Your one-stop-shop for finding the best gift for everyone on your list.
Each year, we put together a gift guide curated from the discerning tastes of the NMG Network team. From locally sourced presents to widely beloved products, our guide features the perfect get for any type of giftee on your shopping list.
In the tradition of Mary Kawena Pukui’s seminal “Nana i ke Kumu” series from the 1970s, this empowering volume authored by living kūpuna covers Hawaiian practices around conflict-resolution, reconciliation, grieving, and healing.
A read that promises to be rich in detail and narrative by author and T Magazine editor-in-chief Hanya Yanagihara. Based on early reviews, elements of Hawai‘i, where Yanagihara grew up, appear throughout the book.
From the master of deep thoughts and wise words comes a new collection of essays. Written during the pandemic, this pocket-sized book touches on particularly pertinent topics like failure, purpose, and growth.
An artistic deep dive into the culture of basketball. Through infographics and illustrations, this coffee-table book celebrates the meteoric rise of the sport, and presents a lively melding of basketball and pop culture.
Fishcake’s Blue Clay Studio offer local ceramicist in Honolulu an affordable space to hone their craft. Purchase an annual membership for discounted rates on access to throwing wheels, studio glazes, and other member benefits.
The public library launched an online bookstore last year as an offshoot of its annual book sale at McKinley High School. I’ll be scouring the online inventory for gift-worthy out-of-print books and Hawaiiana titles, like this one from Bamboo Ridge Press.
While a decade ago, chaga and lion’s mane were fringe supplements, the shroom boom of the last few years has put them in the mainstream. Mālama Mushrooms is a Hawai‘i-grown company bringing mushroom extracts to local fans.
Nothing says self-love more than a bespoke floral arrangement for your home. Ren MacDonald-Balasia’s exacting eye for unique materials and composition is sure to deliver a one-of-a-kind conversation piece.
No well-meaning Millenial kitchen is complete without this cult classic cookware from Our Place. With its minimalist design, splashy color ways, and claims of being the only pan you’ll ever need, the Always Pan is a must-have for cooks who prioritize aesthetics.
A sustainable container for all of your farmers market goods, from grapes to strawberries. This clever container not only ensures your produce stays fresh, but it also doubles as a colander. A practical wash-and-store all in one. Comes in a set of two.
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Established by certified master roaster Charles Asselbaye, Local Joe has supplied Chinatown’s caffeine addiction since 2016. If you’re a fan of their coffees, then you’ll enjoy their Regular Joe House Blend, the roast that they use for many of their in-house drinks.
Founded in 2017 by craft baker Chris Sy, the Breadshop in Kaimukī has become a local mainstay, known for its fresh loaves of bread and sweet pastries. While offerings can change day to day, a gift card will ensure that your giftée still gets access to the best breads in town.
While Jennifer Fisher is most well-known for her jewelry, her own blend of seasoned salts has garnered its own cult following. A skilled home cook, this trio of blends are some of Jennifer’s spice must-haves.
Roberta’s retro reimagining of the classic aloha shirt has popularized the garment for a new generation of stylish dressers. Designed in-house and printed by hand, her prints are a true made in Hawai‘i operation.
An everyday essential wear, this versatile garment straddles the goldilocks zone between an outerwear and a sports jacket. Its silhouette, inspired by the vintage look of the French worker’s jacket, lends a casual air. Meanwhile, the luxe corduroy material helps to elevate any outfit.
Matt Bruening’s Luna Pant is reimagined in the classic palaka print. Handmade in Hawai‘i from 100 percent cotton, the wide legs, breathable fabric, and unisex silhouette make it an instant closet staple.
Founded on the ethos of staple garments for all genders, Cyc The Shop has an essential piece for all tastes. Their pleated linen pants are among their most versatile, adding comfort and edge to any outfit.
The Mama Mana program is a community-based midwifery model offering a holistic approach for expecting and new families across Hawai‘i. Beyond clinical services provided by Hawaii State Licensed midwives and nurse practitioners, the program offers vital resources such as food distribution, lactation support, and mental health referrals.
Since being founded in 2015, the Pōpolo Project has become a resource for Hawai‘i’s Black community. Over the years, the non-profit has provided a space for expression and kinship through community gatherings and cultural programming. In supporting their work, the Pōpolo Project can continue to celebrate Black lives and cultures in Hawai‘i and in the larger Pacific.
For years, Pu‘uhonua O Wai‘anae has acted as a refuge for many O‘ahu’s unhoused. In 2020, the community successfully raised funds to purchase a 20-acre property in the back of Waiʻanae Valley. Pu‘uhonua O Wai‘anae is now in its second phase of fundraising to complete plans for Puʻhonua O Waiʻanae Farm Village, which will feature true affordable housing for its community.
Pāhiki Eco-Caskets provides families who have suffered a loss access to their eco-conscious burial options. Through their keiki fund, Pāhiki is able to provide keiki caskets 1 – 5 feet for just $1, unburdening families with costs that could easily reach into the hundreds.
Purple Mai‘a began as a Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) outreach program. Since being founded in 2013, Purple Mai‘a has become the leading local non-profit providing mentorship in areas of technology and entrepreneurship to Hawai‘i’s next generation, with a focus on Kanaka Maoli youth.