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These Are a Few of HONOLULU Staffers’ Favorite Things

What’s on our Christmas list? Here are a few gifts we’re giving (or we’d love to get) this holiday season.


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“I’d reeeaally love to find a puppy with a big bow under the tree or greeting me with kisses on Christmas morning. Someone please tell my husband and landlords.” —Kelsey Ige, art director

$85 adoption fee, available at Hawaiian Humane Society


Cast-iron pan

“I've been thinking about getting a 12-inch cast-iron pan—pre-seasoned, of course—for a while now. I dream of making cornbread and Dutch apple babies with it.” — Catherine Toth Fox, food and dining editor

$37.13, available at amazon.com 


Uncommon Goods

“I have a lot of globetrotters in my group of friends, so this scratch map of the world would make a perfect Christmas gift. They can scratch off the areas they have traveled to and watch the map become more colorful as the years pass. It makes a great conversation piece and a cool way to reflect on their memories.” —Marisa Heung, special projects editor

$26–$40, available at uncommongoods.com



Streetlight Cadence

“This year, I bought three copies of Streetlight Cadence’s new live CD, Home for the Holidays—one for me, one for my family and one to give away. It’s so great to hear how far these local guys have come. I’ve been playing it in my car nonstop! You can grab it for $10 at any of the band’s live shows this month, at Mori by Art + Flea, Barnes & Noble, Logos Bookstore of Hawai‘i or online through iTunes or Amazon.” —Katrina Valcourt, associate editor

$10, available at iTunes 


Ohi book

“I am in love with Tamara Rigney and Mariko Reed’s new book: ‘OHI: How to Gather and Arrange Hawai‘i’s Flora. It’s not only beautifully designed, but filled with gorgeous photos and flower arrangements that will get the creative juices flowing. Having a beautiful home is important to me, and this book shows how simple it can be to get outside and gather inspiration from our surroundings, in a most resourceful and organic way. It offers a fresh perspective on our Island home, celebrates our gorgeous natural beauty and reminds us how fun it can be to discover new plants again.” —Kristin Lipman, creative director

$22, available at Paiko




 ”Salad spinner!  Hahahahaha … that’s a real need in our house. But—I like surprises. Dress me. Feed me. Liquor me up.” —Don Wallace, senior editor


Rifle Paper Company planner

“Gift Iʻd buy for a friend: Rifle Paper Co. Everyday 17-Month Desktop Planner (I already have one, but if I didn’t, I’d want it.) Why? Best. Planner. Ever. It’s both pretty and functional. It includes both full-month pages and daily pages that are perfect for writing to-do lists. There are inspirational quotes (if you’re into that kind of thing), a pocket folder with a ruler, a section for notes and a section for keeping important contacts. I love all things Rifle Paper Co., though, so you can’t go wrong if you buy me something from them.” — Enjy El-Kadi, web producer

$34, available online here or in store at The Refinery or Anthropologie



“My Christmas wish is to take the family on vacation to New York City to see the Christmas tree and go ice skating in Rockefeller Center.” —Christy Davis, marketing manager


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