Holiday Gift Giving Guide: Aloha Style

Mele Kalikimaka - Hawaiian gift giving guideWhen you think of Hawaii, what comes to mind? Pristine aquamarine water and white sand beaches, or slack key guitar and warm sunsets? Or is it more than the visible beauty that makes this place so memorable? The taste of our unique cuisine popping on your tongue, or breathing in the sweet aroma of tropical flowers? We hope this Hawaiian gift giving guide will help.

Hawaii is a truly unique place on earth, and here on the Islands we do things differently. For anyone who has visited or lives here, we all know what it means to live Aloha. We take our shoes off before we enter a house; we let people merge during the commute (and send a thanks with a shaka); we hold the door open for aunty at the bank; we always bring pupus to a gathering, potluck is implied; and we always greet with a hug and kiss on the cheek.

The holidays are event a little different in Hawaii: we adorn palm trees with Christmas lights; Santa Claus is often seen surfing; the start of the holidays are marked with Honolulu City Lights Parade where Shaka Santa and Tutu are proudly unveiled each year at Honolulu Hale.

Shaka Santa and Tutu - Honolulu City LIghts

In Hawaii, living Aloha is intrinsic, second nature and for many is the first thing that comes to mind when we think of Hawaii. During the holidays we can all take notes from the special way of life on the Islands, and give with Aloha.

When it comes to gift giving we all want to put a smile on the receiver’s face and leave a lasting impression. If you’re struggling with how to make that impression, keep Aloha in mind.

Make it personal
What about this person would show you care and really know them? Do they have a favorite sports team? A favorite color? Do they collect something? Do they work in a unique industry? A peacock shaped stocking to someone who loves peacocks; fancy note pads and gel pens for someone in the design industry; a candy lei filled with their favorite treats; make a meme dedicated to your friend and share it with them on social media; or a mug from their favorite football team would be thoughtful gifts.

Bring back memories
Despite the cheesiness, people love personalized photo gifts—a calendar or digital photo frame with photos from that road trip you took together; a photo book of all the Facebook posts you tagged each other in. Bringing back memories doesn’t always have to come in photo form. Make an ornament with shells from that beach you used to go to as kids; take apart that Halloween costume you two wore 10 years ago and make a scarf out of it; upload 25 days of your favorite memories with your pal for a cool Instagram advent calendar; make a Spotify playlist with songs that mean something to you and the recipient; or tie a quilt together using strips of cloth from old dresses and aloha shirts.

Something you could do together
Maybe there’s something you’ve been telling this person you should do together but haven’t yet—two tickets to the back alley play; a one month subscription to Areal Yoga; paddleboard rentals on North Shore; a camping permit for next summer on the Na Pali coast. Just remember that you have to do this gift with the person so don’t pick anything you won’t enjoy as well. And there’s always the guaranteed hit, a movie marathon, where you bring the awesome snacks.

Make it funny
Gag gifts can often be distasteful, and are only really appropriate for people with a certain sense of humor. But you can still make someone laugh without being crude. Maybe it’s a framed picture of their first Tweet, after you’ve been begging them to get on Twitter for years and they swore they would never tweet, ever; a guitar pick punch mold because they can never seem to find one when they want to play; or an oversized wine glass for a wine lover.

What makes where you live unique? Turning to your nearest local small business is often the best solution to finding a regional local gift. Find a local potter with up a pair of mugs; a local photographer with a framed photo of your region; a local author personalizing her latest release; or a farmer’s market vendor with their latest jam or jelly.

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Whatever you give this season, the best advice for holiday giving is keep Aloha in mind. A gift from the Islands is a special way to remind your loved ones of where you live, where they used to live, remind them of their favorite vacation spot, or celebrate their enthusiasm about their upcoming vacation to Hawaii. If you are looking for a unique local gift grown in Hawaii and made in Hawaii we have a few suggestions below.

Remember you don’t have to wait to place your order! Fresh flowers ordered now will not be cut or prepared until a day before shipping. Pre-ordering now ensures your gift will arrive fresh, before Christmas, and prevent stress from last minute shopping.

