We have 22 gift ideas for everyone on your Christmas list.
Locally made cookies – like these from Honolulu Cookie Co. – always make great gifts. Photo: Courtesy Honolulu Cookie Co.
Not done with your Christmas shopping yet? We feel you. Here is a list of 22 Hawaii-inspired island-themed gifts for everyone on your shopping list – including you.
Keiki Kaukau Wooden Food Playset
Photo: Courtesy of Keiki Kaukau
This adorable wooden toy toy made with local favorites like Spam Musubi, Loco Moco and Malasada. It was designed by April Hail, a Honolulu mother and teacher. The parts are made of environmentally friendly wood, non-toxic paint and felt. This set is perfect for the toddlers on your list. Bonus: For every set sold, Keiki Kaukau donates the equivalent of five meals to the Hawaii Food Bank.
$ 24, keikikaukau.com
Pueo Tooth Fairy Pillow
Photo: Courtesy Hawaii says hello
Kauai’s Hawaii Says Hi has a range of great local gifts, from handcrafted soaps to oversized tea towels made with opihi. But we love the handmade Pueo (Hawaiian Owl) tooth fairy pillow with long wings that fold over the belly where there is a small pocket that can be used to store tiny treasures or notes. Cuteness overload!
$ 35, hawaiisayshi.com
Retro No Worry Beef Curry Tea
Photo: Courtesy Izzy & Luke
Izzy & Luke from Honolulu creates some of the cutest locally inspired clothes for kids – but this super-soft ringer shirt, part of the Vintage Aloha collection, is our favorite. “No Worry Beef Curry” should be the motto for 2020.
$ 22, izzyandluke.com
Tiny Hearts Foodie Lunch Tote Bag
Sweet local food on a lunch bag? Yes, please. This insulated lunch bag is adorned with smiling shaving ice, tacos, pineapple and saimin. It’s the perfect size to carry a tub and sack on your next Hawaiian vacation or home lunch. It has a zipper and two reinforced handles. There is also a practical side pocket for a water bottle.
$ 9, tinyhearts808.etsy.com
Peppermint brownies covered in dark chocolate
Photo: Courtesy of Big Island Candies
There’s no better combination than chocolate and peppermint – and nobody does that better than Big Island Candies. The Hilo-based company revealed its seasonal flavor: dark chocolate-covered brownies sprinkled with peppermints. There’s even a creamy layer of mint inside. You can also buy a box for yourself.
$ 17, bigislandcandies.com
Loco Moco Belly Shirt
The perfect gift for the person on your list who fearlessly loves loco moco, the iconic Hawaiian rice dish, hamburger steak patties, and fried eggs smothered in brown sauce.
Photo: Courtesy Kona Chips
There’s nothing really ugly about these biscuits from Kona Chips on the Island of Hawaii. These chocolate chip cookies contain crispy Kona chips – and they’re a popular omiyage (souvenir for travelers) among locals traveling to Kona. (The company receives a high volume of online orders, so some items, including these cookies, may not ship until early January.)
$ 15.95, konachips.com
Seasonal Cookies from Honolulu Cookie Co.
Photo: Courtesy Honolulu Cookie Co.
Honolulu Cookie Co. launched a new seasonal flavor this year – peppermint chocolate – and we’re excited about it. These pineapple shaped shortbread biscuits are part of the vacation offering that features a variety of flavors packed in vacation themed keepsake tins and boxes.
Starts at $ 5.95 at honolulucookie.com
Bestselling giant cookies
Even Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson digs for these cookies made by the Maui Cookie Lady on Maui. Each giant biscuit is hand-rolled and comes individually wrapped. This box contains the company’s four signature flavors: White Chocolate Mac Nut, Pineapple Lychee Passion, Kona Coffee Espresso, and the famous Da Half Baked. Shipping to Canada now!
$ 39, themauicookielady.com
The only thing Kolea Designs of Honolulu makes are clutches – and each and every one of them is unique and well made. Owner and designer Rachelle Ricardo uses upcycled vintage and scrap material for her structured clutches. We love the vibrant aloha prints and retro patterns.
Photo: Catherine Toth Fox
Honolulu’s Local Motion brings some humor to local t-shirts – and this design wins for us. We all know a Malasada-loving “Braddah” who could use this t-shirt!
$ 24, localmotionhawaii.com
Seaflower Pineapple Beach Bag Tote
We’re obsessed with the hand-printed rainbow ombre pineapple design on Jana Lam’s everyday bag. (There are other prints available as well.) The size of this fully lined, durable bag is great for the beach or a trip to the farmers market. Or just stare at it in your closet, we won’t judge it.
