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Looking for a way to treat Dad this Father's Day? Here are some of our favorites from Little Luxuries, Artists Market and Canvas + Paddle!

Coffee Scoops: Get Dad the perfect coffee gift. These fun coffee scoops are a great addition to his gift filled with a mug + coffee.

Great Lakes Mug: We love this mug for sipping on coffee all summer long and we know that Dad will too!

Michigan Awesome Coffee: This coffee can be found at Canvas and Paddle! It has been SO popular this summer, that we can barely keep it in stock! Grab this coffee for Dad and we know he'll love it! 

Mackinac Island Bottle Opener: These are new to Canvas and Paddle this summer, but definitely a favorite! Quality leather bottle openers paired with a six pack of Dad's favorite craft beer are the perfect gift for a summer Sunday spent celebrating Dad!

Michigan Outdoors Baseball Cap: These baseball hats have been SO popular this summer! They are perfect for the Dad that loves a good summer hat and also loves the great outdoors of Michigan!

Michigan Great Lakes Icon T-Shirt: Does Dad love the great state of Michigan? Grab him this t-shirt for him to wear with pride all summer long! 

Dapper Dan Soap from Cellar Door: Is Dad a Dapper Dan? Shop this soap for him that is filled with scents of exotic woods, musk, oakmoss, rose, getting your hair expertly coifed in a prohibition era barbershop.

Father's Day Card: We love this card for Dad for Father's Day! It's from a new artist featured at The Artists Market of Mackinac Island, Pen + Piper!  

We hope this gives you a good idea of what goods to find for Dad in the shops! If you need more suggestions, follow us on Instagram, where we share more ideas in our stories! 

 

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It sure feels good to BE OPEN! ✨
 
In January I thought, it’s going to be simple to get the store reopened again in the spring. We kept getting product in throughout the winter for the online store which makes spring time a little easier not starting from scratch with inventory. 
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Then I decided to have all of our white shelving repainted with a special lacquer paint that could only be sprayed on. The majority of the store had to be packed up and covered. 
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THEN I decided to change things up! Let’s switch the baby section to the front of the store, the accessory section to the middle and get new clothing displays + more little changes. We had a last minute change in staffing and by April 7th I had one full time employee starting and I could barely put in a 5 hour day because of commuting on the ‘winter boat’ from St. Ignace to the island weekly.
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Going back + forth a lot + making our schedule work between Andrew + I + the boys’ schedule; it’s been a dizzy month. I now have three full time employees + some part time help + all three shops are open again as of today! Yay! By mid May, more employees will be arriving + our hours will be extended! 
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All I can say is, you would think it gets easier entering my 13th year of business. 😆 A seasonal business is full of roller coasters! That’s what keeps owning a business exciting + feeling brand new each new season. ✨I am so thankful for the hard work my team has given the last three weeks. We hope to see you soon this season + check out the new products! 💕🎉✨
 
Enjoy some of the behind the scenes shots of the store as we got it ready for our opening. We can’t wait to see you this season! 
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We’ve been talking a lot about Mother’s Day gifts! Today we’re sharing my favorite Mother’s Day gifts to give! 

I recently saw these Tea Drops and LOVED them! They are individually wrapped and perfect to add to a cute gift! Just open the bag and drop in the hot water. If you aren’t sure what flavor of tea they like, Tea Drops are perfect because you can just give them one of each! 

Have you ever seen a Tea Mug? These are NEW this season and we love them for the avid tea drinker! The side of the mug has a cute little tea bag holder. Paired with the Tea Drops, you will have the perfect gift for your Mom! 

The perfect Michigan made Artisan Caramels that were made exclusively for Little Luxuries! These caramels are a delicious sweet treat and are the perfect addition to any present!

Have you tried the amazing Hanover’s Michigan Mints? These delicious chocolates are made in my hometown of St. John’s, Michigan! I love the Michigan Cherry and Mint Chocolates! We have a variety of milk chocolate and dark chocolate - if you want to add these to a present, you won’t regret it! 

The cutest gift for Mom or grandma is the Kitchen Buddy Spatula. What an adorable pairing - one large spatula with handy, dandy measuring table on the back, paired with it's mini-me! These are great gifts for the avid baker, mom and child cookie baking tag team, the always entertaining hostess, and / or anyone who has a kitchen!

I’ve mentioned tea a lot, but we know the Moms out there love their coffee!! Our Lake Charlevoix Coffee is back in stock! This is locally made in Northern Michigan by an awesome company and we love selling this- and you love drinking it!

 

A PERFECT gift for Mom and Grandma: Beth Mueller and it’s back in stock! We have so many mugs, plates, trays and more in for the new season. This makes a great gift for Mom. It’s classic, yet reminds her of her best summer days on Mackinac. 

My favorite part of any gift is our signature line, Mackinac Bath and Body! Goat’s Milk Hand Lotion, Body Butter, Bar Soap, Room Spray and Body Spray are all included in four different scents. We already have them packaged in a gift box ready to go, if that’s easier for you!

If none of the options above interest you for Mom, shoot us an email! We’d love to help you pick out the perfect gift to send to Mom this year.

