As the year draws to a close, you might be celebrating the departure of 2020 more than any other year in your life. This year has been filled with trials and tribulations big and small for people all over the world. As the year ends, you might also be realizing that while this was the most bizarre year, you have a lot to be thankful for. In times of hardship, we tend to lean very heavily on our loved ones, and while hardship is not fun, it’s an important reminder that we’re never alone. The hard times make it easier to recognize how lucky you are, and the holiday season is an ideal time to show your loved ones how much they mean to you.
When you are determined to show your loved ones how much they mean to you with your gifts, it can add a lot of pressure, making it exceedingly challenging to commit to a purchase. As time goes on, the pressure and the stress of not having a gift can build, and it drains the joy right out of the gift-giving process. To avoid the chaos, check out the 2020 Holiday gift guide by Whaler’s Locker. We’ve curated a gift guide with something for everyone on your list.
Hawaii Gifts for the Natural History Lover
History buff or not, natural history is incredibly fascinating, and there’s nothing cooler than bringing home a piece of the world from millions of years ago. Whether you’re shopping for an avid fossil collector or someone that just appreciates nature, check out these options for Hawaii gifts that embody the wonder that is nature.
Fossils Gifts and Fossil Jewelry
Fossils are quite literally a piece of the world from millions of years ago. Preserved remains of an organism become a fossil after approximately 10,000 years, so as you can imagine, fossilization is a rare phenomenon. Most organisms die and decompose, but under the right conditions, sediment covers a dead organism soon after death. Minerals seep into the remains and ultimately replace the organism’s structure and become a rock version of the organism.
Fossil gifts are meaningful, of course, to people who collect and enjoy fossils. However, even someone who doesn’t understand much about the fossilization process will appreciate the gesture of receiving a rare fossil gift.
Megalodon Teeth Fossil Gifts
Megalodon teeth make excellent fossil gifts for anyone on your list. Megalodon teeth fossil gifts can fit any budget based on the quality of the fossil, and they’re sure to impress anyone from a child to a shark tooth collecting pro.
The megalodon was the most massive shark ever to live. Now extinct, this marine giant dominated the oceans from approximately 23 million years ago until it went extinct about 3.6 million years ago. Scientists believe megalodon sharks went extinct due to a combination of the lack of prey and increased competition for that prey. Whatever the reason they went extinct, capture the mystery, and wonder of this massive shark when you hold a giant tooth in your hand.
It’s most common to collect megalodon teeth for display, but you can find incredible examples of a megalodon tooth on a bale in very rare instances. Add a chain, and you’ve got a stunning piece of shark tooth jewelry.
Parotodus Benedeni Shark Tooth Jewelry Pendants
Shark tooth jewelry and pendants are all undeniably cool and make great fossil gifts, but you can kick up that cool-factor significantly when the shark tooth is a fossil from a long-extinct ocean predator.
Like the megalodon, Parotodus Benedeni is another extinct shark species, also known as the false-tooth mako. Smaller and rarer than teeth from a megalodon, Parotodus Benedeni teeth are an extraordinary special find, making a shark tooth jewelry necklace with a Parotodus Benedeni fossil even meaningful to present as a gift.
Ammonite Fossil Gifts
If you happened upon an ammonite fossil, you might mistakenly take it for a snail shell. Upon closer inspection, you would find that these fossils, big and small, hold the secrets of an extinct marine animal related to octopus.
Ammonites lived some 240-65 million years ago and went extinct with the dinosaurs, but they left behind fossils big and small. These fossils make wonderful fossil gifts of all kinds, whether they’re collectibles or jewelry pieces. A large three to seven-inch split ammonite fossil makes a beautiful addition to a collection, and a tiny ammonite pendant is a less common sister to the typical shark tooth jewelry piece.
An ammonite pendant will have your loved one feeling like the Little Mermaid with this unique Hawaii gift.
Trilobite Fossil Gifts
The perfect fossil gift for someone that loves bugs and beetles is the trilobite fossil. Trilobites are a group of extinct marine arthropods that vanished well before the dinosaurs, and they make lovely fossil gifts to present to the science lover in your life.
Hawaii Gifts for Folk Art Lovers
Art and history collide in the only indigenous American folk-art form known as scrimshaw. Scrimshaw is images carved into bone, originally and most notably by American whalers during the whaling boom of the 1800s. Today, few artists still practice scrimshaw and those that do often stick to traditional nautical images. For this reason, scrimshaw gifts make unique and treasured Hawaii gifts rivaling classic shark tooth jewelry.
Scrimshaw Gifts from Hawaiian Artists
Scrimshaw gifts make wonderful Hawaii gifts as they seamlessly marry the Hawaii spirit, natural and human history, and art. The bone canvases of scrimshaw gifts can satisfy fossil gift lovers as well. Whalers traditionally carved scrimshaw images into discarded whale bones. Today, artists typically carve their art into bones from warthogs or other animals.
Money Clip Scrimshaw Gifts
If your loved one uses or collects money clips, choose a money scrimshaw gift. These small scrimshaw gifts embody Hawaii’s spirit with images of sharks, humpback whales, and other classic Hawaii gift imagery.
Cuff Link Scrimshaw Gifts
Cuff links don’t just make stunning gifts for the snazzy dresser in your life; they can make meaningful Hawaii gifts for someone you know who is coming of age, getting married, or celebrating another significant event in their life.
Cuff links complete with scrimshaw detailing can accompany other Hawaii gifts like shark tooth jewelry or a fossil gift to come together and create a bigger gift package.
