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8 Holiday Gift Ideas for Your Coworkers—All Under 25 Dollars

Looking for inspired holiday gifts for your co-workers that won’t break your budget? We can help.


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We’ve curated a short list of affordable items that can be ordered online, saving you time and money this holiday season.

 

1. Punky Aloha

Punky Aloha

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Give the gift of bright, bold art with mid-century influences, starting at just $20 from Punky Aloha, an O‘ahu-based design and illustration studio launched by artist Shar Tuiasoa in Kailua, where she was born and raised. Find her prints online or at select shops around the island.

 

2. Nico Made Stationery & Design

Nico Made

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Founded by local mom Nicole Ferrara, Nico Made brings her vibrant, hand-drawn illustrations to life using high-quality paper you can feel good about—it’s either recycled or certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. Assembled by hand at Ferrara’s home studio on O‘ahu’s south shore, Nico Made’s pretty notepads, notebooks, journals and stationery sets are ideal gifts for coworkers. Notebooks are priced at just $9.50.

 

3. Twiggy Hawai‘i

Twiggy Hawaii

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Designed and screen-printed on O‘ahu by husband-and-wife team Kekoa Thomas and Jessica Leong-Thomas, Twiggy’s carry-all pouches, totes and organizers are made from cotton canvas. Pouches in various patterns are priced at $22 and are available online or at select holiday markets and craft fairs.

 

4. Baggu

Baggu

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Here’s an easy win for all your gifting needs. At just $12 each and with 50 colors and patterns to choose from, Baggu’s reusable carry-alls are made from 40% recycled nylon. These durable, 100% ripstop nylon bags fold into their own tiny pouch to stash in your car, purse or briefcase, and hold up to 50 pounds. Perfect for Christmas stockings, too. Available online at Baggu.com and from multiple vendors on Amazon.com (free shipping if you have Amazon Prime!).

 

5. Owens and Co.

Owens & Co.

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Find a treasure trove of delightful gift ideas in the Owens & Co. shop on Nu‘uanu, in the heart of Chinatown, including these colorful, crisp Cultivate Hawai‘i tea towels. They’re made using eco-friendly, water-based inks on flour sack cloth and sell for just $18 each. Check out Facebook and Instagram for more gift ideas. 

 

6. Mamalani La‘au Ala Oil Blends

Mamalani

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Mamalani body and skin care products are made locally and feature essential oil blends—Hiamoe is a blend of Sandalwood and Vetiver to help perk you up, while the 'Eleu blend includes Frankincense, and is meant to calm your spirit and act as a sleep aid. They sell for $16 each or $36 for a pouch set and are available online, at markets and holiday craft fairs and at select stockists across Hawai‘i.

 

7. Daiso Hawai‘i

Daiso

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Now with locations at Pearl City Shopping Center and at the intersection of Pi‘ikoi and Young you can shop the aisles of this popular Japanese discount store and find hundreds of adorable tchotchkes under $25, such as these stainless-steel chopsticks.

 

8. Da Mui Lab

Da Mui Lab

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Deliciousness awaits (if you’re patient) at Da Mui Lab, a local confectionery run by husband and wife team Jay and Si Joseph and their five boys. What began as a side hustle blossomed quickly with the help of Facebook and Instagram. A recent batch of mouth-watering mui flavors sold out in less than 30 minutes on Shopify. Orders are pick up only. 

 

“Readers will need to frequently check our page and be quick,” warns Jay Joseph, “since the Mui Heads will literally drop whatever they are doing to get some. Our big bags are $8 and our small bags are $3. We don’t measure or weigh our products and our Muis are locally trending so they are worth the wait and worth the weight.”

 

 

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