 

Xo,

Nicole 

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Stocking Stuffers
Looking for the perfect stocking stuffers this holiday season? We’ve picked out some of our favorite little luxuries from the shop that we know you’ll love giving and they’ll love receiving!
Crystal Clear Brightening Mini Mask: Gifting to someone that loves self-care? Gift them a face mask! These masks help promote smooth skin, while also hydrating the skin- which we all need during the long winter months!
Musee Bath Balms: These new bath balms are so beautiful and we want everyone to shop them because of how much we love them! The shop is filled with many different scents and varieties - Just Breathe, Golden Hour and Dreamweaver. There are bath balms for the kids too - featuring a baby shark, Amelia Earhart. 
Wooden MI Map Ornament: Perfect for any fan of the Mitten state, this fun ornament features a silhouette of Michigan’s two peninsulas and highlights the cities, foods, icons, culture and natural beauty that make our state so great! 
Snuggle Season Mug: This mug is one of our favorites for the long winter months! Bundle up with this mug, hot cocoa and marshmallows under your coziest blanket for the cozy winter season. 
Hammonds Dunking Spoon: If you give a mug, you also have to give something to go inside the mug! 
Farmhouse Candle: We have so many holiday and winter scents in stock! One of our favorites is Sugar + Spice: Fill your home with the sweet smell of the holidays! Gingerbread mixed with Cinnamon, Clove and bourbon!
Olive Oil Soap: Rich and herbal, Nablus sage olive oil soap is a sage experience that will delight your dermis. This soap is made with 100%  certified virgin olive oil and is perfect for hydrating your skin during the winter.
Christmas Tea Towel: Help them spruce up the kitchen with this truck and buffalo check ruffled tea towel. 
To make it easy for you, we’ve put together some pre-made stocking stuffer boxes.
Or if you’d rather, put them all together in your cart and add a few more things like jewelry, Michigan made food items or something they’d love from our Island Girl collection.
Xo, 
Nicole 
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25 Items at Little Luxuries that are under $25.00 and perfect holiday gifts! 

    1. Baitx Evergreen Candle: The sweet smell of a freshly cut Christmas tree in your home. It has notes of citrus and a woody balsam core that makes you think you’re standing in the middle of a Christmas tree farm!
    2. Moisturizing Waterless Hand Cleanser- Grapefruit: Cleanse + Sanitize + Moisturize:  For waterless hand cleansing sanitizer as an alternative when water and soap are not available. Made with our unique formulation containing 62% ethyl alcohol with our own blend of oils and skin conditioning ingredients that leave your hands feeling moisturized, refreshed, and thoroughly clean. 
    3. Lucky Stars Mug: Give someone this Quotable Mug with the Irish Blessing to encourage them along the way and bring a smile to their face every time they pull it out of the cabinet!
    4. Cherry Republic Sour Patch: Have someone on your list that has a sweet tooth? This Michigan made candy is perfect for them! 
    5. Spiral Notepad: These cute little pads make the perfect gift paired with a Little Luxuries pen! 
    6. Island Girl T-Shirt: Know someone that loves Mackinac Island? Surprise them with an Island Girl of Mackinac t-shirt to remember their favorite days perusing in the shop before going on a bike ride. 
    7. 1Canoe2 Bandana: Bandanas are in! Shop these stylish accessories for a pop of color! Wear in your hair, around your neck or style on your tote bag!
    8. Dog Blanket & Bone Set: Calling all dog lovers! This is the perfect present for someone who loves their furry pets and would be hurt if you forget to get their pet a present this year! 
    9. Nalgene Water Bottles: A new favorite this year, use your Little Luxuries Nalgene Water Bottle to stay hydrated at work, the gym or on the go
    10. Manicure Set: Stay polished on the go with this 5 piece manicure set! Kit includes tweezers, scissors, clippers and emery board
    11. Tartan & Ticking Dish Cloths: How cute are these holiday dish towels? The perfect hostess gift or just drop in the mail to send to your extended family members as a way to say “I’m thinking of you this holiday season.”
    12. Mackinac Island Map Tote: Everything you love about Mackinac! Now on a durable and colorful tote.
    13. Sleep Mask: Our sleep mask is not only stylish but blocks out the light while lavender aromatherapy calms and soothes the psyche.
    14. Mackinac Bath & Body Lotion: Michigan made goat's milk lotion. You will fall in love with this wonderful moisturizing lotion that comes in four different scents.
    15. Amano Rainbow Studs: The perfect earrings for your stylish friends! If these don’t bring a smile to your face, we don’t know what will!
    16. Wee Bee Jammin’:  Just the right amount of Champagne has been added to the classic strawberry preserves. The color is bright with a little sparkle! Serve it with brunch....add some to a mimosa or prosecco! Cheers!
    17. Whole Bean Lake Charlevoix Coffee: Paired with a mug or by itself, this medium roast coffee will bring a smile! It’s micro-roasted artisan coffee from right here in Northern Michigan.
    18. Tried & True Hand Cream: NEW to the shop this fall, this hand cream will help with the rough winter air! Choose from Gardenia Lily, Lavender Vanilla and more!
    19. PDM Ornament: Handmade ceramic Michigan inspired Christmas ornaments that will look great on your Christmas tree!
    20. Cotton Baby Blanket: Need the perfect baby present? Add this muslin swaddle blanket to the gift! It’s the perfect size and gets softer with each wash.
    21. Birch Christmas Tree: Welcome the Christmas season with these beautiful birch stemmed Christmas trees.
    22. CatStudio Glass: This original design celebrates the Great Lakes....the world's largest body of fresh water.
    23. Michigan Things Print: Do you use your hand as a map when showing people where you're from? Do you know how to play Euchre? Do you head Up North in the summer? Do you call pop...pop? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you must be from Michigan! Celebrate what makes Michigan and the people who live here special in this new original design featuring 20 of our favorite "Michigan Things."
    24. Face Mask: Brightening crystal mini masks - brighten & clarify. Free of parabens. Let’s make this crystal clear - we think you’re a gem. Self-love is very important, so get ready to enhance your self-care regime with our sheet mask crystals and never let anything dull your sparkle!
    25. Cocktails to Go: Travel-friendly kit includes the top-shelf ingredients and instructions you need to craft and enjoy cocktails on the go!
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