With most of the country experiencing rain, snow and freezing temperatures, a trip to Hawaii has never sounded better. Whether the islands are your Valentine’s favorite destination or a bucket list one, we’ve found authentic gifts from Hawaii that will bring the spirit of aloha to them and show them how much you care.
They’re likely to express their gratitude with a sincere “mahalo” and, if you’re lucky, plane tickets.
There’s nothing as sweet as a pineapple from Hawaii and fans of the tropical fruit will rejoice to get one that’s picked straight from the farm – even if they live across the country. Fresh and juicy, it comes ready to eat and is such a burst of sunshine, you’ll want to opt for the two pineapple shipment for just another tenner. Plus, with every purchase of a Maui Gold Pineapple, the company will make a donation to relief organizations providing aid to Maui. Price: $49.99
Give them a genuine piece of their happy place with Dune Jewelry, which makes stunning bracelets, necklaces, earrings, keychains and more – all of which feature sand or natural elements from beaches and special spots all over the world. For Hawaii lovers, the Touch the World Bracelet can be customized with shells from the islands or you can send your own shells from your favorite Hawaiian beach. Ten percent of net proceeds are donated to Ocean Conservancy, making this a gift that gives back. It gives you the perfect excuse to splurge on a wristful. Price: $42
Don’t worry if you can’t get to Hawaii because doing one of these lovely puzzles offers that same sense of relaxation. Surf Shack is a wahine-owned and ‘ohana-operated business that creates puzzles capturing the beauty and spirit of aloha, from tranquil sea scenes to signature florals and prints. Choose from 70, 500 and 1000 piece puzzles, all made from premium 100% recycled board. A member of 1% For the Planet, Surf Shack supports marine conservation efforts, protecting the beautiful landscape that inspires their local artists. Price: From $25
A handmade gift is so special – but that doesn’t mean you have to make it with your own hands. This gorgeous hand-embroidered pillow shows off the best of Hawaii’s iconic islands, from hula to surfing to Kona coffee. A vacation in itself, your Valentine will want to rest their head on the comfy organic cotton, surrounded by palm trees and ocean waves, and drift off to sweet dreams of gently swinging on a hammock in Hawaii – even if they have to wake up on their own couch in their own living room. Price: $225
Styled after the vintage aloha shirts of the 1960s, this Pekelo print tote is reversible, featuring muted colors on the outside and richer hues on the inside. It comes in vintage green, red, blue and black and features an interior zipper pocket for valuables. Like all Aloha bags, it’s lightweight, stylish, water-resistant and will turn an afternoon of errands into a day at the beach. Founded by two Hawaiian women, the company donates 5% of profits to local conservation organizations. Price: $50
Chocolate is a Valentine’s Day staple but it’s even better when it’s covering macadamia nuts from Maui. Hawaiian Host is the OG chocolate-covered macadamia nut and, almost a century later, it’s no exaggeration to say they’ve perfected it. This collection contains 14 pieces of the brand’s bestsellers: AlohaMacs Milk Chocolate, AlohaMacs Dark Chocolate and MacNut Crunch. If your Valentine offers to share these decadent treats, you’ll know it’s true love. Another show of love? Hawaiian Host’s Takitani Foundation provides scholarships to students in Hawaii. Price: $12.95
Just one whiff of this breezy candle and your Valentine will swear you’ve just taken them to Hawaii. With top notes of pineapple and coconut, mid notes of seashore and cyclamen and base notes of sugar, vanilla and musk, it’s a heady blend that replicates the scent of the islands’ sandy beaches, ocean and flowers. It’s got a burn time of 60 to 80 hours and is the perfect antidote for a cold, February day. Price: $28.50
This award-winning collection gives you a real taste of Hawaii. Literally. A beautiful, beachy jute market bag is filled to the brim with authentic Hawaiian favorites like macadamia nut honey butter, hibiscus tea, pineapple hot sauce and sriracha ahi jerky – all from top local brands, whose fascinating stories are included with their products. It’s the next best thing to a luau. Price: $225