I’ve just finished reading this very humorous look at souvenir shopping for friends and family. I couldn’t help but laugh out loud at this excerpt:
Whatever made me think my tough-talking Teamster dad would enjoy sipping his Folgers from a commemorative Prince Charles and Lady Di engagement coffee cup? And what possessed me to consider my best friend, Pam, when I bought that clock in Germany? The one that bellowed “COO-COO” every hour, on the hour? In Heidelberg, it was cute. In Alameda, it was an annoying sleep disturber that turned a quick buck in her next garage sale.
So, reading that article inspired me to share some of my thoughts on souvenirs from Hawaii. What I like to bring back for friends and family is a selection of goodies that I like to call a little “taste of Hawaii”. The following items have always been a big hit:
- 100% Kona coffee (make sure it says 100% and not “10% blend”)
- Coconut Syrup (which is so yummy on pancakes!)
- Macadamia Nuts (yeah, I know you can pick up macadamia nuts in almost any grocery store, but there seems to be a wider flavor selection and much better prices in Hawaii. My suggestion is to skip the nicely packaged box of chocolate covered macadamia nuts that you find in typical souvenir shops, as they are usually way over priced and to be honest, they never seem to taste as great as the Mauna Loa nuts.
The good news is that you can find all these items at discount department stores like Wal-Mart or K-Mart and save a bunch of money. All of them are relatively small and easy to pack, though I would wrap the coconut syrup inside a plastic bag.
Some treasured souvenirs that I have brought home for myself are prints of the Kapalua golf course and Hanalei Bay from various artists. I also have a nice signed Gary Reed book of Paintings of Hawaii.
I hope these ideas have been helpful and not made you too hungry in the process of reading them. 😉