Holiday Gift Guide 2018

The holiday hustle in on this week and I keep hearing friends frantically saying “I need to do my Christmas shopping!” Well for those of you who are still on the fence about what to get for a family member, friend, co-worker, boss, or friendly next door neighbor, here are some local businesses that I recommend you check out for special finds in Hawaii.

Unfortunately for mobile users, the names and descriptions for each business will not appear as it would on desktop, so I listed every single one below each category in order.


This is the biggest category of the story, but also one that’s filled with so many amazing designers and artists. For those who love to dress up or dress down, here are several businesses to check out when shopping for your fashion-conscious friends.

Pineapple County Boutique Hawaii
Ten Tomorrow
Allison Izu Petite
Salvage Public
Pineapple Palaka
Love Me Knots
Harbors Vintage
Lily Lotus
Kolohe Ocean Gems
Worthy Clothing
Laha’ole Designs
Sweet Enemy Clothing

Skin Care

Promote healthy skin and sustainability to your friends and add a little spice to their skincare routine.

Kope Soap
Kopa Kauai

Home Decor

For those who love to stage their own house like they run their own HGTV show.

Plant Sax
Notted Nest
Mid Century Attic


I believe majority of the female population in Hawaii care about having a well made suit whether they’re surfing, diving, or just sunbathing by the pool.

Sundaze Bikinis
Peace of Paradise
SIE Swim


If you’re stuck on what kind of gift to get, it doesn’t hurt to treat a friend to good coffee - that is if they like coffee.

The Curb Kaimuki
9bar HNL
Kona Coffee Purveyors


Sometimes we love our friends' dogs than their human masters. I personally only know of one business to go to for pet supplies and that would be The Public Pet. They carry a lot of local brands of food, treats, pet gear, and accessories.

There are so many local businesses on the islands that create amazing products that cater to all types of people. Besides shopping with these businesses, I highly recommend checking out Mori by Art+Flea which is located at South Shore Marketplace. They carry an insane variety of clothes for adults and kids, pet accessories, skin care, jewelry and more.

And if that isn’t enough, thrifting at Goodwill Hawaii is another great way to do some holiday shopping on a budget. But most importantly, you’ll be helping Goodwill’s mission to providing support such as job training to people in need; those with disabilities, post-incarceration folks, etc. If you would like to further learn about where your purchases are going, check out for more info.

With all the holiday shopping you’re getting done this week I encourage you to support local and also remember that it’s the thought that counts, not how much you spend! With that said, Happy Holidays!