Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Happy Haulidays - Stocking Stuffers

Lei ChicYou don't go quite around the world, but every Christmas Eve you make a run of your own - to any open store for emergency gift getting. 

Sure, last year Uncle Jay seemed to enjoy his tree-shaped air freshener, your cousin made short work of that Big Gulp, and yes, Dad did tear into his fun pack-sized Funyons. Still this year you'd like to transition out of  Santa Flaws into a Christmas miracle.

Do it your elf with a few finds for under $50 that you can pick up before the 24th.

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Even those who don't know beans about the process can become a chocolatier using cocoa beans, perfectly roasted nibs, 70 percent Hawaiian chocolate and step-by-step instructions by masters at Madre Chocolate.
Bean-to-bar kit is $22 at Madre Chocolate online or 20-A Kainehe St., Kailua. 808.377.6440.

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All the world can be a romper room in adorable tie dye and printed outfits by new line Ava Sky.
Starting at $38 available exclusively at Fighting Eel Kailua, 629 Kailua Rd. 808.738.9301.

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If he's going stick to that cap at least upgrade it to the classic style of vintage University of Hawaii, Seattle Sonics, Chicago Bulls or other team caps now out of production.
Retro-style snapbacks begin at $30. Vintage hat prices vary at The Firm Honolulu, 631-D Keeaumoku St.above Green Papaya.

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Up the eco-friendly ante by toting Neiman Marcus' reusable bags in signature silver.
$20 and $30 at Neiman Marcus, Ala Moana Center. 808.951.8887.

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Get sands on play time with Melissa & Doug's cupcake beach molds complete with fun animal toppers.
$15.99 at Kahala Kids, Kahala Mall. 808.737.6200.

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Two reasons to pick up these sticks: packing reusable Ecohashi chopsticks in colorful wrap carrying cases saves trees, and for every set bought at Red Pineapple and online, one dollar will be donated to the Hawaii Foodbank.
$10 at Red Pineapple, Ward Centre and Ecohashi online.

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Show your little ones' softer side in organic cotton and cushy recycled polyester tees by Nuinani.
$20, 3 months - 4T at Nuinani, 33 Oneawa St., Kailua. 808.262.0055.

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Getting ready to rind? Swissmar peeler set features a sharp serrated blade for soft jobs and a straight blade for apples and firmer fruit.
$8 for a set of three at Williams-Sonoma, Ala Moana Center. 808.951.0088.

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Forget the stylus that stopped, dropped, and rolled away. Brookstone's boogie board allows you to draw with your finger tips and erasing is a one-button operation.
$39.99 at Brookstone, Ward Centre, Ala Moana Center, and Kahala Mall.


Posted on Tuesday, December 20, 2011 in Permalink

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Lei Chic is a daily email and shopping blog that plugs you into Hawaii's newest and hottest boutiques, designers, trends, spas and salons, and more. You'll also discover all the cool events, dinners and sales happening around town in our Weekend Picks every Thursday. With Lei Chic, you'll get the inside scoop on what everyone will be talking about tomorrow – in your inbox today.

Lei Chic associate editor Natalie Schack has been a cultural anthropology student,museum worker bee and dabbler in graphic design. When she isn't scouting new fashion, compiling to-do lists or crafting puns, Natalie spends her free time dreaming up elaborate picnic ideas; "researching" via YouTube tutorials, blogs and Instagram; and dusting off her pith helmet for the next adventure life throws her way.

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