This holiday season, you can give indigenous and Native American owned brands the recognition they deserve. From beautiful jewelry to home products, and the coolest vintage tee, check out this Indigenous-owned gift guide. And if you want to go the extra mile, you could wrap the present in wrapping paper from Trickster Co., an indigenous owned design shop.
Beyond Buckskin showcases the work of Native American fashion designers and jewelry artists. This gorgeous 100% cotton blanket is designed by Tessa Sayers, and it’s inspired by the beauty of Iceland and Alaska. Blending warm reds and purples with cooler blues, then finished with multicolor fringe around the edges, this blanket looks beautiful draped over the couch and is perfect for the person on your list who loves an afternoon nap.
A result of a collaboration between Orenda Tribe and indigenous-run company, Nihi Designs (based in Fort Defiance, Arizona), this upcycled retro tree is soft and broken in and will become an instant favorite for vintage-lovers. The word “hózhó” is written on the shirt and means living in health, harmony and beauty; it’s a word from the Navajo language, which is spoken by only 175,000 people.
The art connoisseur in your life will adore this print which is done in the giclee style so the color stays vibrant and consistent. It’s printed on high-quality archival paper, and the black and white will blend into any color scheme. You could give this as-is, or go above and beyond and get it framed (it should be easy to find a great frame because the piece is a standard 8” x 10”).
Hoops with a twist, these bright and cheerful earrings will add a much-needed pop of color this winter. These are made with Japanese seed beads, and they’re super lightweight even though they’re two inches around. These are made by Oglala Lakota woman from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, and there are plenty of styles to choose from if hoops aren’t their thing.
Chocolate and Coffee
You can never go wrong with the gift of chocolate and coffee. Owned by Chickasaw Nation, Bedré chocolate is known for its quality ingredients and rich taste. This gift set includes two mugs, milk chocolate and a dark chocolate coffee blend, plus ten espresso chocolate meltaways.
Made of soft, sturdy Buffalo hide, wool felt and a Moose suede insole, these cozy shoes will mold to your feet. Every pair is hand-cut and custom-made by the seller, Jamie Gentry, who is from the Kwakwaka’wakw Nation. Just note that this will take 4-6 weeks to ship, so these may be a belated gift that’s worth the wait.
Fruity, tart blackberry mixes with earthy sage for a scent that fills a room. This candle is packed in a pretty tin and it has a burn time of 60 hours, so it’s really a gift that keeps on giving. Owned and operated entirely by indigenous women, Sequoia was founded by Michaelee Lazore who is Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk).
So a beach towel in the winter may not be top-of-mind, but this oversized towel is as good after a shower as it is on the sand. It’s super soft with a print that pops, and it’s designed by fashion designer, Bethany Yellowtail. Based in Seattle, the Eighth Generation is owned by the Snoqualmie Tribe, and the products are 100% Native designed.
Clear accessories and home goods are having a major moment, and for good reason; the acrylic material looks chic and glamorous but it goes with literally anything. The Salish chandelier earrings are lightweight and designed with a modern, geometric shape any jewelry person will love.
It’s very likely that anyone with a baby on the way or the parent of a toddler who’s newly on-the-go will tear-up when they unwrap these gorgeous baby moccasins. They’re made of leather with deerskin laces, and this sweet pink pair is finished with a strawberry design. If they’re more into neutrals, these also come in more muted colors. Each purchase helps to fund Tribe by Tribe, which provides employment opportunities and resources to the Blackfeet Indian Reservation in Montana.
For those who are trying to bring the spa to their bathtub comes this amazing bath salt. It’s a luxe blend of three different salts, hand-picked rose petals, and a calming, fragrant mix of essential oils including spruce, pine, lavender, chamomile, and more. This will make the bath smell like a garden in the forest.
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