The holiday season is around the corner, and I’ll be spending it in my lovely sunny Hawaiian home.Unfortunately for many other Hawaii-enthusiasts across the globe, Hawaii won’t be on their holiday itinerary. Instead, give them a little piece of the islands with these thirteen gifts from Hawaii that you can buy online.
Hawaii Vintage Poster
If I were to give a gift from Hawaii to one of my friends from the mainland, odds are I would go for a Hawaii vintage poster (as pictured at the top of the post). They’re not absurdly expensive, they show case a small part of local culture, and they have that vintage aesthetic that people are all about these days. My favorites are the ones pictured above, which are by local artist, Nick Kuchar. Amazon surprisingly has quite a good selection in comparison to the other sites I looked at, but this surfing one and this Hawaii Volcanoes National Park one were two of my favorites.
If you have a couple of frequent traveler or backpacker friends on your list, a Hawaii patch could be perfect for them. They will be able to sew or iron on the Hawaii patch that you give to them alongside the others that they’ve been collecting. While Amazon does have some that catch my eye, my personal favorite is from Vagabond Heart Co. (I actually bought their Hawaii patch for one of my friends last year!)
The jump from Hawaii gifts to surfing gifts is definitely not a far one, especially when the product is co-made by a local award-winning surfer. The local company Junxjo teamed up with a New York skateboarding brand to create a surfing-inspired piece of jewelry They ended up coming up with a minimalistic surfboard fin necklace.
Photo Courtesy of McLaughlin Creations on Etsy
Earlier this year, the company Imi Jewelry launched an island pride collection. These solid 14 karat gold necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and rings are in the shape of one of the four main Hawaiian Islands: Oahu, Maui, Kauai, and the Big Island. But snatch ‘em up quickly, because these sell out fast!
If that’s much too far out of your budget, the McLaughlinCreations store on Etsy has island necklaces in silver for a much cheaper price.
Hawaii Guide Book
Because Hawaii is quite expensive to visit, there are many people who hope to visit the islands someday in the future. Until then, why not give them the Oahu Revealed guide book? Then they’ll be all prepared with their must-sees and must-dos when they finally make it to the islands, making it one of the perfect gifts from Hawaii.
Know someone who’s obsessed with Hawaii’s local dialect called pidgin? (If you don’t know what that is, check out this post). Get them this book called Pidgin to Da Max! It’s basically a humor-filled dictionary of pidgin words with comic book-like illustrations. It had quite a few good laughs as I flipped through it.
Photo Courtesy of AshleyRose Clothing
For the Keiki (a.k.a Children)
Do you have a little Hawaii fan? The local brand AshleyRose Clothing makes little Hawaiian print dresses for babies and toddlers! How cute is that?
This plain black, yet humorous t-shirt that says “I don’t need therapy. I just need to go to Hawaii” caught my eye as I was scrolling through the Hawaii t-shirts on Amazon. Perhaps it’s also a fantastic gift for someone on your list.
If you’re looking for a Hawaii t-shirt that’s a little less humor and a little more aesthetic, check out this one with a Hawaiian hula vintage vibe. Both of these shirts would make great gifts from Hawaii.
Photo Courtesy of Rix Islandwear
Many tourists to Hawaii buy gaudy, bright aloha shirts (what visitors call “Hawaiian shirts”). If you’re looking for a classier aloha shirt, Rix Island Wear is the place to get it. Personally, the Halau and Kupu collections are my favorite, but there are several other options if those aren’t up your alley.
If you’ve ever been to Hawaii, you know that Hawaii has some bright red, iron-filled dirt that stains just about everything that it comes in contact with. Well, some Hawaii locals have found a way to turn this into a positive thing, by purposefully dying shirts to become the red dirt color. That’d be quite an original gift from Hawaii to give!
*Note: the red dirt shirt website is quite difficult to navigate. To get to the products, you have to click on the location (any location, but it’ll change the products you’ll have access to) and then the location image that pops up. On the bright side though, they do offer free shipping to anywhere in the U.S.
Remember that sweet, sour, and spicy powder that I brought up in Part 1 of the Hawaii Food Bucket List? Li hing mui powder? Well guess what? You can buy it online and sprinkle it on your ice cream, fresh fruit, dried fruit, or whatever you feel like experimenting on at home.
Many people nowadays claim to be coffee connoisseurs so perhaps a bag or two of Kona coffee would be the perfect gift from Hawaii. Kauai coffee and Waialua coffee are both great local alternatives as well.
Hoping to support other local Hawaii businesses? Here are 12 sustainable businesses that deserve your support!
So which of these gifts from Hawaii would you like to get? Or is there something else that isn’t on this list? Write them below in the comments! (I promise I’ll respond!)
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