PASIFIKA MADE GIFT IDEAS
We've put together a list of Pacific Island owned or made products that would make fantastic gifts or presents for friends, family and loved ones for any occasion.
KOKO & KI GIFT WRAP
Koko & Ki is a stationery line & design service. Their design style and work is varied/eclectic, sprinkled with graphic design work, illustrations & floral designs that celebrates their Samoan & South Pacific identity, language & lifestyle.
Check out more of their work here
They've released malu inspired & palm leaf patterned gift wrap as well as a lifestyle journal.
NB: They're based in Australia but have online gift cards available for people outside Oz.
DANIKA COOPER JEWELLERY
AOLELE CREATIVE EARRINGS & BROOCHES
Handmade Pacific earrings and brooches by Leone Tui worked from bright, bold polymer clays. She started out making them for herself and was originally an after-hours creative outlet during maternity leave. Her grandmother liked them so much she became Leone's first proper customer and seeing that she's the woman beind Plantation House in Samoa, Leone trusted her creative feedback.
MOANA GEMS PEARL & ART GALLERY
Cook Islands pearls are their specialty however, if you're looking for something deeply connected to true polynesian art/culture/tradition - their exclusive ti'a Mangaia range, handcarved basalt volcanic rock pendants, created on the island of Mangaia are most definitely a most UNIQUE Polynesian/Cook Islands/Mangaian gift.
There's always the tried & true well known labels like MENA, TAV Pacific, Tanoa & Eveni that have their own stores and stockists both here and in the islands. You can check out more of our Pacific Island Designers here and here but there are also young emerging Pacific designers if you wanted to buy sumthin new new.
LAYPLAN are only on Instagram ( a collaborative project between Lavinia Ilolahia and Talia Betham) and hand make to order if you hit them up on the Gram. They also have pop up stalls now and then at different markets.
Edimo Label is a new swimwear label co-founded by Samoan Eden Vawdrey & Imogen Peek-Swaney - they give you the option to pay in full or up to 6 weekly payments on their website.
ISLAND PEPE - PASIFIKA BABY APPAREL
Modern, trendy and Pasifika-inspired baby apparel which are truly one-of-a-kind and perfect for your little ones!
The Masoe & Valikoula families are the co-founders of Island Pepe and their goal is to help inspire our children, and parents alike, to preserve the language/culture of our ancestors and share it with the world!
Your favourite NZ athletes favourite NZ clothing line offering tees for men, women, kids & babies.
Pacific Island tattoo artists Tyla Vaeau & her brother Hiram Vaeau work out of Karanga Ink and you can purchase gift vouchers to gift a friend or family member who may be looking at getting some ink over the holidays.
Examples of their work below
Call into the Karanga Ink studio at 238 Karangahape Road or shoot them a message on their Facebook page.
TAMĀ - Pacifc Scripture Word Art
Framed prints of a scripture or The Lords Prayer which is very popular in your language of heritage eg Samoan, Tongan, Niuean.
To order any of Lila's scriptural prints you can email her on firstname.lastname@example.org or contact her via her Instagram: http://instagram.com/tamapacific
SKINCARE & NATURAL OILS
At one point there was only Pure Fiji & Tahitian Mono'i but over the last few years we've seen new skincare & natural oil products emerge.
Here are a few that have caught our attention ...
MISILUKI NATURAL ORGANIC SKINCARE
The Misiluki range produces its own ethically sourced coconut oil that focuses on farmer centric entrepreneurship.
Misiluki also has a range of six natural skincare products: Demure Face Oil, Serene Face Serum, Cherish Day Cream, Timeless lip Balm, Brilliant Eye Cream and the Vivacious Foaming Cleanser.
Shop here online or they're also available at the Duty Free store in Samoa.
RITO COOK ISLANDS
Rito Skincare utilises local ingredients – cold pressed, virgin coconut oil which is produced in Tikioki, Titikaveka for their whole skincare range. They also do shampoo, conditioner and coconut oils for cooking.
To purchase any of the Rito Cook Islands products check them out at Hut #46 Punanga Nui Markets Saturday Mornings 8:00 am - 12:00 Noon in Rarotonga & If you're in Auckland, NZ you can purchase from Maraetai Day Spa, Maraetai Beach. Their Facebook page also lists other retailers that stock Rito
Skincare and natural beauty products from Samoa made from cold pressed coconut oil including lip balm, soaps, oils, lotions, cleansers, facial scrubs, body scrubs and more.
Mailelani are located on the Cross Island Road (Apia side) in Samoa - look out for the sign and in Auckland, Sei Oriana gift store in Mangere stock a range of their product as well as a wide selection of gifts and authentic Samoan products - Books, Jewellery, Clothing, Gifts and more.
And not forgetting Pure Fiji & Tiki Tiare Mono'i Oil.
If you're after a one stop shop - try Sei Oriana Gift Shop in Mangere next to the Fale Samoa and across the road from the Town Centre. They have a great selection of books, clothes, Havaiana jandals, skin care products, jewellery and more made & owned by Pasifika peeps.