The Best Way to Spread (Local) Holiday Cheer? Contact The Papaya Exchange
Christmas shopping? “Brah Humbug!” Check out this Honolulu-based company’s festive gift sets.
Honey it’s Cold Outside gift set, $35.
Photos: David Croxford
Ok, Christmas is a few weeks away and you’ve been in good spirits, binging on Yuletide movies and eating tutu’s holiday fudge. The mere thought of leaving your winter snuggle-land to fight mall mobs, stand in ridiculous lines and wrap crazy-shaped presents puts you in a Scrooge mood.
Well, thanks to online shop Papaya Exchange, you can stay merry, bright and auuurite this season. Owner and gift guru Janean Abbott is a badass at hunting down unique, locally made products including artisanal coffee from the Islands’ best purveyors, freshly baked sweet treats, charming ceramics and personalized barware. From her highly curated stash, Abbott whips up custom and premade gift boxes for all seasons, including the big kahuna, Christmas.
ALOHA-LIDAYS GIFT SET, $40.
So, if you’re feeling like a (rein)deer in headlights and need something amazing for that special someone, opt for the Aloha-ildays set complete with Hawai‘i-grown Hobbs tea, a sampling of sweet Big Island honey and the popular ‘Ohi book written by living-green trailblazers Tamara Rigney and Mariko Reed. The Pau Hana gift box includes a Maui-made shrub and stylish flask, perfect for a jolly jetsetter on the go. Have some picky peeps on your list? Take a look at the do-it-yourself option that allows you to create your own gifts. Prices will vary according to the pieces selected.
PAU HANA GIFT SET, $45.
Oh, and here’s something to rejoice about: Papaya Exchange will beautifully pack, wrap and ship your gift for you. We’re talking Martha-Stewart-level packaging featuring the artwork of stationery brand Erie Paper. Of course, shipping costs will be added in, but less holiday stress equals more time in your cozy nest. Because, baby, it’s cold outside.