With so many craft shows this month, it can be overwhelming to make your way through endless tables stacked with Hawaiian-print towels, cute logo shirts and local knickknacks.
The Star-Advertiser staff visited some craft fairs and compiled this list of clever creations:
If you’re blessed with one of those aunties who does nice things all year, get her something sweet at Wabi-Sabi, a fun little store tucked away in Kaimuki. For around $10, find cute gifts sets with an Asian flair, such as a rice paddle and dish towel decorated with pretty fabric. A favorite uncle who makes ono potluck would be proud to wear a "Rice Guy" polo ($32), complete with rice cooker logo. In fact, there’s probably something for everyone at the store, located right behind Kaimuki Goodwill, 1223 Koko Head Ave. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays to Saturdays. Call 734-3693.
Remote Control Box
Keep all your remotes out of the couch cushions and decorate your coffee table at the same time. Cathy Harada imports materials from Japan for her sweetly styled washi (paper) remote control boxes ($20). The boxes come wrapped in a various Japanese designs and have three slots. For more information or dates, call 271-9924.
Sweet Island Baby Crayon Caddies bring artistic fun to any restaurant. The brightly printed cloth caddies sport individual pockets for eight crayons and wrap up tightly, perfect for the stocking of any child (or the stocking of any mother who is tired of fishing bits of broken crayon from the bottom of her purse). The crayon sets are available at Little Sprouts in Kailua and Little People Hawaii in Windward Mall, Growing Keiki in Haleiwa and Cupcake Boutique at Ward Warehouse, and sell for $9 to $10. Contact Christina Teramura at firstname.lastname@example.org for specific print requests, or for special pricing on large orders.
Kitchen mavens will love these practical yet decorative Corian/Hi-mac cutting boards by Ruby D, a husband-and-wife team that produces the resilient, nonporous boards in a variety of shapes and sizes. The beauty of Corian/Hi-mac is that it won’t grow bacteria. Not only is that safer for food prep, it also means the boards will never stain. Ruby D makes various animal and fruit shapes, the honu being its most popular design, as well as standard rectangles and ovals for the more practical-minded. Standard boards are 1/2 -inch thick, perhaps too heavy for some, so they also sell 1/4 -inch boards. Prices range from $15 to $55. Call 488-4488.
Miniature Photo Albums
Pricey, fancy-pants gifts come and go, but what loved ones appreciate most are gifts that are personalized. That means pictures can go a long way. Touch of Art in Hawaii has figured out how to make photographs more resilient for toting around. They print images on hard plastic sheets and bind them into miniature photo albums only 13/8-by-1 1/2 inches in size that can hang off a bag or cell phone. Choose either 13- or 18-photo albums for $15. Call 330-9912 or visit www.touchofartinhawaii.com.
K-Drama Key Chains
K-drama fans can show their devotion with tiny photographic cell phone charms and key chains from Beads and Things by Kori. Kori Lau makes the bits of jewelry that are available at craft fairs and at Duke’s Clothing, 723 California Ave. in Wahiawa. Lau uses pictures of the most popular K-drama and K-pop stars, with her top seller being the actors from the show "Boys Over Flowers," but she accepts requests for specific stars via e-mail at email@example.com. Cell phone charms are $10 and key chains are $16.
E-mail Renee Osborne your digital photo and she’ll create a scratch-proof, waterproof 3-D rendering placed in the tiny plush animal of your choice. The result is My Mini Me, which comes in more than a dozen animal choices and four sizes — $8 for 2.4 inches, $12 for 3.9 inches, $15 for 5.6 inches, or $28 for 7 inches, plus shipping charges. Osborne also sells special sets with wedding themes. E-mail Osborne at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Malulani’s keiki pa’u sets are a bit of sweet, old-fashioned Hawaii. With sizes for 6 months to 5 years, they would be perfect as matching outfits for the keiki in the Christmas card photo or as an alternative to the tacky coconut shell and plastic grass skirt for your friends’ kids on the mainland. Mieko Gleason makes the outfits with matching drawstring bags, so the wrapping is included in the gift. Outfits cost $10 to $20 at craft fairs, or contact Gleason directly at email@example.com or 942-3984. She accepts requests of specific fabrics. The outfits are also available at Native Books / Na Mea Hawai’i in Ward Warehouse for $20 to $28.
Whatchu going get fo yo faddah an da teacha? Hard time figga ’em out? No worry beef curry. Check out Pidginoverdrive. Dey get mo den 35 pidgin sayings on da T-shirts, like "Try wait," "Winnah," "Fo’ real " and "Edjamacated." Fo da keedz, get "AiDono," "Not, wazent me" and couple mo fun stuff. Cos’ you $16 to $23, or $12.50 for youth sizes. Also get stuff like coozies ($5.75), coasters (two for $6) and canvas bags ($7). Visit www.pidginoverdrive.com.
Craft Fair Highlights
For more listings, see our Holiday: Christmas & Craft Fairs calendar.
Christmas Pottery Sale: 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Windward Community College Ceramics Studio, Hale Palanakila Building; 235-7323.
7th Annual Season’s Best Aiea Craft & Gift Fair: More than 150 booths, 8 a.m.- 2 p.m. Saturday, Aiea Elementary School, 99-370 Moanalua Road; 683-6064.
Season’s Holiday Fair: Handmade gift items, jewelry, blown glass, kimono scarves, country ornaments, dolls, pins, cookies, senbei, handbags, totes and accessories, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Wai’oli Team Room, 2950 Manoa Road; 216-1858.
Mililani High School Athletic Craft Fair: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, 95-1200 Meheula Parkway; 627-7369.
McKinley High School Christmas Craft and Gift Fair: More than 50 vendors including plant nursery growers, sponsored by McKinley Tennis Team and Kilohana Kai, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 12, 1039 S. King St. (enter via Pensacola Street); 225-4041.
Unique Boutiques Craft Fair: Gift baskets, gift items, jewelry, handbags, baked goods, Christmas decorations and more, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday and Dec. 18, Wai’oli Tea Room, 2950 Manoa Road; 271-7437.
Christmas Fair: Food and craft items: 7 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Dec. 16, Fort Street Mall between Ross and Macy’s; 777-9216.
Honolulu Gift Fair: More than 300 booths, 5-9 p.m. Dec. 17, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Dec. 18, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 19, Blaisdell Center; 942-3110, www.HonoluluGiftFair.com.