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The Big Island may be lacking in huge malls and designer stores, but it's still a wonderful place to hunt out great gifts. As the holiday season settles in on the island, shoppers are seeking out places to pick up unique gifts and the Big Island has an abundance of places to find them. The island has a huge pool of crafters and artisans, and of the best places to find gifts are farmers markets and small boutiques, making shopping an experience in itself.
Islanders have been embracing the concept of buying local, and on an island that imports over 85 percent of its goods, it's a good motto to follow. At outdoor farmers' markets like the Hilo Farmers' Market and the Kona Farmers Market, shoppers can support local economy by purchasing locally made gifts. From handmade jewelry, clothing and home decor, to locally grown treats, they're a shopper's paradise.
For beautiful and unique jewelry, contact Peace of Hawaii for sterling silver and gold combined with locally found shells. Hana Hou is a great resource for high end, local style clothing and accessories.
For high end jewelry and designer clothing, the King's Shops at Waikoloa Village house the widest selection of top of the line stores. Familiar names like Coach, Louis Vuitton, and Tommy Bahama can all be found on this resort shopping center.
Enjoy the giving season, and use our list of the ten best places for Christmas shopping to cross names off your list.