$50 gets you ...
Good luck if you've got the dreaded fashionista on your Christmas shopping list. They are picky, picky, picky. But little luxuries are available for $50 or less, and here are a few ideas for getting started.
Treat friends to a luxurious bath experience with one of 22 Tropical Trios from Bubble Shack Hawaiian Soap Co. Trios comprise organic shea butter and macadamia nut oil lotion, organic jojoba and aloe vera body wash, and a bar of handmade soap in scents like Chocolate Malasada and Coconut Volcano (pictured). Sets are $30. Individual prices are $6 to $12.50. Find them at Bubble Shack at International Marketplace, Down to Earth Honolulu, Vue Hawaii at Kahala Mall, Mamo Howell at Ward Warehouse or online at Bubbleshackhawaii.com
Whether your giftee is drawn to the light or dark side of life, Coach offers leather key fobs that take the shape of skulls ($38) or joyous seasonal shapes of penguins ($38) and snowflakes ($28). The Ala Moana store sold its last skull this week, but you can try another Coach or go online at Coach.com
If you like Marc Jacobs' Daisy scent, a youthful feminine floral with a whisper of violets, you can retouch any time, anywhere with this perfume ring that can be worn or tucked into its little gold pouch to carry with you. It's $30 at Sephora.
Show your holiday wishes, literally, with jewelry bearing messages of love, friendship and hope. The Remy necklace pictured also reads "love" on its reverse side. It's $50 at Cottage by the Sea, Ward Warehouse. Stop by 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday when the boutique hosts a trunk show of jewelry designs by Gabbybella. And you can cross those surfing teens off your list with grab-and-go Christmas stockings from Hawaiian South Shore, at 320 Ward Ave. The $20 stocking is stuffed with a bar of Mr. Zogs Sex Wax, wax comb and a Hawaiian South Shore T-shirt. Easy. Men's T-shirt sizes run from small to XXL. Similar women's packages feature a Hawaiian South Shore or Cheater Five shirt, from size small to large, for $27.
A girl's gotta look perfect when she's out and about. Swarovski crystal-topped compact mirrors allow for quick fixes on the sly. The designs shown are $39 and $48 for the crown design. I know $50 was the limit, but can't resist showing the Swarovski crystal-studded pen, $75. All from Bamboo Sky, at 401 Kamakee St.
For the fashionable baby girl, hair clips by giddy giddy are handmade from colorful pieces of felt, with contrasting top-stitching. Other designs include ladybugs and cupcakes. They're so cute, Mom might feel tempted to wear one or two herself. They're $9 each at Cottage by the Sea at Ward Warehouse.
Soothe mind and body with Lanikai Bath and Body products based on 18 island fragrances, botanical extracts and natural oils, including macadamia and kukui nuts. Pictured are Ocean Replenishing Body Lotion, $15, and Ocean Replenishing Massage and Bath Oil, $16.50. There's even Lanikai Poi Dog doggie shampoo for keeping the family's best friend smelling of sweet island mango, with organic aloe and jojoba oil, for $10.50. Shop at 767 Kailua Road or go online to lanikaibathandbody.com
What woman can resist color? Sephora's Collector's Palette 2007 edition delivers the mother lode of 64 eye shadows, 32 lip colors and eight blushes to suit any mood and any color trend that next spring and summer bring. Those who shop cosmetics know how pricey they can be, but this beautiful box comes in under our target price, at $48. A smaller, just-as-cute kit is Sephora's two-tiered Belle Multi-Use Make Up Palette of peachy, bubble-gum shades, including 12 eye shadows, seven lip glosses, four cheek colors and a jet-black mascara, for $20.
Organize your everyday bracelets, earrings and rings with a jewelry tree, only $12 at the Butik, 1067 Kapiolani Blvd. At that price, you can also spring for a pair of earrings by Deena Chang of Sugar Gems Jewelry, handmade in Hawaii. Hers are the pair with the green stone and mother-of-pearl heart, at $38. Spend $75 and you'll receive a gift for yourself the Butik's black canvas tote bag with floral logo.
Flying off the shelf at Hawaiian South Shore are Havaianas slippers prized by the trendy set. Inspired by Japanese zori but born in Brazil, these slippers are a hit on fashion show runways and, more important, when Paris Hilton or Lindsay Lohan wear them, others tend to follow. The printed style with a single Swarovski crystal stud in the strap is exclusive to the boutique, at $32, in sizes 4 to 9.