Lei Chic’s Gift Guide for Kids

May the season of shopping commence.




Christmas is less than three weeks away, and that means the chore of holiday shopping is upon us. It ain’t easy: Mom’s pickier than ever, your BFF already buys herself everything she wants and you have no idea where to start shopping for Grandpa (seriously, what could you possibly get for a dude who’s seen a century?). Well, let’s start with baby steps, shall we?


We mean that literally. Everyone knows the most fun gifts to get are for the underage crowd. The colors! The imagination! The things-other-than-gift-cards! For our kiddo gift guide, we had a blast picking out some of our favorite toys, duds and all-around fun-time-makers in chipper shades and cheery styles from boutiques and makers both local and abroad. It’s enough to lift a stressed-out, shopped-out grownup’s Christmas spirits.


No kidding.


  1. Whether you’re 5 or 25, with Izzy and Luke’s magical, glittery mermaid tail blanket, the fantasy just got a little more real. Oh, and, psst, Practical Polly: It’s a great way to keep your little one warm on blustery beach days. Disclosure this item comes from a small business owned by a HONOLULU staffer.


$68, izzyandluke.com


  1. This precious Popsicle lunch bag deserves all the heart-eye emojis, will look sweet in your cutie’s cubby hole and will possibly inspire you to reach great heights of cuteness the next time you pack your tot’s bento.


$21.50, Hopscotch, Ward Village Shops


  1. This friendly, fabric papaya rattle from the just-launched HNL Baby Co. is bound to be your babe’s new bestie. I mean, how could anyone resist that illustrated grin?


$16, hnlbabyco.com


  1. We are major suckers for throwback wooden toys and Manny and Simon have got this art of the old-fashioned down pat, from reindeer sleighs to fire trucks. Our current obsession, though? The new, retro-look wooden “cameras,” ideal for imaginative tots who aspire to a life behind the lens.


$28, mannyandsimon.com


  1. Looking through The Land of Nod makes us both nostalgic for childhood and majorly jealous we didn’t have a Nod-stocked-playroom, especially when it comes to the brand’s next-level teepees and canopies. This deluxe rocket-ship-shape one is the stuff of daydreams.


$189, landofnod.com


  1. Wooden creations strike again! The darling “surf bus” play set comes with a beach-ready family of magnetic figurines suited up in sarongs and swim shorts—they’re even bringing the family pup along for the ride.


$39, Sugarcane Shop, 1137 11th Ave.




  1. These cheeky knee-high socks give us a real kick, and we have a feeling your girl will also love how fun they make her feet. Designed to look like wriggly snakes, complete with little red tongues, we have just one question: Where are the adult sizes?


$16, Kira Hawai‘i, 95-1249 Mehe‘ula Parkway, Mililani


  1. The second we saw this sassy varsity jacket from the (almost) too-cool-for-school local kids’ brand Big Bad Wolf, we knew we needed it to gussy up our gang of wee guys and gals. Talk about squad goals.


$99, Big Bad Wolf, Ward Village Shops


  1. Pint-size Picasso over here may not have mastered the art of coloring within the lines, but you wouldn’t trade that refrigerator art for all the Van Goghs in the world. Fuel his inspirational fervor with these happy, animal-shaped crayons from the MoMA shop.


$12, store.moma.org.


  1. The secret about Popsicles? They never stop being fun, no matter how old you get. Even when they’re not shaped like dinosaurs—but these certainly don’t hurt.


$19.99, zokuhome.com.


  1. Your water baby can’t get enough of the waves, so why fight it? Send him into the spray spruced up and cute-as-a-button in this Lului Bikinis rashguard and boardshorts set, which is decked out in a delightful car print he’ll love.


$65, luluibikinis.com


  1. We consider the book The Little Prince to be a treasure, both in childhood and beyond, so when we discovered that someone had translated it to Hawaiian Pidgin in a version titled Da Small Pitot Prince, we had to scoop our jaws up off the floor—and then a copy off the shelves.


$19.95, Native Books/Nā Mea Hawai‘i, Ward Village Shops

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