2020 Holiday Gift Guide: 5 Editor-Picked Gifts You Need Right Now

Cute, cozy and spicy presents to wrap up and tie with a bow.


’Tis the season to be jolly … and frantically scour the island and internet in search of Christmas gifts. Finding the perfect present can be a challenge, but don’t give up and reach for that spiked eggnog just yet. Here are a few local gifts to help you spread some holiday cheer this year.


For: The Kiddo

Keiki Kaukau More Play Food Set

Photo: Courtesy of Keiki Kaukau



Started by a Hawai‘i mom and schoolteacher, Keiki Kaukau creates quality, too-cute-to-handle wooden toys that reflect Island culture and are built to last. This play set includes a set of utensils plus all the best local kine grinds: laulau, manapua, shoyu bottle, can of POG, saimin/poi bowl and slice of (of course) chocolate haupia pie. Bonus: For every one of Keiki Kaukau’s food sets purchased, the brand donates five meals to the Hawai‘i Foodbank!


$35, valiahonolulu.com


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For: The Chile Fiend

Spicy Ninja Sauce Hot Sauces

Photo: Courtesy of Spicy Ninja Sauce



For that one friend who sprinkles chile flakes on their pizza, chops up red peppers for their homemade stews and always has a bottle of Sriracha on hand, there’s Spicy Ninja Sauce. The Big Island brand uses ingredients that range from typical (pineapple, liliko‘i, mango) to unexpected (vanilla, pumpkin … kava?) in nutrient-rich flavors with names like Super Typhoon and the Piña Colada of Doom; Biblical Burn; and Holy Smokes and the EZ Creeper.


$10–$15 each, sold at Foodland stores and spicyninjasauce.com



For: The Homebody

Island Bungalow Pom Throw

Photo: Courtesy of Island Bungalow Hawai‘i



Let’s be honest: 2020 has turned us all into homebodies. Made of soft, loose-weave cotton for Island weather and adorned with whimsical pom-poms along the trim, this cozy throw is the ultimate partner-in-crime for late-night reading, Netflix marathons and general couch potato-ing.


$120, islandbungalowhawaii.com



For: The Pet Person



Roberta Oaks may be most known for her stylish Island-hipster aloha shirts, but her signature bright prints look just as good on your favorite four-legged pal. RO pet bandannas come in three sizes, and the local designer just dropped a new slew of styles online and in store, just in time for Christmas.


$14–$18, robertaoaks.com


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For: The Nature Girl

Eha Culture Turkish Towel Banana Leaf Magic

Photo: Courtesy of Eha Culture



This Turkish towel is multitasking at its best. Keep it in the car for beach days and hikes, use it as a lightweight blanket on chilly nights, hang it up for a pop of color in your living space—oh, the possibilities! Designed on Kaua‘i and made of 100% Aegean Turkish cotton, this Hawaiian quilt art-inspired towel is meant to be used over and over, getting softer with each wash.


$42, ehaculture.com