$ 110, janalam.com
Monstera modern tie
Business attire in Hawaii is more of an aloha shirt than a formal tie. But if you have to wear one, you can get one with a little local flair too. Pineapple Palaka offers unique island-inspired designs – including this gorgeous Monstera – that make an everyday Monday feel like an Aloha Friday.
$ 70, pineapplepalaka.com
Hang Loose Mini Hip Pack
Photo: Courtesy of the Aloha Collection
Leave it to the Aloha Collection to make a fanny pack look cool. This mini hip pack is made of a lightweight, waterproof material that makes it durable and travel-friendly. Keep your shoulders happy and your hands free – and look cool while doing it.
$ 40, aloha-collection.com
For the environmentally conscious
Raw love mineral sunscreen
Hawaii is the first state in the United States to ban the sale of sunscreens containing chemicals that are harmful to corals. Although the law won’t take effect until January 1, 2021, it’s never too early to make the switch. We love Raw Love’s reef-safe mineral sunscreen that was developed by a divemaster on Maui who wanted to protect her skin and tattoos. This sun protection offers comprehensive broad spectrum sun protection with certified plant-based ingredients that are harmless to your skin. Plus, the can is adorable.
$ 16.99 for 2 ounces, $ 24.99 for 4 ounces, rawlovesunscreen.com
Plastic-free Hawaii bamboo utensil set
This custom made bamboo utensil set – a collaboration between To-Go Ware and the Kokua Hawaii Foundation – will help you get rid of single-use plastics. This set includes a reusable bamboo fork, knife, spoon and chopsticks in a durable, eco-friendly utensil holder that you can easily take with you anywhere.
$ 15, shop.kokuafoundation.org
Block printed summer tank
Photo: Courtesy of Machinemachine
Kauai’s machinemachine is all about upcycling. Here you will find hand-sewn hats made from colorful scraps of material, bags made from recycled vinyl event banners and slippers made from old jeans. However, this tank stands out. It features anthurium and papaya designs printed with hand-carved blocks on a used polyester fabric that is spacious and comfortable – and sustainable.
$ 125, machinemachineapparel.com
For the House
Island Sunscent tabletop wooden diffuser
Photo: Courtesy Shop Toast
Shop Toast, a tiny boutique in Kaimuki, Oahu, is full of adorable gifts, from wooden postcards to cute kokeshi (Japanese wooden dolls). A great Hawaiian keepsake, however, are the diffusers, which come in a variety of Hawaiian-themed designs (including this palm tree). You just put a few drops of scented oil on the wood cutout to bring back those memories from your last trip to the islands. (The palm has a scent that is a mixture of lilikoi or passion fruit, sweet nectarine, and ginger.
$ 20, shoptoast.com
SoHa Living specializes in Hawaiian-themed goods – pillows, wooden frames, tote bags. But we love the huge collection of wooden signs that are sold in stores and online, each with inspirational phrases, “Hawaii is always a good idea.” “Stop and smell the plumerias.” “Aloha is forever.”
Starts at $ 17.80 at sohaliving.com
For dog lovers
Lavender Aromatherapy Pet Shampoo and Conditioner
Photo: Courtesy Alii Kula Lavender
Alii Kula Lavender grows more than 40 different types of lavender on 8.5 acres in upcountry Maui. You can find all sorts of great gifts here, from body butter to lavender honey. But we love the pet shampoo and conditioner, which are made with lavender scent and essential oils. Not only do they smell fantastic, they also leave your pets super silky fur and their active ingredients repel fleas, ticks and dust mites. Win win!
$ 11 for shampoo, $ 12 for conditioner, aliikulalavender.com
Dogs & Day Drinking Tea
Photo: Courtesy The Public Pet
This shirt sums it up pretty well for many dog lovers. This super cool t-shirt from The Public Pet in Kaimuki, Oahu was designed by local artist Matthew Tapia. Super comfortable too.
$ 30, thepublicpet.com
For the HAWAII Magazine fan
Exclusive HAWAII Magazine Holiday Ornament
Photo: Aaron K. Yoshino
Share the aloha this season with the limited edition HAWAII Magazine ornament made by CocoNene of Honolulu. But don’t stop here! Combine this with a pack of Bradley & Lily Christmas cards or – even better – a subscription to the magazine! Shameless plug!
$ 15, hawaiimagazine.com
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