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Welcome to Our New Web Site


We’ve made some changes to our web site that we hope you will find helpful.  In addition to a new look we’ve made it easier for you to find the perfect gift or flower assortment for your home or special event with easy to use menus and a search function.

To welcome you we have posted a special coupon code.  This coupon can be used for any future delivery date in case you want to get a jump on your holiday shopping.  Save 10% on your order with coupon code: fresh


Hawaiian FlowersLarge assortment of Hawaiian flowers freshly grown in the islands.

It’s also easier to order fresh Hawaiian flowers and gifts on your mobile device like an iPad or smart phone.  Our new pages and menus will adjust to your screen size.

You will notice many of our pictures have been updated.  We will continue to add clearer, more informative images to help you choose the perfect Hawaiian flowers for your gift, party, wedding or other event.  We are also creating step-by-step guides on how to arrange each assortment to match our pictures.  Of course, tropical flowers look beautiful in any arrangement so feel free to create your own and share your picture with us on Facebook.

Follow our blog for our Hawaiian Holiday Gift Guide coming soon!

We will use our blog to keep you up to date on ideas for Hawaiian parties, weddings, luaus and gifts.  We will also post goings on here in the islands.  So whether you are on the mainland or here in Hawaii you can stay connected to the most beautiful place on earth!

Care Instructions

Hawaiian Flower Care Instructions

Hawaiian Flower Care Instructions

Hawaiian flower care instructions, identification guide and arranging ideas.  Follow this guide to give your tropical flowers longest life.  Instructions are included with every order.

Carefully unpack your fresh tropical flowers and remove them from the box as soon as they arrive.

For anthuriums, orchids and gingers soak the entire flower under lukewarm water for about 10 minutes.  This will extend the life of your flowers.

All flowers should have the stems held under water as you cut about an inch off the end of each stem.

Place the freshly cut stems in a vase or other container of water.

Do not refrigerate stems.

Cut about an inch off each stem and replace the water every 2 or 3 days.

Arranging Your Flowers

Choose a sturdy vase or use a tray with floral foam.

Begin with the largest or your favorite flower as a focal point.

Make sure where you are going to place each flower before cutting the stem.

Add the smaller flowers around the focal point.

Use the greenery to fill in spaces.

Leaves can be cut, bent or folded as you like.

Orchid stems can be cut in half to create two shorter stems.

Keep your display out of drafts or direct sunlight.

Do not refrigerate.

We have some ideas on how to use loose orchid at your party, wedding, luau or other event.  Please tell us yours!

Lei, Corsage and Orchid Care

Unpack maile, haku, leaf or flower leis and loose orchid blossoms upon arrival.

If they are a little dry, mist with clean, lukewarm water and gently shake off any excess.  Do not mist ti leaf leis.

Keep your corsage, haku, lei or loose orchid blossoms in a closed bag in the refrigerator.  They can be returned to the refrigerator after wearing for longer use.

Do not refrigerate anthurium corsages.  The cold will turn them black.


DIY and How To

Make Your Own Perfume

Make Your Own Perfume

You can make your own perfume at home using our essential oils and fragrances.

You’ll need a clean glass bottle to mix things in.  A dark glass works best as it protects from light.

To store your finished perfume a smaller bottle.  Again dark glass is better but clear works fine.

Two tablespoons of carrier oil to hold the fragrance.  Oils such as almond oil or jojoba work well.

Four tablespoons of vodka or high proof alcohol.

Two tablespoons of distilled water.  Tap water should not be used.

Essential oils and fragrances – combine up to three for your favorite combination

One coffee filter and a funnel

1.  Add 30 to 40 drops of your favorite oil or combination of oils to your mixing bottle.  Test as you go until you find a mix you like again using multiple oils.

2.  Mix in vodka and the carrier oil.  Shake everything together and then let the closed bottle sit for at least two days.  Some combinations can take 4 to 6 weeks to fully rest.  Do not refrigerate but keep in a cool, dark location.

3.  Open and add the water.  Shake thoroughly.

4.  Line your funnel with the coffee filter and pour into the storage bottles.  This will take some time so go slowly and do not overfill the funnel.

5.  Shake again each time before using.

It can take time to find your favorite combination so experiment freely with small drops of the oils.