6 Creative Welcome Bag Ideas to Spoil Your Out-of-Town Guests
Treat your guests with these goodies.
Photo: Amber Schoniwitz of Schyne Photography
We love the idea of welcome bags, partly because they’re a great way to get the excitement going early for your out-of-town guests, and partly because it’s a chance for you to brag about your hometown. An awesome welcome bag packed with cool goodies they can use on their Island adventures is basically a message to your friends and family that says, “Heyyyy, look how delicious/fun/awesome/gorgeous where we live is, and look how you get to share that with us for our wedding!” Who wouldn’t get totally excited about that?
Here are our swag picks for spoiling your out-of-town guests, but don’t forget to toss in useful info as well, including a map, a program of events, and suggestions for what to do or eat around town.
1. Shade sunscreen
Photo: Courtesy of Rebecca Beach
It’s safe to say your visiting friends aren’t as used to the tropical sun as you are. Help them avoid turning an unsightly red color with a handy bottle of sunscreen. This Shade brand is safe for our reefs, so your guests won’t be unknowingly contributing to environmental degradation.
$32, Rebecca Beach, Royal Hawaiian Hotel, 2259 Kalākaua Ave., rebeccabeach.com
2. Lanikai Brewing Co. beers
Photo: Courtesy of Lanikai Brewing Co.
These refreshing Lanikai Brewing Co. beers have stunning tropical art on the labels. Plus, at 22 ounces, they’re the perfect size for Island-style happy hours.
$10.99, local markets, lanikaibrewing.com
3. La Tour Bakery Furikake Puffs
Photo: Courtesy of La Tour Bakehouse
These delish La Tour Bakery Furikake Puffs are totally snackable, and a great intro to Hawai‘i flavors for the uninitiated and possibly squeamish.
$4.50, La Tour Bakehouse, 888 N. Nimitz Highway, latourbakehouse.com
4. Aloha Superette wet pouch
Photo: Courtesy of Aloha Superette
The tourist circuit bop from brunch to beach to Ala Moana Center means wet suits on the horizon. Wet pouches to keep those salty clothes contained will be totally useful for Island jaunts.
$32, Aloha Superette, 438 Uluniu St., Kailua, alohasuperette.com
5. Wimini Canvas Tote
Photo: Courtesy of Wimini
Canvas totes always come in handy, but this Wimini number’s cutie-patootie surfer illustration sets it apart.
6. Anthropologie Sunglasses
Photo: Courtesy of Anthropologie
Toss in a pair of sunnies for your buds to look suave while trolling the beaches. Almost anything will do, from cheap and funky selections just for the weekend, to pineapple-shaped novelty options, to these sunny, tropics-worthy stunners.