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The Halloween candy is almost gone, the daylight hours are slowly shrinking and the weather has cooled off (a little too much for us in the North!). That means the holiday season is close by and you're going to be scrambling for some unique gifts for your family members. Luckily I've scoured the Internet looking for cool, fun and Native gifts for the whole gang.
If you're traveling to grandma's house you know you're going to need some food to share with all your cousins. Come prepared with these food gifts from Red Lake Nation Foods in Minnesota.
Comes with a 24 oz. bag of Red Lake Nation Wild Rice Pancake Mix & an 8 oz. bottle of your favorite wild fruit syrup. Basket is handcrafted of white birch bark & sinew & measures appx. 7.25″ H x 6.75″ W.
Or if you want a little something of everything check out the FDSB Sampler Box – $37.99!
Comes with: 1 – 12 oz. jar hand harvested wild fruit jelly or jam, 1 – 12 oz bag hand harvested Minnesota wild rice, 2 – 3.75 oz cans Native Catch sustainably harvested wild caught salmon, 1 – box (18 bags) Native American Green Tea, 1 – 16 oz bag Red Lake Nation Traditional Bannock Quick Bread Mix. You also get full color recipe cards for Wild Rice & Salmon cakes, Cinnamon Bubble Bannock & A Taste of Minnesota recipe booklet. Gift tag upon request.
Red Lake Nation Foods delivers to both US & Canada. They also have a special Promo Code for the holidays for 10% off your order! Just use this code at checkout: RLNF2014
Going back home for the holidays means you'll find a new edition to the family. Make sure you bring something cute and educational for the little ones. There are some really cute baby board books available from Native Northwest Select. Here's a couple that help them learn to count in Cree and Ojibway!
These cute laser cut wooden pendant necklaces feature Hummingbird, Dragonfly or Butterfly design. Colors to choose from include Yellow, Baby Blue or White. These would perfect for your niece or daughter.
Earrings are also available in the Tiny Wings Collection for $65 and $135 depending on size and style. I own a pair of these earrings and have received many compliments from strangers! The earrings are super light and don't weigh down on your earlobes.
There's going to be a lot of items here for the ladies, pay attention fellas! There should be something for all the aunties, grandmas, moms and significant others on your list.
Now here's something you can give with good conscience. The ladies at Sister Sky are selling these beautiful abalone bracelets and donating 10% of the proceeds to the National Indigenous Women's Resource Center. “Abalone Woman honors the strength, spirit and importance of women in our communities.”
Add some flair to your room with these beautifully designed pillows from Michelle Lowden. Pillows are 16″ by 16″. Michelle (Acoma Pueblo) is the first artist to participate in Eighth Generation's Inspired Natives Project.
This fitted sweater dress is sure to keep her warm this winter! A nice cotton blend with a cozy cowl neckline. The design is from Alano, owner of Edzerza Gallery, and a talented Tahltan multimedia artist and entrepreneur based in West Vancouver, British Columbia. Sweater dress also comes in black and gold color.
This tea gift set would be perfect for grandma! Also from Sister Sky, this set includes: 1 oz pouch of Wellness Tea (approx 8-10 single servings), Native Angel ceramic mug by Cherokee artist, Traci Rabbit; mesh tea ball; lavender votive candle in a gift box. Wellness Tea is certified organic. 100% Natural. Caffeine Free. Mug is designed by Traci Rabbit is a registered member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. Holiday item with limited quantities so don't wait too long to order!
Teenage boys are always hard to shop for! I know I'm always having a hard time trying to figure out what to get my brother. But whether he's into music or video games, these headphones from Salish Style will help him jam out while keeping the noise out of mom's ears. Plus he'll look stylish too. Designed by Morgan Green (Tsimshian). Headphones also available in red.
All the cool cats are wearing this one! You might remember Bobby Wilson from the 1491s was wearing this during his Daily Show appearance. T-shirt comes in Blue as well.
I'm also digging this OXDX t-shirt with a quote from Sitting Bull: “If we must die, we die defending our rights.”
Do you have any Seahawks fans in the house? Whether he's a longtime fan, or a new fan since the super bowl win last year, they can sport this awesome Native logo designed by Sondra Simone Segundo (Haida).
Playing Cards – Formline – $10.99
Card games were always a big part of family gatherings for me. I would love to play with this deck! Designed by Rico Lanáat’ Worl (Tlingit, Athabascan)
Do you have an avid reader in your family? Maybe you can find something for your bookworm relative from this native owned bookstore in Minnesota. Louise Erdrich (Turtle Mountain Chippewa) and her staff will help you find something wonderful. Perhaps this new book from Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz?
And if you the choices here are too overwhelming, or you're afraid of getting the size/color wrong, you can always give a Gift Certificate or Gift Card.
Here's a list of Native-owned businesses that offer that option:
I hope this guide has been helpful. Feel free to also look back to our Baby Gift Guide and Father's Day Gift Guide for other ideas throughout the year. I try my best to make these lists all about Native-owned businesses or native-designed gifts so please think of them the next time you're shopping! Happy Holidays to you and yours!
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