Bag that Can Fit Anything

Moms like to carry just about everything with them and the Rumi bag won’t disappoint her. Treehouse Designs is also offering 15% off until Tuesday, so get one while you can. [Full disclosure: This is my bestie’s shop. But even if she wasn’t my bestie, I’d recommend her fabulous bags.]