Desk Accessory Scrimshaw Gifts
Scrimshaw gifts can upgrade a loved one’s office accessories with a gorgeous letter opener and magnifying glass set. Every time they reach for one of these pieces, they’ll feel the Hawaiian spirit alive within these Hawaii gifts.
Jewelry Scrimshaw Gifts
Brought into the limelight by the Disney movie Moana, Maui fishhooks are becoming increasingly popular. Maui hooks are a traditional Hawaiian symbol representing the connection between the ocean and the person who wears it. A hand-carved Maui hook makes a beautiful scrimshaw gift for a loved one who has always felt drawn to the ocean.
Gifts from the Heart
If you’re looking for a Hawaii gift for a loved one who wouldn’t connect with a fossil gift and isn’t into scrimshaw gifts, consider a set of healing gemstones and crystals. Healing crystals have become a popular meditation tool in Hawaii and in other parts of the western world and make wonderful Hawaii gifts.
Healing Palm Stone Hawaii Gifts
For those who are new to healing crystals, palm stones make the perfect Hawaii gift to get started. It’s best to choose stones that resonate with the user, and when you’re selecting a Hawaii gift for a loved one, it might help to imagine which stones remind you of your loved one.
Fluorite Healing Crystals
Fluorite is a special healing stone with the ability to glow when illuminated with ultraviolet lights, a phenomenon known as fluorescence. Not only is fluorite a cool scientific marvel, but fluorite stones make meaningful Hawaii gifts as many people believe the stone to absorb and neutralize negative energy and stress.
Carnelian Healing Crystals
Carnelian is a popular type of chalcedony that typically occurs in orange and brown shades. Many people use this crystal to harness the sun’s power and connect with the lower three chakras. Carnelian spheres and palm stones are meaningful Hawaii gifts for anyone overcoming difficult situations.
Quartz Healing Crystals
For beginners, there’s no better choice than quartz. Quartz stones make great Hawaii gifts because quartz is known as the master healer. People use it to amplify positive energies, clear negative energies, cleanse the soul, and amplify other stones’ powers.
Healing crystals and stones let your loved ones know that you see their struggles and believe in their abilities to overcome anything that comes their way. While Hawaii gifts of healing stones can make beautiful pieces of home décor or powerful meditation tools, they also make beautiful jewelry pieces.
Gifts for the Jewelry Lover
Since the beginning of time, humans have used healing gemstones and meaningful objects to create beautiful jewelry to adorn their bodies and harness the objects’ power. From shark tooth jewelry to precious gemstones, each object often symbolizes a message of power or strength to the person who wears it.
Shark Tooth Jewelry Pendant
Early Hawaiian people began wearing shark tooth jewelry as a means of protection on the ocean. Stemming from a Hawaiian legend of a young man who battles a shark at sea and emerges wearing a shark tooth jewelry necklace, shark tooth jewelry symbolizes protection and strength, and connection with ancestors.
Many people still wear real shark tooth jewelry, fossilized shark tooth jewelry from megalodons or other extinct ocean predators, or other forms of shark tooth jewelry. While real and fossilized shark tooth jewelry might conjure up images of the typical surfer dude, a sterling silver shark tooth jewelry pendant is a seamless marriage of the symbolic shark tooth jewelry to fine jewelry.
For the crystal lover who already has all the palm stones they want, gemstone jewelry is another way to benefit from crystals and stones’ healing powers. Rings and pendants make it easy to appreciate a natural stone’s beauty.
Ultimate Wish List Gifts
Whether you’re looking for wish list items for yourself, or you feel set on finding a big-ticket Hawaii gift for a loved one, revisit these Hawaii gift themes. These are Whaler’s Locker’s ultimate wish list Hawaii gifts that are sure to make an impression.
Scrimshaw Warthog Tusk
For your loved one who is a great admirer of scrimshaw gifts, whaling, art history, or specifically American folk art, give them a scrimshaw gift they will swoon over: a one of a kind warthog tusk scrimshaw gift by Maui scrimshaw artist Ray Peters.
Ray Peters has lived in Hawaii and specialized in creating works of art in the form of scrimshaw gifts since the 70s. His scrimshaw gifts and other art have become beautifully symbolic Hawaii gifts synonymous with Hawaii’s unique spirit.
Giant Megalodon Tooth
Instead of scrimshaw gifts, if your loved one is an avid megalodon fossil gift collector, perhaps they’ve been searching for a giant specimen over six inches. Anyone familiar with fossil gifts, especially megalodon fossil gifts, understands that specimens over six inches of decent quality are incredibly rare finds. Imagine presenting your loved one with an intact, unrestored, 6.25” megalodon tooth fossil gift? That could be a fossil gift that would be remembered fondly for a lifetime.
Scrimshaw gifts and shark tooth jewelry aside, try a rare piece of bumblebee jasper from Mount Papandayan, Indonesia, for a loved one who enjoys using healing crystals. This piece of bumblebee jasper is meticulously hand-carved into a realistic human skull, you’ve likely never seen anything like it. Bumblebee Jasper is a radically grown calcite in a distinct, vibrant orange hue, and many people use it to enhance their moods and clear blocked chakras and energies.
Whether you’re looking for an acquaintance or the most significant person in your life, you likely want to present them with a heartfelt gift this holiday season. Scrimshaw gifts, shark tooth jewelry, and other gifts from Hawaii are sure to make them feel uniquely treasured and understood by you, their loved one. From us to you, happy holidays!