Gift Ideas for the Hawaii Lover on Your List

Is there someone on your holiday gift list that loves Hawaii? Well, I have the perfect gift list for you. Whether you choose ‘ono food gift or something artistic, you’ll be certain to win brownie points with many mahalos.

imageHawaiian Happy Cakes –  I wrote this about Happy Cakes, “These moist and golden pineapple, macadamia nut and coconut cakes are crazy good!” Any sweet tooth on your list would enjoy a Hawaiian Happy Cake. The folks at Happy Cakes also sell Kona Coffee.

Handmade natural candles – These beautiful candles are had made by artists on the Big Island of Hawaii. I have purchased these candles for myself. They smell fantastic and are very high quality made with soy or beeswax. See this link for options.

Macadamia nuts – Most any Hawaii fan goes nuts over macadamias. You can order them online, but if you want to save on shipping, check your local grocery store, World Market, or Costco.

imageHonolulu Cookie Company – For Christmas, the Honolulu Cookie Company is offering special holiday packaging of their delicious cookies. They have flavors like Pineapple Macadamia, Dark Chocolate Lilikoi, White Chocolate Coconut, and do I need to keep going? Holiday packaged gift  pricing starts at $4.95. See this link for more information.

Photo books – You can create some beautiful, high-quality photo books from your own personal digital photos. Pick out your favorite Hawaii vacation photos to build your own book online. We made a photo book for my parents last year with photos from their Maui vacation. They really seemed to like it.  Shutterfly and Snapfish are two of the most well-known companies that offer photo book making services.

Hawaii Coffee –  The Big Island’s Kona coffee is the most well-known coffee, but coffee is also grown on the Oahu, Molokai and Kauai. You can either order Hawaii-grown coffee online or look for it locally. I have found Kauai coffee in my local Walmart.

Music from Hawaii – With Amazon and other online suppliers, it’s easy peasy to add to your Hawaii lover’s music collection. Need ideas for artists? Check out our readers’ list of favorites.

imageHawaii prints and calendars – One of my favorite Hawaii-based artists in Mike Carroll from Lana’i. I’ve met Mike and his staff and they pay attention to detail in everything they do. You can find lovely, ready-to-frame prints starting at $23 from the Mike Carroll online gallery. Another good gift idea is the Mike Carroll Island of Lanai 2011 desk calendar starting at $14.95 or purchase in packs of three or five for more savings.

Hawaii Snacks – Oahu-based CyberSnacks offers all kinds of snacks and treats that Hawaii locals love. My friend Nathan from Oahu is a fan of CyberSnacks. For your Hawaii aficionado, consider their gift baskets or a candy lei.

So, those are my ideas for what to get the Hawaii lover on your list. What else would you add?


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Sheila Beal is the founder and editor of Go Visit Hawaii. You can connect with Sheila Beal on Twitter, Go Visit Hawaii on Facebook, or Sheila Beal on Google+.

4 comments

  1. Wow Sheila! I thought this was a great and unique list and then I clicked on all the links. The candles are so amazing, gotta get me some! LOVED the artwork but the calendars are all sold out. Bummer big time. Great job picking things that are unique to Hawaii and also unique that I wouldn’t have thought of. Good job!

    • Hey Janet – I’m glad you like this list and found it to be unique. I know you’re a auper duper Hawaii aficionado, so I’m very pleased to get your stamp of approval on this list. :)

      I’m surprised the desk calendars are sold out. I’m going to check with them to verify that there wasn’t a technical glitch. I know they had the 2010 still available after Christmas last year.

  2. Sheila, thank you for calling me a super duper Hawaii aficionado, most people call me an obsessed Hawaii freak. Same thing I guess, your version just sounds nicer. hee hee! :>)
    Have you seen any of Kerry Oda’s photography? Amazing!! So gorgeous. I might call and double check on the calendars to see if they are all really gone.

    • I don’t believe I’ve seen Kerry Oda’s photography. I’ll have to google that.

      I emailed the Mike Carroll Gallery yesterday, but haven’t heard from them yet. Hope they respond soon.

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