Best Places for Christmas Shopping in Honolulu, 2013

Holiday shopping is often done at its best when gift are unique and thoughtfully chosen, and in Honolulu there's an abundance of places that provide shoppers with unique and locally crafted goods. In Hawaii it's common for entire families to stay for the holidays, and of course most travelers seek souvenirs, but either way you're gift hunting. So we've compiled the ten best places for Christmas shopping, to guide you to the best home decor, jewelery, clothing and arts and crafts on the island.

These days it's all about buying local in the Hawaiian Islands, and many of the shops on our list are on a mission to connect shoppers with locally made goods. At the Haleiwa Farmers Market, one of the most booming outdoor markets on the island, shoppers can find an abundance of locally made arts, crafts, and home decor, all unique options for gifts.

Also on the North Shore is Kai Ku Hale, and Global Creations. Both boutiques in Haleiwa are loaded with an eclectic mix of art work - both wearable and for the walls - as well as clothing, jewelry and beach inspired Christmas tree decorations. Kai Ku Hale focuses on Hawaiian style things, while Global Creations is all about beach and surf style.

For well known shops, drop by Ala Moana Mall for traditional gifts, clothing, and accessories.

When visiting Hawaii in the holiday season, remember that island style goodies make the best, and most unique gifts. And don't forget, always bring a reusable shopping bag.

Surf N Sea
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Surf, swim, dive, stand up paddle, and more surfing. That's what Haleiwa Surf N Sea is all about. The jam packed shop offers an extensive array of just about any sort of surf gear a person could need including boards of all shapes and sizes....  Read More

International Market Place
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A local fixture that's changed amazingly little since its inception in 1955, International Market Place features more than 130 shops, kiosks, and artist's stands selling everything from fine jewelry to t-shirts, from quilts to candles. While the...  Read More



Can't pass up a bargain, even while on vacation? You'll definitely want to make your way to this expansive flea market, which is held three days each week. All sorts of merchandise are available from a variety of vendors, and you're certain to...  Read More



This enormous, open-air extravaganza is Hawaii's largest shopping center, and with 230+ businesses to explore, you're certain to find one or two to monopolize your energy. Anchor stores include Neiman Marcus, Macy's, Sears, and Shirokiya. Other...  Read More



With a strong resemblance to an exotic museum, Global Creations is decorated with a thorough collection of home decor, art, trinkets, jewelry, books and things for children. Located on the side of Kamehameha Highway which winds through the...  Read More



Unique, unique, unique - describes Kai Ku Hale on the North Shore in Haleiwa. Loaded with gorgeous Hawaiian style home decor, clothing, trinkets, jewelry and art, the shop is a must stop for amazing locally finds. Most of what the shop sells is...  Read More



At the Kailua Farmers Market, a flood of vendors selling locally made and grown arts, crafts, and food - both ready to eat meals and fresh produce. One of the rare farmers markets on the island that is actually open during the late afternoon...  Read More

Haleiwa Farmers Market
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Over 3,000 people come to the Haleiwa Farmers Market on average every Sunday. Located right on the beautiful North Shore near exquisite beaches and perfect waves, the market offers an average of 50 vendors every market day. The rules are that...  Read More


Meet Jade Eckardt

Raised on the Big Island of Hawaii, Jade has traveled the world and doesn't intend to stop, yet the Hawaiian Islands are still her favorite place. She spent seven years living on Oahu and...  More About Jade