It's June which means the kids are out of school and the weather is starting to hit up around here. That also means that Father's Day is just around the corner. If you're looking for something fun, unique or Native to give to your dear ol' dad, grandpa or another father figure in your life, check out this list of items for ideas.
STOODIS 11OZ MUG from N8V Ace – $15.99
If he needs a little motivation to get going in the morning, get him this “Stoodis” coffee cup from N8V Ace. Skoden, place your order!
Sasquatch t-shirt from Salish Style – $30
If your Dad loves basketball, whether he's playing or watching the NBA finals, this BBall Sasquatch Shirt would be the perfect thing to wear. The 100% cotton shirt features a design by Simone Diamond (Cowichan, Coast Salish).
Chicken Dancer Dad
Chicken Dancer t-shirt from We Are Nate – $30
When he's traveling on the pow wow trail, or has a little down time to lounge around, this is the perfect shirt to rock. From the Nate clothing line in Canada, this shirt is meant to honor the chicken dance, showing a proud male dancer awaiting Grand Entry in full regalia. Shirt is printed with white and metallic silver, colorfast water-based inks, on a pre-washed soft cotton shirt.
N8IV Ring Set from Hand of Solomon – $400–$500
Sometimes it's hard shopping for a dad who is fashion forward, but I bet these awesome rings would do the trick. Designed by Louise Solomon, an Ojibwe artist and goldsmith, these N8IV rings were inspired by the tattoo of young girl she met while volunteering in a Northern Ontario Native community. This set is made out of Sterling Silver and each set is hand carved and custom made to order. Each ring is open-ended making it adjustable to fit individual fingers.
N8V Ace is a company owned by Diné (Navajo) Entrepreneur Ricky Nelson. He has a whole store full of these interesting Navajo basket/rug prints on almost anything you can think of like shoes, shirts, and these stylish watches. The watch mirror is made of super hard wear-resisting glass, water-resistance in daily use and has a leather band with buckle closure.
Traditional Gifts for Dad
PUEBLO KILT DESIGN WALLET from Beyond Buckskin – $52
Every man needs a place to store his money, ID, etc. How about getting this wallet designed by Michael Adams (Hopi/Tewa) which features a geometric Pueblo design on a black leather. The design is representative of a man's Pueblo kilt design signifying rain clouds, rain, life, and the universe.
Mainstream gifts for dad always include ties, but you have to find ones with a little Native flare. Check out this fiery tie deigned by Tammy Beauvais (Mohawk Nation).
Or if you want something with even more Indigenous flair, check out this bolo tie from Navajo artist Thomas Nez. Created in the overlay style developed by the Hopi, this piece is created with a unique shadowbox effect. Gemstones of bold blue turquoise and red coral are set inside the bear paw design, which is a symbol of strength.
If your Dad runs his own business or needs a place to store his business cards, check out this unique cedar card holder. Handcrafted by Jamestown S'Klallam citizen Cathy MacGregor.
If he needs to keep track of all his important meetings, he'll need a day planner. How about this stylish planner made from authentic muskox leather from Arctic Canada Trading Company. Available in burgundy and black.
I hope this guide was helpful! And if you can’t get it in time for Father’s Day, there are plenty of other occasions to give a gift. Keep these businesses in mind throughout the year as a lot of them are Native-owned. Just click on the bold links below each photo to be taken to the website to purchase.