For many, the holidays this year will be bittersweet.

For the people struggling to make daily life work on a hurricane-wrecked rock, those living elsewhere who have been displaced from their island homes, those currently without jobs and secure income, and many more who are suffering. So many lives were forever changed by this year’s hurricane season.

Scrolling through Facebook is an uncomfortable juxtaposition of life situations. In one photo, a stateside friend is sharing where they placed their “Elf on a Shelf” atop their picture-perfect Christmas tree. In another pic just a scroll below, an island friend is sharing their concerns for their friends and neighbors who are still living without a roof on their homes, forced to endure rainfall under the meager protection of a tarp.

Let’s be honest – life feels a like f*cked up at the moment. And as a result, the rampant consumerism of the holiday season is feeling extra yucky.

I’d like to encourage you all to keep hurricane relief on your hearts this holiday season. While a couple of months have passed since the storms hit, the road to recovery is still a long ways off for the islands we love and they need your help now more than ever.

I have compiled this Island-style Holiday Gift Guide to help you contribute to hurricane relief as you celebrate those you love this year. It is separated into 4 sections, depending on how you’d like to give.



Looking for physical presents to give that also support hurricane relief? All of the businesses listed below are donating a portion of their profits towards Caribbean hurricane relief.

Amazon Books Hurricane Charity Bundle

Art for the Islands

By Lisa Art

Calispaña Eyewear

Charlotte Amalie VI Gifts

Chris Tucker Photography 2018 Calendars

Christian Wheatley Photography 2018 Calendars

Crucian Gold VI Strong Collection

FantaSea Jewelry

Girls on Rocks

Graycliff Hotel – stays and dining

Have a HeART BVI

Joyia “VI Love” Jewelry Collection

Kenny Chesney’s Love for Love City T-Shirts

Kingdom Creations Tees

Love City Excursions Hurricane Relief T-Shirts

Love VI

Ranify VI Bikinis

Remember the Adventure BVI Strong Gear

Shop & Hire PR

St. John Organics Hurricane Relief Candle

The Jolly Dog

The Law of Storms book

The Wandering Artist VI Hurricane Pastels

Tradewind Colours Hurricane Debris Art

Vero Milano (use code “Wendy Hurricane Relief” at checkout)

Vibe Collection

VI Stronger Gear

Wayfarer Gifts

West Indie TCI t-shirts

Yogis Unite Hurricane Relief Tank Tops



Among those struggling post-hurricanes are island business owners. One of the best ways you can help them is by patronizing their shops. All of the businesses listed below are on islands that were hit by #IrMaria and have products available for purchase online. (Because of our international audience, I have not included shops without online stores.)

Anguilla Sands & Salts

Bamboo VI

Be You U Be Handbags

Caravan Gallery

Caribbean Trading

HIHO Caribbean

IB Designs VI

IrMaria Survivors Club tees & tanks by Fianna Fluess Design

Island Contessa

Isola Bella

Kleure Cosmetics

Lili Weds


Salty GEM

Trefle Designs

Zea Design



One of the best ways you can support the islands that need your help is through direct donations. Why not give a gift in your loved ones’ names to one of the organizations helping your favorite island?

For a full list of relief organizations to donate to, organized by island, please see our comprehensive post, How You Can Help the Islands You Love.



Last but not least, one of the main ways you can support the islands is to hop on a plane and patronize the businesses there in person. Here are a couple of great articles to help you find what’s open and ready for visitors.

Caribbean & Co: 75% of Caribbean Destinations are Open for Business

Condé Nast Traveler: What’s Open, What’s Not

The Traveling Island Girl: Post-Hurricane List of Where to Stay

Travel Weekly’s Map of Caribbean Islands


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If there are any businesses that I missed, please feel free to link them in the comments below or over on our Facebook page. You can also shoot me an email to and I’ll be happy to add them to the list.

Wherever you are in the world, I hope this holiday season brings you happiness and hope.

One love. #IslandStrong

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Current Rock of Residence:

Virgin Gorda, BVI

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Chrissann’s home rock in the British Virgin Islands feels bigger to her than it actually is. Though after spending five years on a teensy one acre island, the current 13-mile long rock she’s residing on now IS ginormous, at least by comparison. As with everything in the tropics, it’s all about perspective.

Once upon a time she used to care about things like matching her purse to her pumps but these days, any activities that require a bra and shoes go under careful, is-this-even-worth-it consideration. If island life has taught her anything at all, it’s that few things are more rewarding than time spent in the pool with a cocktail in hand.

As the Editor in Chief of this site, she spends her days working from home with her blue-eyed sidekick, Island Dog Diego, writing, editing, and cultivating content in the hopes of bringing some laughter and lightness to her fellow island souls. She recently published her first children’s book, When You’re a Baby Who Lives on a Rock, and is pretty pumped to share it with all of the island mamas out there. Her days off are typically spent boating, hiking, and meeting up with the neighborhood’s imperious roadside goats, who she shamelessly bribes into friendship. While normalcy was never listed as one of her special skills, Caribbean life may indeed be responsible for new levels of madness. She attributes at least a smidge of her insanity to the amount of time she spends talking to drunk people.

If you’re somehow still reading this and feel inclined to find out more about this “Chrissann” of which we speak, you can also take a gander at her eponymous website or follow her daily escapades on Instagram @womanonarock.

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