November 25th, 2019 Last Updated on: January 7th, 2020
It’s the most wonderful time of the year!
We finally get a chance to spend quality time with friends and family, enjoy great food, and (hopefully) take a little break from work.
It’s also a chance to gift loved ones a token of our appreciation.
So, if you’re looking for some unique and thoughtful gift ideas, we’ve rounded up a great selection for anyone on gift list.
Native American Gift Guide
Judging from everyone’s inventory lately, it’s the year of socks! These are a great gift item too, because everyone needs socks. Buy some for your aunties, uncles, cousins, friends, coworkers, etc. Perfect for stocking stuffers too!
The socks featured above are from Eighth Generation and feature designs from David Robert Boxley (Tsimshian), Sarah Agaton Howes (Anishinaabe), and Shirod Younker (Coquille/Miluk Coos/Umpqua). All socks feature arch support and are made from a blend of combed cotton, nylon, spandex, and elastic. One size fits all. Make sure you check out their website for more colors and designs!
Here's another great gift that you can give to anyone of any age, a hoodie blanket! Perfect to take the chill off those cold winter nights. This blanket comes in a variety of colors, and sizes. You can even customize with a name or a tribe’s name! Make sure you order soon as delivery times vary by product.
Here’s a great gift for anyone looking to upgrade their dining space, such as new homeowners, newlyweds, or college students. It’s a porcelain bowl that’s textured on the outside with gorgeous artwork on the inside. There are several designs and sizes to choose from on the website. The one featured above is from Maynard Johnny Jr. (Coast Salish, Kwakwaka'wakw).
Since the 1800s, Native American Plains tribes have gathered for powwows to celebrate their rich heritage. The tradition continues with emphasis on spiritual and competitive dances. Photographer Chris Roberts shares the tradition through compelling images. POWWOW 2020 captures the energy of powwow dancers, who proudly preserve their ancestral traditions.
Tribes represented in the calendar include:
- Nez Perce
- Canadian Cree
- Gros Ventre/Cree
- Otoe-Missouri/Kiowa/Kiowa-Apache/Creek/Seminole/Sauk & Fox/Ioway/Navajo
- Choctaw/Taos Pueblo
The sweet smells of sweetgrass in a cute canoe. This is the large, 3-wick size but you can get the smaller 1-wick candle. When the candle is all gone, your gift recipient will have an adorable incense burner!
Give a gift that gives back to the community! Native Works exists to better Seattle’s homeless Native American community. By crafting authentic artwork, and in partnership with its parent organization, The Chief Seattle Club, Native Works honors Native tradition while fostering a healthier Native future. Each piece is hand crafted by a local apprentice, and 100% of proceeds go directly to providing meals, mental healthcare, drug and alcohol counseling, housing referrals, legal consultation and more to those in need within Seattle’s Native community.
These earrings feature a beautiful blend of dentalium and abalone shell beads. Earrings measure 3 inches in length.
A great gift set that includes skincare and a couple of treats for taste buds too!
Each set comes with:
• 1 Bison Star travel pouch
• 1 2 oz. travel size lotion
• 1 Taos Bakes bar
• 1 heart soap
• 1 teabag
• 1 postcard
If you're feeling even more generous you can upgrade to the medium or larger size. Gift sets range in price from $35 to $100.
Food always makes a great gift for someone that's hard to shop for. We all need to eat, right?
This gift box is beautifully packaged, saving you time and money! Inside the signature red box your gift is gently packed with fragrant wood shavings, cedar evergreen clippings, and a pinecone. Comes with a 12 oz. glass bottle of pure maple syrup and 1 lb. burlap pouch filled with either gourmet or ghost wild rice. Also includes cooking directions and recipes.
Bineshii’s Wild Rice (Leech Lake Ojibwe) is all hand-harvested and cedar wood parched.
Perfect gift for the chocolate and coffee lover in your life!
(2) Bedré coffee mugs
(1) 12 oz. bag of Milk Chocolate Premium Coffee
(1) 12 oz. bag of Dark Chocolate Premium Coffee
(10) Dark Chocolate Espresso Meltaways
If you’re nice, maybe they’ll share!
If you’re looking for something a little more high-end and unique, check out some of the new mukluks designed by Indigenous artists. It's wintertime so you know we all need something warm and cozy, might as well be chic too! Each designer boot is a limited run of 150, so you know these are something special. Boots include designs from Christi Belcourt, B. Yellowtail, and J. Okuma. The one featured above is the Belcourt Gatherer.
Another unisex gift that would be great for any number of people on your gift list. This track suit is extremely comfy and perfect for hitting the gym or lounging around the house.
Last but not least, you're going to need to send out cards to all your loved ones across the miles. How about these original designs from Loren Aragon? Each card set contains 10 cards (5 Stock Your Mocs + 5 Happy Olla Days) with envelopes. Blank inside so you can customize your greeting.
To shop any of the items above, just click one the bold link underneath the image.
Feel free to also look back to our past Baby, Mother’s Day, and Father’s Day Gift Guides for other ideas. 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!
And if you have any Native-owned business suggestions, please send them my way.
I would love to help shine a light on your business!
Happy Holidays to you and yours!
Tsaa Nʉʉsukatʉ̱ Waa Himarʉ!
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