We love going out to eat and most of our friends do, too. But what do you get your foodie friends for Christmas? They already know about the hottest restaurants, already buy their own fave wines or craft beers, and throw the most killer potlucks.
Well, your holiday shopping's made easy with our foodie gift guide. These are things we love to receive, but don't necessarily buy for ourselves — and most of them can be found at places that offer multiple choices for food and foodie-themed gifts.
What: Gummy candies in local flavors and other local packaged snacks
Where: Any ABC store in Hawaii
Foodie swag: Everyone loves gummies. At ABC Stores, you can get them in flavors such as mango, pineapple and mixed fruit. Don't want to head into Waikiki for these? There are two ABC Stores in Ala Moana Center.
What: Ultra-local T-shirts
Where: Crazy Shirt stores
Foodie swag: Check out the food-themed apparel: This Spam musubi shirt is $31, while the Kau Kau design featuring chicken katsu, saimin, loco moco and poi is $35.
Eden in Love Boutique
What: Foodie dish towels, coasters, reusable bags, popcorn and more
Where: Eden in Love, South Shore Market, 1170 Auahi St., Kakaako, 591-1005
Foodie swag: The Heart of Eden line features local foodie merch including cozies ($8), keychains ($10), wine stoppers ($8), totes ($34), T-shirts ($27, $39) and reusable bags ($12, $14). Also popular: Eden's exclusive popcorn mix with caramel, furikake and cheddar is $12.
What: Foodie tote bags plus packaged local snacks, mixes and condiments
Where: Foodland Farms Ala Moana, Foodland Farms Pearl City
Foodie swag: Most of Foodland's reusable tote bags ($2.99) have cute foodie designs and do double-duty as gift bags for onolicious omiyage. Snacks in the chain's Maikai line range from wasabi-flavored cashews to trail mixes with fun names like Kapakahi and Hemajang.
New in stores: This year's Christmas-themed totes.
What: The cookbook series that was in every Hawaii kitchen in the mid-1970s, these compilations of traditional Japanese, local and ethnic recipes serve as culinary time capsules. The six cookbooks published by the Buddhist temple between between 1973 and 1995 are still in demand. All six are still available for purchase and can be picked up during office hours from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday thru Friday and 8 a.m to 12 p.m. on weekends. Order via this cookbook form, then print out the form and bring to the office with payment. You can also mail in the form with your payment. Only cash or checks are accepted; no credit cards.
Where: Honpa Hongwanji Hawaii Betsuin, 1727 Pali Hwy., Nuuanu, 536-7044
Matsumoto's Shave Ice: Matsumoto's Shave Ice Hot Wheels shave ice truck, mochi pancake mix, Matsumoto's Shave Ice shirts
What: Matsumoto Shave Ice Hot Wheels truck, mochi pancake mix, logo shirts
Where: Matsumoto Shave Ice, 66-111 Kamehameha Hwy., Haleiwa, 637-4827
Foodie swag: When you get one shave ice for yourself, you can Christmas-shop at the same time. The iconic store sells Matsumoto's Shave Ice T-shirts and Matsumoto's Mochi Pancake Mixes. But the coolest logo item is Matsumoto's collab with Hot Wheels: an ultra-badness, ultra-radness shave ice truck that's just $2 each with a limit of 2 per person while supplies last.
Primo Popcorn: Seasonal holiday popcorn, popcorn with local flavors
What: Seasonal holiday popcorn, popcorn with local flavors
Where: Primo Popcorn, 120 Sand Island Access Road, Kalihi, 729-7322
Foodie swag: Li hing pineapple, caramel, Kalakoa (orange, green apple, grape, watermelon, banana, strawberry and coconut), white truffle parmesan, kalbi, Japanese curry: Most flavors at Primo Popcorn range from $5.75 to $6.25. Seasonal flavors include a Christmas blend with strawberry, apple and cheesecake flavors and Jingle Bells with white chocolate and peppermint. Best of all, you can sample any one you like.
Rainbow Tiki at Rainbow Drive-In
What: The famous drive-in's own merchandise store carries plenty of logo goodies
Where: Rainbow Drive-In, 3308 Kanaina Avenue, Kapahulu, 737-0177
Foodie swag: Located at the original Kapahulu Avenue location, the Rainbow Tiki carries as many goodies as the legendary mixed plate: Rainbow Drive-In logo hats, tote bags, mugs, stickers, T-shirts and a really cute covered bowl that says "chili over rice." There's even a Hello Kitty Rainbow Drive-In tote bag.
Tanioka's Ala Moana Center pop-up
What: Tanioka's goes kawaii with Japan's cutest characters
Where: Tanioka's Seafoods & Catering, 1450 Ala Moana Blvd., Ala Moana, 671-3779
Foodie swag: Tanioka's sells more than poke bowls and musubis. Check out the Ala Moana pop-up for kawaii apparel with characters like Hello Kitty and Pochacco holding poke bowls, surfboards and other Hawaii-esque items. The Ala Moana pop-up has exclusive merch like T-shirts and totes, so keep your eyes peeled.
What: Hawaii-exclusive food logo shirts
Where: Uniqlo, Ala Moana Center, 1450 Ala Moana Blvd., 600-3831
Foodie swag: For its one-year anniversary celebration this past summer, the Japanese chain introduced a T-shirt collection ($14.90 for adult shirt) featuring nine iconic Hawaii brands: Banan, Giovanni's Shrimp Truck, Hawaiian Airlines, Honolulu Cookie Company, Leonard's Bakery, Lion Coffee, Matsumoto Shave Ice, Rainbow Drive-In and Via Gelato.