GREENIES AND DO-GOODERS
Macy’s is hosting an International Gifting Center offering handwoven baskets from Rwanda, Massai jewelry from East Africa, painted wooden trays from Indonesia and small ceramics and housewares from Haiti, sales of which will benefit the Rwanda Path to Peace and Heart of Haiti programs.
Drink Up Duo seems to be an odd name for a single item, but that just shows Origins at Ala Moana Center is thinking about the planet. The bottle contains Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask ($15) made with avocado and apricot kernel oils. After using the skin hydrator, wash out the bottle and it’s safe to use as an on-the-go water bottle. For each purchased, Origins will plant a tree through Global ReLeaf, a nonprofit group that’s helping to restore forests around the world. Origins has been responsible for 50,000 new trees to date.
1. Ecolicious, a local company started by artist Dexter Doi and, offers a line of 14 made in Hawaii canvas eco-tote bags, each silk-screened and painted by hand by the couple. Look for them, at about $24, at Blue Hawaii Lifestyle at Ala Moana Center, Nohea Gallery, Super Citizen at 22 S. Pauahi St., the University of Hawaii Bookstore, Lanikai Bed and Bath and the Hawaii State Art Museum gift shop.
Nel Ota of locally based Lei Chartru Design transforms reclaimed or upcycled materials into functional, unique eco-jewelry and accessories that she dubs "curious finds." These include earrings ($25) made of stamped upholstery leather to one-of-a-kind wristlets and wallets fashioned from scraps of fabric. Visit www.leichartrudesign.com.
2. For delicate types who can’t take the heat of a steaming latte cup (those paper sleeves just aren’t thick enough), there is an eco-solution. Designer Amy Knight creates reusable coffee-cup sleeves from scraps of fabric in designs exclusive to Cottage By the Sea at Ward Warehouse. At $17.50, they’ll wrap around standard tall and grande cups.
At Clay Cafe at Ward Warehouse, anyone can turn out beautiful ceramic ware by just wielding a paintbrush over pre-fired forms. Just pick up a gift certificate allowing your giftee to pick a plate, bowl or inch-size "Tots," small ceramic wares ranging from train cars to footballs, hippos and skulls, and put their creativity to work. Prices start at $2.50 for a Tot. Call 589-1808.
It’s sad to see the Peggy Chun Gallery closing, but the closing sale runs until 9 p.m. tomorrow. Up for grabs are unmatted prints for $10 to $25, signed 5-by-7-inch prints starting at $9.95, original paintings starting at $900, note cards at 10 for $1, and copies of the Peg’s Legs cookbooks, regularly priced at $20, now going for $5. Shoppers are invited to stay for the gallery’s closing night party.
3. Collectors of implements of beauty may be fascinated by the ohe kapala, or tapa stamps, available at Na Mea Hawai’i/Native Books. These are available in stick forms or tubes ($32 to $42) bearing stylized wana, or sea urchin, imagery.
Designer Ryn Rina uses felt made from recycled water bottles to create purses and whimsical floral jewelry on leather cord. The pieces carried at Cottage by the Sea at Ward Warehouse range from a single blossom ring ($24) to multiple-flower necklaces ($53) that can also double as wrap bracelets.
4. Inspired by the glorification of the obi during Japan’s Edo period, Montsuki has come up with the Edo handbag, constructed of black dragon brocade with a front of vintage obi silks; found, new and vintage ceramic ware; bamboo and other objects. Handles are of braided imported Suisse cording, and adorned with European glass beads. Each is one of a kind, at $125. Other styles are available. Montsuki is at 1132 Koko Head Ave. Call 734-3457.
BATH AND BEAUTY
6. For the natural girl on the go, Origins Good to Glow kit contains a few essentials for facing the world in the morning. GinZing eye cream brightens and depuffs the eye area, Full Story mascara opens the eyes, and a dual-ended lip gloss offers a choice of berry or rosy pink color, all packed in a 80 percent post-industrial material eco-case. It’s $29.50 at the Origins store at Ala Moana.
The Indigenous Soap Co. has put together a limited-edition natural soap sampler ($34), featuring four distinctive scents named ‘Aina, Mama’o, Rosemary Peppermint and Love Child. For friends on the mainland or those abroad who may be homesick, there is also a Simple Pleasures set ($25) of tropical-scented bath-and-body products. They are Hawaiian Rainforest Naturals Wild Orchid Pleasure bath crystals, a Hawaiian Bath and Body mango papaya soap bar and Uplift Aromatherapy body mist.
And for the soothing and relaxing scent of lavender from Kula, the $75 Lavender Escape features six products, ranging from a body spritzer to lavender-mint aromatherapy oil. The sets are available at Blue Hawaii Lifestyle at Ala Moana Center. Look for Indigenous Soap Co. products at Na Mea Hawai’i/Native Books as well.
The latest evolution in cosmetic gadgetry puts LED light therapy into the hands of the home user. Blue light kills acne-causing bacteria, while red wavelengths are used to accelerate wound healing, stimulate collagen production and fade sunspots. While many of these devices are in the $300 territory, Anso makes a compact, portable device for treating your skin wherever you go. A five-minute timer ensures you don’t overdo it, because who knows where that might lead. It’s available at the Spa at Kahala for $155.
Also in the realm of gadgetry, how about something she might not buy for herself, in the form of the Bliss Pore-fector, designed to power wash pores. A kit that includes a detoxifying toner and two samples of a 15-minute facial mask is $185 at Sephora.
Treat the stressed out individual on your list to a spa basket filled with products from such local companies as Malie Organics and Lanikai Bath and Body. Mix and match products with your giftee’s favorite scents. Ihilani Spa also has its own line, featuring the essence of mountain apple, available in shampoos, conditioners, lotions, washes and bath salts. Buy it online at www.ihilani.com if you can’t make it out to Ko Olina. For the other products, visit www.malie.com or www.lanikaibathandbody.com
EASY DOES IT
For those who don’t want to fuss over gifts, Macy’s makes it easy to choose from dozens of wrapped "grab-and-go" gifts through its one-stop Gift Shop at Macy’s.
5. Among the selections are a set of four Rebecca Moses Sweet Treats dessert plates ($25) for your favorite cook or hostess; mini USB laptop lamps ($12) for your resident student or favorite blogger; a T-shirt design kit ($35) for your favorite DIYer; and doggie tees ($20) for the family pet.
Neiman Marcus has two Small Gifts sections near women’s accessories and housewares, with items of $100 or less. These range from small housewares to leather-bound journals and Jay Strongwater enameled bookmarks ($85).