Theme holiday shopping started when I was a college student at University of Hawaii with no car. I usually had one day to shop at Ala Moana shopping center and a tight budget. So, I started pre-planning my shopping list and using a theme or a couple of themes as a guide so I could do all my shopping in just a few stores. One year everyone got books from the Honolulu Bookstore, another year it was all about food and kitchen items from Compleat Kitchen and yet another all the women got items from Sephora. Once I started Internet shopping, I would focus all my shopping on just a few sites. There were the personalized boat totes and travel pouches from LL Bean and last year it was goodies from Big Island Candies. This year, I’m planning something really special.
Instead of focusing my gift shopping on just a few stores, I’m challenging myself to support Hawaii crafters, artisans, authors, musicians, farmers, photographers, artists, designers and restaurants. The rules are:
- All gifts must be created, grown, designed or produced in Hawaii with the following exception (see next bullet point).
- Books and art written and created by authors or artists who grew up in Hawaii but have since moved away are acceptable.
- Dining gift certificates may be for an establishment with a Hawaii presence only or a chain of restaurants, which had, its original location in Hawaii.
- Internet or online orders from other islands qualify. Book online orders from mainland booksellers are acceptable if book isn’t available locally.
I’ll be posting from now until Christmas gift ideas for this buy local challenge. Join me tomorrow for my first post of gift ideas!