Holiday Gift Guide

If Santa can travel the world to give the perfect gift, why, we asked ourselves, can’t we? Our search did yield a treasure or two from afar . . . but we also found that, when it comes to having great presents, there’s no place like home — especially when home is in the Islands.

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Compiled by Conn Brattain
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1. SNAPPY DRESSERS

What tiny tot wouldn’t look all aglow, wrapped in these adorable Maui Boy and Humpback onesies? Sizes 3–24 months, $20 each, by and at Maui Thing, 7 N. Market St., Wailuku; 249-0215; MauiThing.com.

2. VIRGIN MAUI

Maui Olive Company’s extra-virgin olive oil has a robust and complex taste with spicy, peppery and fruity notes — qualities derived from its early hand harvest, prompt milling, and the ideal growing conditions of Kula’s Mediterranean-like microclimate. $36/250ml (shown), $15/100ml, $12/60ml. Find it at the Upcountry Farmers Market, 55 Kiopa‘a St., Pukalani, Saturdays 7–11 a.m.; or order online at MauiOlive.com.

3. RIP IT UP

The Maui Mercer shreds recycled fabric and transforms it into these one-of-a-kind pom-pom garlands. Use them to decorate a wall, drape a tree, tie a present . . . the possibilities are bound only by your imagination. Eighteen 2” pom-poms on 16’ of hand-twisted rope, $50 each at Pearl Butik, 71 Baldwin Ave., Pā‘ia, 579-8899; and TheMauiMercer.com.

4. TRAVEL NUT

Maiden Hawai‘i Naturals’ 100% pure Macadamia Nut Beauty Oil has a rollerball applicator for targeting small areas that need moisturizing. The 10ml applicator is perfect for travel and easy to keep in your purse or pocket. $7 at The Gallery Shop at Kaluanui, Hui No‘eau Visual Arts Center, 2841 Baldwin Ave., Makawao, 572-6560; and MaidenHawaiiNaturals.com.

5. GIVE HIM SOME LATITUDE.

This chic Kaliko Aloha Wallet charts Hawai‘i’s coordinates, embossed in gold metallic ink on black faux leather. Gold hardware, six inner credit-card slots and money pouch, $31, by and at KameraJewelry.com.

6. HEDGE YOUR BETS

Add Maui Shrub Farm’s preserved vinegar—infused with fresh fruit and herbs—to cocktails, still or sparkling water. Try all 6 flavors: liliko‘i passion, Kula strawberry lemon, pineapple sage, hibiscus orange, guava rose and ginger Hawaiian chili (shown). $27, available at MauiShrubFarm.com; and Saturdays, 7-11 a.m., at the Upcountry Farmers Market, 55 Kiopa‘a St., Pukalani.

7. TURN OVER A NEW LEAF

In Garden Time, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet William S. Merwin leads readers through a landscape crafted by the senses, a gentle exploration through poetry of the nature of our existence. $24 at Barnes & Noble, 325 Keawe St., Lahaina, 662-1300. 10% of proceeds on books purchased December 1-14 support The Merwin Conservancy.

8. WRIST WATCH

These eye-catching bracelets by Treehouse Designs come in black or brown leather stamped with Hawaiian words: mauka (towards the land), makai (seaward), aloha, mahalo (thank you), and a compass version with NSEW. Customization available. $28–$36 at TreehouseMade.com.

9. FLOWER SACK

Happy Wahine’s lightweight faux-leather handbag has an inside zipper pouch, shoulder strap, and zippers on both sides so it can grow. $89 at Maui Tropical Plantation Country Store, 1670 Honoapi‘ilani Hwy., Waikapū, 270-0333.

10. BODY CHEMISTRY

The structures of molecules inspired this Island Chain design — a chemical bonding that symbolizes the archipelago. $30 by and at Native Intelligence, 1980 Main St., Wailuku; 249-2421; and online at Native-Intel.com.

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