Monday, May 5, 2008

Gifted Kids

No more boring stuffed animals or fad-toy-of-the-year for the kids on your list. Try these four ideas for something a little more special.

For the Clothes Horse…
Whether your keiki is a shy ‘opihi, a rambunctious pele kane, or your dearest pu‘uwai, Big Island clothier Keiki Kruisers has Hawai‘i-inspired, bright-colored animal onesies, rompers and tees to make them stand out, even as they roam free. Online at

For the Rebel…
www.leichic.comHibiscus prints and honu not your thing? If you have to set your keiki apart from the local crowd, pick up a “That’s How I Roll” onesie from New York’s uber-cool Babesta web boutique. Online at

For the Kolohe…
Don’t blame menehune when your keys are missing. You’ll want to check for paw prints after reading the new book “The Clever Dog,” by Jefferson Finney and illustrated by Pegge Hopper, about a cunning canine that takes a joy ride in the family car and chats online while everyone is asleep. One dollar from each sale goes to www.leichic.comthe Hawaiian Humane Society. At local bookstores.

For the Dreamer…
Forget rowing the boat and that MacDonald guy's farm. During the school-sports-home shuttle, play an Earworms CD or MP3 instead. Earworms uses the same brain function that gets songs stuck in your head to help you learn a foreign language. All the phrases needed to get by in a foreign country are set to catchy music. In just two weeks of 20 minutes a day you’ll replace the lyrics of “The Wheels on the Bus,” with the French for “how much for the pearl?” for your next trip to Tahiti. Online at

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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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