8 Holiday Gift Ideas from Hawaii's Shopkeepers

Who needs Santa’s little helpers when you live in a city filled with amazing local boutiques? We tasked a few of our favorite shop owners with digging through their stocks (and checking them twice!). And boy, did they deliver, offering up fantastic gift
ideas for everyone on your list, naughty and nice.

Cassy Song, Mono

“The Hidden Animal Teacups are fun and unique gifts for the holidays. Whether you use them for your beverage, jewelry or plants, their lovable creatures will brighten up your every day.”

IMM Living Hidden Animal Teacup, $26, Mono, 2013 S. King St., 955-1595.



Jeremy Shoda, Shop Toast

“Our new holiday penguin gift box is a great way to package everything from candy for co-workers, to jewelry for a loved one, to everyone’s favorite, Christmas cash!”

Penguin wood kokeshi, $6, Shop Toast, 3434 Waialae Ave., 447-9233.


Lan Chung, Tee Tee Bar

“The Whalebone Creative T-shirt is perfect for the guy who loves the comfort and casualness of a simple tee, but is looking to step things up a bit, style-wise. It’s unbelievably soft, and the contrasting sleeves, ringer neckline and retro logo give it a cool, throwback feel.”

Whalebone Creative T-Shirt, $37, Tee Tee Bar, 1133 Bethel St., 738-9300.

Linda Sugihara, LMS Boutique

“This 19th and Whimsy scarf is a good gift for any age. It’s got sparkle, but isn’t overly done and is made from a beautiful knit fabric. It’s so easy to throw on, and will instantly dress up a tank or jeans-and-tee outfit.”

19th and Whimsy sequin sweater scarf with goldstick pin (not shown), $30, LMS Boutique, 2909 Lowrey Ave., 988-4575.


Ben Trevino, R&D

“The nerd in me wants to reverse engineer every great cocktail I encounter. Cocktail Lab appeals to the tinkerer who wants to understand the classics, but still push the boundaries. And, like a great cocktail, it's as gratifying to look at as it is to consume.”

 The Cocktail Lab: Unraveling the Mysteries of Flavor and Aroma in Drinks, with Recipes by Tony Conigliaro, $29.99, R&D, 691 Auahi St.

(Trevino is married to HONOLULU food and dining editor Martha Cheng.)

Dara Fujio, Mikinola

“With its playful ruffles and cute, mixed polka-dot print, Little Gillia’s Little Tiffany girl’s dress is perfect for a holiday outing, or any special occasion. We also carry a matching dress for women, so the set would be perfect for a mom and daughter.”  
Little Gillia Little Tiffany girl’s dress, $78, Mikinola, Koko Marina Center, 721-3520.


Cindy Yokoyama, Ginger13

“Throwing on the Pixie Dust druzy stone necklace is an easy way to dress up for upcoming holiday parties. Plus, it makes a unique gift for the ladies in your life who seem to have everything.”  

Pixie Dust druzy, larvikite, resin and gold-plated-hematite necklace with 20-inch chain, $110, Ginger13, 22 S. Pauahi St., 531-5311.


Maida Montemayor, Collins and 8th

“It’s really amazing how much women love heels, especially comfy ones. With its modest height and quality leather construction, this strappy, colorblocked mid-heel is the perfect pick for your beloved styleista.”

Bernardo Bamboo leather sandals, $165, Collins and 8th, 560 Pensacola St., 593-9696.

Product Photos: David croxford and Dallas Nagata White