Although Hawaii is part of the United States, sometimes it seems like a world away with its exotic volcanoes, mountains, endless beaches, and tropical landscape. Maui alone has over 30 miles of public beaches. Hawaii is one of the top bucket list destinations. Whether they get to make that trip or not, these Hawaii gifts will help them bring a bit of that paradise home, as well as prepare them for that trip of a lifetime.
1. Trip to Hawaii
Best gifts from Hawaii
What better way to give them a gift from Hawaii than to send them there to pick out their own. This is a great retirement gift. It is also a wonderful romantic destination for a special anniversary.
To help plan the trip, give them a travel guide so they can identify what scenic places to visit and activities to do.
If they need new luggage get them an airline approved carry on bag with wheels. This way they can pack light and have the option to bring their luggage on the plane with them. The wheels will help them get through the airport more easily.
2. New Beach Bag
Gifts for someone going to Hawaii
A new beach bag is essential for anyone who is going to Hawaii. No matter how much sightseeing they plan to do, at some point they will hit the beach or pool. These beach bags have a cooler section to keep drinks and food cold so they don’t have to spend extra money on concessions.
Pack their bag with necessities like sunscreen, lip balm, sunglasses, and a pair of flip flops. Sunscreen and lip balm with SPF are a must. You don’t want their vacation ruined on the first day because they end up with a serious burn.
3. Pineapple Cutting Board
Gifts for someone who loves Hawaii
If they love Hawaii, give them a cutting board with a pineapple on it. Many of these can be personalized, making this a great wedding or anniversary gift for people who honeymooned in Hawaii.
What is more Hawaiian than coconuts? Give them a set of coconut bowls and spoons to add to their tropical theme.
Then add some pineapple dish towels for their kitchen. You can even put all of these gifts together to create a Hawaii themed gift basket.
4. Artsy Ukulele
Hawaii gifts for music lovers
They can learn to create peaceful Hawaiian sounds at home, while reminiscing about a trip or fantasizing about a future trek to the islands. A ukulele is a lightweight instrument great for beginner musicians because it has less strings than a guitar. Its smaller size makes it great for kids. These are more than instruments. They are also beautiful pieces of art to be displayed in the home. You can even choose a custom design to have etched on the ukulele, making it a one of a kind gift.
If you give them a subscription to Master Class they can take ukulele lessons online from a professional. Then they can take whatever other classes they would like for as long as they have the subscription. There is even a Japanese cooking class that includes sashimi preparation.
Or they can learn how to play from songbooks for beginner ukulele players.
5. Sushi Making Kit
Hawaiian gift ideas
Hawaii has some amazing seafood, and why not? It is a chain of islands in the Pacific Ocean filled with delectable fish. My friend Gary is from Hawaii and creates amazing sushi. While this is an art form that takes years of practice, it is still a fun hobby to try, especially if you love Hawaiian culture. Plus they will get to eat the results. A beginners kit will have the equipment needed to get started. Many come with e-books or other avenues of instruction.
Once they’ve created their masterpiece, they will need something to serve it on. Choose a decorative sushi plate set. Most come with chopsticks.
If they aren’t into sushi but want to try some Hawaiian cooking, give them a Hawaiian cookbook with basic recipes. There are also books for tropical cocktails or traditional shaved ice recipes.
6. Tiki Cocktail Glasses
Hawaii themed gifts
Get them some tropical drink glasses so they can mix up their own libations on the weekends or host a Hawaii themed party.
If you like the party idea, throw a surprise party for someone who loves Hawaii. Get leis for everyone to wear. You can get hula sets for women with grass skirts and flowers. Tell the men to wear a Hawaiian shirt. If you don’t have one, make sure to order one for yourself. There are tons of themed decorations to choose from as well.
If the party is for kids, skip the tiki glasses and get a shaved ice machine instead, for a typical Hawaiian treat.
7. Snorkeling Gear
Hawaii gifts before a trip
Hawaii is a bucket list destination great for snorkeling and other water sports. A few years back, my husband and I went scallop diving, which is basically collecting scallops from seabeds while snorkeling. We had never been snorkeling before. Luckily I practiced in the pool first. I ended up having a great time, while my husband did not. Learn from our mistakes. Even if they will be renting gear on their trip, get them some to practice with ahead of time. You don’t want them missing out on colorful fish because they are too worried about breathing.
They also won’t want to miss out on the opportunity to take pictures of the tropical fish. Give them a waterproof phone pouch so they can use their phone instead of a disposable camera.
Another great gift for any trip to the beach is a Turkish beach towel. These are super absorbent and repel sand so they won’t end up bringing half the beach back to the hotel with them.
8. Hawaii Coffee Table Book
Mindful Hawaii Gifts
For those who like to dream about Hawaii and have a quest for knowledge, these books help them become an information superhighway on Hawaiian info, plus give them beautiful photographs to inspire their dreams.
Anyone with a love of ocean life and tropical beaches will want to help the environment for future generations. Adopt a sea turtle for them. This symbolic gift helps remove garbage from the oceans improving conditions for not just sea turtles but all aquatic life.
You can also buy a 4 oceans bracelet which also supports ocean clean up.
9. Kauai Coffee
Tasty Gifts from Hawaii
Wouldn’t it be nice if they could feel like they were on vacation everyday? Bring the taste of Hawaii home to them with delicious coffee from Kauai. They won’t find a better way to wake up.
If they prefer tea, you can give them some tea from Hawaii in exotic flavors such as passion fruit, mango, and macadamia.
Looking for a healthy snack? They can have the taste of Hawaii with some macadamia nuts, which are rich in protein and antioxidants, while being low in sugar and carbs. This makes a great way to fuel up before or after a workout.
10. Tiki God Statues
Hawaii gifts to create a backyard paradise
When we can’t vacation, we like to create one at home. You can do this for fans of tropical destinations like Hawaii by getting some outdoor decor. Start with some tiki statues.
Add some citronella tiki torches to discourage mosquitos. Then get a tiki umbrella for some shade. We don’t have a pool so we bought a blow up pool for adults, which is large enough to sit in with a few friends.
Then for nighttime atmosphere and lighting get some pineapple light strings.
11. Soothing Lotions
Soothing gifts from Hawaii
For after sun care, give them some lotions from Hawaii to rehydrate their skin.
A Hawaiian mud mask and revitalizing hair products will help repair damage from sun and chlorine from using the pool during their vacation.
12. Hawaiian Candles
Unique gifts from Hawaii
If they can’t get to Hawaii themselves, send some Hawaii to them with some scented candles for that tropical aroma.
Or give them a delicate trinket box with some sea glass jewelry made in Hawaii.
13. Scenic Wall Canvas
Hawaii gifts for the home
They can remember that dream vacation everytime they look at their wall, if you give them a scenic canvas print. Add to the living room decor with some sea themed coasters and an aloha pillow for the couch.
You can even turn their bath into a Hawaiian paradise with a tropical shower curtain and bath mat.